By Jenny T. Liu, M.A.

Mr. Wu owns a restaurant in a good location. Ever since his grand opening, he has been doing very well. The restaurant brings in at least $30,000 every month. There are always customers waiting to be served. Because it is so busy and crowded, he had to expand. He invited his two brothers into the business. To minimize business loss, they quickly remodeled and enlarged the restaurant.

Strangely, not long after their partnership and expansion, business went down dramatically. They suffered a loss of $6,000 every month. This resulted in bitter disputes among Mr. Wu and his brothers. They were constantly blaming each other and could not come to any agreements nor solve any problems.

Mr. Wu scratched his head and wondered what had happened to his customers. The food was the same. There were more waiters and tables. He had advertised in all the local papers. It simply did not make any sense to him. He told me he had never believed in feng shui. However, in his desperate situation, he had no choice but to try an alternative solution. A good friend of his recommended that he come to see me. Mr. Wu explained that his friend had been in a similar situation where his business was about to go bankrupt. After he called me for a consultation, his business improved within six months. Mr. Wu felt that there must be something to feng shui. He asked me to help him get out of his slump.

I analyzed the restaurant's feng shui. I also looked at Mr. Wu's and his two brother's birth charts, their auras, their past lives, their face and palms, and consulted the Yi Jing. Of the three brothers, only Mr. Wu's birth chart indicated that he was suited to do the restaurant business. His older and younger brothers were better at doing real estate and electronics respectively. All three brothers have strong potentials for running their own business and being the boss. Working in partnership was not in their nature. Each of them needed to exert power and be in control.

Mr. Wu and his brothers were not compatible working together. Before the partnership, there was one boss who was able to take control and make decisions. Now with three opinions and solutions, little could be accomplished without chaos.

Hearing this, the three brothers all had a good laugh and admitted that this was true. The older brother owns several apartments and the younger broth-er has a computer business. However, since their joint venture, the money they had earned in their respective businesses had come to help pay the rest-aurant's loss. Because of this, Mr. Wu felt guilty and obliged to let his brothers make decisions even though they had no restaurant experience. Without wanting to, Mr. Wu lost control of his business. His energies that were best for the restaurant were not put to use.

As for the feng shui, when they remodeled the restaurant, the main door was moved to the northwest corner which allowed negative frequencies to enter. These frequencies were not compatible with Mr. Wu and his brothers, causing decreased business. Furthermore, according to the Nine Star Chart for this particular building, the northwest has the 8, 9 and 5 stars. This combination of planetary energies in the northwest causes conflicts and financial problems this year. This can be compounded by a yellow or earth energy element in the northwest direction. Across the street from the entry is a large parking structure that is painted yellow. I recommended using reflective materials or the color blue to counteract this negative energy and change the main entry door to the southeast to improve Mr. Wu's particular situation.

The interior chi or energy needed to be readjusted. The color scheme of the table cloths and drapes were peach. This was not the strongest color frequency for them. Mr. Wu and his brothers would be better off with cooler tones such as green, blue and purple. They also needed to move the aquarium to the south and their cashier to the left or east side of the entry. This would stimulate prosperity into the restaurant.

Apparently before you go into business with someone, you should make sure that your birth charts are compatible. You should not adjust the feng shui carelessly. When remodeling or expanding, you are changing the form and energy of your home or work place. Unknowingly, if you make the wrong alterations, you can induce personal harm, money loss, create difficult problems, or simply cause things to not run smoothly.

Jenny Liu holds a Bachelors Degree in Environmental Design from UC Berkeley and a Masters Degree in Architecture from UCLA. She is an expert in the 5,000 year-old Chinese philosophy of Feng Shui, who also shares her knowledge through seminars, workshops, periodicals and the Internet. Awarded for her Master's Thesis on Feng Shui, Ms. Liu is a fourth generation practitioner with her own consulting firm.

For more info, please see her website at http://www.liu-fengshui.com or for the library of her articles http://www.spiritweb.org./Spirit\feng-shui.html. If you have questions, you can also reach her at (818) 282-8536.

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