Feng Shui Earth Element

Feng Shui Earth Element

The Feng Shui Earth element can be both the bad guy and the good guy. It is at the center of the eight trigrams and is in the opposing directions of Southwest and Northeast. Looking at the Post-Heaven Trigram, it is also in the Center. Its colors are earth tones, yellows, or tans. This elemental qi is responsible for wealth and money. But watch out for it can also be responsible for delays, illnesses or accidents.

The earth element is unique in that, during this time period, it is not used too frequently to correct other elemental qi. Rather, it is typically the recipient the correction. This may sound confusing, but really it is very simple. After a careful Feng Shui analysis, the practitioner maps out the qi within a building. In certain areas there might be Earth qi. This qi can be favorable or unfavorable, depending on the corresponding trigram. If there is qi present from either Kun (the Southwest Trigram represented by the number 2) or the center trigram (which has no trigram but is represented by the number 5) then it can be considered unfavorable. This earth energy can create delays or even sickness. This is usually remedied by metal.

When talking about the trigrams, we mention the directions such as Southwest, but this is not always where it is found. Feng Shui is based on the I-Ching, or “book of change” which states that all things cycle and change. Nothing is fixed. So do not consider that you will always find Kun qi in only the Southwest. That is its home, but it is not always where it is found. The same is true of Ken. Northeast is its home, but it too can be found in different places in different houses.

If the qi that is mapped out results in the Ken trigram (Northeast and represented by the number 8) then it is very favorable for money. Even generally speaking, in the Chinese culture, 8 is related to money and is a sought after number. This is folklore and not necessarily Feng Shui, but they still prefer to have an 8 in their address or license plate. Because earth is strengthened by fire, there are times that the fire element is used to enhance the potential for strong income.

If the earth element is needed itself as a remedy, then possible ways of utilizing this earth element are through the use of terracotta pots, adobe sculptures, ceramics, or even actual rocks (if they fit into the environment that you are trying to create.) To give you some examples, should you need earth in your entry, then perhaps a nice ceramic statue would work. You might also use some large adobe pots with beautiful flowers growing in them. There are a lot of creative ideas on how to use the earth element.

Earth can also be used to “ground” the fire element. Electricity can be considered fire in the cycle of elements. If you should have an electrical transformer box in your yard, consider putting some decorative stones between the house and the electrical box. Place them naturally and do not put too many either. Be sure to check with your electric company first to ensure that you do not create a problem for them, such as their access to the box, infringing on their property rights etc. Remember too that anything you do should look natural and beautiful. Do not create a “sha” or unsightly influence.

The earth element is the heart of the trigrams. It is both desired and unfavorable. Many people do not think of the earth element as being attractive, but choosing carefully, you can find very attractive earth solutions. Even jade is an earth remedy. If you are working a lot at the computer, consider putting a small jade statue on the desk between the power supply and yourself. Remember too that all Feng Shui solutions need to be carefully analyzed to ensure that you are placing them in the correct area.

Feng Shui Fire Element

Feng Shui Fire Element

Fire is something that has transfixed man for as long as we have had recorded history.  Fire is what keeps us warm. Fire cooks our food. Fire in proportion can be useful.  Fire out of control is devastating. The Chinese looked at fire as being one of the primary elements.  It is the most Yang of the elements. It holds mystery in its flame.  When it comes to Feng Shui, fire is a very potent and strong elemental remedy.  It is not to be used haphazardly.  Not only because of the potential risk inherent in fire, but because fire strengthens the Earth element.   Energetically speaking, the Earth elements can be a very harmful form of qi.   Using fire can strengthen the negative aspects of the earth creating accidents or sickness.  Used correctly though, it can strengthen your wealth qi.

The first question we usually get from people when discussing the five elements is “What is the fire element?” The fire element is the actual application of fire.  A candle or even a red bed spread can be used for the fire element.  As you noticed, the color red can be used too.  Ideally, the actual element should be used.  There are many times though, that the element is too dangerous to use, so we recommend something red.  A good substitute for the actual element would be a red light bulb, or a red lampshade.  These provide a vibrant color and importantly, heat.  These are more effective than a red carpet, although as an alternative a red rug or bed spread works as well.

How does it interact with the earth element?  As mentioned above, the fire element provides strength to the earth element.  This can be negative or positive.  In the eight trigrams, there are two trigrams of earth and the center, which is also earth.  When calculating the Qi of a building or house, we look for either the number 2 (the Kun trigram) or the number 5 (the center). These two trigrams, during this time period, are less favorable and can create sickness or accidents.  The Ken trigram (8) on the other hand, can bring prosperity and wealth. It is also good for children.  This is the one case where fire can be used beneficially to strengthen earth.

Fire can also be used to reduce negative wood qi.  In some cases wood qi can bring gossip arguments, and lawsuits.  This is unlike using the element of wood as mentioned in an earlier article, but rather here we are referring to the qi within a building.  Qi is a form of energy and can take on aspects of any of the elements. When it is a wood qi, it can have the effects mentioned above, or it can bring the flowering of a new relationship.

How can it be applied?  The fire element can be used in a variety of ways.  You can use a candle.  The color of the candle does not really matter so much as long as you are burning it.  If you are not burning the candle, then try to use red or purple candles.  Here it is the color, not the candle itself that is providing the remedy.  As previously mentioned, using a red lampshade or a red nightlight is an effective solution for the fire remedy. Hurricane lamps are also effective because they are safer than exposed candles.  Lastly, anything that is vibrant red can be used.  The actual element of fire is preferred though.

Fire, as a Feng Shui remedy is very potent.  It does take some understanding though on how to properly use it. Used incorrectly and it can bring sickness and separation.  Use this element safely, as it can be dangerous in a practical sense
as well.  Kids, dogs, and candles usually do not mix.  When used correctly though, it can bring money and help with relationships.  It takes a trained Feng Shui pracitioner to determine where best to apply the fire element.  Lastly, use all of the five elements judiciously and in balance. Too much of anything is not good.

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