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June 2003 Update
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THE FIVE ELEMENTS
OF FENG SHUI
Every month we receive many e-mail's about what colour to paint
my room, and which colour represents which element? I know I have briefly
covered it in previous newsletters but I thought I would clarify it again in
more detail. The elements: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water are the
foundation for Feng Shui balance and play a very important role in creating the
The five elements are the key to Feng Shui, you cannot have a
traditional and authentic consultation without advice on how to place the five
elements in your home. An example with Xuan Kong flying star, if you had a 3
wood star which causes legal problems and arguments you would place fire in this
area or colours red, pink or purple as this will weaken the 3 wood, you should
never try and control an element as this will make the situation worse.
Even professional Practitioners get confused when you using the
five elements and many recommend placing symbolic items such as Buddha's and
Toads, if you have had a consultation where the Practitioner has sold or advised
you to place all theses objects you should get a second opinion.
This is the
Wood feeds Fire, Fire feeds earth, Earth feeds metal, Metal feeds water,
and Water feeds Wood. This is known as the Sheng cycle.
Metal destroys Wood, wood destroys earth, earth destroys water, water
destroys fire, and fire destroys metal.
Wood dissolves water, water dissolves metal, metal dissolves earth, earth
dissolves fire, and fire dissolves wood.
The first element is wood because it is the beginning of new life; it is the
creator of the five-element cycle. We have heard many times that people use wood
furniture as a wood element, this is not a good substitute to use as furniture
is dead wood it is lifeless and contains none or little Ch'i, although it can
contain positive energy, if it has had a good history, remember furniture,
books, virtually anything can contain bad energy from previous owners or even
someone who has handled it, that is why we cleanse all our products we sell
before we send them out, because we do not always know the history behind them
whilst they were being manufactured. You need to use live wood in the form of a
bushy plant similar to a "money plant" as it holds so much live Ch'i
and also retains it. Plants also filter the air we breathe; it is so much better
to use a natural form when it comes to the wood element. Remember to feed and
water it, because if it dies it will hold Sha Ch'i, even on any dead leaves, so
keep it in good condition. The wood element can be replaced by the colour green.
I find that the colour is not as effective as the element of live wood though.
There shouldn't be many times that you need to use a colour to replace live wood
as there are so many plants that we can use indoors. You can of course use both
Wood represents the directions of East and the Chen Trigrams 3.
It also represents the South East and the Sun Trigrams 4.
Fire Element is the most "Yang" of the elements. Because fire is so
Yang, this is the one instance where colour does work well. A tea-light or table
lamp with a red shade or bulb make excellent fire remedies, please be very careful when
Fire represents the South and the Li Trigram 9. In shape it is
triangular and pointed. Fire colours are reds, pink, purple or lilac.
Earth element is often confused with soil, which is only part of the element, it
needs to be combined with rock, clay, and stone etc. i.e. a terracotta pot
filled with soil is a perfect earth element, or a clay statue. Earth colours are
yellow, beige but not as effective as the real element itself. Quartz crystal is
very good as long as the colour is not red or purple like amethyst or rose
quartz as these are more of a fire element.
Earth represents the North East or the Ken Trigram 8. It also
represents the South West or the Kun Trigram 2. In addition, it represents the
"Centre" of the Master Trigram 5. Earth shapes are square.
Metal can be found in many forms. Silver, Gold, Copper, and Bronze are just a
few of the Metal Element. You can also be creative when using this element; you
could use a brass Kwan Yin, three-legged toad or a nice Dragon. When choosing an
element try to look at the shape, don't use sharp points or unattractive objects
just because they have the element you need, Feng Shui is about creating a
harmony and balance and it should look attractive in the environment. The
colours you should use are white, gold, and silver and the shapes should be
Metal is the Tui Trigram 7 in the West. It is also the Chien
Trigram 6 in the North West.
Water is the key element; we would not exist without it, our planet as our body
is made up of mainly water. It is a very powerful element to use, it should
always be clear and free flowing, never let it go stagnant, as this will create
many problems. A fountain or aquarium is ideal or a simple fishpond in the
garden. Water has always been associated with power. It has been used for
thousands of years by Kings and Emperors in the form of protection as in a moat,
or a powerful attraction for abundance. If you look at most Cities today, they
are either positioned near the water or have large lakes or rivers close by.
Most ocean-side and lakeside homes are also sought after. The colours blue or
black can replace water. Water represents the Kan Trigram 1 in the North. Water shapes
You should be careful when using the elements in certain areas,
Ideally you should have a consultation
for best advice, although in future issues I will be covering this again in even
greater detail, because if used correctly they can have a major impact on
wealth, health, relationships etc.
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