The five elements can be useful in determining if the energy or chi in your home is balanced. The 5 elements are: wood, water, earth, metal and fire.
While everyone is complex and everyone’s personality likely includes a little of each one of these elements, everyone will have one (or sometimes two) elements that are more important to them.
Five Elements Used in Feng Shui
Using the following description, you can discover which of the five feng shui elements plays an important part in your personality.
Have you figured out which one of the five elements you are? What about your husband/wife, children? Any of the elements ring a bell?
Destructive Feng Shui Cycle
|In order to fully relax at home, you need to make sure your family relationships are balanced. Like water extinguishes fire, a water personality can be destructive to a fire personality.
The following order is destructive for the elements.
Positive Feng Shui Cycle Between the Five Elements
|Fortunately, the elements also affect each other in a positively. The following diagram illustrates the positive cycle.
As you can see, wood helps fire elements, fire helps earth elements, earth helps metal elements, metal elements help water elements, and water helps wood elements.
Interaction Cycles Between the Five Feng Shui Elements
In order to avoid destructive cycles, you should use the following elements to create buffers between two immediate elements:
These interaction cycles between the five elements are important in each room layout as well as in the overall house and its location with respect to its immediate surroundings.
To find out which of the five elements are at play in a specific room, you need to consider the overall shape of each item and compare it with the shape of the elements shown above.
For example, a rectangular desk would display the overall shape of earth. If this desk is made out of wood, then it is also affected by the wood element.
You should always keep in mind that these five elements are good in moderation. Medical conditions can worsen if an unbalance is created.