In the 5 Elements concept, we have three different cycles, namely: generating cycle, weakening cycle, and controlling cycle. The colors to avoid in the eight sectors of your home or any living space are principally adhering to the controlling cycle… see following table.
|Elements||Directions / sectors||Principal colors to avoid|
|Wood||east and southeast||white, silver, gold|
|Fire||south||dark blue, black|
|Earth||northeast and southwest||green, blue, jade green|
|Metal||west and northwest||red, pink, orange, purple|
Before we continue with the colors of the five elements; perhaps I should just briefly describe what the five elements are.
The Five Elements (in Chinese: Wu Xing) are another important concept of Feng Shui besides Yin and Yang. They are: water, wood, fire, earth, and metal. The Chinese people believe that these five elements influence our daily lives and our environment through their constant interaction of energies, thus harmonizing and balancing our bodies, homes and environment. Almost everything can be classified under one of these five elements.
Here are the main colors of the five elements:
Water : dark blue, black
Wood : green, blue, jade green
Fire : red, pink, orange, purple
Earth : brown, yellow
Metal : white, silver, gold
I’ll write about what colors to avoid in which sectors later…
Feng Shui is not interior decoration, however, a good color scheme can help promote good feng shui in your house or apartment. Before you decide on what color scheme is most suitable for your home, some knowledge about the compass drection and the five elements would come in handy. Here’s what you should know:
South: fire element
Southwest / Northeast : earth element
West / Northwest : metal element
North : water element
East / Southeast : wood element
Next week, I’ll introduce the colors of the five elements. Stay tuned…
In traditional Feng Shui consultations, remedies with forms and shapes are more commonly recommended than with colors. For example, if you need to enhance wood element in a living room, we would introduce a tall live plant instead of paint a wall green. The reason being a live plant injects yang energy into a living space, furthermore, it is 100% wood element as it is tall and green. The remedy effect wil be felt instantly. Painting a wall green makes a beautiful decor, the effect is of a lesser force. The use of colors is recommended when no objects in forms and shapes can represent the much needed element.
I just wanted to name the three animals in each triangular combination so you know who is involved. They are:
Shen (monkey) – Zi (rat) – Chen (dragon) "give birth" to water;
Hai (pig) – Mao (rabbit) – Wei (goat) "give birth" to wood;
Yin (tiger) – Wu (horse) – Xu (dog) "give birth" to fire;
Si (snake) – You (rooster) – Chou (ox) "give birth" to metal
"Give birth" does not mean that all the three animals will transform to the named element, it just means that it represents very strong energy of that particular element.
Have a lucky day!