As we storm through June which seems to be moving at a feverish pace, we reflect on this month of the Yang Metal Horse which forecasted such a mood for going on an adventure and being spontaneous, satisfying our passions, acting with impulse, and simply having fun. The heat was on too, all across the world the heat rose in record high temperatures. So how did you innovate, create, go wild, and set yourself free? What did you choose to do differently? Were you bold and brave in those choices?

July brings the sparkle and shine of glitter in this Yin Metal Sheep that shifts the gears in our rise through 2024 and really is a pause, a reset, and an opportunity to reevaluate what the next half of your year and our collective year will be going forward. The Dragon has had us painting big broad strokes over the big picture this year, soaring high and dreaming big and the Sheep is so not there for that imaginative fancy. Sheep are now moment people, they do not want the big, the bold, the wild, the loud, the fast, and the dramatic show of the Dragon so this month of July feels like log jam of desires being pulled in different directions. Feel into which camp you want to hang out in, rest or flight, the now moment or the future moment?

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The Flying Stars were not easy in June either, the South, in particular, was horribly afflicted and we can only hope that July will offer some better Star alignments.

ActivateThe 3 Star in the Center is visited by the 9 Star in July. The 3 Wood Star is weakened by this placement in the Earthy Center and the Fiery 9 Star serves as both the mitigator and the instigator of some powerful movement for the better in our homes, offices, and all buildings/ structures/ homes. This feels like a bump up, a shift towards growth. Best Colors/ Decor: RED and for July PURPLE for decor and a green lush plant. Avoid: yellow, peach, rust, burgundy, Earth tones like brown and tan, also Metal, white, gray, black, Water, colors of Blue. CURES: Annual cure of a Happy Hotei sitting on 7 Chinese Red envelopes. That cure protects your relationships and wealth.

DEPRESS The 8 Star is in the North for 2024 and in July the 5 Star brings a major caution to slow down and watch carefully this area of your home and property. The 8 Star is challenged in the Watery North this year and as we have ignored the innate expression of this direction to nourish the 8 Star with Earth, we now have the 5 Star which throws our best laid plans to the wind. This is a bad mash up and since these are 2 Earth Stars, you really are best to focus on METAL, drain them both and keep this area dark, quiet, and undisturbed. Best Colors/ Decor: Colors of Metal, white, gray, black. Avoid: Yellow, peach, rust, burgundy, brown, and tan, Green, Water and colors of Blue, Fire like red, violet, pink., and orange. CURES: Place 8 Silk RED Flowers in a RED Vase. If this is a front entrance, hang 8 Chinese coins on red string from the door knob. For July, set out a round Metal bowl, if a bedroom, hang a wu lou health gourd by the bed. CAUTION.

ActivateThe 6 Star is in the North East for 2024 and in Period 9, the 6 Star continues to be a Star of wealth and success. The 3 Star arrives in July and really is lost here in the Earthy NE, plus in Period 9 it isn’t a strong Star. I think continuing to focus on the benefits of the 6 Star may be fine. Best Colors/ Decor: Metal furnishings, Black, white, gray with Blue. Bring this into your décor with rugs, pillows, and art. Images of Mountains, religious figures, and people who inspire you. Avoid: Earthy brown, yellow, cream, Water, Wood, all colors of Green, Fire, Red, Fuchsia, Violet, Tangerine, Rose, Red. CURES: Place 6 Gold ingots in a round yellow or gold/metal plate in a prominent place. If this is an entrance, hang a string of 6 Chinese coins on Black string from the door knob.

DEPRESS The 1 Star is in the East and is our new Future Wealth Star in Period 9. This is where we imagine all that we want to manifest in 2024. BUT July brings danger and a major snafu to your dreams and plans. The 7 Star spells money troubles, legal woes, health and safety concerns. The 1 Star in the East is in harmony but the 7 is Metal and feels very combative. Watch for arguments and fights breaking out. Best Colors: Wood and colors of dark blue which will drain and further n a pillow, artwork, or throw blanket. Avoid: Metal silver, gold, and gray, Earth tones like yellow, brown, tan, peach, pale pink, and also Fire like red, violet, hot pink, orange. CURE:  HIDE -family photos and your Vision Board for July.

ActivateThe 2 Star is in the South East where the Dragon holds reign for 2024. The 2 Star in Period 9 is going through the BIGGEST transformation of all the 9 Stars. The 2 Star is no longer the Sickness Star but is becoming a positive chi. BUT we DO NOT want to feed this with Fire, nor put it to work with Metal, but rather focus on nourishing it with its own Earthy element. Sitting in the Woodsy SE offers no solutions, just like the beleaguered 8 Star in the North. Be super mindful to keep this area undisturbed. PLUS this is the home of the GRAND DUKE, one of the 3 Afflictions. 2024 requires we keep this part of our home and property QUIET, NO CONSTRUCTION, LOUD NOISES (video games, loud TV, drumming, etc.). July brings the 8 Star which is another Earth Star and is as lost here as the 2 Star is. Best Colors: Earthy elements of Yellow, Brown, and Terracotta or Rust. Avoid : Water with Blue colors. green colors, purple, violet, rose, and watermelon, other Fire colors, and of course Metal with colors of white, gray, and black. Keep this room quiet and serene. CURE: To appease the Grand Duke display a Tai Sui plaque and a pair of Pi Yao beasties facing into 105-135 degrees on the compass. You can also display a Gold Dragon to honor our Dragon Year. If this is an office, put 3 Brass Immortals at your back. If this is a main entrance, place a pair of Gold Fu Dogs flanking the front steps/ entranceway. If this is a Kitchen, cover the burners with cookie sheets when not in use. If this is a bedroom, put a Salt Water Cure under the bed and put a Brass Wu Lou Health Gourd on your bedside table. VACATE THIS AS A BEDROOM AND AVOID AS AN ENTRANCE if at all possible. DO NOT FACE South East, Do NOT TRAVEL or point your head when sleeping in the direction of the SE.

DEPRESSThe 7 Star is in the South is one of the WORST directions for 2024. If this is a bedroom or main entrance try to use another room for sleeping and entering your home. There is a real risk to safety and finances as well as your reputation. The 4 Star is in harmony with the South but at odds with the Metal 7, so the conflict endures but not near as badly as in June. The South is where we have one of the 3 Afflictions, the Three Killings as well in 2024. CHECK DOORS AND SECURITY – DO NOT store guns, knives, or any other weapons, or tools like a chainsaw in the South. Best Colors: Black, white, gray, and even a splash of Blue Avoid: Earth tones like Brown, Tan, and Cream with live healthy plants. Fire as in Red, Violet, Hot Pink, and Orange, Water, Green, and Wood. CURE: Black, Gray or white for rug, linens, artwork, etc. Fill a black dish with rice and set a Chinese Coin with a bloodstone crystal on top to protect finances. If this is a Kitchen, cover the burners with cookie sheets when not in use. Three Killings Cure is a Brass Dragon Headed Turtle (never have this facing you) with a plant growing in clean, clear water.

ACTIVATEThe 9 Star is in the South West is our NEW wealth Star ruled by Fire and the 6 Metal Star comes in July bringing wealth and success. There is a synchronicity happening here that could be really interesting. Best Colors: Fire as in a stove, fire pit, candles, incense, etc. Other fire colors are Cherry, Cantaloupe, Watermelon, Rose, Purple, violet, lavender, Cream, Tan, Yellow, and Brown. Worst Colors: BLUE, Metal, Gray, Black, White, Water, Wood, and Green colors. CURE: Display prominently 9 purple silk flowers in a purple or green vase. You can also find on the Feng Shui Mall website a special Baoyou Zusui Master Cure specific for the 9 Star in 2024. For the 6 Star you can add 6 gold ingots in a prominent place.

DEPRESSThe 5 Star is in the West is one of the worst directions for 2024. The 2 Star packs a whopping punch in July and feels like a car wreck, a loss, a potential disaster looming. CAUTION. KEEP THIS AREA QUIET WITH NO CONSTRUCTION OR LOUD BANGING NOISES. Also keep this room dark and used minimally. Best Colors: Metal and the colors of White, Gray, and Black. Keep the design very Zen. Add pops of Blue. Avoid: EARTH tones like Yellow, Brown, Tan, Peach, Rust, Wood, colors of Green, Water, Fire and Fire colors of Red, Hot Pink, Orange and Violet. CURE: If this is a main entrance, place a pair of Gold Fu Dogs flanking the front steps/ entranceway. If this is Kitchen, cover the burners with cookie sheets when not in use. If this is a bedroom, put a Salt Water Cure under the bed and put a Brass Wu Lou Health Gourd on your bedside table. VACATE THIS AS A BEDROOM AND AVOID AS AN ENTRANCE if at all possible. Best cure is a 6 rod Metal windchime outside or a chiming clock inside.

ACTIVATEThe 4 Star is in the North West is another conflicted area as the 4 Star is no longer our creative, genius, lover Star. In fact, the 4 Star is so embattled in the Metal NW, the best thing to do is add Blue which will motivate the chi to be more agreeable. July brings a reprieve to the conflict as the 1 Water Star mitigates the conflict and even offers a little reward, possibly. Remember that this is the direction of the Dog, so the NW is the other of the 3 Afflictions, the Sui Po which is the enemy of the Dragon. If you are born in the Day or Year of the Dog or Dragon DO NOT have this as you bedroom, office, or main entrance. Do Not face South East but it is OK to face NW and put your back to the SE. KEEP THIS AREA QUIET AND UNDISTURBED WITH CONSTRUCTION OR LOUD NOISES. Best Colors: Blue colors, no Water, furnishing can still be Metal but minimize to avoid conflict. AVOID: Metal , White, Gray, and Black, Earth and colors of Yellow, Brown, Tan, Peach, Rust, Water and shades of Green, minimal Wood, and NO FIRE of any kind not even candles, colors of Red, Hot Pink, Orange, and Violet. CURE:  If a front door hang a Ba-Gua mirror to deflect the negative chi and flank the entrance with a pair of Metal Fu Dogs. If a bedroom put a Salt Water Cure under the bed and a Wu Lou Health gourd by the bedside. To protect relationships, put a Chinese Coin with the 4 characters facing up with a Rose Quartz crystal on top. 4 stalks of Lucky Bamboo in a Blue vase is another cure option. No family photos.

BEST DIRECTIONS: North West, South West, North East, Center, and South East.

Areas of Caution: North West (Sui Po), South (Three Killings), West, and South East (Grand Duke).

On the World Stage the Month of July draws our attention to the Eastern most part of Brazil and the Atlantic Ocean. Look for major hurricane activity to churn up this month.

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Flying Stars is an advanced system of Feng Shui that has been used since the times of Ancient China. It recognizes the pattern of energy impressed upon every home and building the year it was built or last renovated. Think of it like a building or home’s birth day. It is why you see some houses falling apart, covered in vines, and deteriorating. When the chi is gone, the house is no longer viable for living in. Therefore it is so important to update your home to the current Period. Each Period is 20 years long and we have been in Period 8, a time of wealth and abundance since 2004. We are now in Period 9. At the least,