The Five Elements are one of the special tools Feng Shui uses to enhance your life at home and at work.
The Elements balance and harmonize your space with color, artwork, furnishings, textures and shapes.
If you feel out of balance, stuck, or in a negative frame of mind, a Five Elements re-balancing may be just what you need.
Wood is associated with Springtime, the beautiful season of growth and renewal. It’s symbolized by the color green and treelike, columnar shapes, so it’s easy to bring into your environment with living plants, botanical prints and vertical stripes.
Wood is the element of New Beginnings, perfect to add to your space when you’re starting on a new path.
Here’s some more information about the Wood element.
The Fire element comes into its own with Summer and high noon. Its color is red; it’s all about passion, emotion, your inner light and the way you want to be seen in the world: your Fame & Reputation.
Fire is symbolized by triangular shapes, good lighting and living beings. Bring Fire into your space when you want to “light things up” with your enthusiasm and passion.
Here’s more information about Feng Shui’s Fire element.
When we think of the Earth element we think of stability and nourishment. The most stable shape, the square, denotes Earth, as well as earthy colors like yellow, tan, and brown.
Add Earth to your environment when things feel unstable, with items that give you a sense of being grounded. Here’s some more information about the Earth element here.
Metal, the element of completion, symbolizes incisiveness and focus. Metal helps us complete projects and set ourselves up for future endeavors. During Metal’s season, Autumn, we harvest the New Beginnings we planted back in the Spring.
As the “purest” element, Metal’s color white and its shape is round. Metal bring a lovely smoothness into a space in a round table, circular rug, spherical container or even an archway.
Check out these posts for more about Feng Shui’s Metal element.
Water, the element of Winter and darkness, takes two forms: still and moving.
Still Water symbolizes our inner depths, while Moving Water symbolizes our ability to communicate, like a river that connects one community to another.
Add the Water element to your space when you want to “free your mind” to explore your spiritual depths.
Water’s black color and meandering shape bring a sense of mystery and a bit of unpredictability into a space. Learn more about the Water element here.