Feng Shui: Finding The Money Sector

Dear Lynn,
I know it’s been asked many times, but I’m still unsure. We always use the back door entrance of our house and not the front door. When I am using the bagua in my house, should I line it up using the front door or my back door? Also, if a certain room has two equally used doors, which door should I use to get a read on that room in the house? I am most interested in finding the money sector in my home office area. What can I do to build up this area once I find it? What plant would work well there? Thanks Lynn!

Hi There!

This is the most frequently asked question of the most frequently asked questions. It certainly warrants repeating. Placement of the bagua is not based on patterns of use. Those doorways are important and certainly have an effect on your living experience, but to accurately employ the bagua’s brilliant, remedial gifts use the originally intended entrance as your compass. It can be helpful sometimes to use a “bird’s eye” approach. That goes for the property in its entirety and whatever structures are on it. Super-impose the bagua on whatever you are evaluating based on the formal, architect-intended main entrance, even if the main entrance is only used once a year for holiday carolers or door-to-door solicitors.

In a room with two or more equally used doors, use the bigger one if there is a size difference. If they’re equal in size choose the more formal one, which is usually closer to the main door. You could also choose to use one door exclusively and de-emphasize the others. Too many entrance areas into your office can disperse energy rather than build it, as if it’s leaking.

Once you’ve made the determination about which door to use, the money sector will be the far rear left of the room. You can certainly use plants to build up the area. Use floor plants. Heavy, stable, upward and growing will create a more organic “from the source” endurance in your finances. It can also be quite powerful to position yourself in this wealth sector. You are the ultimate generator!

Hi Lynn,

I just read your response in Spirit of Change to Double L who asked about making the best of an office with her back to the window. I am in a similar situation where I have an opportunity to move to an upstairs office at work and it is shoebox shaped with one window located at the end of the room. Due to the narrow width of the room, I will have to have my back or my side to the window. Is it okay for at least my side to face the window as opposed to my entire back? The downside to this decision is that I notice I can really hear the hum of printers and the like that are located outside this second floor office, the room is smaller and has one less window than the office I’m presently in. The advantage to moving upstairs is I will gain more privacy and, hopefully, peace of mind, away from frequent office interruptions and negative office politics. I am currently beside a complainer, which I find draining. May I ask what you would do in this situation? Thank you for your time. — Sincerely, Can’t Make Up Her Mind

Dear Mindful,
Go for it with this shoebox. Place the desk so that your side is to the window. You’ll have support from the wall and access to a window view and light. In no way is this a bad arrangement unless you have to hold your breath to squeeze into your desk chair. I am assuming that the door to your office is at the other end of the shoebox opposite the window. If not, try perching yourself kitty-corner to the opening of the door.

Swapping lack of privacy, frequent office interruptions, negative office politics and working beside a complainer – for almost anything – would be an improvement. Privacy and peace of mind will govern over humming noises outside this second floor office. If losing the second window is something you really notice create a suggestion of connection to outside by using a mirror that appears to be a glass-paned window. Bring in a few healthy plants and flowers from time to time.


In any given room where should an item in the color red be placed? Is there a significant item that should be placed in every room for good luck? — Debra

Dear Debra,
The answer to your last question is no. Next: do you like red? Red spectrum colors are well positioned in the fame/reputation sector of a home or room; check the bagua diagram with the article headline. Red represents fire and is a very activating color. But there is no need or particular usefulness in placing red all over the place while hoping for a red-induced magical intervention. Introduce red when it is aesthetically smooth and appropriate in a given space.

As far as luck considerations go, attracting and recognizing opportunities is an implicit benefit of feng shui. I think of it as “opportunity management.” But there is no specific item that should be placed in every room for good luck.


Hi Lynn,
I would like to bring more sweetness into my marriage of 25 years. Taking a romantic trip isn’t feasible. — Lindy

Dear Lindy,
It probably wouldn’t work anyway, Lindy. You still have to come home. Begin with taking out what is not sweet. Clean your bedroom – every single thing in it. Scour under the bed and strip the mattress and any under-bedding. Wash all of it and air it outside if possible. To the extent reasonable, remove small furniture and every object that you can. Clean them. Together with your partner choose what to bring back in. There’s no good or bad about what you bring back in, with the exception of tigers, lions, bears and exercise bicycles.

Create a garden area that represents the sweet rejuvenation of your marriage. If you can do it outdoors and it’s possible, plant it in the far right rear corner of the available area – the love, partnership, close relationships sector.

I hope this project can be appealing to both of you. If it is not, do it yourself knowing there is always improvement and room to grow in the sweetening of your relationship with yourself. Tending to that relationship, that very personal, basic development and appreciation of self, is profound. Benefits that accrue from this balanced core are immeasurable. Perhaps your partner is intrigued, perhaps enthusiastic about this garden. Great! Together select plantings appropriate for the given light and natural circumstances, which may be a large planter, a window box, an area with light inside that can be fashioned as a little indoor garden/greenhouse. What plantings are you drawn to? Create a center for them and arrange additional complimentary flowers, shrubs and enticing growing things. Have fun with it: spirals, concentric circles, squares or labyrinthine patterns can further anchor and flavor the sweetness you so desire in your relationship. Exactly what you end up doing is not as significant as your quality of attention and your actual experience in the doing.

The late Lynn Taylor was a senior feng shui practitioner, teaching and consulting in the United States and Mexico for both business and home environments.