In our Saam Law Taoism, we've got a special crew called the Four Great Emperors (四御大帝), or Si Yue Daai Di in Saamlawnese. These bosses are the VIPs of the Celestial Court, including the 天皇大帝 Sky Emperor, 地皇大帝 Ground Emperor, 玉皇大帝 Jade Emperor, and 紫微大帝 Ji Mei Emperor. They're not just figureheads; they're the powerhouse driving the whole Celestial Court.
Mark your calendars for their big days:
- Sky Emperor - Lunar Feb 1
- Ground Emperor - Lunar Apr 28
- Jade Emperor - Lunar Jan 9
- Ji-Mei Emperor - Lunar Apr 18
Who Needs These Gods?
These big four are essential to our ordained crew within the sect. For the folks outside our circle, these deities don't play a role in their daily grind or spiritual life. But for us in the know, these emperors are clutch during our most crucial ceremonies, like calling down gods, busting ghosts, and duking it out in magical throwdowns.
The Gods’ Power
Sky Emperor – The big boss of the divine, overseeing the Celestial Court's traffic and calling in reinforcements from the higher court when needed. When we're setting up a god statue, this is the god who green-lights the god's assignment to it. And if an altar's god starts acting up, he's our go-to for a divine intervention to flip things back to the good side.
Ground Emperor – The master of all altars linked to our sect's juice, handing out landlord deities to keep things running smooth between the altars and the big court upstairs. Slip-ups and bad vibes at an altar? The Ground Emperor's landlord deity snitches through their reports.
Jade Emperor – The top dog, the ultimate ruler keeping tabs on every disciple's moves and their spiritual résumé. Working with other heavy hitters like the Three Official Emperors, he's the one grading our spiritual report cards and doling out Taoist treats or tricks based on what we've earned.
Ji-Mei Emperor – The general of the heavens, commanding an army that's the nightmare of any evil daring to mess with the Tao. When it's time to lay down the celestial law, this emperor's troops are on the front line, ensuring peace and order.
A True Story
I've seen stuff that would make your skin crawl, like a spiritual smackdown that regular magic couldn't touch. This bad boy spirit was from a realm so ancient, it predated the dimension that our Religious Court reside in. That's when you call in the heavy artillery. Our regular Sun Lung Stage magic was like throwing pebbles at a tank. But then, Ji Mei Emperor stepped in, deployed the heavenly commandos, and bam! Evil spirit KO'd in the blink of an eye. For those looking to take on the big bads, aiming for the Tin Ting Stage is where it's at.
If you're intrigued and wish to explore deeper, check out our eBook, “Prayers of Faith”. There is also an eBook called "My First Taoism Book" you can read for more wisdom that fits the newbies. Open your heart to the Tao through its teachings. For those eager to harness the power of Taoist magic, consider getting ordained with us and begin your journey with the Tao.