Dato Joey Yap shares top tips on how to evaluate the main door to ensure good Qi flow into the house.
When it comes to the interior Feng Shui of houses, there are three main factors to look at. The first is the bedroom, which is important because people spend a huge part of their life sleeping in it. The second is the kitchen, in which the presence of Qi helps ensure that the cooked meals are nourishing. Finally, the other main factor of the house is the main door, which allows the flow of Qi into the house.
The importance of the main door for Feng Shui cannot be overstated – here’s how you analyse the main door in terms of Feng Shui.
1. Looking out from the main door
Once you have established which entrance is the main door, simply stand at the main door and look outside. Imagine a pair of parallel lines from the two sides of the door. This is the area in which you’ll be looking for negative or positive features. Also, do keep in mind of the distance for these objects, as a positive or negative element about 1km away from the house is of negligible effect on the house’s viability.
Firstly, avoid any lamp posts, pillars, trees, or other tall narrow objects in this area. If the main door faces a T-Junction road or an alley, this leads to negative Qi rushing into the house, instead of sentimental Qi. Also if there is a drain that runs parallel in front of your main door, this means that a negative feature is blocking the Qi from entering the house.
In terms of what to look for, you want a spacious area in front of the main door (also known as the Bright Hall). This enables the Qi to collect and settle in front of the house before flowing gently in. You might want to ensure that the area is not shaded or covered to avoid Yin Sha, which is harmful energy that can cause mental health problems due to insufficient sunlight.
2. Looking in from the main door
When looking in from the main door, you would want to see an area that is spacious and roomy so that Qi has time to settle in your house as well. On the other hand, if there is a room facing the main door, the Qi flows straight into that room, leaving none for the rest of the house.
Avoid properties that have the main door facing the back door as that would mean that the Qi rushes through and out of the house. Alternatively, if the main door faces the staircase, the Qi flowing down the staircase gushes against the incoming Qi, repelling it. Having pillars or other tall objects in front of the main door is also a negative feature. Finally, the presence of beams or staircases directly above the main door squeezes out any Qi trying to enter the house. Avoid buying any property that has any of these negative features.
3. Feng Shui myths concerning the main door
You might have noticed that I have not talked about other common ways to boost Feng Shui with the main door. For example, how about the material, colour, shape, or other objects around the door such as plants or the shoe rack? In truth, all of these hardly affects the main door.
Thus, go ahead and design your main door however you like. A purple square wooden door functions almost exactly the same as an orange rectangular sliding door for Feng Shui purposes. Of course, if the door is bigger and wider it can accommodate more Qi flow, but that doesn’t mean you need a giant castle-like door. It’s more important to ensure that the door is in the right location and direction while being able to accommodate positive Qi.
4. Direction and location
In truth, the direction and location of the door also play a big part in ensuring good Qi flow into the house. However, that’s a separate topic altogether, and it requires greater understanding of Feng Shui and Chinese metaphysics. I might just elaborate and explain more about this in a future article.
If you’re seeking to learn more about Feng Shui, I recommend a copy of Feng Shui for Homebuyers, whether it be for the interior, exterior or if you’re on the hunt for the next apartment.
Dato’ Joey Yap is the leading Feng Shui, BaZi and Face Reading consultant in Asia.