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Compass F inan ce FISCAL FENG SHUI Feng Shui may seem like superstition, but top corporations such as Citibank and Chase use it in their offices to maximize their business potential. Here’s what can you do to increase your financial flow. T E X T BY SA N DY L I N D S E Y FIRST IMPRESSION Stylish, welcoming entrances for both the office and home will beg opportunities to come knocking. NUMBERS GAME While on the subject of entrances, be sure that your building or office suite has prominent numbers so good chi can find you. DESK DECISION To avoid negative energy from previous users, get a new desk. Never work at a desk with missing corners or otherwise incomplete. PROPER PLACEMENT Never sit with your back to the door. If you have no choice, hang a mirror so you’re not blindsided by bad karma — or unwelcomed guests. BE IN CHARGE If possible, position yourself so that your desk is the farthest from the entrance to the room as possible. This is the “command” position. COMPUTER SAVVY Put your computer in the north or west of your office for creativity, in the southeast if it’s used to produce income. STOP LEAKS Water symbolizes both money and emotions. Don’t let a drip in the men’s room ruin the company’s outlook. Nor your emotional wellbeing. MOVING WATER Fountains are an ancient symbol of abundance in all cultures, not just feng shui. An alternative is a photo or painting of fast-flowing water. GREEN GROWTH Healthy, thriving plants in an office are seen as a sign that finances are growing. Don’t have a green thumb? Get an easily tended money plant or lucky bamboo. 28