Here is the second part of this series on how to choose a good place in term of Feng Shui.
As a reminder, the three aspects we are looking at when selecting a place are:
1. The external environment
2. The internal setup
3. The compatibility of the place with the people moving in.
So lets delve further into what to look for and what is best to be avoided.
The main entrance
The main entrance of a building is of particular interest as this is what is called the mouth Qi. In most cases, this is the main entry point of the Qi that flows into your place. If this sector is affected, the quality of the Qi is lowered, and can trigger problems of all nature in the place.
So here is what should be avoided:
1. Pole, trees, streetlights facing the entrance. Such structures split the flow of Qi in two, and therefore weaken its quality.
2. A sharp building facing the entrance. Such a corner sends a Sha Qi (strong Qi) directly into the place.
3. A road hitting the entrance. This is one of the big no-nos in term of Feng Shui. There are always solutions to convert this type of Sha Qi hitting your home, but as a matter of fact it is best to select a place without this problem.
4. A bright billboard, streetlight, or neon near the entrance. It is not always a problem; however those structures are assimilated to a strong Fire Qi. It can therefore damage the Qi entering the place, depending on its direction and can also lead to some specific health problems.
5. An entrance lower than street level, or way higher. Best is to look for an entrance at street level to ease the flow of Qi.
6. A narrow entrance, one which is in the shadow, derelict, mouldy etc. The appearance gives an idea of the vibrancy of the Qi coming in!
7. An entrance that is hard to find. If you cannot find the entry point of the building, chances are the Qi will not access it easily either
8. An entrance facing a staircase or a lift. This structure fastens the Qi too much. The idea is rather to have a place where the Qi can gather.
9. An entrance in direct line with an exit. This is not the best way to keep the Qi in, quite logically!
The list goes on and on but these are really the major problems as far as main doors are concerned.
What to look for?
The criteria we are looking for is the perfect Ming Tan, also called Hall of light. The main entrance should be a place to welcome the Qi and ease the transition between the external and the internal Qi.
The main door should therefore be wide, bright, in proportion with the rest of the building. The Ming Tan concept refers to the space both outside and inside the house. Ideally you should have the widest possible space facing the main door; a park for example is a great option, much better than a narrow street overshadowed by the surrounding buildings. Facing the sea can be good as well, if the Water element is good to your chart.
Internally, best is to have a space where the Qi can gather when entering the house. Think about the body analogy: the mouth is a place where we put some food in (that can be seen as energy coming from the outside world) and start to process it. The saliva enzymes initiate the digestive process and the tongue directs the food into other part of the body where it will be used.
A house works the same way and should ideally provide a first space to regulate the flow of internal Qi. The hallway should be bright, clean, and spacious if possible. This is in order to slow down the Qi before it flows in other parts of the place.
All those criteria are to be taken into account for both the whole building and your individual unit if you live in a condominium. The door of your unit takes priority, but of course the quality of the main entrance of the building is very important too.
Matching the place with your chart
Another layer to look at for the main door is its placement in the house in order to know which energy it brings in. A HUGE misconception in Feng Shui is that the facing of the door determines which type of Qi comes in. This is wrong, and here is why.
The facing of the door is related to a hexagram, one of the 64 also used in I Chin. Those hexagrams are linked to a meaning that will taint the experience of the people living in the house.
The facing of the door also determines if the Qi entering the house is strong or weak. This is a concept linked to the Upper and Lower Periods we use in Feng Shui. We are currently in period 8, so best is to choose a door with a He Tu number for the main door that is compatible with this period : it means that the Qi connects with the house. When this is not the case, tilting the door to change the facing can be an effective solution.
So this is what we use the facing of a door for. However the direction the door is facing does not indicated which Qi it brings in; and this is quite logical indeed. Lets see in detail why.
Lets assume a door is facing the North direction. A door facing North could be located anywhere in between the East and West sector and still faces the same direction! For example the main door of your house might very well be in the East sector of the house, but built as an extension and turned at 90 to face North. Likewise it could be located in Northeast, North, Northwest or West sector, and still faces North, depending of the tilting or structure hosting the main door!
The real key is therefore to see in which sector the door is located and for real accuracy to see under which of the 24 mountains (sub-directions) the door is. This gives us a precise indication on which type of Element is mainly entering the house through the main door.
The next step is to see if this element is what the people living in need, of if it needs to be converted in one or two stepsReason why I advise some of my clients to paint their main door or hallway in a specific colour that transforms the Qi coming in into a more sustainable one for their life.
The main door is one entry point of the Qi but not the only one. However its importance in term of quality of the Qi and internal setup cannot be overlooked this is a major factor to be taken into account in all school of Feng Shui.