Five Element Theory is basic to the understanding of Feng Shui. In actuality the Five Elements (water, wood, fire, earth, metal) function as agents of change to stimulate the healthy flow of “Chi” or life force.
Working with the Elemental Forces, in all their symbolic forms, is a powerful way to promote harmony, health and prosperity – the desired outcome of good Feng Shui.
WATER – WATER is represented by the colors dark blue or black, wavy or meandering shapes, the northern direction, winter and associated with the kidneys and bladder. Water is fluid, downward moving, cool and gentle. The virtue associated with water is wisdom.
The ‘chi’ of Water has two aspects in terms of character: still water and moving or dynamic water. When still water is balanced intellectual capacity and wisdom, cognitive ability and clear judgement are available. Moving water has to do with career, business and social life as well as cash flow. When you balance moving water in your environment you freely move out into the world with success.
WOOD - WOOD is represented by the color green, rectangular shapes (moving both upward and down), family, new beginnings ,the eastern direction, spring and the liver and gall bladder. Wood is expansive and creative. The virtue of Wood is human heartedness.
The ‘chi’ of Wood can go from one who is opinionate, stubborn and inflexible (like bamboo) to one who is easily influenced (like a floating weed). When balanced, the element of Wood (like a mature tree) is represented by one who listens and evaluates before forming a point of view. Wood in balance affords one the ability to easily start new projects and have favorable family relationships.
FIRE – FIRE is represent by the color red, pointed shapes, the south, summer and the heart, small intestines and eyes. Fire in Feng Shui symbolizes one’s reputation and recognition. Fire is explosive, consuming, upwardly moving and fast. The virtue of Fire is propriety and courtesy.
The ‘chi’ of Fire is anger. If one has a high degree of fire they would be easily angered, if low they could be suppressive or internalizing. When balanced one is able to experience anger, yet remain uninjured acting with reasonable behavior. A balance of fire also indicates that one is highly regarded and not subject to slander of any kind.
EARTH – EARTH is represented by the colors orange and yellow, square shapes (horizontal movement), relationships (with yourself and with others), the spleen, stomach. The element Earth is not associated with one of the four seasons yet it holds 3 positions in Feng Shui. The virtue of Earth is credibility, trust and faithfulness.
The chi of Earth is sacrifice. When the chi of Earth is too influential one would sacrifice themselves for others, possibly burning up in the process. When the chi of Earth is weak or low, one would tend to be quite selfish, thinking only of oneself. Earth is balanced in someone when they care both for themselves and others. Healthy relationships with oneself and others, is the hallmark of a balanced earth element
METAL – METAL is represented by the color white, round shapes, the west, autumn and the lung, large intestines, joy, creativity, children and things coming to fruition. Metal is contracting, cold, stagnant and heavy. The virtue of Metal is righteousness.
The chi of Metal is virtue itself. Speaking up for what is just, right and ethical is Metal in balance. Metal displays itself in excess as demonstrative, self-righteousness. While a very low amount of Metal chi appears shy, withdrawn or having a ‘choked’ quality. When metal is in balanced one has the ability to complete things in a timely fashion allowing oneself to enjoy the fruits of their efforts. Balanced metal also indicates that one can has helpful people (benefactors) in their life and can manifest more when needed.
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