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.
[This is NOT to say that your home cannot be your own private sanctuary, or that you have to be “on,” even there. But it does challenge us to look at how deep the divide is between who we “really” are at home, vs. who we appear to be in the outside world. It can be stressful if those two personas are seriously disconnected. My vote is for people to find ways to live authentically, with less compartmentalization, and more harmonious integration.]
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 last week, to bring good energy into your home, the most important area to pay attention to is your front door. It is true that many people have a side or back door that is less formal, convenient to the garage, and so on. It is also 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 outside the front door are not going to endear you to your neighbors, nor will they impress visitors (if you get any). More importantly, they won’t convey 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.
Other possibilities include rosemary in pots or as shrubs by your front entrance. They are crisply scented and make terrific magical guardians and protectors. (For other suggestions, I’ll be offering my workshop “Herbs and Magical Gifts from the Garden” later this Spring, so be on the lookout for an announcement soon).
Tomorrow, we’ll explore some of the other areas of the house that can easily be spruced up with good energy for the coming Springtime.