The five elements of Feng Shui represent the natural rhythm and flow of the universe. The universe was created with balance amongst all things – water, wood, fire, earth, and metal. Because our homes are a reflection of us, the elements, colors and light used help us to stay balanced.
It is natural that the fire element is heightened during the holiday seasons with the addition of more lighting, candles and the color red (orange, yellow, and green accents) to our interior spaces. These changes create uplifting and energizing spaces in our homes and offices, giving us more energy and focus. Shapes may be used to enhance the fire element: such as triangles, pyramids, and cones. Tall, healthy plants, such as a natural Christmas tree, woolen fabrics and leathers can be used to activate and enhance the energy of the space. Isn’t it natural to dream of sitting near a fire in colder areas with a warm wool throw over your lap? Animals are another adjustment for the fire element, and are a very popular design decor. You will find birds in winter scenes, holiday decorations, and seasonal art work. These external changes to your home can also affect you internally.
The fire element represents the Fame gua and is associated with your character, image and happiness. Adding some enhancements can improve and develop the “inner fire” for self-confidence, which is the key to happiness, and your place in life. You can transform your reputation and become recognized for something new, or represent yourself in a new “light”. Therefore, it is important to have a clear idea of what the purpose of your life should be, set an intention for this, and develop the confidence to make the adjustments on your journey. Your aspirations and achievements, whether in work, in love or in friendship help to move you forward on this path. I have a wall plaque with a quote written by an anonymous author, with a very thought provoking thought: “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending!’
So the simple holiday lights, bright decorations and colors on the natural Christmas tree do so much more than just celebrating a holiday; they lift our spirits and help build our self-confidence and happiness to be shared throughout the season! Enjoy!