Elements of Fengshui
We all agree that the whole universe is made up of
five basic elements, the Earth, Water, Fire,
Wood and Metal. Our body is also made up of
these five basic elements of nature also known as
The panch-mahabhootas are related to our five senses
of smell, taste, hearing, touch and sight. Any
imbalance in our external and internal Fengshui
translates into unhappy situations. Fengshui teaches
the individual to live in balance and harmony with
The ancients developed their understanding of
five element natural principles when working and
harnessing energy many thousands of years ago.
Finding that qi and all life evolves from one stage
to another, they developed these five elements from
natural phenomena that they saw all around them.
This is why we now know these five elements as
Water, Wood, Fire, Earth and Metal.
The earth element is an element of caring, stability
and calm reserve. When earth is lacking there
is a lack of focus and mental clarity. The shape is
square. Earth elements help make relationships
strong and lasting. Too much earth can create a home
that is sluggish and ineffectual. This can manifest
with low motivation and apathy.
Human beings have a natural and emotional affinity
with the Earth. The Earth revolves around the Sun
and has gravitational and magnetic force. Scientists
have proved that earth is a huge magnet with two
poles-North pole and South pole.
It has also been proved that the human body is a 'magnetisable'
object with a large percentage of iron in the blood.
As we all know, opposite poles of a magnet attract
each other and same magnetic poles repel each other.
The Fengshui principle of placing the head in South
direction while sleeping is based on earth's
This is for stability, permanence,
solidity, patience, honesty and methodical
activities. It is symbolized by the colors beige and
Jal or Water Element :-
After earth, water is the most
important element. It is linked to our senses of
taste, touch, sight and hearing. It is
quantitatively the largest of the five elements, as
more than 80% of our body and two-third of earth's
surface is water. Most ancient civilizations came up
close to rivers and water sources. Water is always
in motion, always running, always conveying energy.
It is related to life, nourishment, communication,
travel and everything that has to do with movement.
It is symbolized by the colors blue and black. The
water element relates to business, career, and
opportunities. It also has an effect on emotions,
feelings and intuition. When the water element is
correctly placed, career and business function more
smoothly and there is progression in the climb up
the corporate ladder. Water can also help create
insights, make you feel inspired and spiritually
connected and refreshed.
element dynamics are that of descending chi. Of all
the five elements water is the densest. If you have
ever tried scuba diving you will know that
barometric pressure doubles after 8 feet. Waters
colors are black and dark blue. Shapes
are wavy and flowing.
Fengshui provides important information about the
placement of water sources like wells, boring,
underground water tank, overhead water tank etc,
while planning the house. Positions for drainage of
water, septic tanks, sewerage, drains etc. are
decided carefully to optimize the benefits of water
Fire Element :-
Sun is the most vital source of energy and light. It
is the soul of the universe. Fire element "SUN" is
related to our sense of sound, touch and sight. It
is difficult to imagine life on earth without Sun.
When the Sun rays combine with water, they get
additional benefits. It is, therefore, recommended
to have a water source in North-East direction.
To block North-East corner of your building is
depriving yourself of most beneficial rays of Sun
and has adverse results. The ultra-violet rays
normalize the metabolism of the body.
The ancient ritual of "Surya Namaskaar"
wherein the beneficial rays of Sun become more
potent when seen through fresh water offered to Sun
The late afternoon and evening Sun with the harmful
infrared rays should be avoided. It is recommended
by Fengshui to have tall and big trees in the South
so that harmful rays of Sun are blocked.
The element of fire is the one element that is not
naturally present in the earth and has to be
created. It is powerful and spreads rapidly. It can
keep you warm or burn down the house. Fire
represents sociability, the family name, good
friends, happiness and its presence indicates the
success that comes with fame or public recognition.
This element represents warmth,
energy, passion and enthusiasm when in balance with
the other elements. It is the strongest of all
elements, so must be used with caution as it can
derive in aggressiveness and destruction. It is
as you would expect are red, pink, peach, although
colors that have warmth to them are also considered
fire. Shapes are triangular.
Wood Element :-
The wood element relates to health, growth, and
advancement. It is the element that relates to the
family, the feet and the oldest son. When wood is
correctly placed, the family is happy, growing and
health is vibrant. Too much wood can cause arguments
and fiery tempers. Wood also Represents
creativity and innovation, inspiration, insight and
motivation. It is symbolized with the colors brown
When wood is lacking there is little expansion, life
feels stalled, stuck. The shape is rectangular,
similar to the tall shape of a tree trunk. To add
wood energy, use brown and green colors and
rectangular shapes. Dried flowers, bonsai trees and
cactus are negative wood symbols and should not be
used in the house.
Metal Element :-
It relates to harvest, health, business, money and
success. It is symbolized by the colors white, grey
or gold. The metal element is an element of
creativity and represents the manifestation of
inward flowing movement, which includes wealth.
Adding metallic objects such as Chinese coins,
metallic bowls and wind chimes brings more metal
energy to a home. Arching, oval and round shapes are
associated with the metal element. Metal energy
helps bring logic, precise thinking and ability to
think analytically. Ceiling fans, white colors,
televisions, stereos and computers are associated
with metal energy.
The underlying principle of feng shui is chi.
Another word for chi is energy. It is an energetic,
formative principal that is spontaneously expressed
throughout all life. It is the underlying principle
of energy linking all things. This principle is
common to other traditions as well. The Hindus call
it prana, the Japanese call it Qi, and the Catholics
call it spiritus. Chi can be of the earth, the
atmosphere, or of people. The quality of chi is
expressed through form, shape, color, sound and
cycles of nature. A lot of feng shui is concerned
with ensuring that chi does not get stuck, stagnate,
depleted or too concentrated.
There are two types of feng shui to consider in the
environments. One is physical, referring to actual
visible surroundings, such as landscape, mountains,
buildings, waterways and roads, and the interior
design of the building. The second type is more
abstract, and that is the directional influences,
which are invisible, but which have an influence on
us as they relate to time and space. When evaluating
feng shui influences, it is absolutely necessary to
take into consideration both the visible and in
invisible energetic qualities of the environment.
Feng shui is a ancient chines scientific art and
system of balancing five cosmic elements energy
level in the built home-office structure such as
wood, water, metal, earth, fire. Feng shui is a
scientific system of energy enhancing, balancing and
neutralizing in the built house. We are surrounded
with subtle cosmic energy forces affecting our
health and wealth each and every second and we
cannot ignore the negative energy forces existing in
the cosmic system but by applying feng shui
scientific principles we can always neutralizing or
suppressing negative energy force surrounding our
environment affecting our wealth luck, career,
business prosperity and health.
Plan your home, improve your relationships, and
achieve career success with this easy to follow Feng
Shui Guide. Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese practice
of placement and arrangement objects in space to
achieve harmony with the environment. The practice
is estimated to be more than 3,000 years old. Feng
Shui literally means “wind and water” in Chinese.
Feng shui is based on the premise.
that people, places and things have energy.
Positive energy is called chi and negative energy is
called sha chi. According to an ancient Chinese
teaching every person is born with four favorable
and four harmful directions. To fulfill his/her
potential a person should utilize the auspicious
directions and avoid unlucky ones. Each of the
auspicious directions attracts a slightly different
kind of good fortune. For example sleeping in your
SHENG CHI [positive energy] direction will bring you
money and career luck. It is also the direction that
you should face when negotiating or giving an
important presentation. If you want to get married
or conceive a child you should focus on your NIEN
YEN [Marriage direction] direction. Your auspicious
direction can be calculated based on your gender and
the year you were born.
Feng shui is based on scientific energy harnessing
system from cosmic environment rather than any
religious beliefs and superstitions. Applying feng
shui principles of energy we can enhance our family
wealth luck, career, relationship, health, children
concentration, memory and creativity etc.
Feng shui does not deal with your heaven luck and
destiny but it deals with your earth luck which is
50% and we make our earth luck through feng shui
principles home planning by right placements of main
door, living room, kitchen, bedroom, toilet,
bathroom, water overhead tank, borewell, store room,
prayer room, children room, guest room,staircase,
wall colors,flooring tiles colors, colors of window
curtains, wall paintings and frames etc., Wrong
placements result into loss of wealth, career
opportunities, marital relationships, children
concentration and memory, fertility problem,
conceiving problem, difficulty finding new life