Celebrate this curious festival where spirits come to visit our world, with these tips from Feng Shui queen Marites Allen
Hungry Ghost Month 2021 runs from 8th August – 6th September, according to the Chinese lunar cycle
This year, the period between 8th August and 6th September marks the celebration of the Hungry Ghost Month in many parts of the world. Through the years, this traditionally Chinese event has blended into other cultures that have embraced its ancient beliefs and teachings. It traces its origins back to Buddhists and Taoists who believe that during this month, deceased souls roam among the living. If not properly appeased, they may cause mischief! So it is important to be on their good side by making offerings and following traditional practices.
Appease the spirits
It makes sense to review and heed the usual dos and don’ts associated with this month-long event as it happens this year. Just when we were preparing to welcome the positive promises of the year 2021, the elements were overpowered by the lockdowns, and the world was brought to its knees. Just like that, we saw despair all around us due to loss of livelihoods, overwhelmed healthcare systems, and worst, the loss of many thousands of precious lives.
These restless spirits are now in a different dimension, but may still be in limbo due to the swiftness of the events that cut short their lives. It therefore becomes incumbent for the living to try to appease these spirits, not only to ask them to spare us from misfortune, but more importantly, to assure them that they are remembered and honoured in the most loving of ways.
Pray for their souls
The best way to ease their suffering is to pray for their souls and make offerings on their behalf. This can be done at home by lighting incense, the scent of which is believed to keep them at peace. Some choose to burn paper money or serve the favourite food of the deceased.
Since many of us are still confined at home, it helps to check out dark corners and enclosed spaces. These sections should be kept clean and well-lit, as dirt attracts negative energy and spirits do not like to situate themselves in bright spaces. If you must play music, it should be of the light and peaceful type that invites harmonious and happy feelings.
Keep up hope
These are indeed very challenging times for all of us. What we had anticipated as a positive start of a new zodiac cycle turned out to be the very opposite! Still, it’s our hope that we find meaning in all things, and are guided by the Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu who said: “New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.” Nobody ever thought that the Year of the Metal Rat would usher in the “New Normal.” But if we keep hope in our hearts, we can rise up if we remember two simple things: do no harm and keep safe.
Protect from negativity
Legend recommends other ways to protect ourselves from the negative influences of the hungry ghosts:
• Avoid major changes or decisions during Hungry Ghost Month (a bit like we would in Mercury Retro)
• Avoid yin places, like places of worship, if possible
• Don’t leave your clothes drying outside at night
• Don’t wear black accessories, instead try to use bright colours
• Avoid going out late at night or travelling too far
• Instead of speaking of ‘ghosts’, use the word ‘friends’
Marites Allen is an international Feng Shui expert. She has cultivated her following via media and appears on global radio, TV and social media. Find out more about Marites at frigga.co.uk or follow her on Instagram @maritesallen