Signifying growth, progress, new life, such as the young leaves and roots of plants and trees, Wood is ever dynamic, changing and exciting in nature.
Wood rules the liver, the seat of emotions.
Wood is used for building, crafts in almost all areas of life. Vertical lines, tall shapes signify the element of Wood. Colors for wood are in the green hues.
Direction is East and south east the Season: spring, the time for growth and learning.
When Wood is balanced, we find knowledge, personal growth, and progress.
Wood as a Feng Shui Cure may include:
- Bamboo Wind Chimes
- Live Plants
- Wood paneling
- Wood furniture
- Colors of green in decor
- Tall, vertical, columnar shapes, stripes
- Jade, emerald, green jasper jewelry
Fire is the element of heat and light.
It can ignite quickly, and become uncontrollable but it can also be extinguished fast.
Fire is cleansing, a great element of transformation and change.
It is associated with inspiration, creative force and Spirit.
Fire is connected with the South, the season of summer.
Too much Fire in the summer is Yang in nature and needs balancing.
In the body, it rules the head, the heart and the solar plexus.
When balanced, Fire is associated with forgiveness and enthusiasm.
Fire as a Feng Shui cure may include:
- Lamps, heaters
- Electronic equipment, i.e: stereo, TV, computer
- Colors of reds, orange, purple, pink
- red plants: poppy, red clover, red pepper, hibiscus, begonia...
- herbs: ginseng, gingko biloba, lotus seed...
- triangular or spiky shapes
- red ruby, red agate gemstones
Earth is the source of nurturing and care-taking.
It has permanence and stability, provides shelter, nourishment and protection.
Earth energy flows downward, thus its place is in the Center.
Earth people have a low center of gravity; they are grounded, passive, stable and connected to the material world.
Earth rules the digestive system.
Earth is associated with the direction of Southwest, Northeast and the Center.
When Earth is balanced, we find courage and contentment.
Earth as a Feng Shui cure may include:
- Crystal chandeliers
- Pottery, clay, ceramic, china ware, art or utensils
- colors of tan, beige, yellow, rust brown
- shapes of square, fat, rectangular
- yellow topaz, citrine, opal or cat's eye gemstones
- plants (or images) of sunflowers, oleander, yellow or rust colored mums
The most dense element, Metal can hold the temperatures of hot or cold, making it very useful and rare.
The precious gifts of the Earth, such as Gold, Silver, Copper, Iron, etc. are Metals that enrich our lives.
Metal bars and braces can also be used to limit or constrict.
Metal people have great discipline, some great vocal strength and a sense of humor.
Metal rules the colon and the lungs.
Direction is West and Northwest, the Season is the Fall, and colors are the white or the metallic colors of gold, silver, and bronze. Horizontal, short, straight lines are associated with Metal.
When Metal is balanced we find laughter and ease.
Metal as a Feng Shui cure may include:
- Metal Wind Chimes
- Horizontal, arched shapes
- colors of white, silver, grey, gold
- decor of metallic,reflective, glass, images of automobiles, machinery
- gold, silver, diamond, pearl jewelry
- coins, images of treasures
Water is the source of all life on Earth.
Although shapeless, it takes up the form of its container.
It needs to be contained, or it will be uncontrollable.
Water is a cleanser, healer and a soothing element.
Cooling in the summer heat, but it can be chilling in winter.
With the help of water we can go deep and reflect on our emotions.
Too much water in winter is Yin in nature and needs balancing.
Direction for Water is the North, the Season: winter.
Water’s colors are black, navy, and blue hues.
Shapes of round, irregular or wavy patterns can be associated with Water.
Water is the element for communication, travel and transportation.
Water rules the kidneys, and the reproductive organs.
When balanced, Water allows us to relax and enjoy ourselves.
Water as a Feng Shui cure may include:
- Curly, wavy, irregular shapes
- colors of black, navy, aqua, blues
- Fish tanks, water features, images of lakes, oceans, rivers, waterfalls
- aquamarine, turquoise, blue sapphire, topaz, or opal jewelry
- fish, seafood
- herbs of shu di huang, yin yang hou
In general, to enhance Ch’i in any environment, we may use:
- Crystal pendants
- Family images
- Images of benefactors
- Luck coins
- Electronic equipment
- Ponds, water fountains, fish tanks....