My advice on business cards will be transferrable in terms of choosing colours for your website and any marketing collateral – antyhing that represents you or your company your company, your products and your services.
So the answer to choosing what’s the best element for you, obviously easier if you don’t have any business partners, but the best colours are determined by your Four Pillars of Destiny, or Chinese astrology. Based on the day and month that you are born, then we can determine what are the more favourable as well as unfavourable elements for you.
If fire is your best element, then you’re looking at reds, yellow and oranges, or even reddish purples. If wood is your best element, green is your best bet. Earth colours are browns and beiges. Metal colours are white, grey, silver or any other metallic colours. Water-element colours would be black and blues.
If you want to do this right, there unfortunately is no do-it-yourself method to this. I know a client of mine has googled a tool online before but it ended up suggesting a colour that was the client’s worse colour choice. So your best bet is to get a qualified Four Pillars practitioner to help you determine that.
I wanted to quickly touch on how some feng shui enthusiasts may go a little bit overboard once they come into the knowledge of what is their best element. I saw this photo and thought this is the perfect example of how one might take that information a little TOO literally!
How many feng shui commandments is this room breaking?!?! But even feng shui aside, how practical is this as a bedroom?
I have clients who come to me either they’re already in business or they’re thinking about going into business and they’re unsure which path they should be taking. Now for one thing, not everyone is suited to be self employed or to have their own business and how you determine this is by your Chinese astrological chart which is Bazi in Mandarin or Paht Chee in Cantonese.
If you don’t currently have your own business and you’re wanting to go into one and you’re not sure if this is the right decision to make, I highly, highly, highly recommend taking a look at your Chinese Astrological chart. Because, what you need to look at is the Direct Wealth or Indirect Wealth stars - if you have these stars in your chart.
If you have the Direct Wealth star it tells us that you’re more suited to be a salaried person, to be employed by a company, to always have to always have steady income coming in.
But if you have the Indirect Wealth star then it tells us as practitioners that you are more suited to have your own business that you have the necessary skills and necessary luck to success in business now I always say it to my clients that the Bazi chart is all about potential energy doesn’t mean that everything is set in stone.
So if you’re thinking about going into business but you look at your chart and you don’t have Indirect Wealth luck in there, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t go into business it just means that it’s very likely that you’re gonna to go into obstacles than other people and the success is a further reach for you.
It’s not impossible. Obviously from a feng shui perspective you wanna make sure that feng shui wise you are supported to get more success
And let’s say you partner up with someone then hopefully your partner will have what is lacking in your chart not sure just in terms of Indirect Wealth star but also in terms of what you’re favourable element and all that.
It’s a little bit deeper in terms of decoding your bazi chart. But those are generally where my clients come and say
“Hey Safrina I’m sick and tired of working for someone. I have some business idea but I’m not sure what to do. Other insights that the Bazi can tell you is. ”
If you wanna go into business, what kind of industry do you want to be in or you SHOULD be in if you want to if you want to go with the flow as opposed to swimming agains the current. Why would you wanna go against the current when you don’t need to. And so the bazi chart will give very good insight as to what are the best elements for you
In feng shui we have five elements: fire, metal, wood, water and earth.
And every chart, there are certain elements that work well for us and certain elements don’t. So let’s say if your best element is
fire and you want to have your own business then fire industries that you can get yourself involved in are let’s say media and entertainment.
Metaphysical businesses… spiritual businesses… the beauty industry hmm food and beverage – more food, like restaurant business and things like that. That would be fire.
If metal is your strongest element then you can go into mining, go into banking, jewellery-making businesses let’s say.
If water is your best element then you’re looking at travel industry, import and export, sales-related industries where there’s a lot of traveling. Things like that…
Earth element industries would be insurance, construction… and then wood elements industries would be agriculture teaching and training,
printing and things like that. Obviously I’m not giving you an exhaustive list here but just to give you an idea that
your best elements would not only tell us what industries you’ll have success in, you also have more fun in. When I found this concept and I looked back at my career choices, the ones that I just had so much fun in and so much ease in were the ones where they were my best element.
So that’s another thing that the bazi can be a really good tool for you to decide if you’re in a career path and fork in the road there and you’re trying to figure out what you should do, the bazi can give you a lot of clarification on that.
Now, in terms of feng shui for business, my corporate and retail clients have been misled by a lot of feng shui myths out there, diluted feng shui information that they only have one money corner That’s not true. Because if you feng shui properly then you can have up to 3 money corners. Just depending on the layout. If one money corner is a store room, then there’s nothing much you can do. But that definitely gives us a little bit more possibilities in terms of how to use feng shui to boost it up. And, once you plot these properly let’s say you’re in a retail space then obviously you want the cash register in the money spot. You want your front door in the money spot, If you have a water cooler let’s say, you’ll want that in the money spot IF that direction can `see’ water which is another thing, you know…. water placement is another topic that I’ll cover in a different video.
But that is how that is the interaction that would be what I would recommend before you go into business. And if you already have a business obviously then you want to make sure that the feng shui serves and supports that space. But if you have let’s say a big business decision
that you can foresee yourself making, date selection would be great and based on your Chinese astrological chart we can pick the best months
and even the best day, for you to sign important contracts… when you should go all out in your marketing… when you should lie low and not make any big decisions… Some people will say, ” so aren’t you limiting yourself?”
Well, in a sense. Yes.
But why would you be… like I said, why would you want to go against the current when you don’t need to. Like, if you can afford planning your business strategies that way then you’re lining yourself up with more potential for success.
I had an unfortunate thing happen today. I gave a friend of mine a hug this evening as she was going to start chemotherapy for breast cancer tomorrow. On the outside she is a pillar of strength but she acknowledged that she is a mess inside and understandably so.
Why do mothers need watch out for this year? Stress levels will be high so stress management will be very important. Personally I like meditation but admittedly I have ended up falling asleep more often than actually finishing my meditation session. your mode of relaxation can be reading, knitting, gardening etc… Whatever it is, the goal is to get back to center, to be gentler with ourselves.
The good ol’ advice of keeping your body moving and eating well should also be observed as well, it can be as simple as dancing to your favourite music ( great stress reliever especially if you dance silly! ) or just parking your car a couple blocks further than your office so you put in a few more extra steps. In terms of diet, do baby steps like I did. I cut out sugar in my diet, and am now on to reducing my carb intake ( believe me, I’m the typical Asian woman who loves her rice so this is hard – but not impossible )!
I know this is hard for most of us as mothers are notorious for ourselves on the back burner, but if ever there is a time for us to put ourselves as priority, this is the year to do it! If we burn out and break down, we’re not serving our family either. So give yourself permission to take some time for yourself to recharge. Then we can go back to taking care of our families with a peppy spring in our steps!
As a spiritual entrepreneur it is very important for me to make sure a client understands what it takes to see big changes in their lives, through feng shui, as well as above and beyond feng shui.
I recently had a conversation with a woman who I know have been doing classical feng shui for a while now, and she confessed that she’s just as in debt as she was when she sought out feng shui to help her with her finances.
During our conversation she told me that her income has doubled compared to what she pulled in just a year before, and she found a job that has the potential to pay even more. So why does she still have a bad credit rating and and debt looming over her head?
This is a classic example of us not realizing, or at least are in denial of, the fact that we still need to do the RIGHT ACTION to bring us fully to the result that we are seeking. This lady has been on the spiritual path for a while now which got her ball roling, and activating feng shui properly also brought about quite a few ‘synchronicities’ and possibilities for her. That covers Heaven and Earth Luck based on Chinese metaphysic’s Three Divine Luck. Mankind Luck makes up the last third of the equation, and though she’s working hard at her work there’s an element that she is still missing – addressing issues of self worth, and her comfort level with making AND keeping more money.
Her homework, I said to her, would be to really explore why she is uncomfortable keeping the money that she makes. Without going into details about other situations in her past and her present, we’ve narrowed it down to shame, guilt and self-worth. These are her BIG internal struggles that she needs to address, through counselling, coaching and being more self-aware, in order for her to rise above her debt and be truly, truly, financially secure.
So when clients come to me saying they want feng shui to change their lives, feng shui definitely can put more gas in their tank and get them moving towards that goal. But if there are other impediments above and beyond feng shui, they will need to address that as well before they can fully arrive at where they seek to be.
Those of you who have studied flying star feng shui will know that the combination of 2 ( illness ) and 5 ( misfortune ) is the one that we want to avoid the most. Before you move into a place I strongly suggest not to have this combination appear at the front door or the bedroom, or any other important areas of the house / business ( ie. home office or cash register in a retail store ) as this will only strengthen the affliction here.
If you’re already living here and can’t move out, what do you do?
- if the 2/5 hits your bedroom, do you have another room that you can use? If this is the only room, then hopefully you’ll be able to tap into a more auspicious location for your bed to minimize the effects ( although using a different room would be more preferable )
- if this hits your front door, do you have another entrance you can use? I do get a lot of pushback the few times I’ve suggested my clients do this, and though there are ways to reduce the affliction nothing is as good as actually not using the area or actually moving away. Think about it, your front door is like the mouth to the body, the food ( chi ) that goes into the body ( your house ) will either nourish you or make you sick. You can cover the body with nice clothing and makeup so people don’t know you’re sick but if you’re still eating unhealthy food you’re not addressing the root issue here.
So what are the feng shui remedies for this? I will caution you that this will MINIMIZE the affliction but it won’t necessarily take care of it 100%, but any reduction in this case will be needed especially if the 2/5 happens to be in the south which is compounded by the energy of 9 in 2013. You can make sure that you place a lot of metal elements here ( silver, metal, copper… anything metal or metallic ) to reduce the earth energy which is what 2/5 is categorized at. No reds here. No moving objects ( ie. a clock ) and NO WATER FEATURE!!!!! This will generally work, and depending on other factors ( determined with a proper audit ) other things may be applicable as well to reduce it even more.