Over generations it was noted that Water “fed” plants, giving them strength and nutrients and in time producing the element Wood. Wood was burned in the Fire for fuel, creating something that looked very much like the element Earth. Contained within the Earth were precious metals like gold and so it appeared that the Earth element gave birth to the element of Metal. Cold Metal forms condensation and so the Metal element holds Water, where the cycle begins again.
Thus what we call the Creative Cycle was observed, described and accessed.
There are three parts to the 5 Element Cycle; Creative, Control and Destructive. As well as giving birth to their respective child elements, those same child elements reduce the force of their parent elements in a Reductive, or control Cycle. Additionally, each Element destroys another: Water puts out Fire; Fire melts Metal; Metal cuts Wood; Wood breaks Earth. This is known as the Destructive Cycle.
Feng Shui is all about harmonizing these elements in every aspect. Each person is ruled by an element according to their year of birth. These means that the element they are 'ruled by' will give them strength.
When analyzing a person’s Feng Shui, we take their element into account and fit them into their living and working spaces in order for them to reach their full potential. We look to harmonize that person with their environment, by balancing out each of the sectors with them and their respective element. The aim is always to achieve a ‘creative’ cycle. We can also use the elements to draw off excessive energies that are unwanted, or to feed a sector that is lacking.
When a person is aware of their own element, they can use it to their benefit by carrying a ‘totem’ which represents their element. This will then support and strengthen them as they go about their daily lives.
The Chinese 5 Elements in the Birthing Space:
Use the elements to support you. Find out what your element is through the Feng Shui technique of finding your Lo shu number associated with your birth year. Use the associated element to support you in the birthing space. Carry it with you as your own personal talisman in the form of an object, shape or colour...whatever appeals to you the most as a representative of your element. This will help strengthen you, as well as give you a focus throughout the birth process.
For example...if you are an earth element, a crystal is ideal. Find one that resonates with you the most. I always find rose quartz hearts to be ideal for birth, due to their shape and what they represent. Cleanse your crystal in salt water, recharge it under a full moon and then put your energy and intention into it for the birth. Do not allow anyone to hold it, as it is then programmed for you. Make sure you take it to the birth with you and use it as a focal point as labour intensifies. The same can be done with all other elements. Purpose and intention is really important if your desire is to have a sacred, supported birth.
Entry taken from 'Creating Sacred Space with Feng Shui' by Faye Read. To work out your number and element and discover your best directions for maximum support, download your copy HERE