Auspicious Dates and Places for The month of the Fire Monkey 2021

Auspicious Dates and Places
The (7th) month of the Fire Monkey 2021.
(15:40 7th August 2021 to 19:01 7th September inclusive)
in the Year of the Metal Ox.
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Hexagram 12

An 8 month                                  is more helpful than most.
A typical Monkey Month             is tricky – like a Monkey.
Where to be this month:             tai chi, West.
Default orientation:                     Face West or SE (while the sun shines).
Where not to be this month:      South-East, South-West.
Favoured Animals:                      Monkey, Rat, Dragon, Snake.
Especially challenged:                 Tiger, Pig, Horse, Dog
The Hexagram (above):               12 Pi, Heaven over Earth, Stagnation
Summary:                                     on your toes.

7       3       5
6       8       1
2       4       9
Fire Monkey lo shu

Hungry Ghosts Amongst Us.
We are the Martians.” Nigel Kneale Quatermass & the Pit.
News Flash: there is a global conspiracy after all. It consists of around two thousand billionaires whose objective is simply to make more money at whatever cost. At whatever cost that is, to the Earth or to you and me. Obviously enough they have not coordinated to smash the status quo that enriches them or unleashed microbes to which they are of course as vulnerable as the rest of us. They simply exploit whatever crisis brings further wealth. They know when melt comes to flood, that there is enough high ground for them. But even that is probably not enough. And if any seventy or so changed their activity tomorrow, the threat of climate change would be all but over.

The 7th Lunar Month which opens on the 8th August is traditionally the Time of the Hungry Ghosts: souls who have passed on but not passed away. They hover about us, frustrated and mean, in death as in life, they are voracious – for food, sex, money and possessions. They are said to inhabit a half-world where nothing is physical and no appetite can be met.

The usual proscriptions against the Hungry Ghosts are to stay away from hospitals, cemeteries, funerals, votive offerings and candles. And indeed open spaces such as beaches and parks. Which is a tall order anywhere, but quite a condition when you consider that much of Europe decamps to just such open spaces for most of August.

A cockroach is said to be able to survive for a fortnight on a fingerprint but billions are not enough for billionaires. They always need more. Their needs are as prodigious as their wealth: affable scrounger Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos the world’s worst employer, armchair fascist Elon Musk; not content with fortunes aggregating massively at our expense during the current unpleasantness, ride their phallic symbols into the stratosphere while Covid rages beneath them. In vaccine-starved India and sub-Saharan Africa a fraction of their wealth would save legions. These are hungry ghosts.

Like you I consume: food, drink, fmcgs, cars, laptops, paper, firmware. And like you I do my bit: re-cycling, reusing, buying from the right producers, shunning the wrong ones, avoiding meat and dairy and so on. And I’ve spent most of my life trying to do good. But I wield little power.

I don’t necessarily subscribe to literal ghosts, hungry or full, other than as obstacles in mental, emotional or physical space. Nor indeed am I convinced by karma as a cosmic balancing system. But what I do see in Mustique, in Acapulco, in Davos and Palm Beach is the near end of a long queue. Tread carefully; best not to join it.
Richard Ashworth 26th July 2021.

The Month of the Fire Monkey, Animal by Animal:
These generic forecasts carry different nuances dependent upon whether this Animal rules your Year, Month, Day, Hour or Life House.

Monkey (1944, 56, 68, 80, 92; births in August*, 3-5pm & on certain days#) Empowered now both with the calculating nous of the Metal Ox but also your own. Don’t overstep.

Rooster (1945, 57, 69, 81, 93; births in September*, 5-7pm & on certain days#) Overpowered so lower sights and allow completion, plan, build resources.

Dog (1946, 58, 70, 84, 96; births in October*, 7-9pm & on certain days#) Resources drawn upon just when you’re trying to recuperate. Go with it.

Pig (1947, 59, 71, 83, 95; births in November*, 9-11pm & on certain days#) You may be ignored for now; it all picks up in November.

Rats (1948, 60, 72, 84, 96; births in December* 11pm-1am & on certain days#). Your tongue is the most free it’s been all year; listen to what you have to say.

Ox (1949, 61, 73, 85, 97; births in January*, 1-3am & on certain days#) Your grip on the agenda may loosen but it’s only temporary. You have three more months of power.

Tiger (1950, 62, 74, 86, 98; births in February*, 3-5am & on certain days#) Opposed; tack into the facing wind; kun, power, challenge & discipline: all the same stuff.

Rabbit (1951, 63, 75, 87, 99; births in March*, 5-7am & on certain days#) August kind of passes you by; time to plan and to order priorities. Be of service as you are able.

Dragon (1952, 64, 76, 88, 2000; births in April* 7-9am & on certain days#) More power than you’ve wielded most of the year; clear up misunderstandings, heal, act, plan.

Snake (1941,53, 65, 77, 89; births in May*, 9-11am & on certain days#) Argumentative more than likely; be sure to complete any dispute.

Horse (1942, 54, 66, 78, 90; births in June*, around midday & on certain days#) Creative, successful, profitable but not without effort.

Sheep (1943, 55, 67, 79, 91; births in July*, 1-3pm & on certain days#) Difficult choices are presented; every door that opens closes many more. And vice-versa of course.
* Chinese Months start later than European ones. # You’ll need help or a Chinese Calendar for this.

Special Days in August:

Especially helpful

8th  August          Earth Rat, Void, Stable (1)              ***     Quite favourable
Earth Rat’s foot may be in their mouth; possibly self-inflicted – ultimately always the case – possibly inserted from outside. Frankness rules – pretty literally. Change is positive but undramatic. Relationship the key issue.
New Moon: 14:50pm for initiation. Moon bathe helpful crystals.
Favours: Monkey, Rat, Dragon, Ox.
Activity: tai chi (centre) for intimacy.
Special help:  for discussion, deliberation, co-operation,
Wood(44) Fire(56) Earth(68) Metal(80) Monkey
Earth(48) Metal(60) Water(72) Rat;
Wood(64) Dragon Wood(85) Ox

Not so helpful.

15th August         Wood Sheep, Pleiades, Closed (3)             *****   Very poor
Wood Sheep challenges the Metal Ox of the Year; argumentative, underhand; differences of creed, belief and dogma. “To build today would be like letting a buffalo into a paddy field.” Derek Walters. Break-ups possible if you stay up too late. Trust. Be prepared to ignore your own opinion.
Especially challenged:           Rat, Ox, Dog; walk away.
Activity:                                  Sheep SW1(SSW) around 205º SW.
Special help: in concilation.           
Wood(95) Fire(47) Earth(59) Metal(71) Pig.
Earth(99) Metal(51) Water(63) Rabbit;
Wood(55) Sheep;
Earth(78) Metal(90) Water(42) Horse.

Where to locate in August
Tai chi, Home, the centre: Year Star: 6 Month Star: 8
The 8 is yang Earth. Traditionally, such a combination with the Metal 6 is enhanced by the addition of a 1 (that means Water) to create the auspicious Water-Metal-Earth triad 1:6:8. It’s a time of wealth and accretion. Perhaps a time of relief from the extraordinary troubles of the 3rd decade of the 21st Century. The authoritative 6 and the benign 8 coinciding at the centre of things also implies relative wisdom among our leaders. Perhaps exhaustion has set in.
Activate: Water – a bowl changed daily or even a temporary fountain. And occupy – the space not the Water.

Where not to locate in August
South West, Accumulation:
Year Star: 3 Dragon Virtue (Monkey) Month Star: 5. Monthly Wu Huang
3 and 5 will cost you money if nothing else; it’s a classic “money out” conjunction. Another view is that since we are in the maternal South West, the Mother (SW) and Eldest Son (3) are at odds. And again Metal (ie Father) will mitigate. Some months the same themes emerge everywhere.
Reduce impact: Metal: 6 pipe Metal windchime, Metal stuff.

Richard Ashworth is one of the most respected Western Feng Shui Masters. He was among the pioneers of feng shui survey & analysis at a distance (for now of course the most prudent way to do it) on MySpirit Radio in the noughties. A good taster of his approach may be found on Audible at can also see him at work on tv’s Housebusters at  Most Thursdays and Fridays he is to be found teaching both feng shui and ba zi one-to-one online (times by mutual arrangement) with students from Seattle to Belgium,

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