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A Quintet of Energies – The Five Elements of Feng Shui

Balance. Harmony. Flow.

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These are the goals of Feng Shui, but how do we actually go about achieving them? Despite a recent surge in popularity, Feng Shui is actually an ancient Chinese practice that dates back thousands of years.  The art of Feng Shui seeks to balance the yin and yang energy in your home.  When your space is correctly balanced with the five elements you will feel supported and you will find a new opening and exciting opportunities seem to arise effortlessly.

 

Five Elements: Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, Wood

These are the goals of Feng Shui, but how do we actually go about achieving them? Despite a recent surge in popularity, Feng Shui is actually an ancient Chinese practice that dates back thousands of years.  The art of Feng Shui seeks to balance the yin and yang energy in your home.  When this your space is correctly balanced you will finally feel supported and you will find a new opening and exciting opportunities seem to arise effortlessly.

 

Five Elements

We will use an understanding of the five elements to create this balance.  These five elements are fire, earth, metal, water, wood. These five elements are each represented by the element itself, color, and shape.

To guide a positive flow of energy, spaces must be balanced with the right amount of each element. It can be a bit tricky, but understanding these five elements can bring you a long way to creating a harmonious home and a life you love.

 

Wood

The element of wood is associated with trees, so naturally, it is an element of growth, health, and vitality. Think of spring time, budding flowers, and the excitement of new beginnings!  Given its intrinsic link to trees, wood is an element of growth, health, and vitality. Celebrate this by embracing raw wooden furniture and accessories, as well as peppering interiors with house plants. Rectangular shapes increase its presence, while color wise you should play with browns and greens. If you have an area that needs a plant but doesn’t get enough sunlight, consider a picture of a plant in a rectangular frame.

 

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Fire

Fire is a high-energy element!  It fuels of passion and creativity.  It is also an element of summer.  I live in Minnesota, and during the summer every packs their summers completely full.  We are always rushing around, getting outdoors and trying to make the most of our time in the sun. You can bring this energy into your home with candles, fireplaces, and strategic lighting.  For instance, if you want to enhance an area of your life, consider bringing in a bulb with a higher wattage.  When decorating consider using angular shapes and symbols like diamonds, stars, and triangles.  As you might have guessed, fire is represented by reds, golds, and oranges.

 

Earth

Synonymous with knowledge, stability, and nourishment, the earth element is all about embracing Mother Nature. On a small scale, think decorative stones, crystals, and other natural elements. From a construction perspective, incorporating exposed brick walls, natural stone, concrete and other earth inspired features.   The shape for the stable earth element is the trusty, sturdy square.  When I think of the earth element’s colors I think of terra cotta pots and the palate of the South Western United States with turquoise, pinks, and yellows.  One trendy earth-related accessory I love to use are Himalayan salt lamps where the fire element is feeding the earth element and enhancing the effect.

 

 

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Metal

Gold, silver, and bronze.  I know you may be thinking about Olympic glory, but these colors are also associated with beauty inherent in well-crafted jewelry.  Metal is associated with autumn and can help you achieve clarity, focus, and joy. It is said that metal can improve indoor air quality.  Incorporate with metallic décor and accessories, or be a little subtle with round, spherical shapes.   White and gray are also associated with metal, which is why people often use these colors in offices, but don’t forget about gold!

 

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Water

Always a favorite with Feng Shui artists, water represents resilience, fluidity, and abundance. Decorative fountains are the obvious choice, however, you can also channel the element with mirrors, fluid shapes and shades of blue and black.  Water shapes tend to look like waves or involve fluid curves.  When placing water artwork in your home, be especially careful that the water depicted is flowing into your home instead of outward as water is a powerful symbol of money.

Now that you have an understanding of the all-important quintet, finding Feng Shui harmony is one step closer.

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