The Five Elements of Feng Shui
The five elements can be useful in determining if the energy or chi in your home is balanced. The 5 elements are: wood, water, earth, metal and fire. While everyone is complex and their personality likely includes a little of each one of these elements, one (or sometimes two) elements will be more important. Using the following description, can you discover which of the five elements plays an important part in your personality?
- Wood. A wood personality is similar to a "Type A" personality. A wood personality likes to win and dominate others. Active, practical and demonstrative, this person has many friends and like to coordinates events. Anger is sometimes a problem for wood personalities.
In a home, quiet wood areas are good for contemplation and creation activities such as writing, music, painting, etc.
|Have you figured out which one of the five elements you are? What about your husband/wife, children? Any of the elements ring a bell? In order to fully relax at homes, you need to ensure that your family relationships are balanced. Like water extinguishes fire, a water personality can be destructive to a fire personality. |
The following order is destructive for the elements.
Fortunately, the elements also affect each other in a positive way. The following diagram shows the positive cycle.
In order to avoid destruction cycles, the following elements create buffers between two immediate elements:
These interaction cycles between the five elements are important in each room layout as well as in the overall house and its location with respect to its immediate surroundings.
To find out which of the five elements are at play in a specific room, you need to consider the overall shape of each item and compare it with the shape of the elements shown above.
For example, a rectangular desk would display the overall shape of earth. If this desk is made out of wood, then it is also affected by the wood element.
You should always keep in mind that these five elements are good in moderation. Medical conditions can worsen if an unbalance is created.
To find out how the five elements form an integral part of Feng Shui, return to the Feng Shui page.
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