elements and the way they interact with our environment are at the
foundation of Feng Shui. They are also at the centre of Chinese
philosophy and culture. There are five elements, earth wood, fire,
metal & water. These elements relate to the environment in which
we live and have been studied by Feng Shui Masters for thousands
of years. The elements work both separately and together to produce
either a positive or negative effect. The elements also represent
the cycles of nature, one which generates growth and one which destroys
If we look at the generative cycle it would be: WOOD
burns therefore creating FIRE,
which then leaves behind it ASH which nourishes the EARTH.
EARTH compresses over time and
creates METAL. METAL
when melted will flow like WATER.
WATER sustains growth which nourished
WOOD and so it goes on.
The destructive cycle can get more complex depending on the interaction
of the elements.
Knowing how to apply Feng Shui principles, working with the elements
to create harmony in the environment is something that can only
be obtained with professional training. This is of course only one
aspect taken into account when doing an analysis of a building.
Other aspects also have to be taken into account
Elements are associated with the seasons of the year as follows:
Feng Shui analysis divides our environment into 9 segments based
on compass directions.
The eight directions N, NE, NW, S, SE, SW, E, W and the centre are
each related to one of the five elements.