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Feng Shui, strategies for business success : arranging your office for success and prosperity, with personalized astrolocical charts
Simons, T. Raphael.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Three Rivers Press, [1998]

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244 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Includes index.
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Central Library BF1779.F4 S566 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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The author of the successful Feng Shui Step by Step returns with a new book that features personalized astrological charts to offer individualized guidance in using traditional feng shui techniques for business success. 80 line drawings.

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Booklist Review

Judging from the favor in which psychics, astrologers, and similar occult practitioners are now held by senior business executives, Simons' second book on feng shui should draw a substantial audience. Departing from the usual advice on selecting and arranging furniture, this aspect of feng shui, as articulated by Simons, first tackles careers and relationships. A multitude of charts, each carefully explained and cross-referenced, leads readers to discover the success forecast for the next month. That kind of training is followed by a consideration of work space; rather than explaining generalities, each chapter focuses on one or two elements, with the ultimate objective being to produce remedies in terms of workplace shapes and power points. There are, in fact, honest-to-goodness door fortunes, based on direction and birth stars, such as "Be meticulous at work, and take care to refrain from entanglements and quarrels. Do not take the goodwill of others for granted. Sincerity will lead to success." Beats a fortune cookie every time. --Barbara Jacobs



Chapter 1 CHI, TIME, AND SPACE In the West feng shui is generally called the art of placement. However, as traditionally used in Chinese and Japanese military and business strategies, feng shui is also an art of timing. Time is inextricably tied to space; time moves through space; there is no time without space. Timing is the essence of strategy. Successful strategy involves discerning patterns and rhythms of change, and seizing the right moment for action. Feng shui is a study of the patterns of chi that enables one to manifest optimum conditions in one's environment. Time implies change. In Chinese philosophy the principle of change is called chi. Chi moves in space. Time moves in space. Chi is cyclical. Change is cyclical. Cyclical changes are seen most readily in the seasons and the times of day. Chi expresses its cyclical nature through two alternating phases, called yin and yang. Think of yin and yang as minus and plus, night and day, winter and summer, north and south, down and up. In Chinese philosophy the cycle of chi is inseparably linked with the concepts of the Tao, the Tai Chi, or Great Ultimate, and the five elements: Water, Wood, Fire, Earth, and Metal. Following Chinese philosophy, knowledge of the Tao and the Great Ultimate is central to the art of strategy. Lao Tzu alluded to this, saying, "Thirty spokes unite about one nave; but it is on that empty space that the use of the wheel depends." The Great Ultimate is calm and clear in the midst of change. When you truly center yourself, you are at one with the Great Ultimate. Acting in accord with the Great Ultimate, you are in accord with the Tao; and being in accord with the Tao, you have all the elements and processes of creation available to you. As Lao Tzu said, "Tao is the storehouse of all things," and "Tao produces all things." THE TAO Tao literally means "the way." It is that which is common to everything in the universe. Tao is absolute reality, the true meaning of which is beyond words. It is the essence of your very being. Lao Tzu says of Tao, There was something undefined yet complete before heaven and earth. Still and formless, it stands alone and undergoes no change. It reaches everywhere and is inexhaustible. It may be regarded as the mother of the universe. I do not know its name. I call it Tao. Making an effort further to name it, I call it the Great. Great, it goes far. Having gone far, it returns to the point of origin. Therefore the Tao is great. THE TAI CHI, OR THE GREAT ULTIMATE It is said that Tao produced the One. What is meant by the One is the Tai Chi, or Great Ultimate. The Great Ultimate and Tao are essentially one thing seen two ways. Tao implies absolute reality; the Great Ultimate implies relativity. Chuang Tzu calls the Great Ultimate "the pivot of the Tao." The pivot implies turning; turning implies opposites. Opposites are relative to each other. The Great Ultimate, therefore, is the ground of relativity. In terms of personal experience the Great Ultimate represents the ability to perceive differences and similarities and to establish relative values. Essentially, the Great Ultimate denotes the faculty of perception itself. If the Tao is the essence of your being, the Great Ultimate is your awareness of being. CHI As Tao produced the Tai Chi, it also produced chi. The Tai Chi and chi are simultaneous expressions of Tao. When it is motionless it is called the Tai Chi. When it moves it is called chi. Like the axle of a wheel, the Tai Chi is the core essence of chi. Cyclical change is the effect of chi. Everything that exists in the universe is governed by chi. Everything that comes into existence evolves through cyclical change. Everything evolves through chi. Chi also means spirit, or life force. It is the breath of nature. In terms of personal experience chi is your vital energy. When your chi is strong, your health is good. To cultivate your chi means to live a long and healthy life. YIN AND YANG Just as chi is cyclical, the course of chi is round. Being round chi rises and falls. Yin and yang are the names of the falling and rising phases of the cycle of chi. Yin falls. Yang rises. Yin and yang are opposite and complementary expressions of chi. In the cycle of the seasons, autumn and winter are yin, spring and summer are yang. In the cycle of the day, the period of noon to midnight is yin, and the period of midnight to noon is yang. In the cycle of the moon, the period extending from full moon to new moon is yin, and the period extending from new moon to full moon is yang. In the cycle of your breathing, exhalation is yin and inhalation is yang. Yang expands, yin contracts. Yang is hard, yin is soft. Yang initiates, yin completes. Yang focuses, yin diffuses. All people have both yin and yang qualities in their personalities. In some people the yin quality may be more pronounced, while in others the yang may be dominant. The yin personality most characteristically tends to be reflective, or introverted, and better suited to working quietly behind the scenes, whereas the yang personality most characteristically tends to be active, or extroverted, and better suited to working actively out in the world. You will be able to ascertain the balance of the yin and yang qualities of your personality after you read the next few chapters. THE FIVE ELEMENTS AND YOUR SEASON OF BIRTH The five elements are expressions of the yin and yang phases of chi. They are like moods. Their descriptive names are Water, Wood, Fire, Earth, and Metal. The nature of each of the five elements, and their correspondences to seasons and times of day, are as follows: Water: freezing and dissolving, or flowing; winter and night Wood: rising and flourishing; spring and morning Fire: expanding and lively; summer and noon Earth: balancing and gathering; late summer, the time of harvesting, and the afternoon Metal: containing and restricting; autumn and evening In addition to the seasons and times of day, the five elements have correspondences to personality characteristics, shapes, colors, directions in space, and businesses and occupations. As you read the descriptions of the five elements, please note the following: While your personality will display characteristics of your season of birth, don't assume that the element of the season in which you were born is the most pronounced element in your personality. Note on your Personal Data List the element of your birth season. After you have read through the first three chapters of this book, you will be able to determine which of the five elements is most pronounced in your personality. Some of the businesses listed here have correspondences with more than one element. For example, you will find that the entertainment industry has affinities with three elements: Wood, Fire, and Metal. As you read, note on your Personal Data List the element or elements corresponding to the business you are in. In Part Two I'll show you what to do with it all. Now let's look at each element in detail. WATER Water freezes and melts. Located between contracting Metal and expanding Wood, as seen in figure 1, Water denotes transition, and as such it corresponds to travel, commerce, sex, dreams, sleep, death, and birth. Because Water is cool and clear, it corresponds to reflection and deep concentration. Running deep underground, Water corresponds to secrecy. Rushing along rapids and over waterfalls, Water also corresponds to passions and desires. YOUR SEASON OF BIRTH If you were born in the winter, the season of the element Water, a yin season that in the Chinese calendar falls between November 7th and February 4th, your personality may display such characteristics as changeableness, insecurity, secrecy, and intense emotionality. On the other hand, you could be phlegmatic or even cold and sluggish. To keep your Water nature healthy and flowing, cultivate your innate abilities to reflect calmly, to see both sides of an argument, and to be adaptable while pursuing the object of your desire. SHAPE, COLORS, AND DIRECTION IN SPACE The shape of Water is asymmetrical and flowing. Buildings with undulating curves correspond to Water. The colors of Water are black and the deepest of blues. The compass direction is north. BUSINESSES AND APTITUDES Businesses corresponding to Water involve all forms of transit, transportation, shipping, trucking, import-export, and financial exchanges, as well as sales, printing, dyeing, pharmaceuticals, refrigeration, air-conditioning, sprinkling systems, plumbing, public utilities, laundries, health spas, hospitals, hotels, restaurants, bars, breweries, wineries, dairies, fisheries, films, plastics, oil companies, paints and varnishes, all kinds of maintenance, and prosthetics. If you find that Water is pronounced in your personality, you have aptitudes for occupations that involve deep thought and reflection. You could be a scientist, statistical researcher, systems analyst, detective, investigator, salesperson, social worker, psychotherapist, pharmacist, medical researcher, nurse, or medical technician, especially in anesthesiology. WOOD Wood rises and flourishes. It springs up and branches out, putting forth leaves, flowers, fruits, and seeds. Located between Water and Fire, as seen in figure 1, Wood denotes growth. It draws nourishment from the cold water deep underground and reaches up to the sun. As such, Wood corresponds to aspirations, plans, developments, strategies, and decisions. Because Wood bends and is resilient, it corresponds to bows and arrows, bridges and airplanes. Because Wood snaps when pressured too much, it corresponds to anger, shouting, and gunpowder. On a happier note, Wood corresponds to music. YOUR SEASON OF BIRTH If you were born in the spring, the season of the element Wood, a yang season that in the Chinese calendar falls between February 4th and May 5th, your personality may display such characteristics as youthfulness, ambition, optimism, aspiration, high spirits, impulsiveness, impatience, single-mindedness, and stubbornness. It is your way to rise rapidly and against all odds. Cultivate your imaginative and creative abilities as well as your romantic and spiritual qualities to keep your Wood nature healthy and resilient. Excerpted from Feng Shui Strategies for Business Success: Arranging Your Office for Success and Prosperity--With Personalized Astrological Charts and Forecasts by T. Raphael Simons All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

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