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The Five Elemental
In Feng Shui there is the
not only is there yin and yang energy, but also five types of elemental
energy: Fire, Earth, Water, Metal & Tree (sometimes refered to
Each element has a distinct relationship with the other four; they are
all inter-related and affect each other by nourishing, draining or
destroying others in the cycle. This knowledge can be used to enhance
or diminish Chi
in particular areas of the home depending upon whether
the chi is lacking or too abundant.
The use of familiar imagery makes it easy to see how this works. For
example, we can clearly understand that water is needed to feed a tree
and also that too much water would put out a fire.
Each area of the bagua
is associated with a particular element. It is
this particular energy that is necessary to bring about an enhancement
of that part of life. For example; if you are hoping to be offered a
promotion at work (which falls into the illumination or fame sector of
the life areas) the type of energy required to boost the chances of
this happening is fire. There are many ways to increase the fire energy
and an experienced Feng Shui Practitioner will be able to advise you
how this could be achieved to suit your circumstances.
Each element is associated with a shape and colour. For example water
is represented by the colours blue or black, and by wavy, curved
shapes. Fire is represented by the colours red & orange, and
zigzag, pointed shapes, etc.
Each element can be introduced in the home by the placement of either
the pure yang
form such as a candle for fire, crystal for earth or a
healthy plant for tree, or by a more yin
form such as pictures of the
actual element (perhaps a painting of the sea for water element), or
using the colours or shapes of the element, etc. Once the elemental
energy is in the right part of the home it can be enhanced by
introducing an elemental energy that will nourish it. For example, to
go back to the scenario of wanting a promotion at work, which requires
fire energy, having the colour of red on a wall will introduce that
energy in the first place and then tree energy will feed the fire. Tree
energy could then be introduced by placing some green plants or even
having some tall upright wooden candlesticks to represent tree energy.
If there was too much fire energy and arguments and confrontation were
occurring the fire energy could be drained by using its controlling
element, which in this case would be water. In this way balance can be
regained and the right amount of the helpful energy found.
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