The Chinese words "Feng" and "Shui" translated mean "wind" and "water," respectively. Simply put, Feng Shui is the system of combining elements that are in harmony with each other.
What are the Elements in Feng Shui?
Many belief systems have incorporated an elemental theory. In Feng Shui, the elements are represented by Earth, Water, Fire, Wood, and Metal.
Each of the five elements has its own energy, and when those energies are combined, they can bring about a positive or negative result. These energies can work for you if you use them in your personal environment (home or office) to introduce positive changes in your life.
What Does Yin/Yang Mean, and How is it Used in Feng Shui?
Everything in the universe is composed of light and dark forces: Yin and Yang. They are feminine and masculine, respectively. These are two powerful, yet opposite, forces that work together and cannot exist on their own because there can be no light without darkness. Feminine Yin is dark and negative, while masculine Yang is light and positive. Feng Shui is used to balance Yin and Yang energies in all aspects of a person's life, such as home, work, relationships, etc.
To practice Feng Shui for the Chinese Zodiac, follow the suggestions below for each animal sign.
In Chinese mythology, rats are very likable and represent wealth. People born in the year of the Rat will attract their fortune with the help of the Water element. To do it, get yourself a goldfish and position the fish tank in the north corner of your home or office. If you are not ready to get a pet, you can use another Water item, such as a fountain. Good fortune will see it and arrive at your place in no time.
2021 is the year of the Ox. People of this year can welcome good luck into their lives by relying on the power of the Fire element. Ceramic cups, bowls, figurines, or anything baked in a kiln can be used to represent Fire. Place one of the articles mentioned above in the northwest corner of your bedroom to make sure Dame Fortune smiles upon you.
The Tiger is a powerful personality, both courageous and dedicated. To invite good fortune into your life, initiate a positive change by placing the Earth element in the northwest corner of your bedroom. The most straightforward representation of Earth is a potted plant. If it is flowering or has fruit, it will be even more effective.
Those born under the Chinese sign of the Rabbit should add an Earth element to their environment to attract fortune into their lives. An important thing here is that that 'fortune magnet' should be inconspicuous. Anything that is mined from the Earth can be used to represent it. Jade is, so it is a perfect item to attract luck. Place a jade stone or anything carved from jade in the northeast corner of your bedroom to invite good fortune into your life.
The fiery Dragon needs its opposite—Water—to achieve good fortune, wealth, and good health. Place a basin full of fresh water and a handful of soil from the northwest corner of your property in your bedroom to attract good luck. Add a couple of lotus flowers to boost the power of attraction. The pretty blossoms represent purity, enlightenment, self-regeneration, and rebirth.
For those born in the year of the Snake, Metal is the magnet for good fortune. Gold or silver jewelry—pendants, earrings, or bracelets—or other ornaments can be the Metal element in your environment. A metal sculpture placed on a desk or table in the western corner of your bedroom or office will help attract luck. Carrying gold coins in your purse or pockets will also attract auspiciousness for snakes. It is even believed that wearing anything made of gold or silver will guarantee that Snakes won't have to be concerned about clothes or food, even if their income leaves much to be desired.
The Horse is a majestic and sacred animal. People born in the year of the Horse need a Metal element to attract good luck and fortune. They also need to focus on the northwest direction if they want to increase their wealth. Place a metal statue of some kind—bronze, sterling, silver, etc.—in the northwest corner of your bedroom to attract good luck in your career and life in general. One of the most frequently used Metal objects for this purpose is a bronze toad with coins.
People born in the year of the Goat need a Wood element to draw good luck. Place a box made of mahogany, pine, oak, or ash in the north corner of your office. If you want to increase success in your profession, add an element to the box that pertains to your line of work. For a chef, it can be something as simple as a spoon.
People born in the year of the Monkey need a Wood element to attract good fortune. To invite good luck, health, and wealth into your life, place a plant with a wooden stem like a bonsai tree, basil plants, or rosemary in the western corner of your house. These suggestions will work for any space, but if you have enough room, choose a plant that is taller than you for a more pronounced effect.
People born in the year of the Rooster are fierce and decisive in their careers. To encourage good fortune into your personal and professional life, place the seeds of any grass into a container representing Earth (a ceramic pot, for example) in the northeast corner of your home or office. It would be best if the container is enameled and colored dark red. The seeds will symbolize endless opportunities and the decisions yet to be taken that will help Dame Fortune notice you, pay a visit, and decide that she's come to stay.
People born in the year of the Dog are advised to steer clear of Earth and Water elements in their environment. They do not create a balance in a Dog's life. On the contrary, the Wood element will do you a lot of good. You can bring in a piece of wooden furniture to add to your home decor. You can also use a wooden cigar box or carving to represent your element. Or you can bring simple tree branches and include them in the interior of your home or office. However, you can't plant them or put them into a vase since the combination of Water and Earth does not work for you.
Those born under the Chinese sign of the Pig are hard, diligent workers. To bring good luck and wealth into your life, you need to add the Fire element. It can be something made of clay and baked in a kiln, like a ceramic teapot and cups. Place them on a tray, which should also be ceramic, in the southeast corner of your living room.
You may have to employ some creative thinking if you can't find a representation of the elements mentioned in your reading. Feel free to use variations: candles for Fire (as long as you are in the room), a fountain for Water, a coin for Metal, a tree branch for wood, and something as simple as a handful of soil for Earth. And let your energies always run in perfect harmony and balance!