Coming Back to Center!

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The Feng Shui month begins on August 8th. The energy for this month is interesting. On one hand it restores the center point where all things revolve and flow from, and on the other hand, it can create some chaos if you are not methodical about your choices and decisions.

The energetic combination between the 5  earth central star for the month of August, and the 8 Earth star for 2019, aligns towards resources, real estate, land proposals, knowledge, and meditation practices.

August is also the month of the Monkey in Chinese Astrology.  The Monkey has an inventive quality about it. So let your ideas fly this month and see what comes up! Read on and discover how the feng shui energy impacts other parts of your life.

Roots: The energy is strong this month for growth. This can show up as a deeper connection to your roots, family, and elders. Heed the advice that comes to you by those who are experienced and know the way.

New business opportunities may arise that can result in windfalls. Be mindful however not to rush into anything, as the overall energy for this month requires due diligence and centering of your thoughts before making any permanent decisions. .

There is strong male influence when it comes to initiating family events or business tactics. Go with the flow, be flexible and receptive to the information provided. Temper it however, by being clear in your vision and goals for smooth sailing ahead.

Finances: Review your bank accounts and other financial documents. Pay close attention to your investment strategy. It may require some reading and research to make the best decision on stocks/investments. Remember, this month calls for clear attention to detail as mistakes can easily be made that can result in a boat load of issues. Best to review your accounts, but not make any major moves until next month.

Goals: Things are out in the open and fully illuminated. This is the time to take stock of your short-term and long-term goals, aspiration, and vision. You don't necessarily have to delve into anything new, or be dramatic about it, rather temper your immediate actions by constructing a clear vision of what you desire. Set that image first, then move from that point forward.

Relationships: This is a great month to gather with friends, especially those you haven't seen for a long time. Keep the lines of communication open so there is no confusion about meeting up. Think about planning a "date night" with your special someone. Use your imagination and explore the simple pleasures that life has to offer.

Fun-Time: If you could do anything, what would it be? Get creative here and see what comes up. Spend time this month enjoying your hobbies. Many times we get caught up in the "work-mode" and come to realize there isn't any time for some simple fun. Balance between work and play is the secret to healthy and happy living habits.

Business: It is a good month to network and align future business. Take a leadership role in your approach and others will naturally gravitate towards you. Travel is tempting this month but keep it close to home, as the overall energy for this month can cause travel mishaps.

Health: The trigrams take their natural home position this month so there is no tension created between the trigram and it's elemental position. This bodes well. Essentially, everything comes back to the center. In other words, it is important to manage your diet and exercise on a routine basis this month. Don't overindulge with either. Get plenty of rest to restore your body and plenty of meditation to quiet your mind and center yourself. Activities such as yoga, tai chi and qi gong are very useful as they are grounding and centering. Being mindful is the best step to preventing health mishaps.

Energy of the Monkey: August is the month of the Monkey in 4 Pillars Chinese Astrology. This is another overlay of energy that can impact you this month. The Monkey is the sign of the inventor, the improvisor, and the motivator. Being quick-witted, clever, flexible and innovative, the Monkey never comes up short when it comes to navigating through information and opportunities. Competitive as the day is long, the Monkey will never settle for less. There is an intensity when it comes to confidence for the Monkey, so if confidence is your sticking point, invite the Monkey in and notice how it feels to trust yourself.

When dealing with this energy, be factual, pay attention to detail, and do your research. No shortcuts, as it will surely backfire. Strategy, strategy, strategy is the ultimate way to use this energy. Overall, the Monkey is playful and enjoys excitement, so remember to bare that in mind as you approach everything this month.

In & Around the Home: Take a closer look at the materials in your home. Are they mostly synthetic and therefore outgassing chemicals? Because everything comes back to the center this month, then all aspects of the home, and as a result you, are impacted directly. Obviously, I am not suggesting you renovate your entire home and design with eco-friendly materials; however, there are simple measures you can take to start the process for a healthier living environment.
Simple Suggestions: 
Take a look at the condition of the paint in your rooms. If they are in need of sprucing up, then choose paint with low VOC or no VOC ratings. Pretty much every paint store has a line of paint that fits that description. Painting is simple and a perfect way to freshen the look and feel of your home. Choosing organic paint is a perfect way to eliminate chemicals in your home.

Take note of your cleaning products. Are you still buying those chemical cleaners? It's so easy to find natural based cleaners, or for that matter, make your own. There are plenty of videos that can guide you in making chemical-free cleaners. Here's one for starters.

Do you have plants in your home? I hope so! Plants are fabulous when it comes to design and purifying your air. Virtually everything in your environment outgasses. Plants are the perfect solution to improve the air quality  making it easier for you to breathe. There are many different kinds of plants. Here is a site that lists plants and what they can do for your air quality.

The aforementioned is a great starting point to freshen the quality of air in your environment. Start slow. The important thing is to be mindful whenever you purchase d├ęcor and other items for your home. If you want to delve deeper and learn Eco-friendly design tactics, feel free to peruse my Feng Shui home study programs. I have a separate program specifically on Eco-Design!


Coming back to the center is the quality of earth. Everything in the universe is driven from the center. In Dandayamana, there is a centering quality drawing the energy to the mid-line, the pranic tube, and the axis line of your power source. All standing poses ignite the element of earth associated with the root connecting you to all things. When you activate earth, you are activating physical matter and your awareness to the physical aspects of YOU.

The Phases: Read more about Dandayamana pose here.

This month prepare foods that invoke the elements of earth and metal. This will temper the heat (fire) of summer, and soften the heavy earth this month that is compounded by the earth year of 2019.

  • Fennel, sweet potato, cauliflower, peppers, carrots, lentils, peas, zucchini, mushrooms, onions turnips, rice, shallots, radishes, rice, barley, quinoa, celery root, leeks, kohlrabi.

Tap into any one of these six book or buy the set on your road to discovering YOU!. All books are available on my website, Amazon, Barnes & Noble or The Wisdom Buffet website!  Look for my Wisdom Buffet Newsletter each month that highlights different chapters in these books!

Happy August!
Mary Jane - Feng Shui Yoga Girl -


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