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Feng Shui for the Retail Business

General advice on finding the right location:

  1. Look for a building that faces a wide road. It is best if the entrance is facing an empty space.
  2. Make sure that your store’s entrance is not harmed by the presence of a lamp post, a single tree, the edge of a building opposite, the triangle roof line of a building or any other poison arrows.
  3. Do not rent or buy a retail space that lies at the end of long corridor or is located at the end of cul de sac.
  4. Do not rent or buy a retail outlet space sandwiched between two larger and higher buildings.
  5. Do not rent or buy a store that faces a road where the traffic comes towards you.
  6. Avoid opening a retail outlet in a complex that does not have an obvious main entrance.
How to activate your business according to the elements
Determine the element that best represents the product you sell, and then activate the relevant compass direction corner that symbolizes that element. This will strengthen your business and bring good fortune luck.

Southeast - Wood
Best Suits – Grocery business, flower, fashion or engage in selling paper
Enhancer: Place plant
South - Fire
Best Suits – Catering/ restaurants or selling lights
Enhancer: Install a bright light or place a jade plant in the South
Southwest - Earth
Best Suits – Selling crystals, property agent or architect
Enhancer: Place natural quartz or light fixtures here.
East – Wood
Best Suits – Grocery business, flower, fashion or engage in selling paper
Enhancer: Place plant or water feature
West - Metal
Best Suits – Jewelry, Hardware, Computer Store
Enhancer: Place lots of crystals in this corner
Northeast - Earth
Best Suits – Selling crystals, property agent or architect
Enhancer: Place natural quartz in the Earth sector of your store
North - Water
Best Suits – bank, insurance, pub/bar or travel agent
Enhancer: Water feature or decorate the wall with water motifs
Northwest - Metal
Best Suits – Jewelry, Hardware, Computer Store
Enhancer: 8-rod metal windchime or brass Kwan Kung

Tips to Increase Sales in a Retail Business

  1. Use mirrors to double your turnover. Place mirrors on two sides of the showroom to make your store appear to be long and deep. Let the mirror reflect the product and cash register. It’s doubling everything.
  2. Energize your cash register with 3 tied coins with red string. Stick the 3 tied coins onto your invoice book, order book and cash register.
  3. Place 3 tied brass coins in all the four corners of your store. This brings stability of income.
  4. Simulate a mountain of gold near your entrance. Place a few gold rocks or boulders just outside the main entrance. This attracts money luck into the store.
  5. Hang two of Chen Lung I-Ching coins tied with red thread on top of your main entrance. This attracts customers to your store.
  6. Hang three tied coins and bell at the entrance door knob. Hang the bell on the outside of the door knob and the coins on the inside door knob. The tinkling energy will attract customers and good fortune luck.
  7. Place 168 pcs of 3-tied brass coins on the floor of your store. This represents the money making its way to your door step. (Note: You can do this during the renovation stage of setting up your store.)
  8. Hang a chandelier at the foyer of the store. This attracts yang energy and enhances the flow of energy into the store.
  9. Place a wealth ship loaded with precious jewels, coins, ingots and gold bars sailing in from the main entrance. This will bring good fortune and wealth luck.
  10. Activate your water star 8 corner with a water feature and a Dragon to increase your sales turnover.
SPECIAL TIP:
Shake the abacus or ring the Ringing Bell when there is no customer. It will attract customer comes to your store immediately.
Things To Avoid
  1. Do not place the mirrors cutting the customer’s leg.
  2. Mirrors should not reflect the entrance, washroom or staircase.
  3. Do not stick the yin character of the coin on the surface.
  4. Do not place the cash register near the entrance door.
  5. Do not place your company name on the floor mat.
  6. Avoid displaying any wealth ships with cannons.

Create an auspicious main entrance
The main entrance of the store is the most important feng shui feature to take care of. Use the 5 element theory to bring good luck to your front door.

Direction of the main entrance Colour Design/Motif
North Blue or black Wavy
South Fire, Orange or Pink Triangular shapes, sun and light
East Green Rectangular shapes
West White, gold or silver Round or circular shapes
Northeast Yellow or brown Square shapes
Northwest White, gold or silver Round or circular shapes
Southeast Green Rectangular shapes
Southwest Yellow or brown Square shapes
  • The bigger your main door the better for your business
  • Use your Kua number to determine your best direction for wealth, and then try to ensure the main door of your retail outlet faces that particular direction.
  • Keep your main door well lit!
Company Logo and name
  • Hang your company name and logo as high up in your outlet as possible.
  • Avoid designs that are excessively yin or yang. Balance the combinations of colours with shapes.
  • Install a bright lights shining on your company name and logo.
  • The best is to place your company name and logo inside the outlet in the SOUTH sector.





The following article is taken from the "Feng Shui World (November/December 2013)". To subscribe, please click here.