The Feng Shui Element of Water

There are five elements in feng shui. Fire, metal water, wood and earth. Each has its own unique characteristics and role in feng shui. Read about this flowing Feng Shui element from Angela Davis.

Water is the Feng Shui element of inward reflection, patience, mindfulness, and release. It is soothing, calming, and comforting in its timeless power. Just think of how the Grand Canyon was carved with the Colorado River slowly, over time but with an amazing outcome.

The Feng Shui Water Element by Angela DavisWater is associated with the career gua and is the most yin, or feminine, of the elements. It is introspective, philosophic, receptive, and creative. To replenish your strength, sleep more, drink more water, and listen to your instincts. In Feng Shui, feeling safe is a Water Element trait, true to the core.

Need to get some happy Chi in your life to feel the soothing safety of belonging? Use any of the following ideas:

In the front of your home, plant beautiful undulating vines and plants like delphiniums, kale, and violets. Install a water feature to bubble and gurgle in your safe haven; make sure the flow is directed inward toward your home (for a fountain’s flow, never direct water away from your home). Re-do the pathway running from your street to your front door with a snaking, wavy pattern (the undulating shape of Water) to slow down the energy flowing toward you. This will welcome chi gently instead of having energy slam against you all day. This simple change in landscape can be also be achieved with lining the straight walkway with plants, staggered alternately, along the walkway. Now you have a spot to sit, stay, and relax.

 

Angela Davis, Green Feng Shui LadyAngela Davis The Green Feng Shui Lady is a Red Ribbon Professional through the International Feng Shui Guild. She earned her Black Hat Feng Shui Certification through Karen Rauch Carter’s Academy of Exquisite Living as an “Inspired Practitioner” and is a part of Karen’s lineage under Grandmaster Professor Lin Yun. Read more about Angela.

Summer time Feng Shui

Summer time is the perfect season to ‘Feng Shui’ your home and garden.

According to Essential Feng Shui®, being in Nature, up close and personal, turns UP the supply of energy that sustains your vitality, loving relationships, and an overall sense of well-being. Essential Feng Shui® also gleans wisdom from Chinese Medicine, relating summer time with laughter and heart-centered activities. Tis the season for projects that are fun and collaborative, and that deepen your connection with Nature.

Summertime Feng Shui with Terah Kathryn Collins

Community Garden by Carolyn Kates

A COMFORTING EMBRACE
A great place to start is to assess how your home is situated on the land. Feng Shui, literally translated as “wind and water,” focuses on your safety, comfort, and happiness. To assure these qualities are literally held in place, homes are ideally located where the elements of wind and the water are not too close and not too far away. These ‘just right’ sites include a protective embrace of natural features such as mountains, hills, or trees around the back and sides, and a beautiful view of water from the front. Open your Feng Shui eyes and take a look at how your location corresponds with these guidelines.

Clearly, the location of most homes doesn’t fit this description. You may live on the edge of a cliff, atop a hill or mountain, or in a canyon or lowland. It may be the opposite of an ideal Feng Shui configuration, with a big hill in the front that blocks incoming Ch’i and a pool in the back that offers little protection. Relax. The good news is there are many ways you can capture the essence of an ideal location. And, the more your projects are fun for you and your kids, family members, friends, and neighbors, the better!

For instance, throw a potluck party with close friends and plant evergreen plants in your back yard together. Eat, drink, and make memories while adding a natural backbone of protection to your home. Create your own little ‘barn raising’ by inviting the neighbors over to help install side yard foliage or fencing, followed by a barbeque. Neighborly collaboration increases a comforting embrace around your home in more ways than one. Involve your children in choosing and planting ornamental or fruit trees to define a property line. The fruit and flowers of your labors will nurture your family and enhance your sense of safety, comfort, and beauty throughout every season.

Don’t have any land to play with? There’s still plenty of things you can do to enhance your location. Houseplants, screens, art depicting Nature, and window treatments can be arranged to promote your sense of security, comfort, and beauty indoors.

Summertime Feng Shui with Terah Kathryn Collins

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A WATER VIEW
Water is classically located in front of a house to increase the energy flow into your home. When you don’t already have a water feature in your front yard, you can add one via a birdbath, fountain, urn, pond, stream, pool, or waterfall.

When choosing a fountain, select one that flows 360 degrees around, like many fountains in plazas and courtyards. Or, install a waterfall or fountain to face toward your front door, directing the flow of Ch’i into your home. Most kids love water, making it a fun Summer project to find and install the water feature with them.

No front yard? Consider placing a small water feature or aquarium in your foyer or entry area. When there is space for it, create your own mini-garden by including plants or flowers in your design.

Please note that any water feature requires maintenance. While a bird bath or fountain takes a few minutes to maintain each week, a stream, pool, pond, or aquarium may require hours. When choosing a water feature that’s right for you, consider the time that you or a hired professional will need to keep it fresh and beautiful. Once you’ve made a choice, enjoy your water view, knowing that it is a timeless Ch’i enhancement, prized for uplifting and nurturing all aspects of your life.

Looking for more ‘fun shui’ Summer projects? Here are 9 more ways to enjoy yourself:

  1. Grow food! Integrate veggies and fruit trees into your garden design; fill planters with edibles; and team up with neighbors to grow and harvest food together.
  2. Include bird feeders, plants having berries and flowers that birds and butterflies love, and other enhancements that encourage helpful creatures to visit your garden.
  3. Design an gracious path to your front door that includes points of interest, such as statuary, wind chimes, a water feature, or seating.
  4. Create a fabulous view outside every window and door. Be creative!
  5. Design curvy meandering pathways, patios, and borders to compliment the straight lines of your home’s architecture.
  6. Create aesthetically pleasing and organized storage areas for trash cans, tools, and garden supplies.
  7. Plant protective landscaping in the front of your home when it’s located on a busy street, at the end of a cul-de-sac, or at a T-junction.
  8. Include very comfortable outdoor seating where you can relax and enjoy your surroundings.
  9. Install plenty of lovely lighting to enhance the safety and enjoyment of your handiwork. 

Summertime Feng Shui with Terah Kathryn Collins

Photo by Amy Chini

Remember, the fun, laughter, and camaraderie you enjoy sows Good Ch’i into everything you do. May your Summer time projects remind you of great times with lovely people for years to come!

 

Terah Kathryn Collins is a best-selling author and the founder of the Western School of Feng Shui®. She is also the originator of Essential Feng Shui®, which focuses on the many valuable applications Feng Shui has in our Western culture while honoring the essence of its Eastern heritage.  Read more about Terah.

 

Decorating with the Five Elements

Feng Shui as an art emphasizes the importance of the placement of objects in your surroundings to create balance and harmony in your life. By using these principles you can arrange, decorate and accessorize your home to promote health, wealth and happiness. Find out more about Feng Shui decor and the Five Elements by Diane Alba-Means.

Feng Shui Decor, Diane Alba-Means

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Feng Shui and Feng Shui decor uses several tools to help enhance the flow of energy in your home or office. One such tool is called the Pa Kua or Bagua map, which divides your home or office into nine sections, each associated with a specific area of life, such as health, wealth, career and relationships. Another important tool, which is used hand in hand with the Pa Kua map, is the Five Element theory. The Five elements are derived from nature and are Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water. These are considered to be the building blocks of everything physical on earth. Feng Shui observes that we, as humans are made up of all five elements, and we are generally most comfortable when all the elements are represented in our surroundings.

Feng Shui decor includes the Five Elements that are associated with shapes, colors and materials and can be introduced into a space in pure form, using actual plants, fire, soil, metal or water, or in the form of representative objects. The most powerful objects are those, which combine the shape, color and material of an element. For example, a square, terracotta pot filled with brown soil for earth energy.

In decorating your home or office, we can use the following guide to assist us in creating an elementally balanced environment.

Wood is represented by the color green. It can be found in all wood, plants, flowers and paper. The shape for wood can be found in columns and pillars. Examples would be a tall, green vase; a green picture frame, or a tall lamp with a paper shade.

Fire is represented by the color red, and is found in lighting, candles, fireplace, sunlight, animals, leather and wool. The shapes triangle, pyramid and cones signify fire. Examples would be star-shaped candleholders, oil lamps and red or animal print fabric.

Earth is represented with yellow and earth tones. It is found in the soil, ceramics, tile, brick and stucco. Its shape is represented with square, rectangles, and plateaus. Examples would be a clay pot with yellow flowers, a square plate or checkered fabric.

Metal is present in the colors of gray, white and pastels. It is found in all metals, such as gold, silver, copper, pewter, and brass. The shapes are found in arches, circles and ovals. Examples would be a round silver tray, a pewter pitcher or an oval brass frame.

Water is represented by the colors blue, black and dark tones. Water is found in a bubbling fountain, glass, crystal and mirrors. Asymmetrical or irregular shapes are a part of the water element. Examples would be a crystal vase, a mirror or black satin fabric.

These elements can be introduced in various forms to suit your own style of decorating. You might choose wallpaper with green vertical stripes to bring more uplifting wood energy, making the ceiling appear higher and the room more spacious. Red fabric pillows on a sofa will increase the fire energy, creating an exciting atmosphere. Yellow checkered curtains in the kitchen will enhance the earth energy, which will make the room feel cozier. A round, brass, metal bowl used, as an accent piece on a coffee table, will make it feel more complete and finished. A water feature in the entry enhances the water energy, conveying a peaceful flowing atmosphere.

Combining appropriate colors with particular patterns and materials can be especially effective in manipulating the existing energy, which is the basis of many Feng Shui remedies. When using these tools and surrounding yourself with things that you love, you are creating environmental affirmations which support you in having a peaceful place to live and a place for the vital energy to circulate harmoniously throughout your home.

 

Diane Alba MeansOwner of Hawaii Feng Shui based in Maui, Hawaii, Diane Alba-Means is a professional, certified Feng Shui Practitioner, Color Expert, Image consultant, and author. Read more about Diane.

 

 

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The Way of Water

Water is a powerful element in Feng Shui Five Element theory, associated with a person’s career, wisdom and life path. Find out more about the way and flow of water in this piece by Florida based, Diane Gallin.

The Way of the Water, Diane GallinHave you ever floated on a river or lake with only the current to guide you? The water’s depth and awareness of what lies around the bend elude you, but for that moment in time you simply relinquish control and drift. Unaccustomed to weightlessness, you take a leap of faith, close your eyes and give in to the flow. The flow decides where you’re going and somehow you trust that it knows the right way. And it does.

When the proper amount and quality of Water is found lacking in a building, group or community, energy dries up, business falls short of expectations and people become stuck. When Water flows too quickly (think waterfalls and fast moving roads) energy is quickly carried downstream and its beneficial properties are lost. In authentic Feng Shui, the location of ponds, fountains and pathways all influence the fortunes of a place for better or worse based on their proximity, placement and directional flow.

Traditional Chinese Medicine teaches that Water is linked to human emotions and is vital to kidney health, which keeps all other organs in balance. While Earth provides the stability we need to focus and stay grounded, Water keeps us moving, constantly uncovering what is hidden beneath the surface and exposing what is possible. Over time Water erodes the strongest of barriers and redirects with ease and fluidity. Essential to growth, inspiration and mobility, Water can also lap away at foundations and extinguish a flame that burns brightly. In the Fire season of summer, Water (winter’s element) helps to cool anger and soothe spirits. A day at the beach puts troubles in perspective, often washing away the worries we carried there with us.

I’m inspired by the journeys of my client and friends whose lives have taken an unexpected turn over the last busy months. This is the realm of Water. If we are not fluid, all the plans, lists and notions that change in a moment can catch us off guard. Fear sets in and we try swimming upstream against the current for a while, working twice as hard to go half as far. We forget that in its march to the sea, Water finds its way over, under and through obstacles, regardless of how long the journey. Water is persistent and yields only long enough to change course, gather momentum and continue.

 

Diane GallinDiane Gallin is the founder of Wind and Water Feng Shui Consulting in Tampa Bay Florida. She distinguishes herself in the feng shui world with her clear and practical application of the ancient Chinese art and science to modern buildings and lifestyles. Read more about Diane.

 

 

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Make a Splash: How to Decorate with the Water Element

Just as water is essential for all life on earth, so is it essential in the design of our homes and work spaces. It is a mysterious and complex element that can exist in several different chemical states (solid – ice, liquid – water, gas – vapor) and is a powerful way to bring function, freedom and flow to your home. Find out more about the Feng Shui water element by Julie Schuster.

Julie Schuster, Water Element

If you are working with traditional Feng Shui Bagua regions, the Water element is needed in the North, East and Southeast corners of the home to attract abundance, purity and health. The area of the Bagua represented by Water also relates of our “Career,” or more literally our “Path in Life.” This is fundamental to our overall happiness and health.

Color is one of the simplest and most effective ways to harness the power of the Water Element, which is most commonly represented through dark/navy blues and black. These deep, mystical colors are representative of a powerful, hidden strength that lurks just below the surface – exactly the kind of inspiration we’re trying to channel.

Since Water is such a powerful element, it’s best incorporated in “splashes” rather than as an overall theme for the home. It also works as a wonderful base-color scheme to build from (think of sea greens or yellowed straw tones against black or navy – these two colors also look stunning in the kitchen/bathroom coupled with modern cream cabinetry). Perhaps your home already suffers from a saturation of Water colors? “Dam” an over-abundance of Water with Earth Element colors like yellows, oranges and browns or allow Fire Element colors like reds, purples and oranges to naturally deplete Water, as the Water will “douse” Fire. Both of these bring about a sense of balance.

Water can be incorporated through the use of asymmetrical, undulating shapes and materials too. Substitute sharp and jagged edges for soft, fluid curves that evoke images of water and serenity. Mirrors, fountains and images of water are wonderful ways to incorporate the element as well. Flowing water helps us to let go of things we no longer need, while still water helps calm the surrounding energy and offers the feeling of a new beginning and renewed strength. When in balance with the other elements, the Water Element increases sensitivity, helpfulness and empathy. However, if unbalanced and in excess, it will leave you feeling overwhelmed and emotional. Remember, as with all things Feng Shui, it’s the balance of the elements that’s key to creating a truly harmonious space where people want to come, linger, and go with the flow!

 

Julie SchusterJulie Schuster is a professional Feng Shui consultant and designer from New York City who focuses on creating beautiful, engaging and functional spaces while uniting both the physical as well as the emotional well being of a space. She is also a regular contributor with the IFSG. Read more about Julie.

 

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