In Feng Shui, doors are considered one of the most important elements of a building or space. Doors are the main entry and exit point where energy (or Qi) flow in and out of the house. In any home, the front door always governs money and wealth opportunities. This is where energy flow into your house from the external environment.
If you are lucky enough to have a beautiful view outside of your front door, positive Qi flows in carrying good money, relationship, and career luck. Which then leads to the inevitable question: what then, constitutes negative Qi? Identifying negative Qi is quite simple – we want to avoid negative formations like sharp objects immediately outside the front door. These include the edge of another building, sharp objects like pylons, dead trees, or even pillars.
Here are some common knowledge about doors in Feng Shui and the logic behind them.
Door Logic #1: Opening too many doors in the house is bad.
True. One of the functions of Feng Shui is to bring the energies or Qi from the external environment and keep it circulating within the home. Too many doors open at the same time inevitably results in unstable Qi that cannot be contained inside your house. This will result in a high outflow of wealth, along with the possibility of relationship conflicts.
Door Logic #2: Poison Arrow or Cutting Knife directed into the front door is bad
True. The easiest way to visualize Qi is to think of the wind. As the wind flows around buildings and objects, it takes the shape of the object. Common Poison Arrows or Cutting Knife include road signages, lamp posts, electrical posts, or even the pillars of your front porch.
There are some school of thought that would recommend using plants or shades to block the poison arrows. This is a possible temporary solution. However, be aware that by doing so, you would be creating a smaller bright hall outside of your front door. The best remedy, in fact, is to try to reposition the front door. I know, repositioning the front door can be a costly affair.
Alternatively, if you have different door, for example, a sliding door is common in most landed homes, you can just simply close off the main door and use the sliding door as your main entryway.
Door Logic #3: A Building Sha is also known as a Poison Arrow or Cutting Knife
True. This, in fact, is the most severe form of the Cutting Knife. Imagine, the edge of a building pointing directly into your front door. Visually unappealing, and carries severe implications where Feng Shui is concerned.
Most practitioners will recommend placing a convex mirror to reflect the Cutting Knife away. Again, this could be a viable temporary solution, but the best is always to try to avoid this scenario. To remedy, most practitioners would recommend a bagua mirror. However, any convex mirror will do.
Door Logic #4: Main door facing another main door should be avoided:
This is commonly found in apartment buildings. I’ve seen plenty myself. In Feng Shui terms, this scenario is akin to two homes ‘fighting’ for the Qi. It leads to unfriendliness and a cold, distant relationship between neighbours. Perhaps that is why apartment-dwellers are known to be less friendly with each other?
There is no remedy for this, unfortunately. Awareness is the key.
Door Logic #5: The main door must be well-maintained.
The myth goes that if your main door and frame is rotten, decayed or mouldy, this will lead to illness in the family. The prescribed cure for this myth is to simply have the door replaced.
However, the decaying door is but a reflection of the problem, not the problem itself. The presence of mold or cracks on your doors are indicative of either dampness or stagnant qi inside the home. Merely replacing the door is not enough. Best is to conduct a thorough spring clean and declutter.
Door Logic #6: No suppressing beam above the door
True. A beam or an overhanging ledge directly above your door causes compression of the Qi as it enters your home. This carries health implications. In some apartments, we see air conditioning units placed directly above the door. Understandably, this was a space management solution. But it is not recommended.
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