(Written by Sallie Tsui Sien)
Ch’i (energy) enters the house through doors and windows. However, the front door of your house is where the major part of Ch’i enters and therefore this door plays an important role in determining the quality of Feng Shui experienced by the household. Its location within the house is very important.
Most homes have two main doors. One that was built originally by the architect (front door) and the other, which could be a kitchen, garage or side door, that is more preferred by the occupants due, for example, to the convenience of its location.
- Decide on which door to use and use this one door only. Having two main entry doors can often cause unnecessary bickering and arguing amongst occupants, that it is why it is important to just one door to enter and leave, it is OK to use the other door if it leads to the garden and you want to access it or throw your rubbish away.
- Make sure the size of the door is in proportion to the size of the property. If the front door is too big, opportunities will slip you by and if it is too small, it can cause disharmony within the household. If you feel your door is too big or small hang a faceted crystal sphere inside the door.
- A solid front door is always preferable to a glass-panelled one. If you have a glass door do not worry just hang muslin or a similar cloth over the glass.
- Generally speaking, a front door must be bigger than the back door encouraging Ch’i to enter through this aspect. Again if you have a larger rear door hang a crystal sphere here.
- A front door needs to open inwards to allow beneficial Ch’i to enter. There is no cure for this one it must open inwards.
- It is important that the front door opens easily without obstacles or difficulties. Broken door furniture must be replaced. Hinges should be oiled regularly. The front door must be well maintained and clean.
- Make certain that the name or number of your house is clearly visible by day and night in order to maintain harmonious relationships with callers.
- The most vital thing to do is to make very certain that this door is not being hit by anything sharp or angled. This is what is considered ‘exterior poison arrows’. These structures can transform quality energy into a bad one and you would not want this transformation at your front door. If you feel you have poison arrows directed at your home place a Ba Gua mirror above the door.
- Make sure the front door bell is easily located and works at all time. It should also have a nice ringing tone to it. I have stood waiting outside many front doors and had to use my mobile phone to call in.
- The colours of the door should reflect the compass direction it faces according to the Five Elements and/or be in balance with the elemental properties of the energies of the sector where the door is located. I have listed associated colours below.
- South (Fire) = Reds, pink, burgundy.
- Southwest (Earth) = Yellows or browns.
- West (Metal) = White, silver, copper or gold.
- Northwest (Metal) = White, silver, copper or gold.
- North (Water) = Blacks or blues.
- Northeast (Earth) = Yellows or browns.
- East (Wood) = Greens.
- Southeast (Wood) = Greens.
Note: If you have had an authentic consultation, the recommended colour may well be different from above, as your Practitioner will know which elements are needed to weaken or enhance this area.
Do not keep shoes near your front door; they constitute clutter and create stagnant energy. If you have another door, apart from the front door that is used on a frequent basis including by friends and visitors, the path leading to it must be clear, unobstructed and clean. This will be the path ‘chi’ would take to enter your house and therefore make sure this source is coming from a favourable direction.
“He who asks may be a fool for five minutes,
but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.”