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Business feng shui thrives on Negative energies 斗三煞
Unlike home feng shui where negative energies are seen as nightmares, business feng shui particularly retail industry thrives on bad energies.
In retailing business, shops facing junctions are good provided we are able to “transform” the bad to good. To quote Chinese feng shui classic 要快发 斗三煞 if you wanted your business to be prosperous you need to “challenge” and emerge victorious! Obviously there are some conditions to be met before a business can win over some bad landforms.
Layout affecting “Yin Yang principle” of business feng shui
Do not choose a shop or office structural layout that is long narrow and deep. A ratio of 1:3 breadth vs length is not advisable. These are common sights for prewar shop houses in Duxton, cantonment, Neil road, joo chiat areas. Most are converted into SOHO or retail outlets.
In feng shui main door is “yang 阳” active energy and the back is “yin 阴” passive energy. Due to the longish layout, it is difficult for yang energy to reach the end of office. The energy is “choke” at the middle. It cause disharmony and invites office politics. It increases staff turnover and pose challenges to get sales.
Bottleneck effect also cause health issues
The bottleneck causes health issues concerning throat, lungs and respiratory. And usually the problem is compounded by main door facing a leading staircase downwards. The problem is difficult to solve completely because of the narrow staircase.
Shallow and Wide layout is bad too
Feng shui is all about balance. The reverse layout where the office or shop is shallow and wide like the illustration is also bad business feng shui.
This causes the “yang” energy to enter rapidly but unable to linger inside the office or retail shop. In feng shui perspective the Company will find difficulty to retain profits. So you will have the situation of money come and go in a flash.
This is not ideal for customers’ retention or loyalty.
Main door in Business Feng Shui
The location of Main Door is of paramount importance in business fengshui. Before you purchase or rent the office, ensure that your main door is located at Wealth or Reputation sector. Further information can be found in this website under feng shui destiny.
Another worthwhile pointer is to make sure that your main door does not face a “constricted” space example narrow passageway or wall or downward slop or stairway leading downwards. This causes the “yin” energy to evaporate rapidly resulting in poor sales and profits.
Infrastructure leading to your office
Observe the road structure leading to your retail shop, are you located at the “tail end” of the road? This is similar to home units at the cul-de-sac end of the road
If your business is a fast-moving consumer product or service then it should be located along “阳 Yang energy” i.e. major/main road not tucked away in back-lanes. One good example of strong yang presence is Singapore orchard road.
On the other hand minor roads/back-lanes are “阴 Yin energy” suited for niche market or specialised services. Suitable businesses are pet shops, organic food, pedicure/manicure brothel etc For specialised or niche products, customers will purposely look for you thus the yin energy.
Some feng shui masters are so myopia over trivials like counting of light bulbs or colour scheme, tilted doors and easily overlook the bigger picture – road infrastructure. The feng shui “location” is wrong to begin with. This is particularly important to retailers. The location of your business sometimes even precede over the importance of “Business Destiny 宅命”.
*article for Feng Shui for Modern Living many years back
Timing of “Earth” energy 三元九运
Some of my clients were recommended to choose an office space or shop space based on Bazi / Birth profile lucky elements which is not correct. Take for instance your birth profile requires metal. Metal is West or North-West which is Tuas area. So if your business is a fast-moving consumer product do you want to have a shop in the industrial side of Singapore? To make matter worse West belongs to the Period 7 where the “Earth energy 地运” ended in 2004 Feb.
For wealth opportunities you can consider buying offices or shops that overlooks water in Southwest, Southeast and North direction. Water refers to swimming pool, artificial lakes , rivers and so forth. Water towards SW direction is good during 2004 to 2024 and N or SE from 2024 to 2044.
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