Monday, November 16, 2009

The kingdom of joy is protected from all evil by a red door"

" The kingdom of joy is protected from all evil by a red door" unknown

Last week I took full advantage of the week filled with unseasonably warm, sunny days for November in Western New York to paint my front entrance RED. Not just any red, this is a HIGH DRAMA, lip stick, English telephone booth RED!!!

In early America a red door was a sign of "WELCOME." People travel by horse and buggy; they had to stop often. If they came upon a house with a red door that usually meant they would be able to spend the night.

Rumor is that a red front door was used in the under ground railroad for the slaves traveling north to signal this house is a safe house.

A scarlet entry also has deep religious undertones.

In Catholicism, a red door represents that the blood of Christ and other Martyrs has been smeared on it meaning the area beyond the door is holy and sacred.

For Protestants, and especially Lutherans, the red door hearkens back to the time of Martin Luther, who posted his 95 Theses on the red doors of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany—the crimson color symbolizes the church as part of the Reformation.

A red door is a significant symbol in many countries.

In Ireland, a red door is thought to ward off ghosts and evil spirits.

Folks in Scotland painted the front door red when they paid off the mortgage announcing that the house is paid free and clear.

In China, some say a door painted red before the New Year invites good luck and happiness.

The Feng Shui aspect of painting your door Red is that the front door is considered the "Mouth of Chi" where all good energy enters a space. Red is considered to be the most auspicious color in Feng Shui. So it's done to attract luck and good energy.

I love color. This look at me hue is my warm welcome of peace to all who enter my home.

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