Whether it is Chinese medicine, Chinese martial arts, Chinese astrology, or Feng shui, something called Five Element Theory pervades all of these disciplines.|
What are the Five Elements?
Water, Wood, Fire, Earth, and Metal are the Five Elements and they represent all kinds of things such as seasons of the year, internal organs, personality traits and even directions.
The Five Elements are both literal and symbolic and they have a relationship with each other.
In Feng Shui practices, Five Element Theory is used to balance out energies in a room and each element is used very specifically. It is a common misinterpretation of the elements when all of them are brought together in the same room, or even in the same item. For example, national chains like Bed Bath & Beyond or Pier One Imports will sometimes sell “Feng Shui” Candle sets. They contain five candles, each a different color and representing a different element. But when burning, a candle is nothing more then the fire element. These are cute gift or novelty items, but they should not be taken seriously as Feng Shui remedies. Another popular blunder is the water fountain which is made of copper, filled with stones, and containing a ledge for a candle and a sprig of bamboo. This too is an attempt to bring all the elements together as if this were to bring balance to a room. To the contrary: when all the elements are placed together in one location, they will cancel each other out.
Here’s how: There is one type of relationship that is considered productive and harmonious and the cycle is as follows: water nurtures wood, wood feeds a fire, fire creates earth, earth produces metal and metal strengthens water.
Another type of relationship is called destructive or controlling: water puts out fire, fire melts metal, metal destroys wood, wood depletes earth and earth blocks water.
It should be obvious now, that to put all the elements together in the same location would nullify the point of adding one primary remedial element.
How does one know which element is best for a room and which element may be harmful? This is revealed in a classical Feng shui diagnosis when the age of the building and its magnetic compass orientation is taken into consideration. They are relatively simple calculations, but they need to be learned and they demonstrate how and why a room might create a certain health problem, a money block, or a relationship struggle. Putting a certain corrective element in the room can neutralize the negative forces and truly bring a state of harmony to that location. Then, whoever functions in that room can reap the benefits of that balanced space.
Each person has a certain Element associated with their year of birth and gender and this too reveals what kind of relationship they may have with others. For example, a woman born in 1974 is the Tui- Metal trigram. If she is with a man born in 1973 there can be clashes because he is the Li-Fire trigram. Fire melts or destroys metal so it can say something about their relationship and who controls who.
Five Element Theory pervades all of Chinese metaphysics and it is a fascinating study in how our world is organized and hinged on the relationship between these few natural ingredients and life forces.
Author Bio :
Kartar Diamond is the author of Feng Shui for Skeptics, The Feng Shui Matrix, and The Feng Shui Continuum. She has also authored several e-books and has teleseminars available for download on her website,
Kartar has been a professionally trained classical consultant since 1992 and she has help thousands of clients and students world-wide.
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