Let’s look now at the focussed and meticulous Metal element.
Metal has a sense of refinement, logic and decisiveness that make it easier to cut through life’s complications.
As the condensing, “organizing element,” it helps you set up and successfully execute your plans and important projects.
- Metal’s focussed, structured qualities make it the element that helps you most to suceed in business, so be sure to include it in your office or workspace.
- Metal’s symbolic shape is the circle, the purest shape whose line never ends. The circle carries with it qualities of Heaven, especially the all-powerful Sun, which is considered the Father of the world in Feng Shui.
In China circles and squares are frequently used together to symbolize the Yin/Yang relationship of the Mother (the square Earth Yin element) and the Father (the Heavenly, Metal Yang element).
This iconic symboism is used in everything from architecture to the design of metal coins; Beijing’s Forbidden City — and the 2008 Olympic arenas — provide just two prominent examples of how bringing them together creates a sense of harmony in the environment.
Here’s some more about the Feng Shui qualities of Metal:
- Anything circular, oval or that has rounded edges brings the Metal element into your space.
- Metal’s color ranges from pure white to light greys and soft pastels.
- Metal and metallic objects have a gleaming and shiny quality, rather than reflective (which characterizes the Water element). Gemstones, shiny metal, and subtle reflective surfaces all bring Metal into your space.
- As opposed to the physicality of the Earth element, the Chi of Metal creates a more intangible, invisible energetic charge in your environment. It helps you create structure and boundaries in your life, and stay “above the fray” when things around you seem to be getting out of control.
- Metal represents autumn in the cycle of the seasons: think of the crisp, cool air of fall when you want to conjure a sense of what Metal is all about.
- The archetype of the Metal element is the Alchemist, who has the power to create great things from small materials.
Follow the links above to find out more about these two sectors, and how to use the Metal element to enhance them.
Look around and start to notice which objects, furniture, and pieces of art may represent Metal in your space.
Now, let’s look at Metal in the Cycle of the Elements:
- Metal is nourished by Earth in the Creative Cycle.
- Metal in turn nourishes the Water element, as it liquifies and takes on more more sinuous shapes.
- Metal is controlled by Fire in the Controlling Cycle, just as the high heat melts any metallic object.
Important note: When you are considering which element might be represented by a particular object, Shape takes precedence.
For example an object that is round (like a spherical ornament, for example), mainly represents the Metal element. Depending on its color and other aspects, other elements may also be present, but Metal predominates in that particular object because of its shape.
(photo by tata_aka_T on Flickr)