In my previous post – 14 Things Not To Do in The Month of Hungry Ghost Festival, you have learnt the things to avoid, but you are still not aware what can be done to stay lucky in this month. Most business owners would agree that Lunar seventh month (western calendar is August) is typically a month of slow period of the year because a lot of people do not like to carry out major events like renovation, investment, buying property, flying overseas and many more. This is why merchants usually offer huge discounts (an obvious example is air fare) to customers in this month, but with some guidance from Feng shui practitioners, you might be able to turn the ‘Hungry’ ghosts to ‘satisfied’ ones, which in term bring you good luck, wealth and blessing. Beside this, you will also be protected and safe for this month. Here are some guide and tips to do.
1. This is the most basic of all which is to provide food offering to ghosts, that include pork, chicken, fruits, sweets, beer, and cigarettes. The offerings should be placed on a table outside your home or office so that the hungry ghosts will not have to come inside. This is why there is a common scene of tables laying out on the street during Ghost Month, covered in food offerings for the spirits.
2. You should also burn paper money (currency for use in the other world) as an offering to the spirit to make your business grow and prosper.
3. You can also consider getting figurine to protect yourself during this month.
鍾馗 Chung Kwei – Traditionally regarded as a vanquisher of ghosts and evil beings, and reputedly able to command 80,000 demons, his image is often painted on household gates as a guardian spirit, as well as in places of business where high-value goods are involved.
If you really want to embrace these Chinese traditions, there are several amulets, talisman, crystals, and images (of various deities and symbols) you can display for further protection. Learn more here.
4. Protect your front entrance by keeping your front entrance brightly lit throughout the night. If you have enough space, you can also place a pair of guardian Fu dogs for protection.
Be extra careful during this month because the probability of accidents and mishaps is high this month. Be careful and try using the suggested protections and it will be a smooth month for you!