Feng shui is an ancient Chinese practice that involves connecting a person to its environment, incorporating the surrounding energies as the bonding element. There are 5 different elements that work with and against each other in your homes bagua or energy map. Although the feng shui cures are usually applied on the Solar New Year of each year (the day before the Lunar New Year), it is still worth applying late if you have not yet. The year of 2019 started on February 5th, and will end on January 25th, 2020.
The elements of feng shui are: wood, fire, earth, metal and water. These elements move in 180 year cycles, consisting of 9 periods; each period being 20 years long. The elements move from period to period creating a strong foundation for the next period to come. Currently, we are in period 9 which started in 2004 and will end in 2024, representing the Earth. In order to understand how each element is visually and metaphorically displayed, here is a quick and simple guide:
Wood represents health, vision, vitality and growth. Expressing wood energies in your home looks like green and brown colors, be it in a rectangular rug or throw pillows. It is also shown in healthy plants or photos of them in your home. Real wood décor and furniture pieces have greater force.
Fire speaks of success, passion, love, and creativity. The fire energies are in reds, oranges, pinks, purples and strong yellows. Triangles and stars are the shapes that best supports these energies. You can incorporate these shapes into the elements cure using décor items that feed the fire element. A few good choices would be candle holders, pictures of fire or even a fireplace (whether real or fake).
Earth makes you grounded. The sense of protection, trust and stability create a peaceful environment. Use of earthy, sandy and light yellow tones infused with square shapes help pull the earth energies into the room. Photos of landscapes and pottery are great décor items to place around as they enhance the elements power.
Metal bring clarity, calmness and control. This element is meant to remove distractions that deter our ability to be precise and disciplined. Round shapes like circular mirror frames or rugs enhance the strength of metal energies. White, grey and metallic colors are needed to maintain the energetic pull. Using actual metal finishes is also a plus!
Water flows, it eases, it renews. Creating a feeling of purity and abundance, the element of water refreshes your space and life! Water presents itself in blue and black, so the use of these colors when decorating is vital. Just like the ocean waves intensify the experience of water, wavy shapes paint the beautiful pictures of the beach you can use to experience water in your home. The use of mirrors represents how water reflects what it sees and fountains show repetition and continuation.
The order that the elements are listed is the order in which they work best with each other to create a consistent flow of positive energy and production; avoiding destructive energies.