From the cultural and religious principle that the powerful energy from the Sun is transferred down to the Earth and across the Solar system. Scientifically, this form of energy is the foundation for all of the living creatures and plants. Thus, the definition for this matter is established by the name of “Feng Shui”. Feng Shui is roughly translated as Wind and Water, meaning that Chi energy is carried through by wind and water, light and sound.
Chi energy is not only transmuting from one entity to the other but also retaining and flowing backward. It is two-way traffic. As a result, If you living in an environment that embraced by the positive and balance Fengshui, you would become more productive, healthy, meditate and vigorous. And as your life starts thriving and flourishing, chances are you will create more positive Chi back to the Fengshui balance.
In order to truly understand the Fengshui principle and practice require years and years to acquire the knowledge and implement it. However, every set of knowledge and skill have their basic. For starter, the following blog is going to break down one of the fundamental aspects of Fengshui, the Five Elements.
Five Elements in the Feng Shui Principle
This concept is certainly not a new subject to discuss. Hollywood has attempted to explain the knowledge through “The Filth Elements”, “The Last Air Blender” and even Marvel Movie as “The Infinity Gauntlet”. Indeed, This ‘heavenly chi’ power travel through our vast landscape, mountain, river, and hills to the busiest urban area. As a matter of fact, these elements carry the Chi energy and alters it in multiple different ways.
Circle of the Five Elements
The circle of these five elemental powers starts from the early morning when the sun is about to rise. This is the moment when the power of Wood is embraced by the early sunlight flashing upward, encourage the trees to grow and sustain. During the day, when we are working, study, it’s the ‘Fire’ for passion, ambition and aggressive mood. Then come to the equilibrium time of the sun, perfect balance between the Earth pole, casting heatwave to the soil. The time for Metal occurs with the sunset, shimmering down energies to the metalcore. And with the night foggy, water energy only reaches it peach after the sun has completely disappeared.
Elemental powers can also flourish or vanish throughout different seasons of the year. This climate movement is a clear explanation of the supportive and conflicted relationship between different elements. For instance, At the end of the winter when glaciers are melting and frosty wind starting to disappear, marking the new beginning of Spring. At this spouts and blossoms starts their new life with the help of Water. During the summer, the moisture in the environment reduces rapidly, the sun bashing wave of heat into the land. Dry plants and weeds create a perfect environment for wildfire. So on so far, the following nurturing relationship of the elements can be viewed in both physical impact and energetic consideration.
However, mother nature always has her own way to balance things out. If your home is surrounded by a heavy set of one element, there are other shapes, color, material that can negate the negative effect of that element
Fire is the element that presents the boldness, passion, energetic and romantic. According to the Fengshui expert, People who have fire nature are suitable with a warm color palette such as pink, red and pink. Following the principle, adding a few colors from the wood element such as green or brown is also a good idea to create more dynamic and enthusiast for the room. In contrast, avoid using white, gold and silver color because they will break the harmonious form for your environment.
Color is not the only aspect to implement the Fengshui principle. Fire is also sharp and directive, thus triangle can make fire impact for using decorations or layout. Phoenix, dragon, cobra, and fox are the spirit animals for these elements, and also look stunning on wall canvas or table ornament.
Opposite from fire, water creates a sense of sustainability and purity. The application for water is to place a water fountain, a fish tank, or a mirror. These interiors can support the nature of water or wood and thus bring prosperity and success. The color associated with water is dark blue and black. According to my other blog about the importance of color to create a meaningful living environment. Blue and black are the colors that do not only encourage stability and calmness for the room but also mysterious and elegant at the same time.
Considering the interior design, the Coastal style greatly enhances the value of using the water element. A majority of Coastal home is designed with the harmony in ocean elements. Adding reflected features such as glass, reflecting wooden tables and mirrors attract the water energy and increase the depth for space.
Feng Shui principle implies that wood is nurtured by water, and destroyed by fire. Interior with the wooden aspects benefits from the connection of water. For instance, a wooden furniture home might look boring without a fish tank or water fountain. Instead, embracing this natural element can improve the longevity of energy flow. Rectangular is the represented shape of the wood element, which is widely seen in most of the furniture. Therefore, consider reducing the direct contract between wood and metal to avoid having the counter effect.
In general, wood is not only the ideal material for design but also a great element to create and preserve the energy flow in-home space. The idea is to have plenty of green plants around your home to trigger the effect of nature. With plenty of green colors, your home can be fortified with vitality and healthy achievement.
Metal is the symbol of wealth and prosperity. Interiors that carry the Metal elements are fabulous and also provide a deluxe feeling. As a result, white, golden and silver are the colors are widely used in the purpose of creating metal characteristic. Many Asian homes prefer displaying the spirit animal to show the power and style of their personality. White Tiger is one of the examples. If your interior is overwhelmed with wooden characteristics, you could negate those effects with a white Tiger canvas or any ornament design such as vases or statues.
The Earth component is related to flesh tones such as brown, orange, or yellow and the quality, wellness, and wisdom areas of feng shui Bagua. Earth also has stability and nutritional qualities, such as “Mother Earth” The Earth element creates metal because metal ores originate from the core of the earth. Earth essentially comes down water as river banks.
A stone statue or large natural stone-like Jasper is a great example of how you can add the element to the Earth. It is heavy and delivers stability and support from the earth. Another Earth element is a large, heavy wooden desk because it is brown, earthy in color, squarish, and has weight to it.