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Based on authentic feng shui principles there is no such thing as “key-collection” ceremony neither are there any date-selection formulas cater to “initial door-opening” or “key-collection”.
董公择日法 most people call it Chinese almanac (通胜 / 通书/老黄历) commonly used as the authority to seek auspicious dates & time for events such as weddings, opening ceremony, renovation etc. The almanac even have lucky day & time for trivials like “hair-cut”. But no such activity recorded for key collection. Further information below.
Well you may argue that olden days there is no such thing as “key-collection”. Let’s assume you are right. In other words this event is a “modern invention” of today’s Singapore feng shui masters. Yes only Singapore not practised in China, Taiwan or Hongkong. Please allow me to explain why it is illogical to choose a date for initial door opening or key collection.
feng shui locus 风水太极点
Legit feng shui principles must fulfill 3 fundamentals. The trinity of 天 heaven , 地 environment 人human. I Ching call it 三才. Human is us, heaven refers to timing and environment essentially feng shui.
Without the human factor moving into the house, in feng shui we term it as “no feng shui tai ji locus point 风水太极点” created. Thus no influences on house feng shui. However there is a “Chinese custom or ritual” (not feng shui) passed down many generations call 旺五方 or 拜四角. This custom is use to rejuvenate energy for “resale” houses particularly those with bad past occurences. There are some who use it for new flats too. i find this technically useful than the mere act of rolling pineapples and shouting “huat” on top of your voice because there is a procedure to follow that involves seeking “earth blessing”.
Point 1. A myth not found in imperial feng shui classics
Key collection or door opening, from what i heard involves rolling of pineapple, sea salt, tea leaves etc supposedly to usher in good luck for your new home. If this occasion is so significant one should be able to find in feng shui classics under auspicious date methodology. To me it draws similarities to wearing red on CNY or deposit money on Li Chun day. There are no evidence from feng shui books backing this occasion.
Point 2. Event not found in Chinese almanac
To begin with there is no such event as “door opening” listed in Chinese almanac通胜. You can thumb through till your fingers drop but there no such event as 开门, under the suitability 宜 column see illustration. Hair cut / shaving 剃头 is even found inside.
However there are events such for “shifting into” your new house call 入宅 and resale house call 移徙. Other events related to new house feng shui includes renovation修造 and groundbreaking for new buildings 动土 because it involves the calculation of feng shui sectors 九宫八卦.
Point 3. No Significance
Choosing an auspicious date, 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, only the house that you reside influence your luck. Not sure how this initial door opening was spun in the beginning, the event is uniquely practice in Singapore only.
Point 4. Rationale, Relevance and Objective
Next we examine the relevance for such action. If you wanted peace of mind why not choose an auspicious date to “complete the sale” where you are officially the legal owner of the house. This is definitely appropriate and reasonable.
Point 5. Why we choose auspicious dates
Back to the basic question why do we need to choose an auspicious date, in the first place?
This is either to speed up certain enhancement to bring good fortune or to avoid doing something wrong that may have bad repercussions. For instance we need to choose a good date to avoid the dangers of annual bad sectors such as “3 killings 三煞方, misfortune 5 五黄. Just like wedding dates to avoid conflict with couples’ birth profile.
Date selection for specific objectives
Date selection for specific objectives does bring meaningful outcomes particular using feng shui formulas from qi men dun jia 奇门遁甲 or xuan kong da gua 玄空大卦 or bazi principles.
It is definitely not screaming “huat” and roll some pineapples and your house will bring you good fortune 🤣
This article was posted because i am tired of explaining how insignificant is initial door opening or key collection. Without bias if this action makes you sleep better by all means do it.