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ISIC – Feng Shui and the Five Element Theory

The Five Element Theory is one of the cornerstones of Classical Feng Shui and Chinese Metaphysics. In addition to the Five Element Theory, a practitioner creates balance by using the Yin and Yang Theory, the Bagua, and the Lo Shu Square. 

five-elementsThere is a symbiotic relationship between the Five Element Theory and colors when it comes to personalized Feng Shui. We are all drawn to certain colors and shapes because that is a reflection of who we are.

The Five Elements Theory symbolizes the natural rhythm and flow of the universe that is inherent and reflected on our planet. By practicing the same rhythm within our homes, we can achieve balance. When we are in tune with our nature and who we are, then we use the elements that we are drawn to. That is reflected in the objects we surround ourselves with as well as the colors we choose and the articles we wear.

The Five Elements are Wood,  Fire,  Earth,  Metal, and Water.  These Five Elements interact in three different types of cycles.  For the purpose of this particular blog, I will describe the colors, shapes and seasons that are inherent in each one of the elements.

Water   The element of flow, Water is an element we cannot live without. It is represented by the colors black and deep blues. I have often wondered about the popularity of blue jeans. Like water, it is a universal item. Everyone who would otherwise be drawn to other elements and colors can wear it well. In the productive cycle, the element of metal is beneficial to water.  Metal is represented by the colors white, pastel and metallic. Water represents the winter season. In the Midwest there is a lot of snow. Snow is a form of water. Flowing and undulated shapes represent the water element.

Wood   The element of growth, Wood is represented by the colors green and brown. Since water is beneficial to trees and plants, the color blue is also beneficial to people who have the wood element on their chart. Wood represents the season of Spring, rebirth, and all vegetation. It is also represented by the shape of a rectangle.

Fire   The element of intensity, Fire is represented by all shades of the color red. When wearing or using the color red, it gets our attention immediately.  Wood is beneficial to fire as it feeds it. For people who have the fire element in their birth year, various shades of browns and greens are favorable.  Fire represents the season of summer, warmth and heat. The triangle shape represents fire.

Earth  This element is at the center of the bagua, everything revolves around it as it is essential to the others. Earth tones as well as yellow color hues are a representation of the earth element.  Fire feeds earth, so reds are beneficial to the earth. Earth has no season associated with it. The square is the shape associated with the earth element.

Metal   This is the element of strength and vitality. It is represented by the colors white, metallics and pastels. Earth tones are also beneficial, because metal comes from the earth. The circle represents the metal element, it is a continuous line and shape that does not break, like coins.  Metal is associated with the fall season.

Knowing these elements and what they represent are helpful to give us a clue to what a person is attuned to.  Are they firm, and rigid or they happy go lucky? A person born in a metal year more than likely will not have any red in their home. Red represents fire and fire melts metal.

When I visit clients’ homes, I can immediately see what elements they are by the décor of their home.  One of my clients had a few rooms of blue color wall and accessories, as well as photos and pictures of various lakes they visited. The tell tale sign was their family room that had an entire wall filled with a collection of wall clocks. This is the home of a person born in the year of a metal element.  The faces of the clocks where mostly white and they were all round.

To find out what your element is, look through the first and fourth column of the list below. (To see the list, click on the image and it will open up into a readable size.) In the Chinese astrological system, the five elements are known as the “10 Heavenly Stems.”  That means that there is a Yang and a Yin year for each of the five elements. The first chronological time the element is present is always yang. Yang being more active, Yin being receptive.

Knowing your elements, and that of others, will tell you why you are drawn to certain colors, shapes and seasons.  It will also tell you what is beneficial and nourishing to yourself and others.  Test how wearing your element colors can make you look better and how having the colors and shapes in your environment can be nourishing to you.

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ISIC – Feng Shui for the Holidays

The holidays and the end of the year is a time for reflection and a time to look forward to the new year. During this time of the year there are many social events; these events can place a burden on our energy. How we approach our decorating will help balance the flow of energy in our spaces.

abstract-christmas-tree-vector-119287As we go thru extremely cold temperatures in the Midwest, balancing the cold with items that represent warmth or the element of fire will go a long way to promote a happy home. To illustrate the Yin/Yang, winter is the most Yin time of the year, whereas summer is the most Yang time of the year. To balance the cold, Yin, we need a bit of warmth Yang and vice-versa.

Fire is a Yang element. Items that represent the Fire Element are candles, a Christmas tree, Christmas lights and the color red. A fireplace with a roaring fire along with fresh baked warm cookies and hot chocolate not only brings balance to a space but happiness as well. Be mindful not to overuse the color red as too much can promote burn out or emotional outbursts.

Here are some locations to place a Christmas tree.  One of the best places is the East Area, as it represents the element of Wood as well as Health, Family and Ancestors.  It also represents strength. Another area is the Southeast.  It represents Wealth and Abundance.  This is another wood element location where the tree is in balance with the Feng Shui elements. Third great location for a Christmas tree is the South.  It represents the Fame and Reputation area and the element of fire. The triangle shape represents fire. The Christmas tree is a big triangle that represents fire.  The wood of the tree nurtures fire, that is part of the productive cycle of the elements, they are in harmony.

Using a live pine tree enhances the senses and cleans the air.  There is nothing that compares to the fresh scent of pine this time of year.  Essential oils are a great alternative if using a manufactured Christmas tree, scents can have a big effect on our emotions.

Live plants such as an amaryllis bulb, daffodil bulbs and poinsettias not only make great gifts but can also enhance the space. They are cherished because of their beauty and color, and also because of plant’s innate ability to purify the air we breath.

No matter how you celebrate the end of the year, be sure to approach it with a feeling of gratefulness. Gratefulness for what we have received and will receive. Being grateful  enhances a feeling of well being and welcomes abundance.