You may be falling into August bruised and scraped for having survived one very problematic July. The Wood Sheep last month, the first of 3 conflicted months in 2021, butted heads with our annual Metal Ox. I saw relationships fall apart, I saw tempers flair and frustrations mount. When pushed to the edge, some can be brave and some fall into the abyss. Where have you landed? August 6th we swing into Bing Shen/ Yang Fire Monkey territory. The Monkey brings shenanigans, practical jokes, restless action, and a need to break out of the doldrums and out of anything that has been holding you back. If you have a Snake in your day or year Chinese Astrology chart, be very cautious as illness, law suits, and accidents are far more likely now. If you have Rooster in your day or year, Metal is surging in or if your have a Rat in your day or year then there is a surge of Water. Curious? Order your Bazi Chinese Astrology Reading with Lydia Nitya Griffith. Now when you consider the Ox of 2021 plodding along diligently working the fields of life day in and day out, the visiting Monkey with Yang Fire like fire works shooting out of its head is sure to stop the Ox in his tracks. A spectacle to distract us from our day to day drudgery, an invitation to put down our work and go play. To set aside the serious responsibilities and laugh and be silly. Let’s all be Monkeys jumping on the bed this month!

The 8 Star is in the Center with the Annual 6 Star. The 8 Star is at home in the Center. The 6 and 8 together are like a winning lottery ticket of abundance and wealth. CURE: A Gold Buddha sitting on coins and a RED envelope (for August), and images of success, and prospering which could be a framed $100 bill, a pile of money or an image of a feast. Frames on any pictures are ideally Metal, Black or White.

2 Star with the annual 9 Star in the North East is also at home in the NE as this is an Earth Star, one of sickness, malaise, and unwelcome. The Fire of the 9 Star feeds this malevolent energy so REMOVE ALL elements of Fire and red colors . CURE: If the front door, hang a ba-gua mirror and flank the front steps with gold Fu Dogs. If a bedroom put a Salt Water Cure under the bed and Wu Lou health gourds on the bedside stands to protect your health Place 9 silk Purple Flowers in an Earthen vase to motivate the 9 Star. This is also a place to put a Vision Board of all you dream of creating and manifesting this year. This can also be a wish list or a letter to the Universe. For the 2 Star in August, remove any RED color and fire like grills. Cover a stove top with cookie sheets if this is your Kitchen.

The 6 Star moves into the East with the Annual 4. Even though the 6 is weakened here as it is Metal and the East is Wood, the combination of 4 and 6 can bring great success to relationships, creative endeavors, and any work done in this sector should meet with greater success. CURE: Focus on the element of Wood with floral designs and shades of green with healthy plants. 4 Stalks of Lucky Bamboo in a BLUE Vase along with a Love Altar complete with 2 Birds, 2 Red Candles, 2 Crystal Hearts and pictures of you and your sweetie – For August add a pile of coins for wealth. For students and artists, place a Green jar of pencils, pens, and brushes on the desk or in a prominent place. Add splashes of BLUE for the month of August.

The 7 Star is in the South East with the Annual 5 Star. The 7 Star adds greater risk to the SE with threat of surgery, injury with sharp objects, bankruptcy, and law suits. It is best then to focus on continuing to squash as much of the 5 Star’s influence as possible through out this year. This room should NOT be used at all this year. Close blinds, windows, doors and keep this room dark and unoccupied. That is your greatest protection. If this is your front door, use another entrance if possible. DO NOT DISTURB INSIDE OR OUT WITH CONSTRUCTION, NOISE, DEEP DIGGING, OR ANY COMMOTION. This is literally like walking through a field with hidden land mines. CURE: If the front door, hang a ba-gua mirror and flank the front steps with gold Fu Dogs. If a bedroom put a Salt Water Cure under the bed and Wu Lou health gourds on the bedside stands to protect your health. Continue to focus on the innate energy of this direction with Wood furnishings and the colors green, floral fabrics, and healthy lush plants. AVOID FIRE and any red, hot pink or orange colors.

The 3 Star joins the Annual 1 Star in the South and for August there is a grumpy 3 Star weakened by feeding the Fire of the South but nourished by the Watery 1 Star. Look out for money squabbles and success turning sour in the weeks ahead especially if this is where your office sits. CURE: Beautiful lush plants, colors of green keep the South fed and watered and content. Add floral imagery, and a picture predominant with RED to further drain the 3 Star.

The 5 Star is in the South West with the Annual 3 Star. The 5 Star is big trouble and here we can see the weak 3 Star lose its grip as arguments turn violent, or rifts between partners and relationships shatter. Be real careful to avoid conversations and meetings in the SW for August. KEEP THIS ROOM QUIET AND UNDISTURBED. CURE: The annual cure is a Red Happy Hotei and for August, if this is a bedroom put a Wu Lou health gourd on the bedside stand to protect your health. Keep this room quiet and undisturbed. In a prominent place put a round Metal bowl.

The 1 Star is in the West where the Annual 8 Star is visiting. The 1 Star dances happily with the 8 Star promoting great abundance and good fortune. CURE: 8 Yellow silk flowers along with 8 Chinese coins is the annual cure. Colors of Yellow, Brown, Terracotta, and Peach are great colors to decorate with. For August 1 Gold Ingot on something BLUE will be the acupuncture hit needed to ignite greater wealth.

The 9 Star is in the North West with the Annual 7 Star. The Fiery 9 Star coupled with the 7 Star warns of fire, especially if this is where you have a Kitchen or Grill or Fire Pit. Be really mindful of fire safety. Look at the NW of the USA which has been burning since July. CURE:  If a Kitchen, cover the burners with cookie sheets. If the front door, hang a ba-gua mirror and flank the front steps with gold Fu Dogs. Add BLUE, Black and White accents in rugs, pillows, towels, bedding, etc. Focus predominantly on Metal with some Earth this month, like a little Yellow might be a table cloth or towels or a bed cover.

The 4 Star in the North with the Annual 2 Star. DO NOT DISTURB THIS AREA OF YOUR HOME OR GARDEN WITH ANY BIG DISTURBANCES The 2 Star is sickness, malaise, and grave misfortune. Like the 5 Star, this area should be avoided, kept dark, and quiet. The 4 Star brings trouble to relationships, to creative endeavors, and schooling. If this is the entrance to a school, the location of an office, or master bedroom be extra cautious of dis-ease flowing in. CURE: If this is a main/ front door, hang a ba-gua mirror and flank the front steps with gold Fu Dogs. If a bedroom put a Salt Water Cure under the bed and Wu Lou health gourds on the bedside stands to protect your health. Metal is the best element to focus on with colors of Gray, Black, and White with a heavy accent of Blue. Keep this area quiet with no disruptions.

In the image of LOTUS at Satchidananda Ashram Yogaville, the lights create the illusion of Hanuman the Monkey King.