The five elements and their interactions.
Imagine that everything, absolutely all the things in your environment have energy and, moreover, represent certain elements or, as they are called in the Chinese tradition, the elements. The main goal of Feng Shui is the ability to build an environment in your home to all things, objects, design elements carrying only favorable information, only served the purposes of joy, brought only good luck and happiness.
In Chinese natural philosophy, the five elements (elements) - is the Fire, Water, Earth, Wood, Metal. Each of them has certain properties. Although the literal translation of the word "element" implies something stable and fixed, the Chinese word xin indicates movement and change, so a more accurate translation might be "five elements", or "five driving forces." For example, when it comes to "tree", it refers not to the wood and the driving principle of the inherent limitations of the tree kingdom.
However, the "elements" of European alchemical tradition have a somewhat different meaning, so we'll use the term "element" to avoid confusion of concepts. According to these elements are made all the Chinese astrological calculations, including time, date and year of birth. Each of these elements represents one aspect of the universal life energy - chi. The theory of five elements is the basis of all the Chinese system of divination, but such theories are found in other mystical teachings about many other nations. The names of these elements are used as names of certain kinds of vital energy (Qi).
These elements are present in everything, including a man (although women have laid all four elements, while those who got five, not able to give birth to boys). Elements can support each other, creating harmony and comfort, or destroy, then everything in the house is upside down, the couple quarrel, children do not learn, the elderly sick. Four elements (except land) correspond to the sides of the world, animals, colors, directions, seasons, materials and forms. This Chinese charter, but it carries is unbelievable.
Even the most unfavorable external conditions can always be corrected, balanced action of all elements in the interior. Any element of the situation can be balanced on a five-element system of Feng Shui, this creates an infinite number of options and combinations - a first sight of imagination and creativity. However, modern man becomes uncomfortable with the fact that the northern wall of his house guarding the Black Tortoise (see "Celestial animals"), but not necessarily perceive everything verbatim. What element controls the person is determined by the date of his birth.
Based on this, an expert advises. For example, a "fiery" man should not infest your home aquariums, computers, glass and other wet affairs, so as not to extinguish the ardor of life - too much of the element of water in your house will be adversely (black, artificial ponds or fountains), since Water destroys Fire. Conversely, a lot of greenery, or even a wooden house, will bring luck and happiness, as the tree produces Fire. In addition, you can sleep in a room in the house or flat, corresponding to the southern part.
The five primary elements associated with specific seasons, colors, years, months, days, hours, and finally, the parties of the world. Only when we understand the relevant elements of the cardinal points and the system of their vzaimoporozhdeniya and destruction, we are closer to knowing the essence of this art. What are they? It is important to remember that, in some respects are the elements: a constructive or destructive, as these provisions are essential not only for Feng Shui, but also for other areas of Chinese philosophy. Elements arise from the interaction of Yin and Yang and represent different expressions of a single substance - qi energy. This rigorous system is universal for the entire world, including humans.
The five elements are not static. They create and destroy one another in a continuous cycle where one element interacts with other positive or negative way. Understanding these more complex aspects of the movement and transformation of qi energy improves the quality of Feng Shui. In general, analysis based on the interaction of five elements - one of the most subjective things in the practice of Feng Shui. You can interpret the use of symbols of the elements and this way and that, then you can always be uncertainty and questions related to this theory. Each element is associated with its color, weather, time of year, compass direction, and so on.
Consider the properties of each element and then, what part of the world they correspond.
Fire - this is one of the most powerful elements, it has enormous power and can always get out of control. The fire itself did not exist - it needs constant support. And for the same reason enough to fire vulnerable - is to deprive it of oxygen and he disappears. Nevertheless, it is very strong and powerful element in the living and the spiritual, symbolizing not only the fire itself, but also all kinds of light sources: the sun and a flash of lightning, electric lamps and light candles.
The presence of fire is always activated. However, an excess of Fire is hot temper and irritability. Uncontrolled fire brings disaster - useful only subdued the flames. Because if you want to use the fiery energy - keep this element under control. Fire ensures success in public life, bringing fame and recognition. Location of Fire - South. The color of fire - red and orange. Weather - warm. Time of year - summer. Items related to the element of fire, have a triangular or a peaked shape. The energy of the fire is moving up. A good symbol of fire can serve as a fireplace in the southern corner of the room.
Lively and spirited fire - a strong element that embodies the quality of Yang. May be a source of light, warmth and happiness, but may break down, and severely punished. In the best sense - the honor and justice, in a bad - aggressiveness. Symbol of fire - fire itself, candles, electric bulbs. Symbol of fire in the home environment increases the energy and activity level.
Association: the sun, candles, lamps, fireplace, candles, lamps, incense, animals, birds, children, objects made of wool, leather or feathers; images of light, fire, sunrise or sunset, triangular objects, objects with sharp edges (eg , a pyramid, needles, model Ostankino television tower), the color red, purple, synthetic materials, paintings depicting the sun or fire.
Water - also a very powerful element. Water element is very difficult to tame - this is shown by the recent natural disasters. When water is poured over the edge, overflows its banks, it washes away everything in its path. But Water nourishes all living things and if it is under control, it brings wealth and prosperity. Proper activation of this type of energy can bring you great wealth, but in the water it is important to know the measure, because excessive use of symbols of water lead to the opposite effect - will cause major financial setbacks. Water includes all the liquid.
It is considered to be primary elements, associated with the flow of qi energy, with the roads in the city and symbolizes wealth. In addition, water is associated with emotional sensitivity, so the excess water leads to lethargy and despair. Accordingly, Feng Shui masters recommend to use the symbol of water with sufficient care. Place water in the north. Energy of water moving downward. Water, like fire, is quite vulnerable element. And water and fire can disappear - water can evaporate, and the fire may go out. But the energy of these elements also can simply get out of control, because when working with symbols of these elements need to be cautious and be very careful.
Symbol of water are fountains, waterfalls and aquariums. To activate the water can also use iron objects, but they are running out of water. Water is a symbol of spring and water, rain or rain. Consciousness - the "inner self, art and beauty. Water affects everything. Nourishes and supports. But can deplete. In emotional terms - could mean fear, nervousness and depression. In addition, water symbolizes wealth. Its colors - black, dark blue and all blue-purple scale.
Items related to water, have a wavy or gently curving surfaces. Water has a cleansing and refreshing effect. It serves to update and recuperation. However, an excess of water leads to lethargy and despair. Also, water is associated with emotional sensitivity. Symbol of water should be used cautiously, because you can feel trampled, but not purified and renewed.
Association: rivers, streams and lakes, fountains, pools, aquariums, blue, blue and black, mirrors, stained glass and glass; winding lines, wavy fence; transparent containers with water; paintings depicting motifs of water, seas, lakes, waterfalls, seascapes, fish.
Land - is the fundamental energy. This is our planet Earth, and terrestrial landscapes, as well as stones, crystals and even pottery. The location of this energy in the center of the house, the most pronounced character is a globe. It symbolizes stability, reliability, self-confidence and happiness. This and subsequent element corresponds to two sectors: Big Land - the south-west, Low Earth - the north-east. This separation is very important to consider in the analysis. For example, Big Earth absorbs water - negatively, but Small Land and Water - well, because obtained good environment for plant growth. The energy of the earth brings harmony and a great family happiness. This item is not as vulnerable as the previous two - the Earth does not disappear completely. Excess land can result in mistrust and stagnation.
"Digging" color - it is, above all, yellow and yellowish-brown. Destination Earth - center, south-west and north-east, the weather - wet season - the off-season shape - square. The element Earth is located in the center of the octagon ba-gua, but also has an additional zone in the south-west and north-east. Is feeding substance. Earth nurtures the seeds of which appear on the earth all living things, to then come back to the ground. It symbolizes justice, wisdom and instinct. In a negative sense - the inhibition of activity or baseless emotion. Land means the reliability, stability, confidence, its symbols are used to strengthen the spirit and moral support. Too strong influence of land may create an atmosphere of stagnation and suspicion.
Association: clay, brick and terra-cotta, cement and stone box, direct hedge, yellow, orange and brown, the color of terra cotta, ocher decoration of ceramics, bricks, crystal, porcelain, glazed tiles, a globe, with pictures depicting terrestrial landscapes: mountains , cliffs, deserts, crystals, stones, sculptures, objects of a square shape.
Tree - a living element, which includes all plants. It symbolizes growth, development and creativity, and the main characteristics of wood - strength, combined with flexibility. Energy tree brings good luck and success in material terms. This energy is located on the east (Big Tree) and southeast (small tree) and is responsible for the growth and development, good for children (sons). Using the element tree is material success, ensures the expansion and promotion.
This is the only living element and it can be represented by both living and artificial plants. It is desirable to use plants with round leaves and adhere to certain rules of their arrangement (do not put plants in the bedroom). For plants should take care - to prevent decay of the living and artificial tarnishing. Energy Tree expands, growing outwards.
Color Tree - green, directions - east and south-east, the weather - windy, time of year - spring, and forms of objects associated with trees - tall, oblong and rectangular. In the form of Yin - supple as a vine, in the form of Yang - solid as an oak. In the best sense - a traveler's staff, in a bad - a spear. Energy Tree broad, rich, changeable. Working with sections of the house associated with the tree, gives impetus to creativity. However, excessive zeal may lead to idealism and groundless expectations.
Association: trees, flowers and plants, wooden furniture and wooden objects, paper, green, columns, pillars, wooden floor, parquet floors, landscape in art, furniture made of bent wood, wicker chairs, reed mats, paintings depicting the forest; tissue wooden statues; cylindrical and rectangular shape.
Metal - element, symbolizing the power of heaven, abundance and success in financial affairs. His energy gives strength, promotes entrepreneurship. But it is also harmful to the excess, as the excess of other elements: it leads to haste and indiscretion. Metal Sector - West (Large Metal) and the north-west (Small Metal). From the metal coins and do many other useful things, and it is commonly associated with gold and silver. If you properly take advantage of the energy of the metal, then this element will give you the power and influence. Metal brings luck influential and useful to society people.
Energy of the metal flows into and wakes up with a little golden bell (if you have enough money - hang the bell a little more, but do not overdo it) on the north-west. Colors of the metal - white, gold, silver, weather - dry season - autumn, and shape - a circle and a crescent moon, any metallic objects, especially coins and charms. Metal is a symbol of autumn and strength, represents wholeness and breadth. On the other hand, metal - a conductor of energy. It symbolizes wealth and success in financial affairs.
Contribute sociability. The birth of bright ideas and achieve justice. On the other hand, may carry with it the destruction, danger and sadness. Metal can carry the beauty and comfort, but can also hurt, as the blade. The excess of this element can lead to hasty, negligent and unscrupulous.
Association: any metal, rounded; dome decoration of metal; steps of the porch, cooking utensils, white, gray, silver and gold, coins, watches, round ornaments bells, swords, moving mobilization, iron, bronze, silver and gold.
All these elements are always in motion and in some way interact with each other, transforming the energy of qi and creating a favorable or unfavorable energy. In order to understand the theory of five elements and successfully apply it in practice, it is necessary to know two of the primary elements of the cycle: Circle of creation (positive) and the terms of the destruction (negative). The five elements are not static.
They create and destroy one another in a continuous cycle where one element interacts with other positive or negative way. Understanding these and more complex aspects of the movement and transformation of qi energy improves the quality of Feng Shui. These five elements give rise to and at the same time destroying each other in a continuous cycle - the cycle of creation and the cycle of destruction. Each element interacts with the others either positively or negatively. Understanding these movements and transformations of qi energy improves the quality of Feng Shui.
The cycle of creation.
The cycle of creation is a positive interaction energy, which is held in a closed circle - from water to the tree, from tree to the fire, from the Fire to the Earth and from Earth to Metal. This cycle is also called the cycle of compatibility, or a positive cycle.
Water symbolizes the origin of organic life. Beginning in silence and tranquility, it nourishes Wood.
Tree grows upward and outward. His energy curbs growth potential, which is a driving and enabling force. The tree becomes fodder for the fire. Fire - hot, throbbing, intense - a symbol of activism. Extinguished, the fire leaves ashes and turns into the ground.
Earth collects and stores energy. Compacted in the process of purification and improvement of the land forms the metal.
Metal in its purest form is a liquid, which is associated with water.
Then the cycle begins again.
The cycle of destruction.
In contrast to the cycle of creation there is a cycle of destruction, or incompatibility. The cycle of destruction - is a negative interaction of elements. In this series the quality of one element are in opposition to the qualities of another in the sequence: Water, Fire, Metal, Wood, Earth. This process can be visualized as a movement in a circle, but is easier to put it on a cycle of creation. This sequence creates a pentagram - a traditional symbol of destructive force.
Water extinguishes fire, which melts and destroys Metal. In turn, metal cuts wood, and destroys its vitality. Tree sap is fed land and bore holes in her own roots. And, finally, the Earth absorbs and binds water.
Since all the elements interact, then the element which stands between the other two, in opposition to each other, can mitigate the mutual influence. It should be stressed that all such associations should be taken symbolically, not literally. The tree serves as an intermediary between water and fire, it absorbs and retains water.
Water nourishes wood and gives him the strength that balances the destructive influence of metals.
Fire is an intermediary between the wood and earth, because it is able to absorb the tree and become earth. Metal - a mediator between earth and water, as it is born out of the land and into water.
Value. Emotional sensitivity.
Color. Black, dark blue.
Forms. The undulating and gently curving.
Symbol and image. Mirrors, glass, aquariums, fountains, images of fish, waterfalls, seascapes.
Capacity (cycle of creation). Add water or metal.
Attenuation (cycle of destruction). Add the ground.
Mitigation (mitigate the cycle). Add a tree.
Value. It stimulates creativity, growth and development.
Forms. Tall, oblong and rectangular.
Symbol and image. Wooden objects, plants, furniture made of bent wood, wicker chairs, reed mats, pictures of trees and plants.
Capacity (cycle of creation). Add wood or water.
Attenuation (cycle of destruction). Add metal.
Mitigation (mitigate the cycle). Add fire.
Value. The action, motivation, passion, intelligence.
Color. Red, orange.
Forms. Triangular, pointed.
Symbol and image. Triangular objects and ornaments with a triangular pattern, candles, light bulbs, pictures of light or fire, sunrises and sunsets.
Capacity (cycle of creation). Add a fire or a tree.
Attenuation (cycle of destruction). Add water.
Mitigation (mitigate the cycle). Add the ground.
Value. Gives the reliability, stability and confidence.
Color. Yellow, brown.
Symbol and image. Ceramics, objects made of stone, crystal, pictures of terrestrial landscapes.
Capacity (cycle of creation). Add the ground or fire.
Attenuation (cycle of destruction). Add a tree.
Mitigation (mitigate the cycle). Add metal.
Value. Gives strength and brings success in financial affairs.
Color. White, gold, silver.
Forms. The rounded, dome-shaped, crescent-shaped.
Symbol and image. Metal objects, swords, coins, pictures of things made of metal.
Capacity (cycle of creation). Add metal or earth.
Attenuation (cycle of destruction). Add fire.
Mitigation (mitigate the cycle). Add water.
Principle components analysis of harmony.
Determine topping element of this sector.
Check whether there is an element here, "aggressor".
Check whether the element, a child who is the main element. (In our case, Earth produces Metal.)
The element generating the main element of this sector.
Introduces an element that represents the sector.
To everything in your house was in harmony, not necessarily alter interior of your home in order to balance the forces in his home of natural elements. Even if you add one, even a very small bar, this could significantly change the balance of energy flow in the house so that all its inhabitants will feel better, healthier, and it will change the energy of each inhabitant.
Increased energy element of Air.
Must be mobilized to hang, the music, which is performed on the flute, add accessories yellow, every day is widely open wide the window to be invited by the air element in your home. Get organized in your cupboard, neatly spread your books on the shelves in a certain order. Do the same with CD and DVD, as well as other objects, which many in your home. Add a vase with yellow and green lemons.
Increased energy element of water.
Add aquariums or bowls (vases) with water, hang pictures or photos of water and water sources, purchase a home fountain. Arrange photos of friends and members of your family, complete your interior toys depicting animals, statues and pictures of young animals. Buy flowers, add some interior floral designs and cool shades of different colors - blue, lavender, turquoise, - or various pastel colors.
Increased energy element of Fire.
Light a candle, a fire in the fireplace, add to your interior with red and bright flowers, sculptures made of metal with sharp edges. Open the curtains and let in the house of the energy of sunlight, hang on the windows of the lens, which are in contact with are the rays of sunlight will wash all the colors of the rainbow. Thus, your house is filled with the energy of the colors in the color spectrum. Hang a chandelier in the house.
Increased energy elements of the Earth.
Complete interior pottery, ceramic pots, products of iron or wood. Complement your home decor items color element of the Earth. Lay on the floor rocks and baskets. Buy live plants or artificial silk. Using the energy of the elements for the energy balance of the environment.
You need to make in their lives more energy and motion?
Activate: the energy of the element of Fire.
Relax: the impact of the energy element of the Earth.
You need to bring to life more stability?
Activate: the energy of the element of Earth.
Relax: the impact of the energy element of Fire.
You need to bring to life more clarity?
Activate: the energy of the element of water.
Relax: the impact of the energy element of Air.
You constantly feel like at the platoon?
Activate: the energy of the element of Air.
Relax: the impact of the energy element of water.
Do you often feel deprived of the soil under your feet, you feel as though you bear with the flow?
Activate: the energy of the element of Earth.
Relax: the impact of the energy element of Air.
You feel that your life, a period of stagnation, and you have problems in order to move the project off the ground?
Activate: the energy of the element of Fire.
Relax: the impact of the energy element of the Earth.
The energy of the four elements outside your home in your environment.
When you decide on how to balance the energy flow in your home, do not lose sight of the fact that the energy flows of natural elements should also balance and outside your home. The habitat of the place where your house will have a direct impact on the energy of your home. Next will be given some examples of the distinctive features of the terrain and vegetation, which are peculiar to a particular element. Of course, in many cases, the area where your house is a combination of one or more types of energy of natural elements.
The habitat dominated by the air element.
Wind, large expanses windy, we could see mountain peaks, hills, hills, open plains.
The habitat dominated by the element of water.
Creeks or streams, lakes, rivers, seashores. Rain, fog, haze. Swamps, bogs, intense green grass and other vegetation.
The habitat dominated by the element fire.
Desert, abandoned wastelands, any rock formations. Hot and dry. Cacti, coniferous trees, low bushes.
The habitat dominated by the element Earth.
High, steep mountains, cliffs, canyons, forests, trees. The cliffs, boulders, lots of trees.