Feng Shui Decorating: Front Door Entrances
By: Jaclyn Popola
North -- Qi of the Earth, the Nurturing Principle; nurturing, feminine energy
East -- Qi of Fire, the Clarity Principle; active, expansive, inspiring energy
West -- Qi of Water, the Abysmal Principle; condensed, still, dangerous energyThe door itself should be a solid construction free of any vulnerable glass panels. If there are windows on either side of the door, they can suck the good energy out as soon as it enters. Place a leafy green potted plant on the windowsill to keep the energy harnessed. The size of the front door should be in proportion to the rest of the house. A door that is too large can cause financial difficulties; too small, and it may cause petty arguments. Doorframes are the supporting poles of the family living inside the home, so they should be straight and sturdy.In ancient China, roads leading to and from different towns were always curved and windy in order to keep away evil spirits, who were believed to travel in straight lines. Therefore, the walkway leading up to the front door should be curved rather than straight (straight lines are unlucky "poison arrows" which allow "killing breath" to enter). It is important that the front entrance be protected from any poison arrows. The most common poison arrows are corners and sharp angles. However, almost all houses are built with sharp, 90 degree angle corners. Luckily, there are ways to soften, or "cure", the effects of these poison arrows. If a sharp corner on the inside of your home is pointing directly at your front door, you can soften the corner by placing a cascading, tree-like plant in front of it. Round-shaped furniture placed near the corner is another technique used to cure a poison arrow.