Is a Good Front Door Enough?

It’s not enough to get your front door  Feng Shui ready. It may sound shocking, but it’s true. Yes, it should be in great condition and open easily and inviting. BUT…

*Check to see what the path to the door looks like.  Is there a beautiful tree, but it’s branches have grown over and it’s hard to get past or under them while walking to the door.

*Is your door visible from the street?(If not due to direction or angle…there are fixes for that including lighting, flags, etc).

*What’s your curb appeal?  Are your street numbers easy to see? Does all the lighting work? (Is there lighting?)

*Are there hazards such as a hose across a sidewalk, or a broken pathway? Are there pots or decor or seating that make navigating to the door a bit challenging?

So, yes, there’s more to the mouth of chi than a beautiful front door.

 

Another thing to consider is in what gua is your front door located?  For rectangular or square shapes, the door is often in either

  • Helpful People and Travel
  • Career, or
  • Knowledge and Self-Cultivation

Knowing the gua means you can add extra boosts with regard to that gua to make the outside reflect the inside.  Many people like a black door if the gua opens at Career; or a water feature outside the door (with water flowing toward the structure).  Helpful People might lend you to placing an angel structure or wind chime near the entrance.  These boosts are personal changes that each home owner can select from their personal arsenal for welcoming amazing Feng Shui.  Some will also consider facing directions while discovering their front door energy.

If your door happens to be in another gua, say your structure is not rectangular and is oddly shaped or maybe a U-shape so that your front door is in the Center gua, there are still tips and tricks you can use.  The important thing with odd shaped spaces is to balance out the bagua map and fill either intentionally or physically any missing guas.

Read more about the bagua and it’s sections here.

 

Front Door Feng Shui

Your Front Door Feng Shui – the simple guide to making the most of your entrance and your chi! By Maureen Calamia

Front Door, Maureen CalamiaIn feng shui, the front door is known as the “mouth of chi” in the ancient art of Feng Shui. It is the portal where the majority of subtle life force energy (chi) enters your home from the neighborhood. Feng shui uses a language of metaphor. If the front door is not positioned well or is blocked by some structure, it can affect all life areas of the inhabitants, including prosperity, career, health, relationships, etc.

I think that the most effective way to understand chi is to imagine it as a welcomed guest. Consider these issues below and imagine how a welcomed guest would feel when approaching your home for the first time.

Attractive and well-lit

Be sure that your front entry is well-lit to avoid feelings of lack of safety as well as tripping hazards! In addition, the entry should be attractive. Remember, first impressions are key when you have visiting guests.

Well-positioned

It is important to be able to see the door from the street. If chi cannot see your front door it causes delay and confusion in your life. Stagnation can set in. If the placement of your front door is not obvious from the street, light the pathway to it or add moving objects such as flags to attract attention to the placement of the door.

Handling a Blocking Tree

You may have a large tree or shrub blocking the view of the front door. You may consider cutting the shrub or tree back to open and expand the view. However, if this tree is beautiful and well-loved, you can actually give a blessing to the tree as protector of the home, such as I did with a large oak tree at their entrance.

Opens Easily

This seems pretty intuitive, but oftentimes I find that my client’s doors are difficult to open either due to the door frame or hardware. I had a client install a brand-new door in her renovation and she never opened the door from the outside before I visited (they used the side door, as many people do!) So, when I visited her for a consultation, I went outside and attempted to open the door into her foyer. I wasn’t able to! The hardware was not working as it should. Be sure that your door opens easily to allow the positive chi in.

Use the Front Door!

Now that your front door has wonderful Feng Shui, use it! It is important to open this door daily to provide the maximum chi into your home. If it’s more convenient to use the side door, I suggest my client use the front door to get the mail, walk the dog, and even to check the weather.

 

maureenkcalamia_RRMaureen Calamia is founder of the Re-Nature Feng Shui™ philosophy based on the fact that we need to restore nature back into our lives. Maureen brings her passion for Feng Shui to the greater community as an educator and long time past IFSG board member. Read more about Maureen.

 

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Landscape Design and Feng Shui

In most Western Gardens, attention is paid to the forms shapes and materials but nothing is given to the concepts that move our gardens from beautiful spaces to places that help us contemplate our connection to the earth and the spirit that imbibes us. It is this lifting of the significance of the garden that enchants us when we see what the Chinese and Japanese have created in their gardens. These gardens are not constructed to recreate nature but to capture the essence of nature in forms, shapes and materials for the purpose of lifting the human spirit. Read more from landscape design and feng shui expert, Shelley Sparks

Landscape and Feng Shui, Shelley SparksWe don’t have to clone these genera to create gardens that are meaningful. We can create beautiful, restorative, healthy spaces using designs, plants and materials that are in concert with our houses, land and aesthetic sensibilities. What can be learned from these gardens and is of great importance in a Feng Shui garden is to design using natural shapes, including the five senses and introducing elements such as water features found in the natural environments.

There are many layers in the design process. There is the layer of designing a garden that is beautiful and does not violate any Feng Shui principles. There is the level where natural elements, shapes and the senses are included in the landscape design. Then there is the garden that reaches for much more by including plants, rocks and other elements that hold an innate or cultural significance to give the composition a richer intent. In many cultures, plants are revered for their healing powers. Deeper meanings are attached to their existence in a garden. Using plants that have meaning helps to lift the spirit every time one sees that plant. For instance, in Chinese culture, the pine is associated with longevity. Every time this tree is encountered in the garden, the owner is reminded of the potential for that aspect in their life and the energy that provides that life force.

The study of Feng Shui is a lifelong endeavor under which nuances are discovered and learned constantly. A landscape architect who wishes to use Feng Shui principles can begin with the dictum “Do No Harm.”

Here are a few of the principles that can be followed to insure good energy flow in the garden:

  • Design the front walkway using curves to soften the entry. Nature abhors a straight line and a straight line path to the front door from the street is a jarring force for the occupants of the house.
  • Entrances should convey an open, spacious, grand feeling. The entry should truly welcome the occupant. Narrow constricted paths feel limiting and can adversely affect a person’s fortunes.
  • Healthy plants especially trees are a sign of good energy on a property. Plants need to be cared for and well maintained. It is important that trees and large shrubs do not block the front entry or walkway.
  • Trees should be selected and located to be in scale with the house. Large trees located close to the house will overwhelm and overshadow its occupants.

Landscape Design and Feng Shui, Shelley Sparks

 

Shelley SparksShelley Sparks is a Feng Shui expert, licensed Landscape Architect and passionate gardener. Read more about Shelley.

 

 

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Feng Shui and Doorknobs

Ever  consider how often the simple doorknob is touched each day?  Nevermind in a public place; but what about your home.  Every one who enters your space – whether they live there or not – will touch multiple doorknobs on both sides of the door.  Learn how to use your doorknob to your Feng Shui advantage with this insightful piece by Donna Stellhorn.

Feng Shui and Doorknobs by Donna StellhornThe object most touched in the house is the doorknob. While the door separates one space from another, it’s the doorknob that allows us to enter. The doorknob is the tool we use to change our location so it represents a tool of change. Because the doorknob gets so much use and is touched by so many there can be a lot of lingering energy on a single doorknob. If you are going through a time of difficult change, a time when you wish you could change, or a time where you wish the changes could be finished so you could be comfortable again here are some tips.

Doorknobs as tools of change
The doorknob on the door leading outside probably gets the most use. You touch it when you’re happy, you touch it when you’re sad, you touch it when you’re angry or disgusted or disappointed. And so does everyone else in the house. Mix a half a cup of water with a half a cup of vinegar and a half a teaspoon of sea salt and stir until the water is cloudy. Then take a rag and clean the doorknob. This will remove any negative energy that is attached to this “tool of change.”

Repair any doorknobs that are not working. Change is difficult enough without having good tools at your disposal. The most important doorknobs to repair are the ones leading outside, followed by doorknobs to personal areas such as bedrooms, and then finally dealing with broken doorknobs on storage rooms or closets. When the doorknob is being repaired (even if it’s repaired by someone else) for that space of time you’re actually sitting between the two worlds, the old world that you did live in and the new worlds that you’re going into. So as the doorknob’s being repaired be mindful of what else is going on in your life. The universe may send you messages at this time.

Use a doorknob as a reminder. Choose a doorknob that you use a lot. Hang a ribbon or a charm from the doorknob to represent what you wish to have in your life. If you wish more abundance in your life you could hang coins from the doorknob (either Chinese coins strung on a ribbon or you could glue American coins to the ribbon). If you want to attract love you could hang a little heart charm from the doorknob. Each time you touch that doorknob you say to yourself “I welcome this new energy into my life.” After a few weeks the charm can be moved to a new doorknob to stimulate the energy.

 

Donna StellhornAuthor and entrepreneur Donna Stellhorn has successfully combined a variety of spiritual tools and practical skills in the course of building her successful career. uses Feng Shui in nearly everything he does – from selling and staging to education and more. Read more about Donna.

Feng Shui for Your Front Door

May you have warm words on a cool evening, a full moon on a dark night, and a smooth road all the way to your door.
–Irish Toast

The front door is called the “mouth of chi” in Feng Shui because it’s where all good energy, or chi, enters you home, even if you come in through the garage or the back porch. Learn how the front door is a big part of the Feng Shui of your home by Carol Olmstead

Front Door, Carol OlmsteadThe front door typically faces the street, and this symbolizes a river gently flowing into a home. Rivers are associated with prosperity and the front door is the conduit for bringing that prosperity into your house. Therefore when you use your front door every day, even if only to pick up the newspaper, get the mail, or let in some sunshine, you create an opportunity for wealth to enter your life.

The front door sets the tone for the rest of your home, so keep the area around the door clean, well lit, and make sure you have a house number that can be easily seen from the street.

I’m often asked if it’s necessary to paint your front door red to attract wealth. The color red represents the Fire Element and prosperity, which is why it is often thought of as the Feng Shui color for a front door. However, you can paint or stain your front door any color and still attract good energy into your home. The key is to make sure your door is clean, attractive, and in good repair. Choose a color that makes you feel good when you approach your door. Here are a few options:

  • Red for wealth
  • Blue for relaxation
  • Green for growth
  • Brown for stability

Doors represent opportunities, so what’s lurking behind your front door is also important. For example, does your front door open completely and easily, or is it blocked because you store things behind it? When your front door does not open fully, your energy is stagnant and opportunities may not “open” for you. Remove objects from behind your front door and watch your future prospects open as well.

Just inside your front door is an excellent place for a water feature like a fountain or fish tank. If possible, place the water toward the right side of the door; that is, facing into your home as you come in the door from the outside. Water represents the flow of wealth and abundance into your home so it’s a good thing to have near your entrance. Whatever kind of water feature you are planning, of course change the water frequently and keep it fresh. And if you don’t want to take care of a fountain or fish tank, hang artwork that shows water near your front door. Just make sure the water is flowing in, rather than out, of your front door.

If you enter the front door and immediately face a wall, it stops the chi from flowing into the rest of your home. To correct the situation, hang artwork on the wall that shows an image that is bi-directional, or flowing out in both directions. This will direct the chi away from the wall and into your home. Avoid hanging a mirror on the wall because it will reflect the chi out the front door.

Take this Feng Shui Challenge: Even if you usually enter your home through the garage or back door, for the next seven days enter your home through the front door. Then notice what changes around you, especially the new opportunities that flow into your life.

 

Carol OlmsteadCarol M. Olmstead, FSIA, is a sought-after Feng Shui Master Practitioner, critically-acclaimed author, and dynamic speaker. Through her company Feng Shui For Real Life, she provides residential, office, and business consultations nationwide, onsite and offsite. Read more about Carol.

 

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