Door Tilting

January 16, 2018

The question about door-tilting in FS keeps coming up, usually it gets 3 kinds of anwers: 1) It works. 2) It doesn’t. 3) It depends on what method you use, then there is the rhetorical reply, “You tell me!”. So here is my take on the subject:

If by feng shui you mean the quality of the environment then tilting the door by a few degrees has miniaml effect on the feng shui or the quality of the environment, instead it would make the door look very strange and visitors who try to use the door would ask, “What is going on here, why this funny-looking door?”.

If by Feng Shui you mean some schools of thought using door tilting to correlate the door facing to a different Herxagram with a different meaning, then the tilting would match the world-view of the user and would “tilt” his or her perception of the formless and it would make the user feel that the fortune of the place has changed. Now that could have an effect since the perception or the mind-set has changed in the user’s view.

There is “body” FS and “mind” FS, and there is also “form” FS and “compass” FS, it could get confusing if we are not aware of the difference.

The attached picture shows Joao Carlos Borges, a FS practitioner from Portugal doing his thing and asking this question in his Feng Shui Forum on Facebook.


Tilting the door by a few degrees is one of the major criticisms leveled at some practitioners of the Xuna Kong Da Gua (XKDG) School of Feng Shui. Not only it is practically impossible to do so accurately, one wonders if the theory has overtaken the practice and the Essence (Ti) of the system is cut off from it Function (Yong). An orally transmitted secret from XKDG, which I have translated below, may give us a clue how to handle this difficulty.

An oral transmission from Xuan Kong Da Gua

The square and circular arrangement is an aperture to peep into the Heaven’s Heart.
The subtle aspects are the principles,
The gross aspects are the images.
Essence and Function have the same source,
(We) Cannot see the gaps between them.
They hold the reasons for fortune and misfortune, transient and lastingness,
The way to advance and to retreat, to remember and to forget,
Understand their meanings and (you) can interpret their numbers,
With the Qi of the time cycles built into them,
(You) Need to keep this in mind.
Make use of the large (gross),
Be frugal with the small (subtle),
(So) Nowhere it cannot penetrate,
(And) Nothing it cannot fit.

In essence what this secret transmission says is to take care and make use of the gross and the physical aspects of a situation first, then concern with the subtle and the theoretical to find an integration between the two, which means tilting the door, based on some numerical calculations of minute degrees, should be like an icing on the cake, it is not the cake itself.

The Chinese are not so concerned with what is conceptual and what is quantifiably accurate, they are more concerned with efficacy – what the method can do to help them achieve what they want.

So instead of spending a lot of money tilting the door by less than one degree or just a couple of degrees, ask ourselves first, what is the big picture here? What are we trying to achieve? Perhaps tilting our mind-set by a few degree is much cheaper and more efficacious than physically tilting a door!

In the beginning of 2015, we will have a couple of Master-Course on XKDG School of Feng Shui, one in Berlin, a 4-days course from 20-23 February 2015, will look at the theory and the practice of the system and some of the difficulties we will encounter, and the other in Zurich, a two days course the week after, from 28 February to 1st March 2015, will look at XKDG Date Selection and how to use it to be timely. For further information please refer to our ECOFS website: Under Course and Workshop for ECOFS Berlin and for Switzerland.

Image taken from Ong Feng Shui Studio.

Image taken from Ong Feng Shui Studio.

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