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Feng Shui your front door


Going with the flow

He who controls the front door, controls the house.” The final installment of the feng shui series looks at the third most important area in the home; the front door.

They say that first impressions last a lifetime and it’s no different when it comes to the front door of your home. In classical feng shui, this is referred to as the ‘qi mouth of the home’. This is where qi from the environment gathers and enters before being dispersed inside. It is vitally important to ensure that the qi that enters here is not adversely affected by the environment because it will affect the property receiving the qi.

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Look at it this way, if your body is the home of your soul it’s the same for a building which is the home for its owner. Surely then you would want to feed that body with food that nourishes and replenishes it? In the same way, you want to ensure that your home receives positive qi that will be favourable for those inside.

With that in mind, here are a few tips from our go-to feng shui guru, Lisa Keighley:

Keep the front door uncluttered.

Cut or remove any old or dead plants and trees around the front door and entrance to the home. Pot plants and water features are okay if they’re maintained and if there is enough distance between them and the front door. However, location is important when it comes to water features. You need to check if the direction is favourable for receiving water (this is where you’ll need a feng shui practitioner’s assistance).

Curved and clear walkways.

The path leading towards the front door should be clear of any obstacles that could block the flow of qi. A curved walkway would be ideal as this slows the qi down before it enters the home, giving it time to gather and meander before dispersing.

Bright hall.

This is an open, broad and spacious area that should be located in front of the main door. Similar to a curved walkway, it enables the qi to settle and collect before it is distributed. “Ensure the beneficial qi does not escape from the property. We want to find the qi, ensure it has a place to collect [like the bright hall] in front of the main door and tap into it, allowing it to enter the home,” says Lisa.

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Ensure no negative forms are in sight when looking out from the main door.

A good way to verify this is to look for a Piercing Heart Sha. Lisa suggests imagining two lines extended from the sides of the front door out towards any forms in front of the door (such as pylons, trees or lamp posts). If the form is within the boundaries of the two lines, then that is a Piercing Heart Sha and will affect the health and career of those inside the home. Another negative feature to avoid is the mini version of Crack in the Sky – narrow gaps between houses usually as a result of them being built too closely together.

Looking in is just as important!

Keep the area just inside of the main door bright with natural light from outside. Lisa adds, “Sometimes, entering the main door, the immediate area inside the home feels damp, musty, dark and gloomy. This means that the area near the main door is overly Yin and the Yin qi is too strong which usually denotes illness in the house.”

Option B.

If your main entrance has a Piercing Heart Sha, mini version of Crack in the Sky or is lacking in ample natural light, use an alternative entrance. Another option is to place pot plants or a screen near the front door, but not in such a way that it will block the flow of qi.

The kitchen, bedroom and front door are the three most important factors of Joey Yap’s classical feng shui. By following the guidelines we’ve provided (courtesy of our guru Lisa), you can now tap into the positive qi, encourage it and transform your home.

Lisa Keighley
lckeighley@gmail.com

Mignon van Zyl
About me

Journalist, hiker and design enthusiast with a mild form of OCD and a love for storytelling. After completing my degree at Rhodes University, I moved to White River to work for a lifestyle magazine called Lowveld Living. Thanks to my job, I’ve visited some of the most glamorous game lodges and homes, met wonderfully weird but inspiring artists, fed and kissed a tame hippo, hiked the ‘sentinel of the Lowveld’ and realised my devotion to nature. Most happy when I’m writing, walking or road tripping.

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