The Five Elements
The five elements are constantly interacting with each other in cycles. It is important that you know these cycles, because it affects how you’re going to arrange your living quarters.
• Metal produces water (think of moisture condensing on a cold can of soda on a hot day)
• Water nourishes wood (without water, wood will die)
• Wood feeds fire (without fuel, fire cannot burn)
• Fire creates earth (as the fire burns, it produces a pile of ashes; think of a volcano becoming a mountain)
• Earth produces metal (metal is extracted from the earth)
Use this cycle when you want to increase the effect of an element in a particular space.
If you wanted to enhance your love life you would place a lava lamp (fire), next to a bouquet of roses (wood) next to a clock (metal) next to a painting of fish (water) in the Southwest (the love sector) corner of your bedroom.
If you wanted to become famous you would enhance the Southern wall of your home by painting it red and then placing red lights (fire) next to a bunch of bamboo (wood) next to a trophy (metal) next to fountain (water).
If you wanted to increase your prosperity you would enhance the Southwestern wall or corner with red lights (fire) next to a jade plant (wood) next to a bowl of coins (metal) next to an aquarium filled with goldfish or a picture depicting goldfish.
If you wanted to improve your health, you would concentrate on the center area of your house by making sure objects are placed in a clockwise fashion. An example for a mantelpiece or dining room table would be a candle (fire) placed next to a bowl of fruit (wood) placed next to silver salt and pepper shakers (metal) placed next to a vase filled with a water and a flower (water)