Home is a name, a word, it is a strong one; stronger than magician ever spoke, or spirit ever answered to, in the strongest conjuration.
— Charles Dickens
Our homes can be seen to be a metaphor for who we are, for it is the place where we are most free to be our authentic selves. What does your home say about who you are? For what we create in our most private environment sends out energy to the greater world we live in.
Happily, it takes very little money to align our homes with the nurturing, or creative, or loving energy we wish to have in our lives. For example, the Chinese art of placement, feng shui, enhances harmonious Qi, which is the life force that exists in all things, including buildings, objects, animals, and people. Simply being aware of the arrangement of our furnishings, our belongings and the placement of our home upon the land can have enormous impact on other parts of our lives.
As I was discussing yesterday, to bring good energy into your home, the most important area to pay attention to is your front door. Yes, many people have a side or back door that is less formal, convenient to the garage, and so on. And, yes, it is true that certain famous Witches like Granny Weatherwax in Terry Pratchett’s novels, may insist that the front door is only used when one’s final departure is made, feet first.
But in feng shui, the front door is the “mouth” of your home, which, if not used, will cause the Qi to become malnourished, stagnant and unhealthy. So it is imperative that it be clear, clean, and welcoming. And really, it is simply common sense to realize that the main entry to your home is how you are presenting yourself to the world.
Rickety stairs, dead houseplants, spider webs and junk piled by the front door are not going to endear you to your neighbors, nor will they impress a date (if you should even manage to get one). And even more important, they won’t enhance any sense of happiness, comfort and welcoming for you, when you come home. If you’re using the back door to avoid your messy, unpleasant front door, not only is this a chronic irritant in your own energy field, but you are sending out guilty, unhappy vibes to the Universe as well.
So, easy ways to energize the front door include cleaning it up, clearing away the clutter, perhaps staining or painting it, and having healthy plants by the doorway. Many herbs and flowers have powerful energetic properties that can enhance your entrance. If, as I’ve been discussing, love is something you seek in your life, roses growing in a sunny spot by the front door are wonderful allies. Be sure that thorns are not a problem. For instance, the lovely climbing rose, Rosa Zephrine Drouhin, is easy to care for, sweetly fragrant and will not stick your honored guests. And rosemary shrubs or potted plants by your front entrance are crisply scented and make terrific guardians and protectors.
(By the way, if you are interested in learning more about the magical, energetic properties of herbs and flowers, as well as making charms that would be perfect for enhancing love, protection, purification, and/or abundance for your home, be sure to sign up for my workshop at Dancing Moon Books in Raleigh, on Jan. 27).
The other major areas to enhance love, through the practice of feng shui, are in the “Relationship” area, as plotted on a ba-gua, and your bedroom. There are many excellent books available, as well as practitioners in most cities, to help you chart your feng shui ba-gua, as it is based on personalized information about you, depending on what school of feng shui you’re working with.