They say, "August" is a ghost month in the Chinese period wherein the gates of the underworld opens which means ghosts and dead spirits are free to wander everywhere and cause misfortune to the living. This period began last August 10 and will end on September 8.
Hungry Ghosts are called “hungry” because by their nature they are unable to satisfy their hunger or thirst through eating ordinary food or water. To be fed, they are only able to smell the smoke of incense and the aroma of food – and so naturally they become really happy and appeased when incense or other special food items are burned and offered to them. These are very desperate ghosts who are trapped in between realms; they are constantly suffering from extreme deprivation - so when left unappeased it’s not surprising that they start to cause mischief to those whose chi energy levels are on the low side - for example, those whose astrological feng shui or house feng shui for the year is afflicted and whose “ji oon” or life force is weak. Hence during this Hungry Ghost Month, more than ever, it is so essential to perform incense offerings - perhaps even every night! -source
It's never too late! You may want to check Feng Shui expert Marites Allen's tips to protect yourself from these ghosts and the misfortunes they bring - Do's and Donts and Chinese Zodiac Reading. These astrological readings may be really informative and a great help yet we must still put in mind that bad luck still depends on how we believe on it, on how we react and take action from unfavorable outcomes and misfortunes that happens in our daily lives.
Our luck, in the end, is pretty much what we choose it to be.