© Written by Michael Hanna 2007
Forget about placing three legged Toads, Buddha’s and making your home or office look like a Chinese restaurant (unless of course you are a Chinese restaurant) and concentrate on the Feng Shui essentials that are so often overlooked. The main entrance door is probably one of the most important areas of a home or office, it is where the qi (ch’i) enters the building and the quality of the qi is dependant on the quality of the door area, hall and driveway.
Qi (energy) enters the building through doors and windows. However, the front door of your house is where the major part of Qi enters and therefore this door plays an important role in determining the quality of Feng Shui experienced by the household or office. Its location within the house is extremely 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 sometimes preferred by the occupants due, for example, to the convenience of its location.
How far do we take all this information? I teach Feng Shui to hundreds of Feng Shui Practitioners and students from all over the world and sometimes I do not always practice what I preach but believe me when it comes to doorways, halls, driveways etc our home and business is kept spotless, we replace doormats as soon as they start to wear, Doors, frame, paintwork and the area around door outside is cleaned weekly, brass door furniture polished when needed, hinges oiled when needed, glass cleaned every few weeks. Think of your door no different to your mouth, it is where the food (qi) enters the building and the cleaner the mouth (door) area the better the quality of nutrition entering the building.
The problem with Feng Shui nowadays is it has been romanticized with thousands of books and websites depicting it as a quick fix to all your problems with placing a Buddha statue, Mandarin Ducks or a three legged Toad here and there and low and behold your dream date knocks on the door with a case full of money along with a miracle cure for rejuvenation. Sorry to disappoint you but if you placed your three legged Toad on top of all the dust in your hallway by the main door and you have not cleaned this area in a few months do not expect anything great to happen, the energy of these symbolic cures and enhancers work with the environment they are placed, so a nice clean area will synchronize better. Must try and make some money out of this website instead of putting people off buying things.
It really is no different to your body, if you smoke 60 cigarettes a day, drink 2-3 bottles of wine a day, eat junk food daily, do not think by taking a vitamin C tablet daily that it will counteract all the damage these products will be doing to your body. Please do not think I am standing on a pedestal and making out I am whiter than white, I love good wine and because of my travels I sometimes eat junk food but it is all done in balance and moderation. Do not take Feng Shui to the extreme just get a good balance in the home or office and spend some time looking through this website and blog, there is some good advice here and you do not have to spend hundreds of pounds, it’s all free.
Some golden rules when it comes to main entrance doors:
entry doors can often cause unnecessary bickering and arguing amongst occupants, that it is why it is important to just use one door to enter and leave, it is okay to use the other door if it leads to the garden and you want to access it or throw your rubbish away. If you live in a home that has two or more doors but you can only enter through the main front one as it could be terraced or semi-detached, it is fine to use all the doors as the main entering and leaving will only be through one door.
2) 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 on the inside of the door. In traditional Feng Shui there are auspicious measurements for doors and one of the reasons why we introduced auspicious dimensions in our Feng Shui software; this automatically tells you exactly what sizes are good and bad. These auspicious measurements are used for doors, windows, desks, beds, furniture and every item you can think of and taken very seriously is China and other eastern countries.
3) Strictly speaking a solid front door is always preferable to a glass-paneled one. If you have a glass door do not worry just hang muslin, voile or a similar cloth over the glass. Personally I prefer a glazed door as I prefer natural light so please do not concern yourself if you have a glazed door although you should really avoid glazed paneled doors like below as they represent a cutting energy.
The photo below was taken by me a couple of weeks ago in London and gives a superb example of how you should NOT keep your doorway, notice the shape of the caged type door and the wheelie bin beside the door and also right below a window and before you email me saying they probably did not have an option with the bin, they had many options and chose the easy route. The home actually tells even more stories which I will be publishing very soon.
4) Ideally a front door must be bigger than the back door encouraging Qi to enter through this aspect. If you have a larger rear door hang a crystal faceted sphere here.
5) I visit a lot of City properties all over the world and many of the homes I see store their waste bins right beside the main door (see picture above) most because they no choice, if you do have a choice please try and store it as far away from your door as possible. If you think of it logically, it is obvious if you leave such a smelly and dirty bin beside your door the smell alone is not good so you can imagine what the quality of the energy is like. If you do not have a choice make the sure the bin is cleaned and disinfected every week. A Chinese belief is if you have your wealth area where you have a bin it will bring in stinky money (a Chinese saying for money that has been obtained illegally or immorally) and if you have your relationship area where you have your bin it will bring… you get the picture?
6) A front door needs to open inwards to allow beneficial Qi to enter. There is no cure for this one it must open inwards.
7) 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. Brass (metal) door furniture should be gleaming and paintwork or varnish should be in good condition.
8) 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.
9) 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.
10) Make sure the front door bell is easily located and works at all times. 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 as the doorbell was not working.
11) Numbers and Feng Shui. Every month we get to visit many homes and businesses on consultations and it amazes us as how far our clients take Feng Shui almost to paranoia, which is not good. The Chinese are very superstitious when it comes to numbers; they choose telephone numbers, house number, business numbers, car number plates and anything that has numbers in very carefully. If you have inauspicious door numbers like #4 do not worry about it, as I will show you how to eliminate the inauspicious effects. Click on the banner below for more details.
12) 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 for doors facing towards the:
- South (Fire) = Reds, pink, burgundy.
- Southwest (Earth) = Yellows, beige or browns.
- West (Metal) = White, silver, copper or gold.
- Northwest (Metal) = White, silver, copper or gold.
- North (Water) = Blacks, grey or blues.
- Northeast (Earth) = Yellows, beige or browns.
- East (Wood) = Greens.
- Southeast (Wood) = Greens.
Note: If you have had an authentic Feng Shui consultation, the recommended colours given to you may well be different from above, as your Feng Shui Practitioner will know which elements are needed to weaken or enhance this area and if done correctly it will be done from a flying star (Xuan Kong) analysis. Our Feng Shui software also recommends the perfect colours for all areas of the home but you will find it may be different to what I have listed above as it goes into the analysis of the elements so much deeper and this means you get better results.
13) Do not keep shoes near your front door; they constitute clutter and create stagnant energy and not forgetting they are extremely dirty. If you have to keep them by the door place them in a shoe box so the negative energy is contained.
© Feng Shui Store 2007
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