Feng Shui elements – The Metal Element and its relation to other elements

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HomeFeng Shui Knowledge & Wisdom Cycles of Elements Metal

The Metal Element
The five element thoeryEnergy is neither created nor destroyed; it constantly changes from phase to phase. The Five Element Theory explains how Chi cycles in nature, and how the same energy flowing through five elements is the reason that everything around us is connected and has the potential to affect our well being.

Over the years, Feng Shui has emerged as a multi-disciplinary study encompassing architecture, urban planning, geography, Chinese astrology, electromagnetism, landscape design, and environmental psychology. Science today, provides a strong basis for time tested Feng Shui principles. Though most of the principles of Feng Shui have much to offer in terms of regaining balance, the interpretations or solutions that are offered aren’t always correct.

The five elements, as recognized by the Chinese, play an important part in good Feng Shui, just as yin and yang and Chi do. We want to ensure that whatever we surround ourselves with is in balance. The same principle is applied while decorating with symbols of the elements.

Metal as the symbol of wealth and protection

Metal is associated with both wealth and protection. Think of all the weapons made from metal. Metal cures are often used to ward off evil influences. Some practitioners use metal in conjunction with other protectors, such as deities and animal images, or those of mythical creatures.

In Feng Shui terms, metal is a symbol of organization and holds its form well. Although gold is the premium metal, there are many different types of metal we can use. Pewter is considered by many to be second only to gold. Some metals which can be used for Feng Shui are:
  • Stainless steel
  • Aluminum
  • Brass
  • Sterling silver
  • Silver plate
  • Iron
  • White metal
When we include metal in our décor, we need to be careful of sharp edges. As you probably already know from your Feng Shui studies, sharp corners in a room are to be avoided. We need to look for nice round edges on our metal enhancements.

Besides the potential problem of sharp corners, using metal as a Feng Shui enhancement requires a great deal of care because it can have both positive and negative effects. For example, a metal sword can serve as protection but if placed haphazardly around children it can be dangerous. Gold and silver can show great wealth and attract admirers but they also attract burglars and robbers.

One good thing about using this element for enhancement is the innovations possible from creative and clever use. If you want to add metal to a room, there are a number of ways and many different items that create an attractive modern looking or an abstract display.

Metal is associated with money and perhaps the most frequent form that the element is used in is Chinese coins. These coins are round with a square cut in the center. This makes it easy to tie several together with red ribbon or thread. People often place a group of three connected coins in their cash drawers, appointment books, or with their business records. They are considered especially auspicious for attracting wealth.

Metal wind chimes help us in more than one way. Yes, they provide the element, but the musical sounds they make soothe us and make our environment more pleasant. You can hang them outside on the porch or patio, or near a window that you frequently open to let in air.

The flow of energy between five elementsThe various elements all interact together and have a hierarchy. The compatibility of elements with each other is determined by their cycles, which can be either destructive or constructive. Metal can harm earth; think about digging in the ground with a shovel for example. Keep in mind however, that all things connected to Feng Shui are related with balance and harmony. As an example, if you have a room that suffers from too much wood energy or influence, then placing metal in strategic places will help tone down the wood.

Don’t make the mistake of thinking of one element as being better than another. Elements are neither bad nor good in themselves. As with the concept of yin and yang, Chi, and the other related components of Feng Shui, their interactions create positive or negative atmospheres or feelings.

Each element is present in the universe and in our bodies. Elements are also found in our food.

Foods rich in metal

Foods like tofu, rice, raw onions, garlic, radish, turnip, kohlrabi, cinnamon, mint, rosemary, scallions, cloves, fennel, anise, dill, mustard greens, horseradish, mustard, basil, nutmeg are considered metal foods. These foods have a dispersing effect and promote energy circulation. They mostly benefit sluggish, damp, lethargic, and cold people. Like the metal food there are metal people; these people love minimalism and are organized, clean, and contained. They live simply or in a regal way.

Metal colors are white and all metallic shades: gold, silver, chrome, brass, and bronze. The associated direction is west, and its organs are the lungs, skin, and hair. Past, future and aesthetics are the values associated with metal. The things we have discussed are only a few of the physical aspects of Feng Shui. Over the years so much has been added to Feng Shui that it has become difficult for people to separate the chaff from the grain.

To attain balance is the principle that applies to all branches, schools of thought, and practices of Feng Shui. There can be no balance better than the internal balance you can achieve through practicing The Spiritual Feng ShuiTM, the practice that involves attaining universal harmony and spiritual contentment. You have to believe in it to experience its magic work on you. Keep your heart open and reach out!

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