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Understanding the Anatomy of Doors with Feng Shui

Laura Cerrano

Doors in Feng Shui hold significant meaning, literally and metaphorically. In short, on a practical note, they allow you to move from one room to the other. From a Feng Shui perspective, doors relate to the concept of communication. In particular, the front door is known as the, "mouth of chi." In regard to the western Feng Shui anatomy of your home, this is where all the good energy first enters and begins to nurture and animate the spirit of your home. 

 

Door Energetic Maintenance Checklist:

1. Make sure the door's over all presentation is vibrant and healthy looking. Meaning, there are no cracks in the door, it's not moldy, or looking like its about to fall off the hinges. 

2. Does your door become stuck when opening and closing it? When this happens, it's like saying your voice is getting stuck and could be lacking the assertiveness and confidence to speak up.  

3. Do the door knobs turn with ease? Or, do you feel resistance? In Feng Shui, door knobs relate to change. So, depending on the doors that are not functioning properly and paying mind to where these doors are located within your home, could be providing insights into life experiences that you may be open to or resisting change. 

4. Pay mind to the door knob designs. Is it wood? Crystal? Metal? Round? Oval? Narrow? I know this may sound silly, yet, when adopting Feng Shui into your home and lifestyle, it encourages you to be mindful of EVERYTHING! Right down to the subtleties of touch. 

5. Ask yourself, "Do I need a swinging door for every single room within my home?" This too may sound strange, yet, sometimes you really don't need an abundance of doors. Too many doors can make a space feel restricted and blocked. If you are able to limit the amount of doors connected to hinges, this could open up better energy flow and reduce arguments within a home. If you implement this change, make sure you remove the hinges all together and clean up the door frame. 

6. If you still need doors, but have the option of including sliding doors, that is the next best approach! This style feels much less impeding and much more breathable. Or in other words, its an easier transition. 

7. Does it matter what color you paint the doors within your home? Yes! Color conveys emotions, connects to certain elements, compass directions, and gua's on the Ba-gua map. When referring to interior doors, they can help a room feel more open and balanced. There's a lot of variables when it comes to this topic. Proceeding with a private consultation is best as each person's intention for change and home is unique. 

8. Observe the shape of the door frame. Most frames tend rectangular, which is just fine. If you wish to enhance its presentation a bit more, you could paint the door frame, display artwork on the walls nearest the door frame, or hang a decorative item from the center of the door frame; such as with a small wind chime. Perhaps you have an arched doorway design. This helps add even more personality! In regard to elements, the angular shape speaks to the element of wood and the curved shape speaks to the element of metal. 

9. Be sure the size of the front door proportionate to the house and overall rooms in general. Meaning, that when walking through your home, you do not feel restricted. 

10.  Most doors consist of metal, wood, or fiberglass. When it comes to this part of the discussion, some consultants may suggest certain door materials need match with certain sectors of the home and/or elements, which is one approach. At the same time, it's recommended that you are mindful of your own personal taste and the overall aesthetics of your home. Also, think about your emotional needs. If you are a person who expresses the need for more security and feeling safe, than a solid doors may be best. If you are a person who is practicing openness, perhaps you combine the materials of wood and glass. 


Why Does the Octagon Shape Play Such an Important Role In Feng Shui? 

Laura Cerrano

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In regard to sacred geometry when viewing the octagon, there are two shapes coming together as one; which is the circle and square. The circle represents heaven and the square represents earth, thus unifying these two energies through an infinite connection. 

 

Octagon Shaped mirror

Octagon Shaped mirror

In BTB Feng Shui (Bon Buddhism), the octagon is seen as a symbol of protection to ward off negative spiritual activity. A common modern day BTB recommendation is to hang an octagon shaped mirror above the outside of a home’s front door that is directly across the street from a cemetery. The octagon is also seen as a vehicle for the advent of good health and good fortune.

Western Bagua Map

Western Bagua Map

Referring to the Western Bagua Map, you’ll see that too is in the shape of an octagon. Each life section ( 8 all together) on the map relates to a main category that supports you through life experiences for self development. 

  • Reputation
  • Partnership
  • Creativity/Children
  • Helpful People/Travel
  • Career
  • Wisdom 
  • Family/Health 
  • Wealth

The octagon is also highly regarded in architecture. Temples, churches, monuments, and even government buildings are known to include the octagon shape into their architectural design.

One World Trade Center Architectural Design 

One World Trade Center Architectural Design 

In fact, the reconstruction of One World Trade Center in New York City, used the octagon shape as the base structure for their architectural design. What's even more fascinating about this choice, the octagon is considered a symbol of rebirth. 


Feng Shui expert with 21+ years of experience. She provides bicoastal consultations and workshops for residential, real estate developments, Fortune 500 companies, and healing facilities. She is currently conducting research for her upcoming book that focuses on bridging the gap between the ancient wisdom of Feng Shui and modern day science to establish the practice of Feng Shui as a credible form of health care.