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8 Things to Avoid If You Believe in the Ghost Month

You may want to reschedule your next home improvement project

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Ghost month is primarily observed by the Chinese community, but more and more Filipinos take precautions—better safe than sorry, right? As mentioned in a previously published article, the Ghost Month falls on the seventh month of the Lunar calendar, which means August 11 to September 9 of this year. It’s advised to not make any big decisions or life changes during the duration of Ghost Month, in the belief that it will bring you bad fortune.

Did you know that there are specific taboos related to this dreaded month? Many believe that by sticking to your routine or the status quo can help one avoid misfortune. Feng shui expert Princess Lim Fernandez of the Yin & Yang Shop of Harmony advises that if you wish to avoid bad luck during this month, these are what are prohibited or should be avoided:

1. Launching a new business

It would be likely that the business won’t generate as much money or might close down due to it.

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2. Working on changes in the office and in your house

This includes no moving offices, no huge renovations, no beginning of construction, or purchasing of a new property.

3. Making big purchases

From a vehicle to a house, it’s seen to not be wise to spend a lot of money during this time.

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4. Undergoing elective surgery


Changes on yourself, unless it’s a complete emergency, are prohibited—unless you feel like taking the risk while being on anesthesia or under the doctor’s scalpel.

5. Risky and outdoor activities

Princess states to avoid “going on an outing near water or in the forest. Refrain from engaging in any risky activities like scuba diving, parasailing, sky diving, mountain climbing, etcetera.”

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6. Staying out too late

Ghosts who roam around during these months are said to be hungry and play tricks on the living, so perhaps an extra precaution to be taken by those with child is to stay home at night, and Princess adds, “As much as possible during the entire ghost month,it is best not to stay out too late, especially on August 24 and August 25.”


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7. Wearing black

If you have a penchant for being in head to toe black outfits, or prefer dark colored clothes, it would be best to put a punch of color to your wardrobe for the time being. The ghosts are said to thrive in darkness, so best to get happy and be colorful.

8. Ignoring your zodiac sign


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In this year of the Earth Dog, Princess says, “Those born on the year or day of the Fire Goat, Fire Dragon, Wood Ox, Wood Dog, Water Goat and Water Dragon should make an effort to avoid the aforementioned taboos. Their luck is on a low frequency or their Ch’i is low and in tune with Yin energy.”

Can’t avoid any of these taboos? Princess advises to be mindful of dates and bring a medallion and charm. She says, “For the other zodiac signs, if they really cannot avoid these, then it is best that they choose an appropriate date. They can carry a Safety Medallion and a Safety Charm with them and bathe in water boiled with pomelo leaves as the unique aroma of this helps drive away negative energy.”

To contact Princess for a consultation, you may reach her at Yin & Yang Shop of Harmony, Shoppes at the Lagoon, New World Makati Hotel, Esperanza Street corner Makati Avenue, Makati City. You may also call tel. no. (02) 752-5882 or visit www.yinandyangshopofharmony.com.

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