When I want a great smile of a read I visit Heather Armstrong at her blog, dooce.com Heather has the writing prowess of Joan Didion with a really really wonderful sense of humor. Her style of writing is not as wacked as Hunter Thompson but she dives in and out of that hemisphere and I so applaud her unplugged style.

I usually show up at Heather’s blog when I am tired and need a head shaking guffaw laughing moment. “The squirrel in the tree”, and well the list is endless as to how she can make a normal day at home read like a episode of Saturday Night Live except you are reading it.

In her latest installment Heather made a new office renovation and it made me start to think about Feng Shui and office workspaces.

I thought it would be of interest to those of you who have wondered about what and how to place your desk for the best optimum Feng Shui experience. I will list both Eastern and Western styles.

Directional Feng Shui is what I am going to start with here. This is not some big secret that you are receiving. I mean really you can read it in just about any book out there on Feng Shui. I am however, sharing and tailoring this set up for office/home work place specifically. This is using Eastern style Feng Shui.

If you want to change your office, if things are not going the way you like try this out for grins.

It is kind of scientific in that you need to do math. Well just a simple add and subtract.
You use your birth year and come up with a single number. Then that number correlates to auspicious directions. There are four to choose from that will be beneficial to you, with one being your very best direction. Then you place your desk with your chair facing that direction. Or to say it another way, if your best direction is North place your chair down and sit facing or looking north. Now add your desk in front of you. I hope that is clear enough for you to understand how to do this.

You take your year of birth to start:

Men and Women are slightly different adding and subtracting: Here goes,


Take the last two digits of the Year of Birth and add them until they make a single digit.

Minus the number from 10

Example: Male born 1956
5 + 6 = 11
1 + 1 = 2
10 – 2 = 8
So 8 is the number for that birth year.

** Note: If the total reaches #5, Males assume #2 and Females assume #8.
(I told you it was mathematical…..)


Take the last two digits of the Year of Birth and add them until they make a single digit.

ADD 5 to the number.

Example: Female born 1956

5 + 6 = 11
1 + 1 = 2
2 + 5 = 7
so, 7 is the number for that birth year for women.

Please Note: February 4th marks the beginning of the Chinese Solar New Year. If your birth date is on January 1 st thru February 3rd then take the previous years directions.

So next I will list the numbers that correspond with direction. So let’s say you figured out your number to be (7) like the above example you would go to the list and see the locations that are the best for that number. They will be sorted as A,B,C,D. All the directions listed are good with Letter (A) being the best. A Feng Shui consultant trained in Eastern style Feng Shui would use this information as a guide and work with the aesthetics of the room and see if one of these directions could be worked into the desk placement and overall room design.

Here is the list: again, the # is the single digit you derived, with ABCD best location to look at.

# A B C D
1 SE E S N
3 S N SE E
4 N S E SE
9 E SE N S

You will need a compass to find these true directions and I guess it is kind of exhausting to go through all this to find out, but it is there for the sharing if you are at all interested.

In Western Style Feng Shui the direction is called a power position and you work the aesthetics into the room by positioning the desk to face the door. That means when you are sitting down you are looking at the door with the desk in front of you. If you cannot face your desk and yourself to look at the door, then a good design/Feng Shui tip is to place a mirror on the wall that you are facing so that you can see who is walking into the room.

That is your desk placement using Western style Feng Shui, to arrive at a pleasant well balanced office space. There is no need to work up the mathematical like the Eastern style I have listed above, and you really use your “intuitive” to feel the space into a balanced and flowing environment. I hope you find enjoyment in all your comings and goings.

Happy Feng Shui trails,

Have a beautiful day,

Photo: “nice view” PKM




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