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Five Elements: Productive and Destructive


The easiest way to keep your life moving is to use feng shui that brings energy and colors to achieve the desired results. Color is very powerful as it serves as a light and many spaces starve for it. Feng shui is a well-known ancient Chinese system of aesthetics which deals with Heaven and Earth.

The principle of Five Elements is one of the basic principles of feng shui. These elements interact with their selves in a certain way. Feng shui and the elements such as Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water is generally connected in a way which called as Productive and Destructive cycles. This cycle shows that Wood is connected to Fire which is connected to Earth, Earth is connected to Metal, Metal to water and Water to Wood.

Feng shui elements

These two main cycles of interaction called Productive and Destructive cycles plays a very significant role in feng shui. Productive is the cycle of creation and Destructive is the cycle of destruction. Productive or Creative cycle is applicable only when you need to strengthen a particular element. Productive cycle shows that Water nurtures wood, wood nurtures fire, fire nurtures earth, earth nurtures metal and metal nurtures Water. The other cycle called Destructive cycle can be used to weaken a certain element. Its cycle shows that water weakens fire, fire weakens metal, metal weakens wood, wood weakens earth and earth weakens water.

Color is the most common and easiest way to use the five elements principle to bring more harmony into space. The ability to use color to balance and strengthen your environment is a complex feng shui subject. The proper placement of feng shui colors is defined by the feng shui energy map or by the well-known Ba-Gua. Here are the feng shui and the elements that correspond in each color:
• Green and Brown for wood.
• Red, Strong Yellow, Orange, Purple and pink represents Fire.
• Light Yellow, Sandy or Earthy, Light Brown for Earth.
• White and Gray represents the color of Metal.
• Blue and Black for Water.

Feng shui styled living

When you come up to a decision of applying the feng shui theory, it is natural to see an element representing specific piece of décor item. Aside from color, Feng shui can be expressed in shapes such as:
• Rectangular for Wood.
• Triangular for Fire.
• Square for Earth.
• Round for Metal.
• Wavy for Water.

The more time and effort you have exerted in playing with feng shui, the more chance you have to see how it applies to each area of your home. Sooner, you will know how to decorate your home in a way that it can nurture and support the health and well-being of your loved ones.

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