There have been many rumours about 10 Downing Street, probably the most famous address in London. It is not true that Cherie Blair had Downing Street feng shui-ed, for example. Although Donald Trump used feng shui in his business, it’s not clear if he feng shui-ed the Oval Office or White house.
Is feng shui of 10 Downing Street working?
This is a good question. In short, judging after the last two years, not really. But with a new PM, things might change… for better or worse. Hopefully, for better. Let’s not be ‘doubters, doomsters and gloomsters’. The door of 10 Downing Street is facing south, which from feng shui perspective is the direction for success, reputation, clarity, spiritual outlook, illumination, enlightenment, positivity and fame. Well, all those attributes will be at stake when Boris Johnson make it his home. Mr Johnson’s feng shui star is 9 and element of fire (born 19 June 1964) and south is his lucky, auspicious direction. So far, so good.
The shape of the Cabinet Table – coffin-like
Boris Johnson and his ministers will gather around the coffin-shaped cabinet table and decide on the future of Brexit and the UK. Boris Johnson has written a book about Winston Churchill and his very familiar with the famous saying of Winston Churchill, “We shape our buildings, thereafter they shape us.” Boris Johnson is fond of Churchill and Churchill was fond of this saying.
With all minsters crowding into Cabinet to squeeze up around the Cabinet table is now going to make it interesting to watch. The table looks small now. Originally, the coffin-shaped Cabinet table was commissioned by Harold Macmillan – more than half a century ago. It makes the table look “more coffin-like than ever”, according to one minister. What a metaphor.
How Boris Johnson will inhabit 10 Downing Street and shape the future of the UK?
Boris Johnson will certainly want to make a mark on 10 Downing Street, like all the other, previous occupants. He and Carrie Symonds are thinking of adopting a rescue dog to live with them in their new Downing Street home. The dog will have to get along with Larry, the rescue cat, who currently lives at Number 10, Downing Street. Another metaphor or yin and yang thing? Boris Johnson is not the only Prime Minister to have had a dog in 10 Downing Street. Winston Churchill had a poodle called Rufus, while Clement Attlee, whose government founded the NHS and the welfare state, was also a dog lover. The new 10 Downing Street dog will also have to also contend with Sajid Javid’s dog, a cavapoo called Bailey, when the chancellor moves in next door. Larry, the cat was originally brought into Downing Street as “chief mouser” after rodents were seen running up and down Downing Street, but has been accused of having a “distinct lack of killer instinct”.
The front door to 10 Downing Street
The front door design and colour haven’t been changed much for ages with its characteristic design and black colour, which is now world-famous. Although, in 1908 Herbert Asquith becomes Prime Minister and has the front door repainted dark green for a brief time. During the First World War soldiers heading to off to the trenches used to touch the lion head door knocker for good luck. Then it was made of cast iron and today it is brass and painted black to replicate the original. The actual door is a blast-proof steel door following an IRA mortar attack on Downing Street in 1991. The inside of the door is white and features a polished brass door handle on a backplate. The ‘0’ numeral is painted at a 37° degree angle sloping to the left which is found in the Roman’s ‘Trajan’ alphabet that was used by the Ministry of Works at the time. Read about how to feng shui your front door to your home or workplace