July Feng Shui Forecast … Focus on Family and Fun
July 13th Full Moon … a Super Thunder Moon
July 28th New Moon in Leo … Children & Creativity Gua
We begin July in the shadow of the June 28th new moon in Cancer. The themes for this month are family and fun! For the first half of the month, place your focus on your Family gua. This is the center left of your house, every room in your house, your land, and your workspace. Family refers to your immediate family, your siblings, parents and grandparents, aunts, and uncles. It’s whoever you include as your closest family members, even if they are not blood relatives.
During the latter part of the month, after the July 13th full moon, switch your focus to your Children, Joy, and Creativity gua. This is opposite the Family gua, on the center right side of your house, every room in your house, your land, and your workspace.
As I wrote last month, Cancer is an environmentally sensitive sign. Cancers love the comforts of home and enjoy creating warm, safe, cozy, spaces. When it comes to Cancer energy, think personal sanctuary. Cancer traits include being intuitive, sensitive, psychic, emotional, loyal, and committed. On the downside, Cancer energy can be impatient, passive-aggressive, and feel easily threatened. Cancer is depicted by the crab: a hard shell on the outside; soft and tender on the inside.
There’s a lot of Cancer energy in my family. In addition to my husband, my father was a Cancer, along with two of my brothers, three nephews, a grand-niece and grand-nephew, and many friends. Cancers love family and the comforts of home.
The Family Gua is Governed by Wood Energy
The Family gua is governed by Wood energy, which is represented by plants, trees, flowers, vibrant hues of green, stripes, columns, and vertical lines. Green is a calming and healing color. Include it your daily life … in your wardrobe, your home, your garden, and your meals. A vibrant green supports your health and can help bring more peace to your day.
Healthwise, the Family gua correlates with your liver and your feet. If you have any problems with these, adjusting your Family gua could bring solutions to you more readily. Currently, I’m healing a sprained ankle. I slipped on a moss-covered rock a few weeks ago and was on the ground in a split second. This happened a few days after I learned that one of my sisters had stage four rectal cancer. This caught everyone by surprise. She passed away after a short stay in the hospital followed by about ten days in hospice. What a reminder about how quickly things can change! I’ll write a longer reflection on feng shui and health at a later date. Clutter and plumbing problems are associated with patterns of ill-health. My sister’s house had both of these. My ankle is coming along quite well.
Wood is Strengthened by Water Energy
Water energy strengthens Wood, thus items with Water energy also strengthen the Family gua and help develop family bonds. These include:
- Glass and windows
- Shiny and reflective objects
- Free form, cascading objects … such as flags and whirligigs
- Ponds, rivers, lakes, oceans
- Art with water scenes
- Water gardens
- Water features
- Black and dark colored items that look black
Washing your windows can help you to strengthen family ties. Hanging a mirror with intention can do so too. Chances are you have water-related items throughout your home. Identify these, clean and re-energize them and then empower them with intentions related to your family. Your thoughts are powerful and will help you lead the way. Remember to empower your adjustments with positive thoughts, using present tense language and just as if things are happening now.
Would you like to shift family-related chi in your home? Here are nine ideas to get you started:
- Tidy up the center-left areas throughout your home and property.
- Thin out clutter. This requires ongoing attention and vigilance.
- Pay attention to the balance of Wood and Water energy.
- Repair plumbing problems. Create a clear path of elimination for water and waste.
- Incorporate vibrant green and blue into your décor. Flowers and plants are one way.
- Place some happy and uplifting photos of family members.
- Hang a beautiful mirror that reflects something nice. Fill it with positive intentions.
- Include a water feature or art with water.
- Locate a tree image, sculpture, or your family tree here.
Remember to use intention to strengthen your feng shui adjustments and enhancements. The best way to do this is through the Three Secrets Reinforcement. This is a simple, effective, ritual that incorporates mind, body, and speech to bring attention to your intention. If you would like to learn more about this, contact Peg.
July 13 Full Moon is a Powerful One
The July 13th full moon will be a super moon. If the sky is clear, the moon will appear bigger and brighter than usual. This moon is known as the Full Thunder moon, as well as the Buck, Deer, Fallow, Storm, Hay, Wort, and Mead moon. Phew! July is an active month, as reflected by the many names of the July full moon.
The day of the full moon is an excellent time for reflection. I recommend that you do a meditation and focus on intentions you have for yourself and your family. Writing them down and placing them in your Family gua of your house or any room, will help to empower and strengthen them.
If it’s a clear night, place your crystals and various chi enhancers outside under the light of the full moon, overnight. If you have many chi enhancers, do a few each month. Alternatively, recharge your crystals and chi enhancers outside in full sunlight for four hours or more. I recommend doing this at least a few times each year.
Midmonth: Recharge Children, Creativity and Joy
After the July 13th full moon, turn your attention to your Children, Creativity and Joy gua and prepare for the July 28th new moon in Leo. This area is opposite your Family gua, on the center right side of your home, every room in your home, your workspace and property. The energy of this area relates to what you birth, your future (such as retirement years), being creative, and enjoying life. It arrives during the height of our summer season. It’s a good reminder to lighten up on work, and to spend time doing some favorite activities that bring you joy.
Leo is a Fire sign, ruled by the heart and symbolized by the Lion. Leo's are known for having big, kind, joyful hearts, loving life and the finer things, having compassion, drive, and natural leadership. Leo's trust their instincts and can dazzle others with their energy. On the downside, they don’t like being told what to do, they can appear arrogant or stubborn, and they are easily wounded by betrayal. Allow the July 28th new moon in Leo to awaken your child within and to bring more joy to you each day. Allow yourself to lighten up and have some fun this summer.
Analyze and Balance the Metal Element
The Children, Joy, and Creativity gua is governed by Metal energy. Metal is about organization, focus, and precision. Clear communication is another Metal attribute. When in balance, Metal goes directly to the heart of the matter. You and your space are organized, your thinking is clear, your energy is focused, and you are likely to be curious about things.
In excess, Metal is abrasive, critical, judgmental, obsessive, compulsive, sarcastic, aloof and/or indifferent. If or when you notice these qualities in yourself, tone down the Earth and Metal elements around you. You can do this by removing the colors white, brown, and yellow, pottery and metal items, and square and circular shapes. Simultaneously, add (or wear) black, green, or blue; bring in water, flowers and plants, and vertical features.
If you notice that you feel unprotected, it’s hard for you to focus or finish activities, you have no routine, you’re sloppy or you don’t have a strong sense of purpose, add items and wear clothes with Metal and Earth qualities. Doing so can help you to focus and discover more joy in your life. Add more white, yellow, gold or silver. Bring in steel, aluminum, brass, tin, gold or silver items. Lamps, picture frames, bowls, art, and sculpture are a few ways to do this.
If your space is clean, organized and things are relatively in balance, enhance your Children and Joy gua, with
- Something fun or whimsical
- Games and puzzles
- A vase of white or yellow flowers
- Some favorite pottery items
- Square and circular items
- Music and musical instruments
- Pictures of children and pets
- Books about creativity and problem solving
Whatever you do, lighten your load this summer. Go to the beach or to a lake or river. Take time to slow down and just be … with yourself, your thoughts, your family and close friends. If it helps, watch, or listen to the news less. Get outside and spend more time in nature.
Get into a comfortable rhythm this summer. Prior to the monthly new moon, reflect on the theme and adjust the related gua in your house. Set your intentions and then do a mediation on the new moon day to seed, plant or sow your intentions. Two weeks later, notice what is emerging with the full moon. This is when things come to light, and you might see evidence of your intentions taking shape. Then do another meditation for the full moon and pay attention to what captures your focus or attention. The Universe is continually sending you signals and signs that answer your requests. Your job is to slow down, notice them and to acknowledge their presence in your life. When you do this, more of what you focus on comes your way.
July 28th: Meditate About Joy!
On July 28th, do a mediation and set intentions related to Joy, Children, Creativity and Leisure. Writing down your intentions makes the process even stronger. I find that writing something down reinforces it. You can then put your intentions in a red envelope and place this in your Children and Creativity gua or a favorite location (such as an altar or prayer room). Then, check back with the August 11th full moon to see how things are shifting. I’ll remind you about this in August too.
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