Monday, November 28, 2022

Nature’s Relationship With Feng Shui

Nature’s Relationship with Feng Shui

Feng Shui originated in China, and the Chinese have influenced it. One of these influences has to do with nature. Nature is at the very heart of Feng Shui. But most decision-making depends not only on the five elements (wood, fire, earth, metal, and water), but the seasons of nature affect every aspect of Feng Shui. To understand the elements and their function, you must understand nature’s relationship with Feng Shui.

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Seasons

There are 24 seasons, and each season lasts approximately two weeks:

Winter

  • Winter: November 7
  • Light Snow: November 22
  • Heavy Snow: December 7
  • Winter Solstice: December 22
  • Slight Cold: January 7
  • Great Cold: January 20
  • Spring: February 5
  • The Rains: February 18
  • Insects Awaken: March 5
  • Vernal Equinox: March 21
  • Clear and Bright: April 5
  • Grain Rain: April 21
  • Summer: May 5
  • Grain Buds: May 21
  • Grains in Ear: June 5

Summer

  • Summer Solstice: June 21
  • Slight Heat: July 7
  • Great Heat: July 23
  • Autumn: August 8
  • Stopping the Heat: August 23
  • White Dews: September 7
  • Autumn Equinox: September 22
  • Cold Dews: October 8
  • Hoar-Frost Falls: October 23

So, each of the 24 seasons occurs in nature. Some have to do with the harvest, such as “grain buds” and “grains in the ear,” while others have to do with the weather, such as “light” and “heavy” snow or “stopping the heat.” Another label the Chinese use is the sun’s phases in the sky, such as the equinoxes and solstices. This demonstrates how in touch with nature the Chinese were when they created and separated their seasons.

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Nature and Feng Shui

What does this have to do with Feng Shui? Feng Shui is the concept of balancing the five elements of nature: water, wood, fire, earth, and metal. By bringing these natural elements indoors, we provide ourselves with a connection with the world outside.

That is not to say you should sprinkle dirt and twigs on the carpet; it is far subtler than that. So before you begin on your journey, it is worth taking a closer look at each of these and how they interact with each other to understand the role nature plays in Feng Shui.

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 #1. Water element

Winter, a time of introspection and self-reflection, is much like the element of water. Your body slows down. You tend to want to bundle up and stay home; unfortunately, there are many holidays during that time of the year, which makes things very stressful because it is not natural.

The water element is symbolized in black and dark blue colors. It is also associated with wealth accumulation, in which you see so many water features such as fountains and Feng Shui homes.

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Too little water presence, and there are two possible problems: spiritual disengagement and lack of opportunities to gain wealth. The simple answer would be to flood your home with water element-related themes and colors.

One problem is that too much water will cause depression, excess weight, and fatigue. Feng Shui is about balance when all is well.

There are solutions. Water is boosted by metal consumed by wood. Adding one of these elements will help you attain the balance you are looking for.

 #2. Wood element

So spring, like the wood element, is a time of new growth and life. You shed the cloak of winter and explore the outdoors. Animals tend to find mates at this time, and plants grow and begin to bud. The wood element is symbolized in green and brown colors.

It is associated with health, happiness, and family relationships. Too little wood presence and life feel like it is stuck in neutral. Too much, and you may face difficulty making decisions and having empathy for others. Water boosts wood and is demolished by metal.

 #3. Fire element

As the fire element, summer is a time filled with heat .. Fire is powerful and may expand rapidly; therefore, it must be kept under control, just as our exposure to the sun needs to be monitored. Otherwise, we will have figurative or literal heat stroke or sunburns.

So the fire element is symbolized by reds, oranges, bright pink colors, triangles, and passion. But it is associated with power, fame, happiness, and social standing. Too little Fire in the home (or in one’s personal life) leads to low self-esteem, ambition, and even enjoyment of life.

Too much, and many things may go wrong, such as anxiety, overstimulation, not enough rest, arguments, irritability, or even working too hard or too much. Hence, wood enhances fire, sapped by the earth and destroyed by water.

 #4. Earth element

It is not associated with a particular season but with the times between the seasons. It is represented by earth-tone colors and square shapes and is associated with balance and connection with others.

Since too little earth makes you feel disconnected or unresponsive, the earth has enhanced the Fire destroyed by wood and consumed by metal.

 #5. Metal element

Autumn is a time to reflect on spring and summer’s business while plants and animals begin to shut down in preparation for the upcoming winter. But metal represents white and metallic colors.

Metal is impressive because it stimulates creativity, analytical thinking, and the inflow of wealth. Too much will be impulsiveness and not enough. It improves the earth and destroys Fire.

Nature is all around us, even those living in cities. But Feng Shui offers a chance to bring the seasons to life and experience the balance of nature’s elements. Adding things like plants with rounded leaves or live flowers of a particular color can do wonders for energy flow and our mindset.





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