Learn about the significant meaning and symbolism behind the elements of earth, wind, water and fire.
The Earth Element
Feng shui practitioners consider the element of Earth to be the most stable of all the elements. Specifically, earth energy is:
Productive and Destructive Earth Element Cycles
In the productive earth element cycle, the fire element feeds earth. In the destructive cycle, metal exhausts or destroys earth and earth extinguishes fire. You can use the elements in a productive cycle to enhance auspicious energy (productive) and eliminate negative energy (destructive) in the gua of a certain area of your home. The gua areas associated with the earth element are:
- Love and relationships
- Creativity and children
To enhance these areas of your life, add an earth element. Here are a few items that symbolize the earth element:
- Terra cotta
- The color yellow
If you are having difficulties in this area of your life, it may be a result of stagnant or inauspicious energy in that particular gua of your home. This is a destructive elemental cycle and you must add a metal element to make the earth energy in that section of your home a bit weaker and more balanced.
The Fire Element
The fire element is the most powerful of all the feng shui elements. The fire element represents:
Productive and Destructive Fire Element Cycles
In the productive fire element cycle, the wood element feeds fire. In the destructive cycle, fire destroys wood and earth extinguishes fire. The gua areas ruled by fire are:
- Fame and reputation
- Love and relationships
To enhance the gua areas of your life ruled by fire add one of the following items:
- Anything the color red
- Diamond shapes
- Pyramid shapes
- Triangular shapes
To incorporate those shapes or the color red in your home, think pieces of art or figurines.
Though fire is the most powerful of feng shui elements, it can also be very destructive. If you are having difficulty in the gua areas of your life represented by fire, it means the power of fire is too strong and has to be weakened a bit. To do so, add a water element.
The Water Element
In feng shui, the water element represents:
The Productive and Destructive Water Element Cycles
Metal nourishes water in the productive elemental cycle. In the destructive cycle, water destroys metal. The gua areas ruled by water are:
- Prosperity and wealth
- Helpful people and travel
To enhance the gua areas ruled by water, add one or two of the following items:
- Water fountain
- Artwork depicting water scenes
- The color blue
- The color purple
Destructively, water can consume and destroy everything in its path. If you are having trouble in the water element gua areas of your life, add an earth element to bring the water energy back into balance.
Translated, feng shui means wind and water. When you speak of the elements of earth, wind, water and fire, wind is not one of the five elements in feng shui. It does, however have significant bearing.
- Trigram - The bagua trigram for wind represents wealth and prosperity.
- Gua - The gua name for element of wind is Xun.
- Meaning - In feng shui, wind is in the Earlier Heaven and means gentle and flexible.
- Using wind - The best way to use the element of wind in feng shui is by hanging a wind chime.
Using the Elements Earth, Wind, Water and Fire
There is no exact science to using the elements of earth, wind, water and fire. When adding or taking away any of these elements to or from a bagua area of your home, do so in small increments. For example, if you are in a destructive earth cycle and are looking to cure it by adding a metal element, be careful not to add too much or you will find yourself in a destructive metal cycle. Finally, there is a balance to everything in life. With good there is bad and with happiness there is sorrow. Feng shui principles promote this balance. So, when looking for a destructive cycle cure, keep in mind that adding certain elements will not make the negative aspects of these areas disappear, it will simply bring the positive and negative into balance.