Dog Days of Summer

Melissa Leib

Melissa Leib

Do you ever wonder why we call this time of year “The Dog Days of Summer?” It is the time of year when the brightest star, Sirius, becomes prominent in the Northern hemisphere night sky. The Greeks called the star Canis Majoris which translates into Dog Star.

This time is also associated with excessive heat, flood, fever and all around bad luck.

I’ll let you in on another secret; I’m an astronomy lover and I was an astronomy TA in college, so I love seeing Sirius this time of year!

But what does this mean in regards to Feng Shui? Summer corresponds to the South, yang energy, and to the element fire. Dogs, coincidentally, as animals are fire energy. This affects our fame and reputation area. To stoke your good reputation, let the light in in the southern part of your space. Add leather, the color red, photos of live animals or animals in motion. Light a candle, turn on your lights-whatever brings life to the south, and honor the dog and you should see success in your good reputation.