- August 3: Full Moon
- August 18: New Moon: Connect with your Inner Child
July Recap: Focus on your Family Gua
The feng shui focus for the past two months was your Family gua. This is the left-center area of all of your spaces when you overlay a gird of nine blocks, similar to a tic-tac-toe board. This is because the June and July new moons were both in Cancer, at zero and 28 degrees, respectively. These degrees signify the beginning and end of a sign.
The Family gua influences relationships with your parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, and ancestors. The area is represented by Wood energy, which is about vitality and growth. It’s also about deep roots, signified by tree energy, which is also of the Wood element. Family ties run very deep. In addition to life pattens being reflected in your space, emotional patterns also get encoded in your cells. This is what led me to do energy clearing work, in addition to feng shui. Clearing anger, fear, shame, anxiety, and all sorts of non-beneficial beliefs is very freeing.
If you’ve been giving attention to your Family gua, perhaps you’ve made some connections between the energy of your physical space and your family relationships. Insight might come to you as a result of connecting with family furniture, heirlooms, art, photos, jewelry, books, etc. Energy from people and events is continually absorbed into all of your spaces and possessions. The energy continues to build and influence you based on everything that happens in your space and life. I visualize it as a dance between inner and outer energy: you influence your space and your space influences you. You and your surroundings mirror each other energetically.
If you like what’s happening, continue with what you’re doing. When you want to shift things (such as setting intentions, attracting new or different situations or circumstances), analyzing your environment and everything in it can reveal some of the patterns that are holding things in place or provide clues about ways to modify your space to get things moving in a direction that’s right for you.
The August 3rd full moon is when things come to light this month. If you made changes to your Family gua in the past two months and set your intentions, tune in to the full moon and look for evidence that what you’ve asked for has taken root. Sometimes the slightest shifts and signals are enough to give you confidence to stay on the path.
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August 18 New Moon Focus: Connect with your Inner Child
August is a month to lighten up and relax a bit. It’s even more important this year, given all that’s happening. Even if you can’t venture far or connect in person with special people in your life, I encourage you to put on your creative hat and be open to new ways to enjoy each day.
The Children and Joy gua is the right-center of your home, every room in your home, your land, and your workspace. This area is opposite the Family gua. The energy of this area relates to your inner child and your creativity. It’s about enjoying life to the fullest. Give yourself permission to play. If things have been too heavy for you, lighten up and bring some whimsey into each day.
The energy of this area also relates to the future and your later years. This area also relates to children around the age of 18, moving into the adult world. You can help them find their voice by activating this area.
From a health perspective, the Children and Joy gua is linked to your mouth, teeth, throat, and lungs. If you’d like to strengthen or improve these areas of your health, give some extra attention with your Children and Joy gua, in the right-center area your house, each room of your house, your land, and other spaces where you spend time.
Activate Metal and Earth Elements
The Children and Joy gua is a Metal area in the Five Element system and the feng shui color is white. Metal energy is strengthened by Earth energy and reduced or held in check by Water, Wood and Fire.
Metal energy is represented by:
- Round and oval shapes
- White, gray, and pastel colors
- Rocks, Crystals, and things dug from deep within the Earth
- Petroleum and things made from petroleum, such as plastic
- All metals … gold, silver, copper, brass, aluminum, etc.
While I was writing this post, a friend dropped off a gorgeous vase of white hydrangeas and deep blue delphiniums in a tall white vase. This is a great example of Metal and Wood energy. The round, white hydrangeas and the white vase represent the Metal element and blue delphiniums and vertical rectangle vase represent the Wood element.
Earth energy is represented by:
- Square shapes
- Yellow, Brown and all Earth tones
- Big items that hug the earth, such as heavy furniture that is low to the floor
- Sand and Seashells
- Bricks, Clay, and Adobe
Prep Prior to the Aug 18 New Moon
For optimal results, clean and energize your Children and Joy gua and the Children and Joy area of each room prior to the August 18 new moon.
Before enhancing your Children’s gua, look around and remove as much clutter as you can. Clutter is anything that you don’t love or use. Anything that’s been lying around for a while without any attention is likely to have low energy. You can shift this by cleaning and repositioning items, giving the area a deep clearing,
If you’d like to activate your Children’s gua add something playful or something that brings you joy. Look around and see what you already have in your space. Most people have many items that, when consciously placed, can do double duty, and help to strengthen your intentions.
Quick Enhancements to your Children and Joy Gua
- Children’s art
- Books about creativity
- A metal windchime or bell
- White flowers
- Earthy items, pottery
- Puzzles and games
- Whirligigs, banners, and flags
- Round, oval, and square shapes
- Music you enjoy
We recently added a few fun and whimsical LED solar lights to our garden. They look like star bursts when they light up after dark. They were an instant hit and bring joy us each evening.
Do a New Moon Meditation on August 18
The day of each new moon is an ideal time to set an intention for the month, followed by a short meditation. This helps to bring you into alignment with cosmic energy. When you’re in alignment, things flow more easily. You’re likely to encounter few obstacles and when they do show up, solutions come too.
My recommended intention process is to:
- Be clear about what you want.
- Take inspired action toward your goals. (Such as cleaning your space.)
- Allow the universe to take over and deliver your intentions to you.
Write down your wishes related to your future as well as how you’d like to bring more joy to your life. Use present tense, positive words, just as if it is happening now. As an example: “I am so grateful to being living a joy-filled life every day.” Setting an intention helps you to set the pace and get things moving forward for yourself. This is one way to be clear about what you really want. If what you don’t want keeps coming to mind, use this to reposition and rephrase your intention so that it clearly indicates what you DO want (not what you don’t want). Place your intention in a red envelope, reinforce it with a prayer or blessing and place it in your Children and Joy gua. The more specific you are, the easier it is to get results.
Is Your Mind Like a Chatterbox During your Mediation?
Some people tell me that they have trouble meditating … that their mind is like a chatterbox and it never quiets down. That’s OK. If this is you, notice that during your meditation. Rather than think about it, watch it in your mind’s eye. This can help you to be observer of your own energy. Over time, you’ll settle into a nice process for yourself and let go of the mind chatter.
A regular meditation practice is a great way to reduce your stress levels and to bring more clarity to your day. Taking the time to still your mind and body is really a gift to yourself. On the surface, you might think that nothing is happening. At the quantum level, however, quite a bit transpires.
The new moon each month is a time to sow your seeds of intention. When you coordinate your intention with action (such as cleaning the Children and Joy gua for August), a powerful combustion of energy takes place. Look for signs that what you’ve asked for has taken root two weeks later, at the full moon (which is September 2).