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Lately some of the new DBSS , BTO flats that i audited, the Main Door is at the direct opposite end with the Kitchen Door 门冲煞 see illustration circle in red. This is indeed a very bad feng shui layout. In feng shui this is one of the 风水大忌. Some of the common bad effects from real-life experiences are sicknesses, bad relationship, disharmony, quarrelsome, financial losses, even accidents or surgeries 血光之灾. It gets worse if the energy at the Main Door is bad e.g. 2,5 combo or 五鬼 sector. The distance between the Main Door and the kitchen door is so close. In feng shui kitchen is considered as the “fire element” sector. The kitchen door should not face any doors at all e.g. bedroom door, toilet door (obviously home shelter or storeroom is fine). Hopefully architects and house planners do not design this kind of layout for new homes anymore.
The illustration below identify another bad feng shui architectural flaw, the kitchen door in direct opposite direction with the yard. This in feng shui is known as “扯水”. It means “energy” is rapidly pulls out from main door through the yard, without having a chance to stay within the house. One of the Key Pillar of feng shui is 藏风 聚气, keeping “positive” energy within the house. How bad is the home feng shui depends on the distance between the Main Door – Kitchen Door and the yard. Worse still if the yard overlooks an open space.
To say that the role of Main Door is Very important is an understatement. Classical Feng shui principles emphasize the importance of Main Door in feng shui.
The Eight Mansion of feng shui quotes 八宅明镜, “阳宅首重大门，以大门为气口，纳气旺则吉，衰气则凶”, “宅以门为吉凶，路为助，门向辨” a good or bad feng shui is determine by it’s Door and and the road leading towards the door.
The great grand Master of Feng Shui 蔣大鴻, written in 天元五歌 The Heavenly song classic quotes “门为宅骨路为筋，筋骨交连血脉均” The main door is the backbone of the entire house feng shui.
入屋看门口，祸福知八九 it means by judging the door location & direction, one can tell almost 80-90 percent whether the house is good or bad feng shui.
There are more classical quotes but not to bore you, it is safe to say that from many years of “hands-on” experience, Main Door influences more than 50% of the house feng shui well-being. Granted you may have an Auspicious feng shui 宅命Destiny but your Main Door must be located within an auspicious energy sector with good direction.
One common misnomer is to associate Main Door that faces the Lift entrance is bad. Fact：there is no good or bad consequences but depend on the “invisible energy combo” based on flying star principles. From the great grand master of feng shui 蒋大鸿 天元五歌 stated it all depends on the “timing” of the period in question to evaluate whether positive or negative. Well if that direction is double 8 wealth star why not, to quote:
Facing the Lift entrance merely means “speeding up” the energy be it positive or negative!
Main Door faces your neighbour door 门 对 门 taboo
鲁班经 二家不可面相对，必主一家退 Effect: bad luck, quarrel? No such thing! It is one of the taboo of feng shui to associate main door faces another main door is bad. Over the years you should be able to observe most houses are either facing each other door vs door or corridor or wall. 鲁班 according to history is a builder & carpenter and there are some feng shui masters that still used dimensions for furnitures including door. The puzzling fact is, if you are a carpenter (nowadays renovator) would you shoot yourself in the foot by creating specific dimensions for the door to make your job more difficult. Door-to-Door will only emit negative energy if your neighbour do something with the door e.g. hanging a bagua, install reflective metal gate that has a mirror like effect OR some feng shui lion etc. Therefore it is definitely a bad idea to install these items which is bad karma for you.
Main Door faces a flight of staircase leading downwards
This is bad. It means financial loss. Some of these are emergency fire exits. The concept applies to escalators or slopes that is leading downwards drawing the “气 qi” away from your home.
Main Door faces an Angular wall
See picture. Main door faces less than 90 degree wall something like 40-60 degree unlike common perception of facing a 90 degree wall. Sometimes it is not a wall but a pillar . There is no “sha qi” from a perpendicular wall, seen some Taiwan feng shui video call it 壁刀煞 which is untrue. There are quite a number of HDB units facing an adjacent pillar and no such bad happenings. However from survey only a handful of clients psychologically feels uncomfortable about it when i asked them. I told them just place a tall bushy plant on the edge of pillar to cover the so call “unsightly view”. You don’t have to buy pei xiu or qi lin or elephant or tortise or dragon to solve it. It is psychological than feng shui. It is very similar to units that are facing primary schools, some clients complained about the morning “bells” that irritates them but this is purely individual lifestyle. From feng shui perspective facing a school is good and it helps in scholarly pursues.
Main Door faces a passageway / corridor
This is quite common in HDB houses where the 2 corner units are facing a corridor. If the corridor is open meaning energy are dispersed it poses no problem but if it is a constricted passage enclosed by 2 walls then it is “杀气 sha qi”
Main door and Shoe Cabinet
There are some masters who particular about shoe cabinets near to doorway. There is nothing wrong having a shoe cupboard near to the doorway so long as it does not obstruct you from entering and leaving your house. It does not matter if is tall or short. My only concern about shoe cupboards is hygiene. It should be ventilated. Some old shoes if you do not wear it often enough tends to grow fungus and mushrooms.
Main Door should be bright
If your door is the end of corridor or unusually dark then it is advisable to have lights inside. More often than not it is useful to have light at the doorway it makes it convenient for you at night.