The Social Life of Feng Shui Elements

5 feng shui elements social circles: who likes whom?

PART 1: What are the Five Feng Shui Elements?
PART 2: The Social Life of the Elements
PART 3: Playtime! Applying the 5 Feng Shui Elements Theory

Now that you understand the origin and the meaning of the five feng shui elements theory (have you read part 1?), there is just one more step, and a very important one to assimilate before we go playing and enjoying the feng shui elements in action.




Our five feng shui elements friends have a complex way of interacting with each other, and understanding the dynamic of their social life :) gives us an all-powerful key to bring good feng shui into any space, be it home, office or garden.

Even though there are quite a few variations in the interaction of 5 feng shui elements, they can be all summed up in two basic and fundamental ways of relating that is happening between the five feng shui elements.

These ways of relating are called “cycles” in feng shui, and we do have to know them!

The first cycle of elements is called the Productive Cycle, or the cycle of Creation.

This is a way of communicating where each element is supporting the other, being in turn supported by another element, too.

Here is a graphic that illustrates this Nirvana :) It helps to think of elements in very practical terms such as their expression in nature or even in various household items.

For example, if you want to make fire, you need wood. If you want your plants to be lush and healthy, you give them water; to cut something, you use a knife (metal element), etc.

FENG-SHUI-ELEMENTS-PRODUCTIVE-CYCLE

WOOD creates FIRE
FIRE supports EARTH
EARTH supports METAL
METAL supports WATER
WATER supports WOOD

So the productive cycle of the five feng shui elements resembles quite a harmonious, happy community! Everybody finds a way to love and support everybody else. Peace, man.

Understanding this cycle will help you strengthen the elements you might need in your space in a subtle, but very powerful way.

I will give you several examples on how to use these cycles in part 3, for now let’s get really good at understanding the dynamic of these two cycles.

What is the second cycle following the Creative cycle?

Well, of course it’s the Destructive one!

The Destructive Cycle is the way of relating between the feng shui elements where each element is destroying the other (or making it really, really weak).




No more peace, real destruction happening here!

Jokes aside, this is an equally important cycle to understand when you deal with a space that has a stubborn presence of a feng shui element that is detrimental to someone’s well-being (examples in part 3).

There can be no creation without destruction, so here is how the intelligent rage :) of the Destructive Cycle of feng shui elements expresses itself:

feng-shui-elements-destructive-cycle

WOOD weakens EARTH
EARTH weakens WATER
WATER puts down FIRE
FIRE melts METAL
METAL cuts WOOD

Now, if you want to go a bit deeper, I will tell you that there are variations to each cycle, too.

For example, in the Productive Cycle of elements, Wood can be supported by both Water and Earth; while in the Destructive cycle Water not only puts down Fire, but also weakens Earth and Metal.

However, I do not want to overwhelm you, so will just leave this door open for you to come back and explore the depths of each cycle.

Last thing before the well deserved playtime – it is helpful to get to know the unique energy qualities of each feng shui element.

Here’s enough info to get you strong on your feet, read the tips below to understand how each element is expressed in specific home decor items, colors, etc.

OK, ready?

Let’s go play.

Continue to Part 3: Easy Decorating with 5 Feng Shui Elements

5 Elements Info: What They Are | How They Interact | Decorating Examples

Feng Shui Decorating with: Wood | Fire | Earth | Metal | Water

 
Image: chicalookate/etsy.com; illustrations: knowfengshui.com

Rodika Tchi is the feng shui expert for About.com (FengShui.About.com) and consultant (in person and long distance) with TchiConsulting.com. She lives in Vancouver, BC Canada and consults internationally.