In the ancient Chinese practice feng shui, one area of your home is considered the energetic center of money or wealth. This is a good area to conduct business or to manage household finances. But where this area is located depends on what bagua form, or school, of feng shui you practice. The way that classic, traditional feng shui defines the money area is different from how it is done by the Western or BTB feng shui school.
Classical vs. Western Feng Shui
The traditional school uses a bagua energy map based on compass directions, while the BTB school does not. For this reason, the different bagua maps will define the money/wealth areas in different fashion. The bagua is essentially an energy map used by feng shui practitioners to help define areas of the home that have specific meaning and usefulness.
In the classical school, the bagua map is defined according to the compass direction of the home's front door, while in the BTB feng shui school (sometimes called the Western school) the front door's compass direction is not relevant. Which school you follow is up to you, although many people find the principles of the Western school easier to follow.
Defining the bagua of your space might feel complicated and difficult, but it is a very important step in genuine feng shui practice. The most successful application of feng shui is based on the correct interpretation of the bagua of your space, so be sure to take the time and define the energy map for your home and for each room in it.
Determining Your Money/Wealth Area
In the classic, traditional feng shui school, the wealth or money area is considered to be the southeast corner of your home or office space. However, in the Western or BTB feng shui school, the money area is the upper left area of your space as viewed from it from a floorplan perspective.
Once you define which feng shui bagua you are following, it is quite easy to define your money area. It is either the southeast area of your home or office (as per classical feng shui school) or the upper left of your space (as per the Western/BTB feng shui school).
If possible, the overall money/wealth center of your home is the best place to place a home office or financial management desk. If this is not possible, remember, too, that each individual room has an area that is best suited for wealth energy. If an entire room in the appropriate location is not available, then the southeast corner of any room (for the classical school) or the upper left as viewed from a floorplan view (for the BTB school) will be most suitable for a wealth area.
Controlling the Feng Shui of Your Money Area
While defining the money area of your home, or the money area in an individual room is easy enough, simply defining the space will do nothing to enhance prosperity and wealth unless you take steps to manage the energy flow by making intelligent decisions regarding decor, and by avoiding the most common mistakes in a money area.
For example, make sure you understand the importance of surrounding yourself with images and items that speak to you of the energy of money and the feeling of financial abundance. The images you choose must be a personal choice, as we all have different associations with the energy of wealth. Here are a few additional tips for managing the money area of your space:
- Wood is the feng shui element of the money/wealth area, and the color blue and images of water will nourish wood. If possible, a small water feature, such as a fountain, can greatly enhance the money center.
- Properly place mirrors can also multiply the prosperity-power of the money especially if they reflect natural scenes or blue colors.
- The right type of growing plant is conducive to a wealth area. The common jade plant, for example, can be a good choice.
- Small statures or icons depicting symbols of wealth can enhance prosperity.