Wood

The first element is wood because it is the beginning of new life; it is the creator of the five-element cycle. You need to use live wood in the form of a bushy plant similar to a "money plant" as it holds so much live Ch'i energy and also retains it. Plants also filter the air we breathe; it is so much better to use a natural form when it comes to the wood element. Remember to feed and water it, because if it dies it will hold Sha Ch'i, even on any dead leaves, so keep it in good condition.

Colors: The wood element can be replaced by the color green, though the color is not as effective as the element of live wood.

Fire

Fire Element is the most "Yang" of the elements. Because fire is so Yang, this is the one instance where color does work well. A tea-light or table lamp with a red shade make excellent fire remedies, please be very careful when using candles.

 

 

 

Earth

Earth element is often confused with soil, which is only part of the element, it needs to be combined with rock, clay, and stone etc. i.e. a terracotta pot filled with soil is a perfect earth element, or a clay statue.

Colors: Earth colors are yellow, beige but not as effective as the real element itself.

Metal

Metal can be found in many forms. Silver, Gold, Copper, and Bronze are just a few of the Metal Element. You can also be creative when using this element; you could use a brass Kwan yin, three-legged toad or a nice Dragon. When choosing an element try to look at the shape, don't use sharp points or unattractive objects just because they have the element you need, Feng Shui is about creating a harmony and balance and it should look attractive in the environment.

Colors: The colors you should use are white, gold, and silver.

 

 

 

Water

Water is the key element; we would not exist without it, our planet as our body is made up of mainly water. It is a very powerful element to use, it should always be clear and free flowing, never let it go stagnant, as this will create many problems. A fountain or aquarium is ideal or a simple fishpond in the garden. Water has always been associated with power. It has been used for thousands of years by Kings and Emperors in the form of protection as in a moat, or a powerful attraction for abundance. If you look at most Cities today, they are either positioned near the water or have large lakes or rivers close by. Most ocean-side and lakeside homes are also sought after.

Colors: The colors blue or black can replace water.