Feng Shui Element - Creating Balance Between the Five Elements

Published: 17th March 2010
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The five elements are the base of feng shui, which is considered a practice utilized balance and create harmony in one's surroundings. The entire theory revolves around 'qi', which is referred to as a life force or energy. 'Qi' is all around us, it is even inside of us. This force affects both our surroundings and our moods. These feng shui elements work together to balance the 'qi' in our surroundings, that can be shown with productive and destructive cycles. The productive cycle demonstrates how each element produces or creates another while the destructive cycle shows how each element destroys another. It works both ways and in an entire cycle, creating harmony between the elements.



The wood element is represented by the colors green and brown. Living plants and flowers are objects that are connected to the element and can be used as decorative items in areas lacking wood. Water nourishes wood in the productive cycle and so objects representing the water element are great additions to an area lacking in wood. Meanwhile metal cuts wood so it's best to remove any metal objects in the designated area.



The water element is represented by the colors blue and black. Water fountains and aquariums are objects that are connected to this element and should be considered as decorative pieces in areas lacking water. Metal creates water from the productive cycle and so objects representing the metal element are great additions to a place lacking in water. Meanwhile earth absorbs water so it is best to get rid of any earth objects belonging to the designated area.



The metal element can be represented by the colors white, gray and silver. Metal frames, vases and wind chimes are objects which have been connected to the element and can be used as decorative pieces in areas lacking metal. Earth shapes metal within the productive cycle and so objects representing the earth element are also great additions to a place lacking in metal. Meanwhile fire melts metal so it's best to remove any fire objects belonging to the designated area.



The earth element is always represented by the colors tan, light yellow and light brown. Pebbles, stones and ceramic pottery are objects which have been connected to this element and should be considered as decorative pieces in areas lacking earth. Fire produces earth in the productive cycle and therefore objects representing the fire element are great additions to a place lacking in earth. Meanwhile wood breaks apart earth so it's best to remove any wood objects from the designated area.



The fire element is always represented by the colors red, orange, pink, purple and dark yellow. Fireplaces and candles are objects which are connected to the element and can be used as decorative items in areas lacking fire. Wood feeds fire in the productive cycle and so objects representing the wood element are great additions to an area lacking in fire. Meanwhile water puts out fire so it's best to get rid of any water objects in the designated area.



As you will see, each feng shui element is vital for maintaining balance. Not only are the objects in our homes a representation of elements, so are we. You can actually learn about your own personal element by matching it to your year of birth. This allows you to figure out how to surround yourself with colors and objects that are beneficial towards you and stay away from ones that don't. You will also have the ability to use a map bagua to define specific areas of a room or a complete home which are affiliated with each element and use that knowledge to improve the feng shui of your home.





Learn about each of the fivefeng shui elements and how you can use them to work a feng shui bagua and apply them throughout your home. Discover how each feng shui element affects one another, your home and your personal life.



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