Feng Shui and Chinese Astrology Update: May 2021

Summer is here! May 5th takes us into the month of the Water Snake and the start of summer in the Chinese solar calendar. In the Flying Star Feng Shui chart for May 2021, star 2 of illness is in the center, indicating the need to maintain health and safety precautions.

With Yin Water as the heavenly frequency of the month and the Snake, an ally of the Ox, in the earthly branch, we can expect the month of the Snake, which ends on June 4th, to be a kinder and more cooperative month compared to the previous month.
Water is the element associated with fear, and with many of us stepping out of our cocoons and expanding our presence in the external world, we may have to deal with the anxiety of adjusting to a changed world. Recognize the root of your fears and be gentle to yourself. Since fears can be louder than logic, it’s important that we make time for stillness to listen to the quiet voice of wisdom. As in April, we will have to discern whether it’s wiser to rise above our fears, or if it’s safer to acknowledge and listen to our fears.
The Snake is a Yin Fire element, associated with joy and the heart. With Fire element finally making its first appearance in 2021, we’re being called to transform our fear and anger into creative solutions that can lead us to joy. This is a month to engage in activities and hobbies that make your heart sing. Stoke your inner joy by incorporating Fire element into your daily life. Stay connected in the heart with your loved ones. Mother Earth gifts us with the essence of the season’s element in the fruits and vegetables that she produces, so eat foods that are in season such as tomatoes, berries, cherries, and figs. Fire element foods also include bitter greens such as arugula, kale, and dandelion greens.
The animal signs that have affinities with the Snake are secret friend the Monkey and allies the Rooster and the Ox. Those with these signs in their chart can expect a more collaborative and social month ahead, with support from friends and family (though keep in mind that other signs in the natal chart may contribute to a more challenging month.)
May by nature is a fast-moving month. As one of the four travel stars in Chinese Astrology, the Snake triggers movement and change, especially if you were born in year or day of the Pig, Rabbit, and Sheep. If you were born in a Yin Water or Yang Water year or day, the period between May 5th to June 4th is a good time to schedule personal, medical, or professional consultations as the Snake brings support from noble people and heavenly guidance. *Water years are years that end with 2 or 3, including 1972, 1973, 1982, 1983, and so on.
Take caution this month if you have a Pig, the sign opposite the Snake, in your chart. It’s a busy month ahead and as a travel star, those with a Pig in their chart should be especially mindful when driving or traveling.
In the Flying Star Feng Shui chart for May 2021 above, the numbers in green are the annual stars for the current year (good until February 3, 2022), while the numbers in blue refer to May 2021’s monthly stars (good from May 5th to June 4th).
The number in the center and its corresponding trigram can give us further insights into the general moods and themes of that period, whether it’s an annual number or a monthly number. In May, monthly star 2 of illness, associated with Kun, the Earth trigram, “flies” to the center. With star 2 of illness ruling the month, Covid remains a primary concern around the world. We can relax our guards as we progress, but remember that we still have to do our part in keeping our community safe.
The Earth trigram relates to Mother Earth, the family matriarch, and the digestive system. It is a pure Yin trigram, with three broken Yin lines symbolizing the female principle, the receptive force. Whereas the previous month’s Thunder trigram suggests events out of our control, the Earth trigram reminds us that we have the freewill to choose our own actions and the power to create our own outcomes. We’re part of Mother Earth, and what we do matters.
The most productive sectors in May are the Southwest, visited by monthly star 8 of prosperity and the East, occupied by monthly star 9 of future prosperity. Spend more time in these sectors to activate the positive stars. The South, which has an auspicious 1/6 combination associated with wisdom and power, and the West, where monthly star 4 of academic excellence and romance combines with the annual star 8 of prosperity, are the month’s best sectors for office and study space.
Keep the Southeast, North, Northeast, and center sectors quiet this month. These are the sectors visited by the annual or monthly stars 5 of misfortune and stars 2 of illness. Take extra precautions when it comes to your health if your bedroom or front door is located in any of these sectors. Reinforce all doors and windows located in the North, visited by monthly 7, and the Northwest, where the annual 7 is.
*Although there may be remedies to lessen a sector’s negative energy, the best solution is to simply avoid using the sector, or keep the area as quiet as possible and respect whatever energy is visiting there, especially if you’re not familiar with your home’s natal energies as you may accidentally activate a negative natal star. If you do have to spend time in the area, keep your activities there minimal. Common sense also applies: for example, it’s a good idea to have doors and windows reinforced if they’re located in a sector affected by star 7 of robbery.
Contact me here if you’d like to identify and activate the auspicious sectors in your living or office space and subdue the influences of inauspicious stars to help optimize your family’s well-being. I also recommend getting a strategic life reading, which provides you with a blueprint for manifesting your highest potentials.
**If you have had a Feng Shui assessment done, consider getting an annual update as annual stars are strong in influence and can highly affect the well-being of the home’s occupants. A proper Feng Shui analysis always takes into account the floor plan of a home, its location, direction, external and internal environment, and the year the home was built, as well as its affinity with the residents’ natal charts.
Just like we spend time on self-care as part of our life’s self-work, there is major “home” work involved once you’ve had your home professionally Feng Shui’d. Knowing your home’s natal energies brings full awareness of how your immediate environment can positively influence your life.