Feng Shui follows the Five Element Theory. Infact, it is one of the main theories of Feng Shui. These five elements are considered the main manifestations of Chi, the vital energy. According to the Chinese, everything in this world belongs to one of the five elements or energies, namely earth, water, wood, metal and fire. They are believed to affect every action and activity and produce life changing effects, when applied to daily life. It is also fortified by the fact that all the twelve horoscopes are based on the five elements. They define the characteristics of a person according to the amount of the element present. Given below is more information on the five elements in Feng Shui.
The element Wood is creative and innovative. The creative expression of
a person is enhanced, if possessing more quantity of the element. It
exhibits the quality of being pliable and flexible (willow) and being
sturdy and steadfast (oak) simultaneously. The element of Wood breeds
social and community minded attitude. It represents the color Green, the
season of spring and the direction east. It also signifies the birth and
early childhood in the life cycle.
Fire is the element of a natural leader. It provides energy and
enthusiasm, but at the same time, it also signifies danger. If too much
of Fire element is present, it can result to destruction. It cheers and
warms, but also burns and destroys. It is also related with the early
years before puberty. The color associated with this element is Red and
indicates the season summer and the direction south.
Earth is the most stable one amongst all the five elements. It relates
to the firmness of real estate and legacies. The attributes associated
with Earth element are patience, honesty, fairness and organization. It
can also be demanding and overpowering. Earth is also represented by the
color yellow and stands for the center and the teenage years.
Metal is also an element which needs balancing. It usually refers to
gold and indicates harvest, business and financial success. It also has
a negative side, as it relates to a sword or knife, and can be
destructive and violent. Metal represents the adulthood. The color
associated with this element is White, the season is autumn and the
direction is west.
Water breeds life and nourishes all life forms on the earth. It is
congenial for travel, communication and learning. It also relates to
literature, art, and media. Though it is pleasing in the form of gentle
rain, it is forbidding as a hurricane. It also wears away the hardest
rock, in its fury. The color representing Water is Black, the season is
winter and the direction is north. It also symbolizes old age.