Center for Applied Feng Shui Research (International) - FengShui.Geomancy.Net
About Center for Applied Feng Shui Research (International) - FengShui.Geomancy.Net
Search - Categories
Search - Contacts
Search - Content
Search - IP.Board
Search - News Feeds
plg_search_sppagebuilder
Search - Tags

Free Module 1: Principles of Feng Shui

Chapter 5: The Importance of the Five Element

The core of Chinese sciences of the  Universe: Feng Shui, the Chinese Astrology and various other Divinity methods revolves around the understanding of the importance of the Five Elements. These elements are Water, Wood, Fire, Earth and Metal and are considered the building blocks of life.

According to ancient Chinese, these  Five Elements are interactive, shape and stimulate our daily life. 

It is important to understand that there is a natural order in which leads to harmony, prosperity and happiness.

The productive sequence is as  follows: Water nourish plants and trees: producing Wood, Wood makes Fire which burnt into ashes to form Earth, Earth is the source of Metal. Metal can be condensed to water or can be melted into liquid i.e. `Water'. Therefore this process is known as the productive sequence.

There is also a destructive sequence,  which is the cause of bad events and calamities.

This is a result of an imbalance or a disturbance to the natural order. This is where: Water puts out Fire; Fire melts Metal; Metal breaks Wood; Wood (roots of plants) penetrates the Earth; and Earth is absorbed Water.

In some cases, Feng Shui experts will advice you to place a neutralizing element to avoid such harmful effects. We will get to hear more about the Five Elements in later chapters.

Buildings can be classified under one of the Five Elements:

Type of Buildings classified under the 5 elements

Watercourses can also be classified under one of the Five Elements:

Types of Watercourses classified under the 5 elements

TEN HEAVENLY STEMS

The Five Elements : Water, Earth,  Fire, Wood and Metal and their relationships with the TEN Heavenly Stems: 

 

Heavenly Stem

Example

Element

JIA (hard wood) 

YI (soft wood) 

Trees 

Hewn timber 

Wood

BING (sun fire) 

DING (kitchen fire) 

Lightning 

Burning incense 

Fire

WU (mountain earth) 

JI (sand earth) 

Hills 

Earthenware 

Earth

GENG (rough metal) 

XIN (refined metal) 

Metal ores 

Kettles 

Metal

XIN (refined water) 

GUI (rain water) 

Salt water 

Fresh water 

Water

The Ten Heavenly Stems reflect the plane of Heaven on the Chinese compass. This Ten Heavenly stems by  combining with the Twelve Chinese Zodiac Animals (Earthly Branch) forms the basis of the Chinese Calendar System.

The relationship between the Ten Heavenly Stems and Twelve Earthly Branches are as follows:

 

Element

Heavenly Stem

Earthly Branch

Wood

JIA (hard wood)  & YI (softwood)

Tiger & Rabbit

Fire

BING (sun fire)  & DING (kitchen fire)

Horse & Snake

Earth

WU (mountain earth) & JI (sand earth)

Dog & Ox
& Dragon & Ram

Metal

GENG (rough  metal) & XIN (refined metal)

Rooster & Monkey

Water

REN (sea water)  & GUI (rain water)

Pig & Rat

 

 

Users Comments
...Keep up the Great Work!... Cecil Lee Cecil Lee support@geomancy.net - Feng Shui at Geomancy.Net " I read about some exceptional experience with Feng Shui, I have my fair share of unpleasant experience with the so called Feng Shui expert , who visited my apartment and advice of various changes. To be fair with him, there were some improvement in my family life particularly my wife and son. The main problem with the expert is the unwillingness to share his knowledge , not even to paying customer ! When the consultation period was over, it is even more difficult to extract anymore Feng Shui knowledge from him. I have paid quite a few hundreds and all I get are instructions without explanation. I have no idea which "house" I belong, what is my "bai zi" , where are the good direction etc. I have read a few books by Lillian Too on DIY feng shui but I am always doubtful whether it is the right interpretation and whether I have applied correctly. Having found this site was a blessing because now I can have someone to guide me along.

Please keep up the great work. " Ang Jen