About Elements

The Five Elements

elementsLiving in harmony with nature and the elements has always been the practical necessity and spiritual desire of man. For modern society, Feng Shui acknowledges that our outer environment is a metaphor for our lives. Thus Feng Shui addresses how our living and working environments influence our life’s work, health, finances, reputation and relationships.

Using the tools of Feng Shui to balance the life supporting elements of water, wood, fire, earth and metal in our homes and work spaces, there is the potential to make improvements in every area of our lives. Sacred Currents acknowledges that in reality, there is no ‘inner’ and ‘outer.’ The environment affects the body’s condition. Each environment ‘holds’ the vibration of those that have lived and worked there.

Treating the physical and subtle body (that non-corporeal aspect of us that surrounds the physical), with color and acoustical sound, both heals the physical body and its surroundings.

Five Element Theory is basic to the understanding of Feng Shui. In actuality the Five Elements ( water, wood, fire, earth, metal ) function as agents of change to stimulate the healthy flow of “Chi” or life force.

It is intentional that in using this web site, which is graphically based of the Five Elements, you experience the dynamics of Feng Shui.

Working with the Elemental Forces, in all their symbolic forms, is a powerful way to promote harmony, health, and prosperity-the desired outcome of good Feng Shui.
Water

Water

The colors dark blue or black, wavy or meandering shapes, the northern direction, winter and associated with the kidneys and bladder in the body represent Water. The aspect of Water is fluid, downward moving, cool and gentle. Wisdom is the virtue associated with water.

The ‘chi’ of Water has two aspects in terms of character: still water and moving or dynamic water. When still water is balanced, intellectual capacity and wisdom, cognitive ability and clear judgement are available. Moving water has to do with career, business and social life as well as cash flow. When you balance moving water in your environment you freely move out into the world with success.

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Wood

Wood

The color green, rectangular shapes (moving both upward and down), family, new beginnings, the eastern direction, spring and the liver and gall bladder represent Wood. The aspect of Wood is expansive and creative. The virtue of Wood is human bigheartedness.

The ‘chi’ of Wood can go from one who is opinionated, stubborn and inflexible (like bamboo) to one who is easily influenced (like a floating weed). When balanced, the element of Wood (like a mature tree) is represented by one who listens and evaluates before forming a point of view. Wood in balance affords one the ability to easily start new projects and have favorable family relationships.

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Fire

Fire

The color red, pointed shapes, the south, summer and the heart and the small intestines represent Fire. In Feng Shui fire symbolizes one’s reputation and recognition. Aspects of Fire is that it is explosive, consuming, upwardly moving and fast. The virtue of Fire is propriety and courtesy.

The ‘chi’ of Fire is anger. If one has a high degree of fire they would be easily angered, if low they could be suppressive or internalizing. One is able to experience anger when balanced, yet remain uninjured acting with reasonable behavior. A balance of fire also indicates that one is highly regarded and not subject to slander of any kind.

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Earth

Earth

The colors orange and yellow, square shapes (horizontal movement), relationships (with yourself and with others), the spleen and stomach represent Earth. The element Earth is not associated with one of the four seasons yet it holds 3 positions in Feng Shui. The virtue of Earth is credibility, trust and faithfulness.

The chi of Earth is sacrifice. When the chi of Earth is too influential one would sacrifice themselves for others, possibly burning up in the process. Whenever the chi of Earth is weak or low, one would tend to be quite selfish, to think only of oneself. Earth is balanced in someone when they care both for themselves and others. Healthy relationships with oneself and others, are the hallmark of a balanced earth element.

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Metal

Metal

The color white, round shapes, the west, autumn and the lung and large intestines. Joy, creativity, children and things that come to fruition are also associated with metal represent Water. In it’s negative aspect Metal can be contracting, cold, stagnant and heavy. The virtue of Metal is righteousness.

The chi of Metal is virtue itself. To speak up for what is just, right and ethical is Metal in balance. Metal displays itself in excess as demonstrative, self-righteousness. While a very low amount of Metal chi appears shy, withdrawn or having a ‘choked’ quality. When metal is in balanced one has the ability to complete things in a timely fashion allowing oneself to enjoy the fruits of their efforts. Balanced metal also indicates that one can have helpful people (benefactors) in their life and can manifest more when needed.

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