In the Indian Vastu Shastra - which is an ancient environmental art very similar to feng shui - the horseshoe is one of the most popular protection symbols for a home.
Even though not a traditional Chinese feng shui cure per se, the horseshoe is definitely great feng shui protection and good luck cure for the front door of a house. Sometimes the horseshoe is also placed above the doorways, as well as the fireplace.
The horseshoe is usually placed outside the front door (and above it) as a protection symbol, but there is no restriction against placing it inside the front door. So, you can use your own judgement and aesthetic criteria for what looks best with your specific home style and decor.
Here are 3 feng shui tips for using the horseshoe as good luck and protection cure:
- Choose a worn horseshoe rather than a new one. An actual, worn horseshoe will be infused with powerful energy as it was used to protect the horse over a long period of time. It will also carry a strong energy imprint of the horse - a strong, free spirited and powerful animal with rich feng shui symbolic energy.
- Place the horseshoe with the two ends pointing up. This configuration allows for good energy to be stored and collected versus being spilled and lost (which is the case of placing a horseshoe with the two ends pointing down.)
- Do not place an iron horseshoe above a metal door. If you happen to have a metal front door, especially a front door facing East or Southeast, it is best to avoid placing a horseshoe there. You can still use the horseshoe above a big window, for example, or above a wide doorway in your home.
So, when you are considering placing a specific feng shui cure in a specific area of a house, you will first try to define the element of your cure. The most common expressions of feng shui elements are colours and shapes, as well as, of course, the actual material of your chosen cure.
- a metal wind chime is obviously a Metal element cure
- a crystal is an expression of the Earth feng shui element
- a wooden table or a plant is a feng shui Wood element decor
- a fountain belongs to the Water feng shui element
- a fireplace or a candle bring strong Fire element energy.
In the case of a West facing front door, the Metal element is the most welcomed one, so a horseshoe is definitely an excellent choice for your door. The metal element is also welcomed in the North bagua area as it nourishes the Water element needed there. This makes the horseshoe an excellent feng shui protection and good luck cure for a North facing door, too.
Does this mean it is bad feng shui to place a horseshoe over a front door that faces East or Southeast? No, it's not. If you know how to balance the five feng shui elements while nourishing the one element that needs to be "in charge" in a specific bagua area, there is almost no cure that is too challenging to work with.
These feng shui tips will help you further:
- Explore Good Luck and Protection Feng Shui Cures
- How To Place Your Feng Shui Cures for Best Results
- How To Choose Your Feng Shui Symbols
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