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 these 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 Trap hexagram, with Dui on top and Kan at the bottom, brings to mind an image of a lake drying up. This could be interpreted as a feeling of being trapped and helpless, with nowhere to go. It also calls to mind a feeling of disillusionment in the facing of a taxing and overwhelming situation. In short, we’re being tested by a perceived lack of progress.  

How could this possibly pan out for each of the Life Guas?  

Sheng Qi Sector (Life Gua 1)

When faced with the Trap hexagram in your personal Sheng Qi sector, deploying strategic planning, adaptability, and flexibility can greatly help in navigating the challenges and potential entrapment.  

Because the hexagram evokes a time of enforced inaction, using this opportunity to assess the situation and work on your strategic planning is a good way to optimize your time while waiting for the situation to change.  

Take the time to thoroughly evaluate the circumstances and understand the potential risks and hidden dangers involved. Analyze the communication dynamics, interpersonal relationships, and any potential motives or agendas at play. This assessment will provide a foundation for developing your strategic plan.  

Develop a well-thought-out strategy to address the challenges presented by the Trap hexagram. Identify your goals and objectives, and outline the steps needed to achieve them. Consider alternative paths or approaches that may help you overcome obstacles and escape the entrapment. Plan for contingencies and be prepared for unexpected developments.  

Recognize that your initial plans may need adjustment as the situation unfolds. Be open to new information, feedback, and changing circumstances. Adapt your approach and strategies accordingly, remaining flexible in your thinking and actions. This adaptability will allow you to respond effectively to unforeseen challenges and adjust your course as needed.  

Wu Gui Sector (Life Gua 2 and Life Gua 5)  

Deploying self-reflection and introspection is a viable approach when facing the Trap hexagram your personal Wu Gui sector. Our personal Wu Gui sectors represent the presence of petty people. Along with the Trap hexagram, comes warning of potential traps being set by those who are opposed to you. There is a strong need here to pause before you react. After all, we can’t change other people. The only thing we can change is how we respond to them.  

Take a deep look at your own behavior, communication patterns, and decision-making processes. Consider how your actions may have contributed to the entrapment or miscommunications. Be honest with yourself and acknowledge any personal biases or blind spots that could be hindering your progress.  

Look for recurring patterns or triggers that have led to similar situations in the past. Reflect on whether there are certain communication styles, behaviors, or attitudes that tend to create challenges or misunderstandings. By identifying these patterns, you can begin to break free from them and adjust your approach.  

Lastly, be open to feedback from trusted individuals who can provide constructive criticism and insights. Their perspectives can help you gain a more objective understanding of your strengths and areas for improvement. Actively listen to their feedback, consider different viewpoints, and integrate their suggestions into your self-reflection process.  

Yan Nian Sector (Life Gua 3)  

What else can we do while waiting for circumstances to turn in our favour? If you are a Life Gua 3 individual, the Trap hexagram in your personal Yan Nian sector is an opportunity to improve on your interpersonal skills.  

We could start by practicing active listening. Avoid interrupting or jumping to conclusions. Show empathy and validation. This approach fosters better communication and helps prevent misunderstandings.  

Learn effective conflict resolution techniques to address differences and disagreements constructively. Practice active problem-solving, seeking win-win solutions rather than trying to “win” an argument. Encourage open dialogue, compromise, and negotiation to find common ground.  

Develop emotional intelligence by recognizing and managing your own emotions as well as being attuned to the emotions of others. Emotional intelligence enables you to respond appropriately to different emotional states, maintain composure, and build rapport.  

Fu Wei Sector (Life Gua 4)  

The composition of the Trap hexagram with Metal on top and Water at the bottom can signify the possibility of depression due to the combination of Metal and Water. This is most dangerous for the Life Gua 4 individual as the hexagram arrives in your Fu Wei sector.  

If you find yourself suddenly besieged by worries and feelings of helplessness, please do something to take pro-active action before you succeed in talking yourself into a hole.  

As difficult as it may be, staying optimistic and alert is a must when faced with the Trap hexagram. In other words, when all seems lost, we need to tap into hope. Easier said than done, I know.  

But it’s not about trying to change our feelings. Rather, it’s important to acknowledge and accept these feelings of hopelessness. Allow yourself to feel and process those emotions without judgment. Recognize that it’s natural to experience ups and downs, and it’s okay to feel overwhelmed at times.  

If there is one message from the YiJing, it is that nothing is permanent. Everything changes. Just as the good times never last, neither does the bad. Deep understanding of this YiJing principle can help us stay alert and optimistic while holding our current position. After all, this entire chart holds only for a month. So hang in there!  

And if it is support that you need, reach out to trusted friends, family members, or a support network for emotional support. Sometimes, discussing your thoughts and challenges with others can help bring a fresh perspective and instill a sense of hope.  

Most importantly, pay attention to negative thoughts and actively challenge them. Replace negative self-talk with positive and affirming statements. Practice reframing negative situations by looking for potential opportunities or lessons within them. This cognitive shift can help rewire your thinking patterns and foster a more optimistic mindset.  

Huo Hai Sector (Life Gua 6)  

How else can we navigate around the Trap hexagram? If this falls in your personal Huo Hai sector as a Life Gua 6 individual, using this ‘down’ time for personal and professional development is a possibility.  

Since the Huo Hai sector governs our ability to process information, consciously deploying continuous learning and professional growth can be your way out. Stay updated with industry trends, advancements, and best practices through conferences, webinars, online courses, or relevant certifications. By continuously expanding your knowledge and skills, you’ll be better equipped to adapt to changing circumstances and navigate the challenges presented by the Trap hexagram.  

Liu Sha Sector (Life Gua 7)  

For the Life Gua 7 individual where the Trap hexagram falls in your personal Liu Sha sector, the buzzword of the month is: Silence Is Golden.  

Engaging in excessive complaining can perpetuate negative thinking and potentially worsen the situation. Ever heard of self-fulfilling prophecies? The more you complain, the worse you feel.  

Instead, it can be more beneficial to adopt a proactive and solution-oriented mindset when faced with the Trap hexagram.  

Be aware of your tendency to complain and catch yourself when negative thoughts arise. Acknowledge that complaining may not contribute positively to the situation and may reinforce a negative outlook.  

Rather than dwelling on problems, redirect your energy towards finding solutions. Adopt a problem-solving mindset and actively look for ways to overcome obstacles and navigate the challenges presented by the Trap hexagram.  

Practice positive self-talk by replacing negative thoughts with affirming and empowering statements. Challenge negative beliefs and replace them with more optimistic and encouraging perspectives.  

Jue Ming Sector (Life Gua 8 and Life Gua 5)  

Patience and perseverance is called for when the Trap hexagram falls in your Jue Ming sector. We need to recognize that overcoming the challenges of the Trap hexagram may take time. It’s a process that you may not be able to rush.  

Therefore, there is a need to maintain a steadfast commitment to working through the difficulties. Understand that setbacks and obstacles are part of the journey. Persevere through challenges, knowing that resilience and determination are crucial for eventual success. In essence, the Trap hexagram is literally asking, ‘how tough are you?’.  

Regularly reflect on your progress and reassess your strategies. Identify what is working well and what needs adjustment. Stay open to feedback and be willing to adapt your approach as needed. This flexibility enhances your ability to navigate the trap and make necessary course corrections.  

Tian Yi Sector (Life Gua 9)  

Staying positive when it feels like nobody is able to help you can be particularly challenging. For the Life Gua 9 individual, self-empowerment is the key.  

Start by accepting that you may not receive immediate assistance from others. Instead of focusing on external help, shift your mindset towards self-empowerment. Recognize that you possess inner strength and resilience to navigate through challenges.  

Identify your skills, knowledge, and previous experiences that have helped you in similar situations. Trust in your abilities and draw upon your own reserves to find solutions.  

Prioritize self-care to nurture your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Engage in activities that bring you joy, relaxation, and rejuvenation. Taking care of yourself can boost your resilience and help you maintain a positive outlook.  

While it may seem like nobody can directly help you, consider seeking alternative perspectives or insights. Look for books, articles, or online resources that relate to your situation and offer guidance. Sometimes, a fresh perspective can provide new ideas and avenues for overcoming challenges.  


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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