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The Water Element
feng shui waterWhen we think of water we associate it with feelings of wetness and coldness. As an element, water is considered yang, or female. Feng Shui associates this element with emotion as well as the wisdom of our souls.

We see water every day whether in a glass we’re drinking from, or in oceans, rivers, and even the falling rain. Water’s color is black and its direction north.

This is a good time to remind you that Feng Shui literally means “wind” and “water,” so you can see that water is a meaningful element in our lives. Wind is said to disperse chi and water holds it. We are all mostly made up of water, as is the planet we live on. Water is where life is thought to have originated and it’s important for reproduction, without it it’s difficult for fertilization to take place.

feng shui practiceWater is the most plentiful element on the surface of our planet. Our bodies contain more water than anything else. Therefore, it’s obviously extremely important. To work best, water needs to move or flow. Stagnant water breeds rotting things and doesn’t fare well in any environment. Water in feng shui is usually used in a fountain or aquarium. Even very small decorative fountains for indoors can be very helpful. However, when using water in your environment, keep it fresh and clean.

Feng Shui associates water with prosperity

People always had an affinity for water. Major civilization were built near water. The most important cities are located near rivers or bodies of water. Houses or property located near water are considered more auspicious and have a capacity to fetch higher resale prices. Feng Shui has long associated water with prosperity, so much so that there is a vital connection between bathrooms and wealth.

Due to its association with prosperity, water element is frequently used for Feng Shui in the home. Outdoors, water can be stored in pools, ponds or displayed as fountains. Indoors, it can take the form of small inside-fountains, fish tanks and large bowls. The key thing in all of these applications is to keep the water clean, fresh, and moving. Fish in the fish tank help the water to circulate  The word "fish" in Mandarin Chinese is pronounced the same way as "excess". That's why rearing fish in water is the most effective way to bring you wealth, even an excess of wealth flowing in.

The location of your aquarium is also very important; according to the Feng Shui Bagua out of the four sectors of your house, the front and the back have the most major impact on your wealth.

The sector at the back of the house, where the bedrooms usually are, that should be kept peaceful and quiet. Since a fish tank symbolizes flow and movement, and therefore the flow of chi, it's recommended to place the aquarium in the front sector near the front door.

An Aquarium enhances energy flow

feng shui waterAccording to Feng Shui, the shape of your fish tank is an important factor. Buying a fish tank of the wrong shape may adversely affect people’s health. To avoid the poison arrows, Feng Shui recommends a circular fish tank; the circle belongs to the metal element. According to the constructive cycles of Five Elements, metal combines well with water.

Depending upon your personality element, Feng Shui also suggests you the number and kind of Fish you should have in your water tank. For example if you belong to the water element, you should have either one or six fish, and if you belong to earth element, you should have either five or ten fish.

Water, properly applied in Feng Shui can strengthen existing relationships, help to create new relationships, and even assist the overall prosperity of a home or building. One thing to remember is that if you place a fountain inside or outside, make sure it’s made of metal. Something from the earth such as clay will block the benefits of water.

Symbols of chinese astrologyAccording to Chinese Astrology those who are born under the influence of the water act with the assured fluidity of a river, affecting their environment with their strength and quiet charm. These people are creative and captivating, diplomatic and intuitive and have unusual power to persuade other people, like water that has to take things along with it. Feng Shui strives to maintain harmony within the human body, mind, spirit, and our environment. Most people are aware that our fragile water resources are in poor condition, having been damaged by industrial, agricultural, urban, and other sources of pollutants. Likewise, the wetlands, which naturally purify water, have been disappearing under the onslaught of development and construction. Water tables are shrinking from the demands of a very large population.

When talking about creating balance, we can’t ignore balance at an environmental level. If we disturb the natural balance of the environment by polluting it or building too many unnatural structures like heavy dams, the effects create havoc.

Similarly, if we concentrate too much on the physical aspects of Feng Shui, it can have a negative effect. Before looking at the balance of the things or elements in our house, it is essential to look first for the balance inside us. To create an environment from which to make changes outward, start by going inward. Take care that your body is well nurtured physically and spiritually, with prayer, meditation, exercise, and good nutrition. Take care that that there is no pollution in your mind; keeping a clean and tidy house honors the sanctity of your home. Similarly, keeping your mind clear (not clouded by negative thoughts or mental clutter) helps you to purify your soul.

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