The reason feng shui experts pay so much attention to the front entrance of a home is because it’s not just the main entry for people, but also for energies.
A solid door is best
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. However, 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 instead of just a piece of glass between them and the outside world. And of all the solid materials that can be used to make front doors, wood has been the outstanding favourite for century after century.
Space clearing goes one level deeper in the understanding of why front doors are so important and why wood is the material of choice. A home’s front door holds such a wealth of energies that each circuit of the space clearing ceremony begins and ends there. Some of the space clearers Richard and I have trained have developed their skills to such an advanced level that just by hand sensing the front door they can discern the principal energies in a place and how they are affecting the occupants.
However, this level of perception is only possible if the front door is made of wood. Doors made of metal, glass or some kind of synthetic material such as UPVC or fibreglass do not provide the same kind of substratum for anchoring energies. The house or apartment will tend to feel considerably less homely (or homey, if you’re American) as a result, and if space clearing is done, the effects tend not to last as long as in a home with a solid wooden front door.
So what can you do if your front door is not made of wood?
In the case of a glass front door, some feng shui consultants advise hanging a curtain inside the front door to cover it, and this does makes a home feel a bit less exposed and, in cold climates, usually a bit less drafty. However, it doesn’t address the much deeper issue of not being able to truly land your energy in the space.
If you really need to have some glass in your front door because the entrance area would be too dark otherwise, my best advice is to have a wooden frame with glass in just the top half of the door and to have several small window panes rather than a single large one. That way you will get some light and have as much wood as possible too. When doing space clearing, 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.
If your front door is made of metal, plastic, fibreglass or some other material, that’s more problematic. The best I can suggest is to place a fairly large permanent wooden something close to the door, such as a wood carving, ornament or piece of wooden furniture that can act as a gathering point for energies. When conducting a space clearing ceremony, start and end each circuit at the wooden whatever-it-is instead of at the front door. It’s not ideal, but will certainly help.
And in case you’re wondering, non-wooden doors in other locations of the home (back doors, side doors, patio doors and so on) are usually fine. It’s just that for the main energy portal of your home – the front door – there never has been, and probably never will be, anything better than wood.
Copyright © Karen Kingston 2008, updated 2021
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