Feng Shui Wood Element

Feng Shui Wood Element

Being that it is springtime and a time for renewal, the Feng Shui wood element is the ideal place to begin a discussion of the elements. Of the five elements, wood is one of the most refreshing and easily adaptable solutions for one’s home. It is associated with spring, new life, and the directions east and southeast. Wood is used frequently to break the direct flow of Qi into a soft and dispersed flow. So let’s explore how to use wood to bring out the best this spring.

What exactly is the wood element? Wood is living and breathing plants. It can also be the color of green. Can you use tables and chairs made of wood? Of course, but not for the Feng Shui remedy of wood. Wood is a unique element in that it purifies Qi. It redirects Qi. It slows down Qi. Living plants are unique in that they take impure air and freshen it with new oxygen. For those who celebrate Christmas, think about how fresh the house is when there is a tree in your living room. Wood is refreshing.

Solving issues with Feng Shui wood element

First, you can use wood to enhance your environment. A beautiful ficus tree or perhaps a philodendron can be used to resolve several Feng Shui issues. The most common question in Feng Shui is what if I have a front door opposite a rear door? The answer would be to place a large bushy plant in the pathway between the doors to break up the direct flow of Qi.

Another example of the effective utilization of wood is to use a large shrub or small tree to break up the effect of a sharp angle (Metal Sha) from a corner that points directly at you. In one case, a client placed a grove of trees to offset the corner angle of an apartment building that was pointing at his house. Another client inside placed a beautiful ficus tree at the corner of an interior wall that was pointing right at his bed. Use plants (Feng Shui Wood) to soften this harsh projection of Qi.

Feng Shui Wood Colors

Plants are also a great remedy for odors in the house. Today many people recommend air purifiers. We know firsthand that these work well, yet we still prefer the traditional method of using plants and flowers to cleanse and provide a fragrant environment. Used in combination, you can’t go wrong.

feng shui wood elementCan you use the color as a solution in Feng Shui? Yes. The color green is warm and is a popular color in the ’90′s. Homes that have their sitting side (usually the rear of the home opposite the street) to the east or southeast can utilize the color green as an accent on their house trim. These homes are associated with the wood element and adding the color as the trim can assist the Feng Shui of the home. Using green highlights (such as green pillows or perhaps even drapes with some green tones) within a room that is in the east or southeast can also be beneficial.

Remember that everything is to be in balance. Too much of anything is not good. When using the wood element in your home, create beauty, not a jungle environment. Do not decorate a room entirely in green. Use it to accentuate, not overpower. If over used, people who are associated with the earth element can have problems. There is beneficial earth Qi in certain areas that can provide prosperity, but if overpowered by the wood, they might not provide this prosperity. Remember balance. In proper proportion though, wood is always beneficial for providing good Qi in your home or office.

Wood is nourished by water and wood is the source for strength in fire. So next time, we will focus on the Feng Shui element of fire (the summer element).
Images graciously provided by: Darroll Higginbotham &The Palm Farm

Feng Shui Metal Element

Feng Shui Metal Element

Have you ever held a compass close to something metal, such as an automobile or even a metal table? Metal can effect
the compass needle, skewing it to one side or another by several degrees. Because of this strong effect, one of the
primary Feng Shui solutions that is recommended more times than not, is something made of metal. In Feng Shui Metal is a strong remedy and can be used to prevent illnesses, money delays, and even loneliness. It needs to be properly applied in the correct area to be effective. Since it is one of the key elements and is very commonly available, the metal element has a lot of ways in which it can be applied in Feng Shui.

Metal can be used in a lot of forms in Feng Shui. A metal solution can be gold, silver, brass, bronze, or even steel. The main consideration is that it fits nicely into the environment. For example, a nice brass wall hanging looks nice in a living room. A set of weight lifter plates in the living room does not. However, if you need metal and you have workout weights that you do not use, then the weights can be placed at the bottom of a brass pot, then covered with a small plant, then it makes an effective metal solution because the pot with a plant looks attractive. (The metal is much stronger than the small plant so this is not a wood solution) The idea here is to create a beautiful solution while getting substantial feng shui metal effect. The effect needs to be proportional though. Having a lot of metal in a small room or having too little metal in a large room does not fit proportionally. Try to get a solution that works for the area you are working with.

There are a lot of other creative metal elements that can be used. Some of our clients use brass statues of deer or even a bronze horse bust. A couple of very strong metal solutions include a metal chiming clock and wind chimes. Both of these need to be used carefully and upon the advice of a trained practitioner. Mainly because they are audible, the sound strengthens the effect of the metal dramatically. Used properly though, they can render assistance to areas that are prone to accidents, money delays, and illnesses. Just like Yin and Yang, there needs to be a balance, so too much metal can be detrimental and too little can be ineffective.

One tip about wind chimes; this year (until February 2000) if you plan to do any gardening, or construction in the South, adding a metal wind chime outside can prevent construction delays or accidents. Next year (2/2000 until 2/2001) it will be the North. Again, consider the time cycles, not all Feng Shui recommendations as permanent.

Many of our students ask “Why is metal the primary remedy in Feng Shui?” Well, the answer is because of the time aspect. Since time and space are always undergoing change, so is qi. During this time period, certain earth qi is not favorable and the solution is to use metal to correct it. Because of this, more times than not, the recommendation will be something made of metal. This does not mean to replace everything in your house with something metal, but in a lot
of cases, metal accents in the home can assist in improved health and a reduction of delays. Ideally though, you should seek out a qualified Feng Shui practitioner to assist you in determining whether you need to add metal in your home.

Lastly, remember that Feng Shui is about balance and harmony. Do not overdo it. Any Feng Shui solution applied should fit naturally into your environment and should not appear awkward or out of place. Remember too, if something doesn’t feel right to you, then it is not good Feng Shui. Always use common sense and proper aesthetics.