One of the core principles of feng shui is to create a safe space. Feng shui principles evolved to develop the most ideal conditions for built environments. The intention of feng shui is to keep the inhabitants protected from danger and close to resources.
Does your home need energetic protection? Would you like to know how feng shui can help you? Explore our feng shui cures for house protection.
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Strong Front Door
Many of the adjustments for home protection happen around the front door. This is because the front door is the mouth of qi, which means it is where energy enters the home. In feng shui, we want to create a strong front door that protects the inhabitants from any negative energy or unwelcome visitors.
To make sure your front door is strong, first check the physical strength of the door. Do the locks work? Is it in good repair? Is it well lit? Your front door is like your gate. It provides a barrier between you and the outside world, helping you to invite in helpful people and energies while avoiding difficult ones, so it’s important to make sure it’s working well.
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Red Front Door
Another way to strengthen your front door is by painting it red. Red is a very auspicious and powerful color in feng shui. Red is often used in feng shui to transform negative energy and for protection. It’s also connected to the fire element, which is energetic, stimulating, and dynamic.
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Black Tourmaline Crystals
Black tourmaline is a great crystal to work with for protection. It helps to absorb negative energy and is a very grounding stone. It can help you to feel safe and protected from challenging and difficult situations and energies, including EMFs from electrical wiring and power lines.
You can also create a grid of protection by placing a piece of black tourmaline in each corner of a room, your home, or under the four corners of your bed.
You can also locate a black crystal, like black tourmaline, at the front door. The color black absorbs and protects you from energy outside the home.
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Adding a protective mantra to your door can also protect your home. For example, Om Mani Padme Hum is a Sanskrit mantra we often use in BTB feng shui. It’s the mantra of Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva of compassion. While there are many ways to interpret this mantra, it translates roughly to “the jewel is in the lotus,” which can be a reminder of the beauty within, like a lotus that is able to bloom from muddy water.
Many Tibetan prayer flags have mantras written on them and can be placed in and outside of your home.
Alternatively, you can write a mantra (or any protective affirmation that is meaningful to you) on paper and place it above your door. This way, every time you walk in and out you will activate and receive that protective blessing.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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Feng Shui Bagua Mirror
The bagua mirror is one of the best-known feng shui cures for protection. It’s a round mirror in an octagonal frame decorated with the eight trigrams of the feng shui bagua. The trigrams, as well as the bagua areas, are connected to the I Ching, an ancient Chinese text used for divination.
To use a bagua mirror properly, it should be outside rather than inside your home. It can be a helpful addition if there is sharp, or pointed energy facing your front door or house. Traditionally, it’s most often placed above the front door or a large window that’s facing towards a source of potentially negative or dangerous energy. Be careful to not face it towards a neighbor. If you’re not sure how to use a bagua mirror, it’s best to work with a practitioner who can help you place it correctly.
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Hang a Bell
You can hang a bell on your door to alert you of anyone entering or exiting your home. Metal bells work best. The bells work on a conscious and subconscious level to protect you.
It’s especially helpful to hang a bell on your door if you aren’t able to be in the commanding position, meaning you’re unable to see the entrance when you are in bed, at your desk, or cooking at your stove.
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You can also place a pair of protectors at the door. Many cultures have animals that are associated with protection. Often, these animal symbols are placed at the entrance to a home, which can help protect the inhabitants and also invite good fortune. Fu dogs, often seen in China at the entrances of homes and palaces, are an example of this.
What represents good luck and protection to you? It can be an animal, a plant, a person, a symbol, the list goes on and on. Consider your own cultural symbols and associations, and decide which would be the most protective and auspicious gatekeepers for you. Then, place a pair at your front door. You can locate them on your door, in the form of door knockers, for example, or one on each side of your door.
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Amulets From Your Culture or Personal Lineage
Although we’re talking about feng shui here, we encourage you to also check into your own culture and personal lineage. As with the last tip, think about your own culture and connections to see what feels protective to you.
For example, the hamsa is a protective amulet originating in the Middle East. A mezuzah is another instance of a protective symbol, often attached to the doorpost of Jewish homes. Are there any amulets from your own culture or personal lineage that you could incorporate into the protection of your home?