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Based on authentic feng shui there is “no such *formula” to derive an auspicious date for an event call “initial door-opening” or “key-collection ceremony”. Legit feng shui principles must fulfill 3 fundamentals i.e. 天 heaven , 地 environment 人human. Heaven refers to auspicious timing, human-us and environment essentially feng shui in this context. Without us moving in, there is no “feng shui tai ji locus point created风水太极点” therefore no influence of good or bad feng shui affecting you or your family.
However a more relevant ritual/custom known as 旺五方 or 拜四角 is use to dispel negative energies. This custom applies to new or resale flats at any time before renovation or move in, no correlation with key collection.
Point 1. A myth not found in classic feng shui teachings
We are in the digital age where things are unacceptable without scientific proof and doing this set us back to the 60s where feng shui is regarded as superstition. The “key collection” ceremony, from what i heard involves rolling of pineapple, sea salt, tea leaves etc. It is similar to wearing red on the first day of Chinese New Year and deposit money on Li Chun day. Does doing any of these make us rich or lucky?
Point 2. No feng shui formulas to calculate key collection day
There are many schools to calculate an auspicious date but not for a “ceremony as initial door opening”. To satisfy our curiousity let us use the most common tool Chinese almanac 通胜to check whether there is such event. You can thumb through till your fingers drop but there is no such event as door opening 开门, under the suitability 宜 column see illustration.
However there are events that you do need to choose an auspicious date and time, such as “shift-in” 入宅(new house) or 移徙(resale) because you are permanently moving into the house and one must consider Home Destiny宅命坐山 into the formula. You will also need to pick a date for house renovation修造 or groundbreaking for new buildings 动土 because it involves feng shui sectors 九宫八卦.
Point 3. Significance on the day you consume it
Choosing an auspicious date to perform certain important activities, technically the significance is when you “officially use or consume it” which is when you move in.
If common sense prevail, we have not stayed in the house and therefore no feng shui influence. Imagine if you owned 10 houses, it is only the house that you reside influence your luck. Not sure how this initial door opening was spun in Singapore with tumbling of pineapple, perhaps to satisfy one’s peace of mind or herd instinct.
Point 4. Change of ownership
If you wanted peace of mind why not choose an auspicious completion date when you are officially the legal owner (transfer of title deed) of the house. This is definitely more significant than “door opening”.
Back to basics, why do we need to choose auspicious dates ?
Auspicious dates selection is either to avoid something bad or speed up certain meaningful objectives. The careful and thorough method to choose an auspicious date for a meaningful outcome involves “checks” from various feng shui schools such as xuan kong da gua 玄空大卦, qi men dun jia 奇门遁甲 and bazi principles to reduce errors and to enhance accuracies.
For instance certain sectors are bad (e.g. 三煞方 五黄) for the year and choosing an auspicious renovation date helps us to avoid it. It goes the same with selection of wedding date to avoid conflict with couples’ birth profile. Key collection day is definitely not one that requires to choose an auspicious date because we have not moved in and there is no meaningful objective behind it.
This article was posted because i am tired of explaining how insignificant is initial door-opening or key collection. In order not to be bias if this action makes you emotionally happy by all means do it.
*Other common formulas to choose an auspicious date 择吉 are xuan kong da gua 玄空大卦, qi men dun jia 奇门遁甲