The five Elements at the heart of Feng Shui
The Five Elements, known in Chinese as Wu Xing, are also called Five Phases, Five Movements, Five Stages, or Five steps. They design different aspects the Chi takes in our physical world.
The Five Elements are Water, Wood, Fire, Earth and Metal. The notion of Five Elements is central to all Chinese metaphysics. It is used in Feng Shui, Bazi, Chinese oracles, Purple star, Chinese medicine, Taoism, etc. No matter which school of Feng Shui a consultant use we all rely on the theory of the 5 Elements.
Their characteristics are as follows:
• Metal: Contracting Chi
• Water: Going to the lower point
• Wood: Expanding Chi
• Fire: Rising Chi
• Earth: Compiling
The relations between those Elements are ruled by different cycles.
The cycles of Elements.
1. The creating cycle: Wood generates Fire – Fire generates Earth – Earth generates Metal – Metal generates Water – Water generates Wood
2. The weakening cycle: Fire weakens Wood – Earth weakens Fire – Metal weakens Earth – Water weakens Metal – Wood weakens Water
3. The controlling cycle: Wood exhausts Earth – Earth stops Water – Water extinct Fire –Fire melts Metal – Metal cuts Wood
Elements and shapes
• Fire: Triangular, pointy shapes.
• Water: Irregular shapes with soft angles.
• Wood: Rectangular shapes.
• Metal: Round shapes.
• Earth: Square shapes.
The colours of Elements
• Fire: Red, orange, pink, maroon, violet, dark blue
• Water: Shades of blue, grey, dark
• Wood: Green, beige
• Metal: White, silver, gold (shiny), copper, metallic shades
• Earth: Brown, yellow Elements and directions:
• South: Fire • North: Water
• Southeast, East: Wood
• West, Northwest: Metal
• Southwest, Northeast, Centre: Earth
The Elements are the BASE of all Chinese metaphysics. No matter how complicated a formula is, how advanced a Feng Shui solution is, they always relate back to the Five Elements.