February 15, 2017

The Truth about the Five Elements Used in Feng Shui

Feng Shui relies heavily on the five elements that are known to greatly influence balance and harmony at home and in the workplace.  Most of Feng shui’s knowledge is based on the properties and characteristics of these five elements.  These should be considered necessarily to be able to promote harmony and balance.

Each element and their corresponding attributes should be employed exactly the way they are supposed to be employed to ensure that harmony and balance are achieved successfully.  Here, the five elements shall be revealed and each one accompanied with details about their corresponding unique characteristics and properties:

  • Wood or Mu is one of the five elements of Feng Shui.  This is known to be representative of innovation.  It is also the element that pertains to creation or birth.  Of all the other elements, this is considered to be the sociable one.  Wood is associated with the color green.  It is also associated to the East.  All of which it represents will be achieved when wood is placed in a certain spot strategically.
  • Fire or Huo is all about being active, enthusiastic, and energetic, just like how fire is.  It is an element that should be handled with caution and should be measured well since too much of this element may cause destruction.  Fire symbolizes puberty.  It is represented by the color red and the direction of South.
  • Earth or Tu is the element that is characterized by patience, as well as stability and honesty.  This element has a tendency to become demanding.  If you need help with certain issues like real estates as well as land inheritance, this element should be employed.  Earth is represented by the color yellow.  It also represents youth.
  • Metal or Jin is the element used to encourage success with regards to business.  It is also for a fruitful harvest.  Like fire, this should be measured carefully as this also represents destruction just like a knife or sword.  This symbolizes adulthood and is represented by the colors white and gold.  It is also representative of the West direction.
  • The last of the five elements is water or Shui.  This is the element that plays an important role in Feng Shui so much that its name is actually in “Feng Shui” itself.  This is characterized by communication and travel.  It is also associated with education, the arts, as well as media.  This is a necessity for life to thrive.  It can be both calm and violent.  It represents the old or aged years.  It is represented by the color black and the direction of North.

These are the five elements wherein the guidelines of Feng Shui are based upon.  Each one is representative of a certain property and characteristic that can be used to add harmony and balance according to what is needed.  For example, if you have a business that you would like to succeed, then using the metal element can motivate success to enter.  These elements have been used by Chinese with regards to traditional Feng Shui for years and it has slowly made its way to the western part of the globe as well.


  1. I, truly, love the concept of FengShui. I’m not positive if I am “actively flowing”, in it’s methods. But, I do try!
    Your article is good; informative and “rightly” sized.

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