The Five Elements are one of the special tools Feng Shui uses to enhance your life at home and at work.
The Feng Shui Five 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.
The Five Elements are Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water, and all are illustrated in this beautiful photo I took in Costa Rica.
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.
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.
The Earth element is all about 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 Feng Shui Earth element here.
Metal, the element of completion, symbolizes incisiveness and focus. Metal helps you complete projects, get the help you need, and set yourself up for future endeavors. During Metal’s season, Autumn, you 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 about the Feng Shui Metal element.
Water, the element of Winter and darkness, takes two forms: still and moving.
Still Water symbolizes your inner depths, while Moving Water symbolizes your 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 Feng Shui Water element here.
What are some of your ideas for bringing the balance and harmony of the Five Elements into your life?