By Kathryn Weber
The front door is the single most important area of your home. It determines the quality of the energy that enters your home – and that directly influences the quality of energy in important life areas, such as wealth, opportunity, health and relationship success.
The entrance to your home is directly influenced by the way it looks.
Realtors know this as “curb appeal.” When a house looks great at the entrance, it’s extremely inviting to potential buyers. But look at it another way. When a house has a great front door and curb appeal, it also is extremely inviting to chi and helps build and lift chi at your home.
Once of the ways that the Chinese have used feng shui to influence their home’s energy, and by default, their feng shui is by creating attractive and strong entrances. This often includes having a pair of door guardians to protect and enhance their front doors. You can see these guardians in many locations from temples to hotels, homes to casinos.
The Chinese use door guardians such as fu dogs or chi lins.
Fu dogs are probably the most common door guardians and are most often used in the west. Fu dogs, though called “dogs,” actually mean lion and are sometimes spelled foo instead of fu. Chi lins are often used more interchangeably in the East with fu dogs. The chi lin is also called dragon horse or Chinese unicorn.
Statues of these guardians traditionally stood in front of Chinese palaces, tombs, temples, and the homes of the wealthy, and have beenn believed to provide powerful protective and empowering benefits. Sometimes they’re simply called “temple lions.”
You’ll often see them in pairs in front of buildings, and sometimes, their motif is used in other ways, like on door knockers to provide protection.
Regardless of which animal you prefer, or what you call them, both fu dogs and chi lins offer important protective energy. Protectors placed at your door not only protect it, they also empower it, and all who live there.
Why protect your door way?
Unfortunately, there are people with negative intentions who are interested in taking what you have, are envious of you, who may talk badly about you or want to steal from you. The door guardians send an energetic signal out that protects your home from these bad intentions.
Another reason to use door guardians is because of annual energies.
Each year, feng shui changes and the energies shift, making protecting your front door even more important when a negative energy, such as the 3 Killings, 5 Yellow or Red 7 hits the front of your house. Having these door guardians will also help protect you from these energies as well.
Remember to balance the size of the guardians with the size of your home and door.
Door guardians should always be placed facing out. If you choose to have fu dogs at your home or office, make sure to place them properly. Fu dogs are typically sold in pairs, with a male and a female. The male has his paw on a round ball. He should be placed on the left as you look out from the house, and the female, with her paw on a small cub, should be placed on the right as you look out from the house.