Bring harmony into your life
If you are ruled by wood, fire, water, earth or metal, balance your life and karmas through the principles of feng shui
The five feng shui elements are wood, fire, water, earth and metal. Each of the elements is associated with a colour and shape. The elements are controlled by destructive and productive cycles. For example, water nourishes wood, wood then turns into fire which produces earth which in turn produces metal. It is a continuous cycle where in each element benefits from the other - creating a constant flow of harmony. This is the productive cycle of the five elements.
The destructive cycle of the elements happens when wood weakens earth, earth absorbs water, water puts out fire and fire melts metal - which in turn chops wood.
Balance is the key in feng shui and it is only when harmony is consciously maintained between the elements that we can actively benefit from feng shui.
The five elements are also associated with colours, seasons, directions and planets. For example, fire is red and is considered an auspicious colour. It denotes summer and the south direction. The other colours that denote fire are orange and fiery yellow.
Water is represented by the colour black/blue. It denotes winter and the north direction.
The direction for wood is the east and is represented by the colours brown and green. Metal is white/gold symbolising the west direction. Earth is represented by sandy yellow and earthy browns.
While considering the feng shui of office locations, and home interiors, understanding the destructive and productive cycles of the elements in relation to the Chinese astrological sign enables us to bring out the best in our surroundings.
For instance, if one is born in the earth year, then having too much wood element (plants) in the house would not be lucky. On the other hand having red objects like lights, candles (fire) would be very con- ducive as fire produces earth.
Similarly, if one is born in a fire year, then too much water in the home/office would be counter-productive as water destroys fire. So people born in the fire year should try as much as possible to avoid anything black, artificial waterfalls, ponds etc.
Normally when members of a family are born under different elements, then the birth element of the head of the family should be given priority for the main rooms and entrance. All other individual rooms can be designed to benefit the occupant of each room.