2023 August Feng Shui

A Feng Shui monthly strategy chart can be used in two ways. This is even more nuanced than a Bazi strategy as Bazi tends to be Day Master specific. In Feng Shui, we can either apply the following directly to your Life Gua (a more straightforward way of predictive analysis), or we could apply this sectors to the person who spends the most time in that particular sector. This one’s for August 2023, based on the Month Replace Month Hexagram Chart.  

In this month’s series, I’ve endeavoured to layer the information with the personal 8 mansions to create an even clearer picture of what’s happening.  


The arrival of the Mountain hexagram in the SouthWest indicates that a large obstruction is blocking certain energies. It’s not yet stagnated. But progress is almost stalled until we climb this Mountain.  

But with the Mountain hexagram comes an opportunity to just stay still for a spell. To rest, think, and most importantly, observe.  

The impact of this hexagram will differ, depending on which sector the Southwest represents for each of the individual life gua. However, expect to see the theme of self-cultivation carried throughout the 9 Life Guas, because at the end of the day, the Mountain hexagram calls for self-cultivation.  

Jue Ming Sector (Life Gua 1)

Obstruction to the ability to respond to trials and tribulations can occur when we find ourselves overwhelmed, paralyzed, or unable to effectively cope with challenging situations.  

These obstructions can include fear, lack of resilience, limited problem-solving skills, or negative thought patterns. They hinder our capacity to adapt and grow in the face of adversity.  

Overcoming this obstruction requires a combination of self-reflection, emotional intelligence, and proactive strategies. It involves developing resilience through mindset shifts, cultivating positive coping mechanisms, seeking support from others, and acquiring effective problem-solving skills. By embracing a growth mindset, practicing self-care, and viewing challenges as opportunities for personal growth, we can break through the obstructions and develop a more resilient and proactive approach to facing trials and tribulations, empowering us to navigate life’s difficulties with greater strength and resilience.  

Fu Wei Sector (Life Gua 2 and Life Gua 5)  

If the Southwest represents your Fu Wei or identity sector, your own self-identity may be the cause of the obstruction. Who we are, who we identify with, plays a big role in our actions.  

Stagnation caused by self-identity occurs when we rigidly define ourselves based on past experiences, beliefs, or societal expectations, limiting our personal growth and potential. Our self-identity can become a stagnant pool, inhibiting us from exploring new perspectives and adapting to change.  

True growth and fulfillment arise when we challenge our self-imposed limitations, embrace our evolving nature, and allow ourselves the freedom to redefine who we are. By cultivating self-awareness, engaging in introspection, and seeking new experiences, we can break free from the shackles of stagnation, embrace our dynamic selves, and embark on a transformative journey of self-discovery and personal evolution.  

Huo Hai Sector (Life Gua 3)  

An obstruction to appetite for risk can emerge when we insist on certainty and security in every aspect of our lives.  

This obstruction arises from a fear of the unknown, a desire to avoid failure or discomfort, or a need for control. It limits our willingness to take calculated risks, explore new opportunities, and embrace uncertainty.  

Overcoming this obstruction requires a shift in mindset and a re-evaluation of our relationship with risk. It involves recognizing that uncertainty is a natural part of life and that taking risks can lead to growth, learning, and exciting possibilities.  

By reframing our perception of risk, setting realistic expectations, and gradually stepping outside our comfort zones, we can expand our appetite for risk and open ourselves to new experiences, innovation, and personal development. Embracing uncertainty can ultimately lead to greater fulfillment, resilience, and the discovery of unexplored potentials.  

Wu Gui Sector (Life Gua 4)  

An obstruction to spiritual growth and intuition can manifest when we are disconnected from our inner selves, immersed in the noise and distractions of the external world, or trapped in limiting belief systems. This obstruction hampers our ability to tap into our innate wisdom, intuition, and higher consciousness.  

Overcoming this obstruction requires a conscious commitment to self-reflection, inner exploration, and mindfulness practices. It involves creating space for solitude, silence, and introspection, allowing us to quiet the mind and cultivate a deeper connection with our spiritual essence.  

By embracing practices such as meditation, prayer, journaling, or connecting with nature, we can remove the obstructions and nurture our spiritual growth. This process involves questioning and expanding our belief systems, seeking guidance from spiritual teachers or mentors, and being open to the mysteries of the universe. As we cultivate a deeper connection with our inner selves and tap into our intuition, we unlock profound spiritual insights, wisdom, and a sense of purpose that can guide us on our path of spiritual growth.  

Yan Nian Sector (Life Gua 6)  

Something may be obstructing your ability or efforts to communicate effectively and openly with individuals or within a group. These obstructions can take various forms, such as misunderstandings, conflicting interests, emotional barriers, or even intentional actions to suppress or restrict communication.  

Overcoming this obstruction requires a commitment to fostering a culture of open and respectful communication. It involves actively listening to others, seeking common ground, practicing empathy, and promoting transparency.  

By addressing underlying issues, encouraging honest and constructive dialogue, and finding mutually beneficial solutions, we can remove the blocks that hinder effective communication. Building trust, creating safe spaces for expression, and valuing diverse perspectives are crucial in overcoming obstructions and cultivating healthy and productive communication channels. Ultimately, by breaking down barriers and promoting open dialogue, we can enhance understanding, collaboration, and mutual growth.  

Tian Yi Sector (Life Gua 7)  

The arrival of the Mountain hexagram is a reminder about the importance of regular periods for rest and rejuvenation to improve our physical wellness and energy levels. Since the Southwest is the Life Gua 7’s personal Tian Yi sector, this message resonates most with you.  

In a fast-paced world filled with constant demands, carving out time for stillness allows our bodies and minds to heal. During this period, we can engage in activities that promote relaxation, such as meditation, deep breathing exercises, or gentle stretching. Resting also involves prioritizing quality sleep, as it is essential for overall health and vitality.  

By giving ourselves permission to pause and recharge, we can reduce stress, improve mental clarity, and replenish our energy reserves. This period of stillness and rest allows our bodies to heal, rebuild, and restore balance, ultimately leading to improved physical wellness and increased energy levels to tackle the challenges of daily life with renewed vigor.  

Sheng Qi Sector (Life Gua 8 and Life Gua 5)  

You may find yourself experiencing some form of creative blocks in August 2023. This may manifest as simply as a writer’s block, or it could show up in the form of resistance to the need for new strategies and tactics.  

Overcoming creative block can be achieved by learning to look from a different perspective. With a Mountain standing in our way, we need to unlock new ideas by shifting our viewpoint and perspective.  

This can be accomplished by exploring alternative interpretations, questioning assumptions, seeking inspiration from different fields, or seeking feedback from others. Opening ourselves to diverse viewpoints encourages innovative thinking, breaks through creative barriers, and fosters new avenues of creativity. By cultivating a mindset of curiosity and embracing the unknown, we can overcome creative block and tap into our creative potential.  

Liu Sha Sector (Life Gua 9)  

For the Life Gua 9, managing and regulating your emotions may present as a bit of a challenge in August 2023. These blockages can be caused by various factors such as unresolved trauma, overwhelming stress, unhealthy coping mechanisms, or a lack of emotional awareness.  

Overcoming this blockage requires a combination of self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and intentional practices. It involves identifying and acknowledging our emotions, understanding their underlying causes, and developing healthy coping strategies.  

Techniques such as deep breathing exercises, mindfulness meditation, journaling, or seeking support from a therapist can help navigate and process challenging emotions. By actively working on emotional self-regulation, practicing self-compassion, and cultivating emotional resilience, we can gradually remove the blockages and gain greater control over our emotional well-being, leading to a more balanced and fulfilling life.  


Simply, stand in the middle of your house. Face the door. Use the compass app in your mobile device and turn to look for the relevant sector that you intend to use. Once identified, just do the activity related to the objective.  


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Author: Paulynne Cheng

A Business and Career Consultant-Coach who melds Chinese Metaphysics techniques with modern day Coaching to help you become the best that you can be. A lifelong reader who cannot imagine life without books; a 25-year Communications professional with an expertise in sports communications, sports marketing and broadcasting.

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