Using Five Element Theory in Your Home

July 30, 2017

What is the Five Elements Theory?

Based on their observations of nature, Ancient Chinese people recognized constant cycles of renovation and rejuvenation in the universe.  At first, these explanations used Yin and Yang reasoning, but later these were expanded using a theory called the Five Elements.  The philosophy evolved from the study of various processes, functions, and phenomena of nature. Water, wood, fire, earth and metal contain their own specific qualities and properties. The Five Elements theory is still used today as a way for understanding qualities and behaviors, and as a means for analyzing changes of natural phenomena. 

As energy (or life) moves from one stage to another, the same changes occur, because we’re all subject to the laws of nature.  This movement holds true for every part of our lives, whether it’s moving from birth to old age, the passage of the seasons, to a breath of life. 

The Productive Cycle

Water supports wood, which includes plants and trees.  Wood feeds a fire, which can burn indefinitely with more fuel. Fire strengthens the earth as it burns down and turns into ashes that become a part of the soil. Earth heats up and cools down, which causes it to contract and expand, forming metal.  Metal gives birth to water, just as a metal cup will sweat when it’s cooled with a drink with ice cubes inside it, giving us water.

An Example of the Cycle: The Seasons

Although Westerners used four seasons, the Ancients used five to define a year, along with other processes in nature: winter, spring, summer, harvest, and autumn.  During the winter (or Water Element,) the seeds remain dormant in the dark, cold recesses of the soil. During the spring (or Wood Element,) the ground begins to warm, awakening the seed to take action and begin to grow into a plant. During the summer (or Fire Element,) the light and warmth of the sun cause the plant to fully bloom.  During the harvest (or Earth Element,) the plant gives off its seeds that make their way into the soil while its produce may be reaped.  During the autumn (or Metal Element,) the beautiful leaves and blooms begin to age and eventually die from cooling temperatures, only to start the cycle over with new seeds in the winter.

Five Elements Within Your Home

We often utilize the Ba-gua within our homes or businesses to determine the placement of objects that represent the Five Elements, so that energy (that which the Chinese call Ch’i/Qi) moves smoothly throughout the space to create balance.

Water…

… can be used in the Career gua to build up one’s occupation.  Water can also be used to enhance the Family gua if one’s relationship with parents, grandparents, aunts and/or uncles needs improvement. (Water feeds wood.)  One can place the following items in the Career gua to increase this Element: actual water in a container, a fish bowl/aquarium, a picture of a beach, a waterfall or a stream.  There are far more examples, but contact us for a full feng shui consultation through this website.

Wood…

…can be used in the Family gua to boost one’s relationship with parents, grandparents, older siblings, aunts and/or uncles.  Wood can also be used to enhance the Reputation/Fame gua if one’s reputation needs to be built or rebuilt. (Wood feeds fire.) One can place the following items in the Family gua to increase this Element: bamboo plants, the color green, a picture of a woodland.   A complete feng shui consultation can provide you with more possibilities.

Fire

…can be used in the Reputation/Fame gua if one’s reputation needs to be built or rebuilt.  Fire can also be used to strengthen the Health gua if one’s constitution isn’t as great as it should be.  (Fire fortifies earth.) One can place the following items in the Fire gua to increase this Element: candles, the fireplace, a picture of the desert.  There are far more examples, but contact us for a feng shui consultation through this website.

Earth

…can be used in the Health gua to improve one’s well-being.  Earth can also be used to improve one’s relationship with your children, or the younger members of  your family. (Earth creates metal.) One can place the following items in the Earth gua to increase this Element: a plant in soil, porcelain, terra cotta or other items of the earth.  A complete feng shui consultation can provide you with more possibilities.

Metal

…can be used in the Children gua to improve one’s relationship with your children, younger brothers or sisters, or the children in your family.  Metal can be used in the Children gua to build up one’s occupation. (Metal begets water.) One can place the following items in the Metal gua to increase this Element: a metal instrument, a picture of a lake, the color white/pastels.  There are far more examples, but contact us for a full feng shui consultation through this website.

In conclusion

We’ve discussed some means of how you might use the Five Elements Theory in your environment, both at home and in your work space.  Give them a try, as it may well help you feel more balanced and therefore more stable and grounded.

What about the four corners of the Ba-gua: wealth, partnership, helpful people, and knowledge?  If you would like to know more about more ways you can improve the flow of Ch’i in your whole home or business, please contact us through this website via email, phone call, or text.  We can help you improve most parts of your life through feng shui, and we’d love to help you improve your world.

 

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