Five Elements of Feng Shui

The five elements of feng shui are translated as “the phases of transformation” and incorporate everything that exists in nature: shapes, colors, matter, seasons of the year, times of the day, direction of the compass, and all-natural events, and structures created by man.  Together, the five elements represent a unit – the tai chi.

Each element has its own characteristics:

  • Wood – developing, rooted, pliable, rising.  The nature of wood is to bend and be made straight again.
  • Fire – soaring, in motion, hot.  The nature of fire is to blaze and ascend.
  • Earth – fertile, rooted, productive.  The nature of earth is to make change stable and steady.
  • Metal – hard, cutting, rigid, contracting.  The nature of metal is to be obedient and to be shaped.
  • Water – flowing, cool, descending, supple.  The nature of water is to moisten and flow downward.
  • An individual element does not exist in isolation but is interconnected – either to be supportive as in the cycle of creation, or to control as in the cycle of control.

In the cycle of creation, water nourishes wood, wood allows fire to burn, ashes created by fire nourish the earth, earth brings forth metals, liquid metal flows like water.

In the cycle of control, water extinguishes fire, fire melts metal, metal splits wood, wood wears out earth, earth dirties water.

Source: Feng Shi Symbols by Christine M. Bradler & Joachim Alfred P. Scheiner.

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Dr. Terri Parrott has a bachelor’s degree in speech communication, a master’s degree in business administration and a doctorate degree in business administration with an international management concentration. She has been active in the financial industry for over twenty years; having worked as a banker for two of the largest United States based banks and a financial advisor with one of the largest investment firms in the United States. Terri has also been a sales manager for a large United States based rental car company, as well as adjunct professor in the business department of Florida based universities. She is the author of three blogs: • focusing on quick-read concepts of ancient wisdom with a modern twist • focusing on personal energy and meditation techniques as well as holistic approaches to everyday life • focusing on a light-hearted look at growing old. She has authored Quick Tips for Your Small Business, a quick reference book offering hands-on information for small business owners. Dr. Parrott has also published the following e-books available through the Amazon Kindle site: • Embrace Chaos to Create Change focusing on non-traditional ways to bring about lasting change in your thoughts and behavior. • Voice on the Phone: A Quick-Read Guide to Successfully Building Customer Relationships Using the Telephone. A practical guide for anyone relying on the telephone as a sales tool. • Quick, Easy Ways to Compute Everyday Business Formulas: A Handy Reference for Small Business Owners.