Front door feng shui

DoorsA number of people have written to ask me about a comment I made in a recent blog about glass front doors being a Feng Shui no-no.

The reason why feng shui experts pay so much attention to the front entrance of a home is because it’s not just¬† the main entry port for people, but also for energies. If you read up on this you’ll find there’s a whole list of feng shui do’s and don’ts about front doors that vary from one feng shui school to another, but something they all seem to agree on is that a solid door is better than a glass one. The reason is that people feel more secure knowing there is a solid partition rather than just a piece of glass between them and the outside world.

Space clearing goes one level deeper in the understanding of why front doors are so important. The front door holds such a wealth of energies that each circuit of the space clearing ceremony begins and ends there. Many of the space clearers I’ve trained have developed their skills to such an advanced level that just by sensing the front door with their hand, they can discern the nature of the most prominent energies in a place and how they are affecting the occupants.

However, this is only possible to this degree if the front door is made of wood. If it is made of metal, glass or some kind of synthetic material, it doesn’t anchor energies anything like as well, and the house or apartment tends to feel considerably less homely as a result. Similarly, at the end of the space clearing ceremony, when the place is consecrated to new, higher frequencies, the results are not as strong or as long-lasting.

So what can you do if you have a glass front door? Some feng shui consultants advise hanging a curtain up to cover it, and this does makes a home feel a bit less exposed and usually a bit less draughty, but it doesn’t address the much deeper issue of not being able to truly land your energy in the space. So when conducting a space clearing ceremony the best advice I can offer is that instead of beginning each circuit by engaging the energy at the centre of the door as you normally would, start at the door frame instead. That’s assuming the door frame is made of wood, of course. If it’s made of metal or some other substance then the best I can suggest is to place a fairly large permanent wooden something close to the door (a wood carving, ornament, picture frame, or piece of furniture), and start from there.

If you don’t have much experience of space clearing your home then you may wonder what all the fuss is about, but if you ask any professional space clearer, they will be able to give you numerous examples of what a difference it makes to have a solid wooden front door.

And what can you do in a situation where you really need to have some glass in your front door because the entrance area would be so dark otherwise? My best advice is to have a wooden frame with glass in only the top half of the door, and have many small panes rather than one large pane. That way you get some light and still have a decent amount of solid wooden door too.

Copyright © Karen Kingston, 2008

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7 Responses to Front door feng shui

  1. Mary says:

    I have a question about this issue. We have three doors on our house: front, back and side. We are going to replace our side door. Is it important that it also be wood? Or will a fiberglass construction be okay? We use this door a lot, but it is not the main entrance to our house.

    Thanks much.

  2. Lady Jane says:

    “Wood” this be the case even if the entire front room of the house is glass? “Woodn’t” it be odd to have a wood door in a row of floor-to-ceiling glass windows? What’s a person’s best route in this case?

    • Karen Kingston says:

      People who live in homes where entire walls are made of glass tend to have difficulty establishing boundaries and finding a clear direction in life. In some circumstances this can be beneficial – for example, when a period of letting go is required. But living like this for extended periods is problematic for most people unless they are content to just drift. Curtains (drapes) can help to define the space but are only a partial solution.

      If the home is a ground floor property then having the front wall made of glass rather than a more solid structure can also produce feelings of insecurity, and depending on how public the location is, feelings of being constantly judged by others.

  3. Thomas says:

    Hi Karen,

    Is there any rule to say that the front door cannot face directly the main gate of the entrance?

    • I remember once when I was building my house in Bali. I gave my builders instructions to create an opening for a back gate in the wall around my house, and then left for the day. When I returned the next morning, they were all standing around rather nervously. Egged on by the others, the foreman stepped forward and confessed they hadn’t been able to do any work at all the previous day. They apologized profusely and explained that the back gate I’d asked them to create was directly in line with the front gate to the property, which as all Balinese builders know, is an invitation for disaster.

      Not knowing my Feng Shui background they didn’t quite know how to explain this to me, but of course I understood it straight away. There was so much building rubble and equipment in the front garden that I hadn’t realized what I’d asked them to do. Much to their relief and astonishment, I thanked them profusely for having done nothing, as it would have cost me a lot more time and money to repair the mistake when it later became apparent.

      Your question is about the positioning of the front gate in relation to the front door rather than the back gate, but exactly the same principles apply. According to the Balinese this is inadvisable because evil spirits move in straight lines. According to me, it’s because fast-moving currents of straight line chi are too disruptive. The solution, if you have this problem, is to move the main entrance to your property a little to one side, so that it is no longer directly in line with the front door. Or if there is quite a distance between the property entrance and the front door of your home, it may be possible to create some kind of garden feature between the two to mitigate the flow of energy.

      This is as much information as I can give without visiting the property because there are so many things to take into account when giving feng shui advice that you may not have mentioned in your question. Hope it’s helpful anyway.

  4. jenna says:

    From feng shui perspective is it right to have 2 gate? if yes is it must to be equal size? what about one is big another is small? which one should be big? is it the one facing main door or the other?

    • Hi Jenna

      There are some aspects of feng shui knowledge that are general enough to write about in a blog, but I do not give advice about specific issues from a distance. There are too many things that need to be taken into account that cannot be seen or felt from a few words in an email or even from photos. In order to give effective advice, I need to be physically present in a location.

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