Anything with four walls and a ceiling is regarded as a “house” type in feng shui terminology. Of course, there are some major differences between what can be regarded as balanced for a home, but not considered good for a business. This article highlights some different types of commercial properties I have reviewed. To know that these kinds of enterprises sought the services of a feng shui consultant might pique your interest in some of the special applications of feng shui theory.
Shopping Center: A Shopping Center has many layers to consider, starting with its positioning within a community, the natural landscape, and connecting streets. The parking lot’s dimensions and points of entry are also important. The whole complex can be viewed as one big entity and each store can be evaluated on its own terms as well. The location of each store’s entrance and the positioning of cash registers are all very telling in how well or how poorly the businesses do in comparison to each other.
Recording Studio: A recording studio is dark by definition. Where it is within a larger building and the areas where people spend most of their time is similar to many other businesses. But the product which comes out of the studio is the music itself. Classical feng shui practitioners know that the “4 star” is associated with music and creativity, so that is one area that should be activated in the recording studio. Water activates the 4 wood energy and it is always challenging trying to incorporate a fountain if it’s close to electronic equipment. Many years ago, I took a look at the Village Recording Studio in West Los Angeles. Without knowing anything about the history of this building, I showed them where the most positive and prosperous area naturally was within the whole compound. As it turned out, the best area was the studio which generated the biggest selling records, including those of my all-time favorite band, Steely Dan.
Restaurant: The kitchen is a crucial area for the success of a restaurant. If there is a bar, I recommend that it also be placed in one of the more prosperous energy fields, but a bar can also do well in a lousy area. It can lure people to the sad and lonely areas where they can drink their emotions away and still be a money-maker for the restaurant.
Furniture and Stage Prop Store: It’s always fun to use a store’s inventory as feng shui remedies. I have done this with clients many times over with success. As an example, if a certain part of the store needs the metal element, then that is where they can display furnishings made of wrought iron, copper, brass, or bronze. Furniture and various items of décor can be positioned to manipulate the qi flow through the space and usually there is a lot of freedom of where the owner’s consultation desk can go.
Jewelry Store: Any items for sale, whether it be high-priced hair products in a salon or diamonds in a jewelry store can be positioned in areas where customers are most likely to stand and feel good about splurging on themselves. This is also the type of business where security must be a priority. Weakening the “3 robbery”star wherever it happens to be in the store should be an automatic part of the consultation.
Real Estate Agent’s Office: Over the years, many real estate agents have become my clients and a few have become friends. Even though it is sometimes a conflict of interest for a realtor to recommend a feng shui consultant, you can bet that these folks want to have their own homes and offices “feng-shuied” so that their own money luck improves and they will sell more properties. Real estate is an “earth” type business so sometimes there are special applications to enhance their “earth” luck.
Retirement Home: Most of us don’t get a great feeling when we think about Retirement Homes, especially with more and more information leaking out about elder abuse and neglect in these facilities. But The El Descanso Retirement Home in Covina, California was a major exception when I was there years ago. The couple who owned it were like two resident angels keeping the Home immaculate, cheerful, and making freshly squeezed juice and healthy meals for all the residents. They were very interested in enhancing and maintaining good feng shui for their Retirement Home, not just for their own business goals, but also for the health benefit of their clientele.
Private Investigator: By definition, what a private investigator does and researches is of a legal matter. In some respects, his office will be treated similarly to a lawyer’s office. Virtually no business owner wants to attract legal problems, except those who are in the position to correct or expose those problems.
Catering Company: Catering companies can benefit greatly when they have over-all good aspects for making money, but particularly when the “4 artistic star” gets stimulated. The catering of food, in its presentation and creativity can benefit from this 4 star energy.
In case you think that most Feng Shui clients are the New-Agey types, just know that people and businesses from all backgrounds have been attracted to this topic. One of my most unlikely clients was company that rents out male and female strippers! (And I hope that’s all they do!) This same company also provided “erotic” decorated cakes!
Their whole office got a feng shui and design makeover, with tangible results in increased business soon thereafter. Classical feng shui practitioners reading this will appreciate knowing that the entrance to their business was a 4-7 star combination.
(The numbers are code for the invisible qi that resides in a location, based on when the building was built and its compass direction.) The 4 energy is sometimes associated with sexual activity and scandal. The 7 energy is sometimes associated young, pretty flirtatious girls, the breasts, and the mouth. Need I say more? We can say that the energy of their entrance was very appropriate for a company featuring sexualized products and services.
Author: Kartar Diamond
Company: Feng Shui Solutions ®
From the Income, Money Matters and Career Blog Series