Five elements of feng shui are important principles governing this Chinese philosophy of placement.
Feng Shui philosophy states that chi (energy) lives in all things. It’s the life force of nature. This energy is comprised of two opposite forces yin (female) and yang (male). The balance of these two energies is the ultimate perfection of bringing earth (yin) and heaven (yang) together in harmony.
Creation of Chi Energy Cycles
Chi energy is pure when it first enters the earth but quickly goes through various transformations when it manifests into the physical. This manifestation creates five expressions of the chi energy that you know as feng shui elements. These five elements must interact in order to recreate the perfection of chi energy in the physical.
Properties of the Feng Shui Elements
The five elements of feng shui each have their own individual properties and they must be balanced correctly.
Fire is yang element and it is considered the most powerful of all the elements and represents energy, passion, expansion and transformation. When using the fire element in your home, it can be represented by a candle, or by color, such as a red lampshade.The energy of fire brings success in public life, glory ,recognition and popularity. The energy of fire must be always kept under control. Too much energy can cause damage.
Color: red, orange and yellow
Direction symbolized: south
The element of wood helps to develop creative energies such as inspiration, motivation,expansion and passion. It represents personal growth and renewal and purifies and redirects chi. Wood can be represented by plants, trees or by green objects, for example green pillows.The energy of the wood brings exceptional luck of the next generations.
- Color: green and sometimes purples, not pastels
- Season: spring
- Direction symbolized: east and southeast
The water element of feng shui is directly related to the flow of money and career. Flowing water helps us to let go of things we no longer need. Still water helps the surrounding energies to be calm and offers the feeling of a new beginning and renewed strength. The water element can be represented by a water feature, fish tank or pond. Crystals, wavy statues or artwork and paintings of water scenes are other ways the element of water may be represented.
- Color: blues
- Season: winter
- Direction symbolized: north
The element of metal draws and unifies all of the elements together.It is a symbol of heavenly power. They act as transmitters, conducting the various energies to different areas. Metal stimulates mental strength and intellectual abilities, making it easier to focus and think clearly.This energy brings luck in relation to powerful people(Chinese often name them as heavenly people).
- Color: white, silver, gray and black
- Season: fall
- Direction symbolized: west and northwest
Representing permanence, stability and home, the earth element is solid giving a sense of security and grounding support. It strengthens the feelings of safety and adds a sense of comfort from within. Rock features, thick carpet, antique pottery and old books help to bring the earth element indoors.
- Color: brown, beige, sierra and other muted colors
- Season: end of summer
- Direction symbolized: center, northeast and southwest