Let’s look now at the flowing, truth-seeking Water element.
Water is unstructured. It flows and meanders wherever it wishes to go.
Water’s movement, or lack thereof, closely replicates the flow of Chi energy in your life.
The way you arrange your space speeds up, slows down or can even stop the flow of your vital life energy, so wise use of the Water element is essential to creating auspicious Feng Shui.
- Water gives you a place to regenerate yourself, a spiritual and physical wellspring of refreshing nourishment.
But because its inky depths are dark, cold and deep, Water is also considered the element of mystery and courage.
- Despite its nourishing qualities, in ancient China the presence of Water felt dangerous: it froze in winter, its depths were unknowable, it created an almost impossible-to-traverse boundary for the country.
- So Water came to be known as the element of “the Abyss,” an element that it took courage to traverse in any season.
Water can be moving or it can be still; this means that there are many different ways to represent Water in your space.
Water’s symbolic shape is a sinuous, flowing line that evokes its smooth yet unpredictable path. To symbolize its reflective qualities, Water also shows up in highly polished surfaces like mirrors and clear glass.
Here’s some more about the Feng Shui qualities of Water:
- Any shape that’s wavy, flowing or sinuous brings the Water element into your space.
- Water’s color is black or other very, very dark colors.
- Water-y objects create pure reflection: mirrors, glass and crystal all evoke the Water element in your home or office.
- Water itself, of course, also brings this essential element into your space. A water fountain near the entry to your space improves the flow of Chi energy — and healthy finances — into your life.
- Water represents winter in the cycle of the seasons: the darkest season in the northern hemisphere.
- The archetype of the Water element is the Philosopher, whose calm, gentle nature helps to explain the mysteries of the world.
On the Feng Shui Bagua Map, Water represents the Career/Life Journey sector at the bottom-center of the map.
Follow the link above to find out more about this important sector, and how to use the Water element to enhance it.
Look around and start to notice which objects, furniture, and pieces of art may represent Water in your space.
Now, let’s look at Water in the Cycle of the Elements:
- Water is nourished by Metal in the Creative Cycle.
- Water in turn nourishes the Wood element, just as you might expect :).
- Water is controlled by Earth in the Controlling Cycle. Earth controls Water both by creating boundaries or dams to control its flow, and by muddying it to slow it down and reduce its power.
Important note: When you are considering which element might be represented by a particular object, Shape takes precedence.
For example an object that has sinuous patterns in it (like a carpet with flowing patterns), mainly represents the Water element. Depending on its color and other aspects, other elements may also be present, but Water predominates in that particular carpet pattern because of its shape.
(photo by Hideo on Flickr)