The Five Elements
be talking about Feng Shui, we have to understand the five elements; the relationship
of the very five elements which bring about the formation of this Universe. They
are the Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water.
forms in this Universe belong to either one the above-mentioned five elements
and are in one way or another, mutually affecting one another, which in turn affect
our life. This is an ever-going cycle in the law of Nature.
Water generates Wood:
The rain nourishes the Earth, bringing about
the growth of the plants and trees.
Wood generates Fire:
The plants and trees are by nature, combustible
matter which generates fire.
Fire generates Earth:
Under flames, article turn into ashes which
Earth generates Metal:
Soil contains minerals which over time, form
Under flames, metal melt into liquid state and likewise
water dew is formed quickly on cool metal surfaces.
Water can extinguish fire
Fire can melt metal
Metal cut wood apart
Wood destroys Earth:
Wood can thrust into soil
Earth destroys Water:
Soil is able to retain water, preventing flood
much or too little of the presence of any of the above element is never desired.
A balance is always sought. For instance, too much of a heat from the sun can
cause drought while too much of a rain can inversely cause flood and so on...
in the practice of Feng Shui, a balance is in the same way sought.
the Chinese astrological sciences, the time, year and date of birth are categorized
as under one of the five elements. Similarly, the five elements are also associated
with colors, seasons and directions...
on the philosophy of the productive, weakening and destructive cycle of the five
elements, the application of Feng Shui help to incorporate one's astrological
element accordingly; to be in harmony with the surrounding, bringing about beneficial
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