Feng Shui Element Guide – Fire, Water, Metal, Wood and Earth

The five elements are the foundation of feng shui, which is a practice used to balance and create harmony in one's surroundings. The whole theory revolves around 'qi', which is known as a life force or energy. 'Qi' is all around us, it is inside of us. This force affects both our surroundings and our…

The five elements are the foundation of feng shui, which is a practice used to balance and create harmony in one's surroundings. The whole theory revolves around 'qi', which is known as a life force or energy. 'Qi' is all around us, it is 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, which can be shown in the 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 a complete cycle, creating harmony between the elements.

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

The water element can be represented by the colors blue and black. Water fountains and aquariums are objects that are connected to this element and can be used as decorative items in areas lacking water. Metal creates water in the productive cycle and therefore objects representing the metal element are also great additions to an area lacking in water. Meanwhile earth absorbs water so it's best to remove any earth objects from the designated area.

The metal element can be represented by the colors white, gray and silver. Metal frames, vases and wind chimes are objects that are connected to this element and can be used as decorative items in areas lacking metal. Earth shapes metal in the productive cycle and therefore objects representing the earth element are also great additions to an area lacking in metal. Meanwhile fire melts metal so it's best to remove any fire objects from the designated area.

The earth element can be represented by the colors tan, light yellow and light brown. Pebbles, stones and ceramic pottery are objects that are connected to this element and can be used as decorative items in areas missing earth. Fire produces earth in the productive cycle and therefore objects representing the fire element are also great additions to an area lacking in earth. Meanwhile wood breaks apart earth so it's best to remove any wood objects from the designated area.

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

As you can see, each feng shui element is important for maintaining balance. Not only are the objects in our homes a representation of the elements, so are we. You can actually find out your own personal element by matching it to your year of birth. This enables you to figure out how to better surround yourself with colors and objects that are beneficial towards you and stay away from ones that do not. You will also be able to use a map bagua to define specific areas of a room or an an own home which are associated with each element and use that knowledge to improve the feng shui of your home.