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The Elements

{written by : Juliana Abram}

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Article active date : 2008-09-02 -- Article views : 7808

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According to Chinese philosophy everything in this world is made up from one of, or a combination of, the 5 elements. These elements exert a great influence on our daily lives. Natural rules exist governing the interactions of the 5 elements and an understanding of these is pivotal to Feng Shui.

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There are 2 major tools in the practice of Feng Shui. The first is a special compass called the Lo Pan. A good compass is an important tool and often in the Western world very cheap imitations are sold at exorbitant prices.

This special compass is wrapped in a square base for easy measuring and there are different types of compasses reflecting the different schools of Feng Shui. The second major tool is an intimate knowledge of the interactions between the 5 elements and this forms the basis of Feng Shui along with Chinese fortune telling, Chinese medicine and acupuncture.

According to Chinese philosophy everything in this world is made up from one of or a combination of the 5 elements and these elements – water, wood, fire, earth and metal – exert a great influence on our daily lives.

Since these elements constitute the 5 basic forces in the universe, we should always bear in mind that the names of these elements have significance far beyond their ‘actual’ meaning. However, as a beginning, it is worthwhile considering just the physical attributes. Chart one will give you some examples:-

Water:- colour - black/grey, wavy shape, number 1, body – ear. Wood:- colour - green, rectangular shape, number 3& 4, body – foot, buttocks. Fire:- colour - red, triangular shape, number 9, body – eyes. Earth:- colour - yellow, square shape, number 2, 5 & 8, body- hand, stomach. Metal:- colour - white/gold, round shape, numbers 6 & 7, body – head, mouth.

Natural rules exist governing the interactions of the 5 elements and there are 4 major cycles of interaction. A clear understanding of these cycles is the starting point in the study of Feng Shui and chart two demonstrates the first 2 cycles - production and destruction.

In the productive cycle the arrows show that water gives birth to wood. This is played out each day when we water our garden. The lawn, trees and flowers grow quicker and are strengthened by the water and yet at the same time we weaken or reduce our water supply. Let’s use another example of the productive cycle such as wood giving birth to fire. Imagine a magnificent open fire on a cold winter’s night with a huge basket of wood beside it. Over the course of the evening as we continue to stoke the fire our basket of wood will diminish. The destructive cycle shows that metal chops wood - and - that water puts out fire, to use just 2 examples. It’s easy to see how antagonistic this cycle is when contemplating the action of chopping wood or ‘putting out’ one of our bush fires. When ‘played out’ in this scenario it’s also possible to understand how the energy of the metal and water elements, are depleted.

In brief the productive cycle is much more harmonious and for this reason it is best to use this cycle when solving problems within the environment. So, if you have a negative wood energy in a room it would be best to use the element of fire instead of metal to remedy that situation.

Author Bio :
Juliana Abram is one of the leading Feng Shui consultants in Australia having been traditionally trained in Hong Kong by Chinese Feng Shui Master Raymond Lo. Juliana specialises in 'Flying Star' Feng Shui and the Four Pillars of destiny. Juliana, a published author and international speaker runs her own Feng Shui consultancy (see and an online Feng Shui store (see

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