Many freelancers and enterprise owners take extra precautions on their decision-making and spending during the so-called “ghost month”. Some would say that the entire August (even calling it “Aughost”) is actually a dangerous month so expect people with strong superstitions to avoid work transactions and to not initiate new business ventures.
Have you experienced a drop of income? Or a slow turn-around of your finances? Or you just feel so unlucky? I have not gone into that “Aughost” scenario but met many people who lay low and undergo a down-time. Thankful that work comes normal and at times better compare to other months but I respect those who believe otherwise.
An ABS-CBN news article says that “This year, ghost month starts on August 22 and ends on September 19, 2017. According to Chinese legend, ghost month is when evil spirits are unleashed from hell and roam the earth, bringing bad luck wherever they go. This is why superstitious businessmen, and there are surprisingly many, lie low during this time.”
Dates vary annually according to the Chinese calendar (a lunisolar calendar), the Ghost Festival is on the 15th night of the seventh month (14th in southern China). In Chinese culture, the fifteenth day of the seventh month in the lunar calendar is called Ghost Day (For this year, it is set on September 5) and the seventh month in general is regarded as the Ghost Month (鬼月), in which ghosts and spirits, including those of the deceased ancestors, come out from the lower realm. (Source: Wikipedia)
Coming from the traditional Buddhist and Taoist origin, note that the date do not cover all of August (10 days) and includes more days in September (19 days) so the timeline assumed by many as “ghost” is not when it should be.
Will the so-called ghost month alter your work schedule? Should you procrastinate an endeavor? Should you be more careful and not take risks? Should you suspend the planned expansion? Or just live normal with a focused and optimistic mindset driven to try over and win non-stop regardless of what month it is?
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