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The Hungry Ghosts Month: A time to be very careful

July 24, 2019

 

The seventh lunar month in Chinese culture is believed to be a most inauspicious period. It is known as the Hungry Ghosts Month, and this year, it falls from August 1 to 29 and peaks on August 15th. It is believed that during this month, the yin energies get to be very strong and manifest in many forms of negativities in different aspects of one’s life.

 “It is believed that hungry ghosts are ghosts of people that have not found everything they need to survive in the afterlife. If someone passes on, but does not have enough food, water, shelter and other material things, it will come back into the world of the living to scare people and feed off their energy and fear,” according to international feng shui expert Marites Allen.

In Chinese communities all over the world, the Hungry Ghosts Festival is taken seriously. This is a month considered unlucky to get married, start a business, move house, or travel. Chinese families pray and pay tribute to their departed family members as well as to unknown ghosts so they will not cause misfortune or bad luck.

When yin energy dominates a house, a ghost or local spirit will feel comfortable in it. A house containing too much yin is a dark house, with little sunlight and few windows. Houses built over or near gravesites are also attractive to ghosts and local spirits.

How to stay protected

The hungry ghosts can cause great misfortune to those with depleted energy. It is therefore a good idea during this month to have more yang than yin energy, so wearing bright colors are better than wearing black during this time.

The best method to bring you protection is using incense. Incense is believed to cleanse the energies in the air. Purification involves dissolving bad energy and transforming it into good energy. More importantly, it will appease the local spirits and hungry ghosts.

During the month of the Hungry Ghosts, it is prudent to be extra careful when you are out at night, taking extra care when you drive, walk in busy streets or travel. Swimming, especially at night, should be avoided because the influence of ghosts is believed to be particularly strong in bodies of water. Allen says that “it is always good to wear protective amulets at all times, but especially during Hungry Ghost month.” Wearing amulets with special mantra for protection is highly recommended. For example, the Hum pendant is suggested since the seed syllable “Hum” is very powerful. It represents the trinity of heaven, earth, and mankind. It is believed to encompass the foundation of all prayers and mantras. Wearing it at your heart protects you from harm coming from different directions.

There are many other ways to get protection but nothing beats the ultimate symbol of universal love — praying for the souls of wandering spirits, an act of compassion that we should not forget during this month of Hungry Ghosts.

(Please click here for feng shui suggestions during the Hungry Ghosts Month)

 

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