The importance of your front / main door
including the right Feng Shui door color
and tips on 'Red Door Feng Shui'
Plus, which front door should you use
to align the ba gua?
1) importance of your front / main
door including Feng Shui door
color and tips on
'Red Door Feng Shui'.
The position, design, state of repair and feng shui colours of your front door are all vitally important. This is because the front door is considered to be the “mouth of chi" where vital energy enters and exits your home.
In addition, your front door is where you leave the outside world behind and enter your inner realm or world. It is, therefore, an important indicator of how you relate to the world as an individual. It gives a clear message to the outside world of who you are and what you stand for.
A welcoming and attractive front door with the appropriate feng shui door color will ease the flow of energy, people, money and opportunities into your life.So, what can you do to improve the state of your front door?
Here are my top ten tips for improving chi flow to the front door or entrance of your home:
Keep your front door or entrance clear from obstructions such as refuse sacks, trees and kids play things. Being the source of chi you don't want to block vital energy from entering the home.
Once inside, don't block the hallway with numerous slippers, coats, shoes, bicycles and bags. Although it's a good idea to take shoes off when entering a home to ensure cleanliness you'll also want to stow them away in a space specifically designed for them. Stowing shoes away also ensures that you keep the energy of the outside world separate from the interior world of your home.
Ensure you use your front door. Sometimes it's tempting to use a garage or side door depending on where you park your car. This means that all that positive chi waiting to enter your home has nowhere to go - it's wasted chi and therefore represents wasted opportunities. So, get used to using your front door as the main entry point to your home.
Ensure that your front door opens easily and fully. Doors that jar or stick on an interior mat will minimise chi flow. Equally, fix all locks and hinges that stick. If you find it difficult to open your front door you may encounter difficulties on your life journey and miss out on vital opportunities.
Ensure that your front door is clearly visible especially if it's to the side of the house. If visitors are not sure which front door to knock on you may prevent new opportunities from coming your way. You can clearly demarcate the space around the front door with shrubs, ornaments, lighting (preferably uplighters) and paint. Demarcation symbols will also enhance your sense of protection.
Install bright lights on either side of the doorway to lift the energy of the entrance with positive, yang energy. You can also use lighting to lift chi inside the front door so that guests feel uplifted on entering your space.
Ensure you have a solid brass knocker so that you literally get a grip with where you are heading in life. Brass fixtures and fittings should always be kept polished to deflect negative chi from entering the home.
Ensure that your post or mail box is in good repair. Your post box represents your contact with the outside world. Any problems with your post box may again prevent opportunities from coming your way. The same goes for your doorbell which needs to be working at all times.
Fading or peeling paint is an indication of depleted chi so if your front door looks a bit sad give it a fresh lick of paint. Above all, ensure that dirt, traffic grime and bird droppings don't build up on the outside.
A curving path to your front door is preferable to a straight path as the chi has a chance to meander with the curves (symbolic of you going with the flow). Straight lines quicken the chi flow and can often overpower the entrance to your home.
One way to overcome this is to place an exterior ba gua mirror (with tri gram markings on the outside) on your door to deflect chi. If this does not appeal, a shiny brass door knocker will serve the same purpose.You could also hang a windchime by your front door to slow chi flow (a five cylinder chime is best). Again, placing shrubs and potted plants around your front door will halt fast flowing chi. However, bushes and shrubs should not be allow to overgrow on the sides of paths.
The direction and Feng Shui colours
of your front door matter!
In Feng Shui, the direction of your front door is vitally important. As the 'mouth of chi', the direction of the front door indicates what type of energy is prevalent or at play in the home.
For example, if you have a North facing front door you'll want to be mindful of the 1 area of the ba gua in the home and all the related issues. It may be that a person with a North facing front door has issues surrounding career or that they are fiercely independent and finding it difficult to sustain a long term relationship.
When ascertaining the direction of your front door, stand inside the front door with your back to the hallway or interior of your home and look straight out of the front door. Never take the direction of your front door whilst standing directly opposite it looking inside the home.There are certain materials and Feng Shui colours for your front door that best support each front door direction (and area of the ba gua). By choosing the right feng shui door color and element you will support and nourish the chi entering your home.
Here are some guidelines for the best Feng Shui materials and colours for your front door:
North facing door: (1 area of ba gua)
Feng Shui door color: blue, black, white Material: wooden
North East facing door: (8 area of ba gua)
Feng Shui door color: orange, purple, yellow, terra cotta
East facing door: (3 area of ba gua)
Feng Shui door color: green, blue, turquoise Material: wooden
South East facing door: (4 area of ba gua)
Feng Shui door color: green, turquoise, blue Material: wooden
South facing door: (9 area of ba gua)
Feng Shui door color: red, pink, purple Material: wooden
South West facing door: (2 area of ba gua)
Feng Shui door color: pink, peach, apricot, orange, yellow
West facing door: (7 area of ba gua)
Feng Shui door color: yellow, white, gold, magenta, silver
North West facing door: (7 area of ba gua)
Feng Shui door color: magenta, gold, silver, white, yellow
Some Feng Shui practitioners solely advocate what I call 'red door feng shui' and generally recommend a red door regardless of the direction.
Whilst it's true a red door is striking and promotes your fame and reputation you also need to check that the door is south facing. When Chinese homes are built to specific Feng Shui guidelines they ideally face south which welcomes in strong, yang energy. However, here in the West we don't all have south facing homes. So, rigidly sticking to 'red door feng shui' is not always appropriate. Use the above guidelines to enhance your Feng Shui and color of doors.
Feng shui and color of doors is not something that is easy to get used to at the outset of your Feng Shui journey. When I was first introduced to Feng Shui I didn't really want to paint my door bright yellow (I had a NE facing front door).
However, I decided to go for it and it was surprising how many people commented on the cheeriness of my front door and how much they liked it. So, give it a go and see whether it has a positive impact.
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3) This month's QnA
(question and answer section)
Which door should I use to align the ba gua? I always use the side door as it's closest to the driveway. However, visitors still use the front door. I've read your ebook and it says try to use the front door but I'll have a hard time persuading my husband and children to alter their ways.
Thanks for your help,
Monique, Texas, USA.
+++ Clare's Response +++
As stated above, if you enter your home via a side entrance or a garage door it's always best to start re-using the front door of the home. If you don't use it, you won't be maximising on the positive energy that's waiting to come in!
The only time I'd reconsider the above rule is when a main road points directly at your front door. In this instance, too much yang energy from the cars and straight lines of the road will be pointing at your front door (symbolically attacking it). Unless you erect a visual barrier (trees, shrubs or wall) you may prefer to use your side door.
Other factors such as the lie of the land and location and height of external buildings and structures (tv masts, church spires) may also alter the chi of the front door. However, without seeing your property it's difficult to say.
So, try to align the ba gua to your front door first and see what experiences you have. I'm sure the family will get used to it once they experience the benefits.
Look forward to hearing from you.....