Earth Symbols

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Earth symbols play a vital role in feng shui.

Using Earth Energy

Just as the earth element does in nature, the earth energy helps create stability and a foundation from which all life can grow. Many Chinese use various symbols as a reminder of how important certain elements and corresponding energies are. This symbolism has found its way into Western feng shui applications. Traditional feng shui practitioners don't believe a symbol can activate an element and use symbols purely for reminders. However, many Western feng shui practitioners, especially those who practice Black Hat Sect feng shui, believe a symbol is powerful enough to transfer, attract and even activate elements.

Earth Symbols and Earth Energy

If you follow Form and Compass feng shui schools of principles, it's the material of the symbol that is important. That means the symbol would need to be made of brass or copper. Feng shui traditionalists argue that these two metals are the only ones that can contain and emit earth energy. In this school of feng shui, the symbol design is inconsequential.

Values Assigned to Earth Energy

There are certain values and properties assigned to earth energy. In feng shui, the earth governs agriculture, homes, businesses, food preparation, textiles and earthenwares, such as pottery.

Restoring Balance

Earth energy can restore balance and stability to an unsettled household. You need to be careful when adding elements in your home. You don't want to create an imbalance with too much energy created by the overuse of earth symbols. Symptoms of an overabundance of earth energy can range from a stagnation in growth of your life experiences, to a literal stagnation of indoor plant life. The behavior of family members can alter. It's common for people to become suspicious or act paranoid when there's too much earth energy within the environment.

Choosing Your Symbols

Before you begin adding symbols, you first need to decide which school of feng shui feels best for you, then follow it throughout all of your feng shui practices and applications. You, like the earth and other elements, are composed of energy. Your cells resonate with a certain frequency and your body attunes to certain elements more than others. Luckily, there's more than one school of thought on the topic that allows you to experiment until you find which methods work best for you.

Brass and Copper Symbols

There is a wide selection from which to choose your metal symbols for activating the earth element. You can select a Chinese symbol or simply use a metal bowl or tray in your room's décor. Copper and brass have been proven to be the best metals to activate earth energy in your home.


You might not have thought about using crystals for earth symbols, but crystals are one of the best symbols as well as activators for earth energy. Since crystals are formed under the pressure of the earth, these stones harness tremendous amounts of earth energy. Crystals also have the ability to cleanse negative energies from your home. You'll want to select yellow and brown colored crystals for the best results.

  • Amber
  • Jasper - Brecciated
  • Jasper - Mookaite
  • Jasper - Picture
  • Yellow - Agate
  • Yellow Citrine

Geometric Shapes

Another great symbol you can use is the geometric shape assigned to earth energy - the square. This choice may surprise you since it would seem to be the best choice for the earth symbol might be a circle or more aptly an oval. The circle represents heaven. You may be familiar with the mathematical term, "squaring the circle", which is a classic geometry problem. The goal is to solve the problem by constructing a square that's equal in area to a designated circle. In feng shui, however, the term, squaring the circle is used as a metaphor to express the innate human desire to merge heaven and earth. Many consider this union as the ultimate achievement of harmony.

To incorporate a square earthy symbol into your home, you can use cubic art. Decorative boxes and square pillows are another great way to incorporate subtle symbolism. Rocks and stones are also symbols you can use. Pebbles in a vase or clay pot make a good earth symbol.

Pictures and Photographs

Paintings, pictures and photographs are excellent examples of earth symbols. Landscapes are perfect re-creations of powerful earth energy, which is yin energy. Avoid landscapes with bodies of water for this sector of your home.

Color as a Symbol

Black Hat Sect practitioners believe that color can activate an element. If you follow this feng shui school, then you can use color for a symbol. Yellow and brown hues can be introduced into a room. Select the color for objects and accessories. You can also paint the walls of this sector of your home with either of these colors.

Creating Stability and Support

You can use earth symbols to help fortify the earth energy in your home and create a greater stability within your home and family.

Earth Symbols