5 Feng Shui Approaches to Front and Back Door Alignment

What It Means When the Front and Back Doors Are Aligned—and How to Fix It

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In feng shui, we look at the flow of energy of a home and how that works with the design elements, including doors. One layouts to be aware of is when the front and back doors are directly aligned.

Why does this matter? Doors are one of the most important parts of your home to look at when it comes to feng shui. The front door, also called the mouth of qi, is particularly significant because it is the primary way that qi (energy) enters the home. Having a functional, unblocked, welcoming front door and entryway can help invite positive energy and opportunities for everyone who lives there. 

In general, doors represent a few different things in feng shui. They are connected to your voice and how you express yourself, and they are also gateways where qi flows from one space to another. In order to allow qi to transition freely between different spaces, and to encourage open expression and clear speech, it’s a good idea to take a look at the feng shui of the doors in your home. Noticing the design details of your doors can give you clues about these aspects of your life. 

Qi, often referred to as energy, is an unseen life force that flows through nature, our homes, and ourselves. Feng shui practitioners work with the qi of built environments, both indoor and outdoor. One of the main things we pay attention to is how qi flows through the front door. Ideally, it should be able to move smoothly through a home, so that it can invigorate our spaces and support us. We want to avoid qi that is rushing, blocked, or stagnated.

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What Happens to Qi When Your Front and Back Doors Are Aligned? 

There are certain layouts in a home that can shift how qi flows through it. Some layouts are more ideal, and some can create more challenges. One layout that can potentially be more difficult to work with is having the front door directly aligned with the back door, meaning that you can see all the way through to the back door when you walk into your home, with no visual separations. When this is the case, qi comes in through the front door, or the mouth of qi, and rushes straight through and out the back. The closer the two doors are to each other, the more dramatic the effect can be. If you’re not sure if your front door is aligned with your back door, try standing in the front entrance and looking straight ahead. If you see the back door, they are aligned. 

A front and back door alignment can mean a drain on resources and finances, so it’s a good idea to correct this layout if you do have it. It’s especially important to correct it if you are facing difficulties in this area of life, or if you’ve noticed a pattern of money or resources flowing away from you.

Five Ways to Correct This Layout

If you’ve determined that your front and back doors are aligned, there’s no need to worry! You can always work with what you have, and correcting this layout is simple and straightforward. To do this, you’ll want to slow down and redirect the q, by adding objects that will help to move the energy around the inside of the home rather than straight through it. Here are a few simple ways to adjust a front and back door alignment:

  1. Place a feng shui crystal ball halfway between the front and back door to help disperse the qi as it comes in the front door. 
  2. Obscure the path of qi with strategically placed furniture in between the two doors. Be careful not to make it hard to walk through the space, though—if you live in a smaller home, you might want to choose an adjustment that takes up less space. One example is a small table with flowers place on it.
  3. Add a crystal light fixture in the entryway to redirect the qi as it flows in. 
  4. Hang a feng shui crystal ball in front of the back door to prevent the qi from rushing out so quickly. 
  5. If you are renovating or designing your home, consider asking your architect or builder to add a well-placed wall or partition. If this is something you are considering, you might want to consult with a feng shui practitioner to help guide you. 
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Again, if you do have a front and back door directly aligned in your home, don’t panic! You also don’t need to make all of the adjustments listed above. We would actually encourage you not to make so many adjustments at once. Choose the one that resonates with you the most and makes sense in your space, try it out, and see how it feels. 

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