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Based on authentic feng shui principles, there are NO SUCH “*calculation models” to choose an auspicious date for an event call “initial door-opening” or “key-collection ceremony” for new HDB, condos or landed properties. Legit feng shui principles must fulfill 3 fundamentals i.e. 天 heaven , 地 environment 人human. Heaven refers to calculation of auspicious timing, human-us and environment essentially feng shui in this context. Without us physically move into the house, no “feng shui tai ji locus point风水太极点” arises, thus no rationality for good or bad feng shui affecting you.
However for resale flats, a more relevant ritual known as 旺五方 or 拜四角 is use to dispel negative energies. This custom can also apply to new flats at any time before moving in, with no relevance to key collection.
Point 1. A myth not found in classic feng shui teachings
We are in the digital age where things are not acceptable without scientific proof and doing this set us back to living in the 60s where feng shui is regarded as superstition. The “key collection” ceremony, from what i heard from clients involves sea salt, tea leaves, rolling of pineapples etc. It is similar to “make believe” of 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 no such formula for 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 ceremony 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. For instance, to shift into your new house入宅 or resale 移徙 because you are permanently staying in the house and calculation of home destiny. 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.
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”! Thus “key-collection ceremony” or “open door ritual” is just drama and a total waste of your time.
Point 4. Change of ownership
If you are the worry-wart why not choose an auspicious date for completion (hdb/condo resale) when you are officially the legal owner (transfer of title deed) of the house. This is definitely more significant than “door opening”.
Point 5. You have not physically shifted into the house
Common sense tell us that we have not stayed in the house and there is no “feng shui energy”. Imagine if you are a billionaire who own 20 houses, it is only the house that you reside which will influence your luck. Not sure how this initial door opening was invented in Singapore with tumbling of pineapple, perhaps to satisfy one’s peace of mind or following blindly by herd instinct.
Back to basics, why do we need to choose auspicious dates ?
Auspicious dates selection is either to avoid something bad or enhance certain lucky events. The timing of these events involve the usage of feng shui or bazi principles. For instance certain sectors are bad for the year and choosing an auspicious renovation date helps us to avoid it. Event such as wedding date is because we wanted to avoid anything in conflict with the couples’ birth profile. Key collection day is definitely not one that requires to choose an auspicious date because we have not move in.
*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
This article was posted because i am tired of explaining how insignificant is door-opening date or key collection. In order not to be bias if this action makes you emotionally happy by all means do it.