It seems that many people today who have heard of Feng Shui must have also heard about its five elements. These are the foundation theory of Feng Shui balance. There also seems to be confusion about just what these elements really are and how they work. Actually it is fairly simple, and based on common sense.
Chinese tradition says everything is interacting and changing constantly, and this is accomplished via the five main elements. As such, if you’d like to design a place to promote harmony and balance through Feng Shui, you must employ these elements properly according to their effects and according to their characteristics.
One of the Feng Shui elements is wood, which the Chinese know as Mu. Wood is the beginning of new life, just like spring brings new plants. Majority of people mistakenly use wood furniture as a Feng Shui solution. This is wrong. Why? Because wood furniture is lifeless.
To harness the quality of wood, it is essential you use life wood. A shrub or bushy plant is ideal since it emits live qi and is also an excellent an excellent method of retaining qi. Wood represents innovation, creativity and even birth…and as such it is considered an element that is sociable. The color and direction that correspond to this element is green and east. By strategically placing this element you’ll be adding to that space all that the element wood represents (e.g., creativity, innovation and birth).
Huo- the mandarin for fire, is another Feng Shui element. The element of fire represents energy, enthusiasm and activity. Just like a real fire, this warm element must be placed with caution…because although it can “warm” the environment that it’s in, it can also destroy it.
Fire is represented by the color red and the direction south, and it generally represents the years of puberty.
Tu- is the next element and is the Chinese word for earth. The earth element represents characteristics such as stability and honesty. While this element is methodic, the downside is that it can be deemed demanding. The earth element is thought to be ideal in relation to inheritances and even real estate. The earth element is symbolized by the color yellow and represents the early years of youth.
Jin, that is metal, is another Feng Shui element. This is the symbol of success in business and agriculture. Gold is the color that symbolizes this element while its direction is west. Metal symbolizes the adult years.
The last element is water, called shui in mandarin. Water mainly represents communication and traveling. Water is a requirement for living for plants, animals and humans. Just like the water you find in nature, it can be quiet and peaceful, or bold and violent. This element is what gives life to our planet. Without it, we would not exist because our bodies are mostly water.
In Feng Shui, water, when needed should be clear and flowing. Stagnant water creates more problems than it solves. Have you noticed that water is synonymous with power? Emperors built their palaces near bodies of water, and if you look around closely, most capital cities are either located near the water or have large lakes or rivers nearby. When used incorrectly, these 5 Feng Shui elements can cause harm to relationship, health or money prosperity. And when used correctly, they can strengthen relationships, improve your health, and increase your money prosperity.
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