Feng Shui: Understanding The Water Element

The water element, both graceful and gentle, is simultaneously one of the most powerful forces of nature. Water has the ability to take on many forms, either flowing with ease past obstacles or forcefully washing away and destroying whatever stands in its path. This same element can exist as a vaporous gas or a solid brick of ice. Water is, indeed, the Queen of All Elements. If you are craving flow, freshness, and freedom in your life and home, then the water element is calling.

What Is The Water Element?

Water gives you a place to regenerate yourself, a spiritual and physical wellspring of refreshing nourishment. It can be still and reflective, or it can be moving and changing. The water element is predominantly represented by the color black, but can also be represented by dark blues, reflective surfaces, grays, and even shades of purple. Shapes that harness the water element tend to have curved edges.

How To Incorporate The Water Element

The water element can welcome the flow of chi, help reach new depths of your soul, and new heights in your abundance. In this way the water element bodes well in entryways and career or altar areas of your home. It is also important to remember how to balance the water element. Metal will nourish the water element and boost creativity, while water in turn will nourish the wood element. If you sense too much water, the earth element can control and create boundaries where the water flows. Remember to balance all the elements when showcasing a particular one. Too much water, with it’s yin energy, can lead to lethargy and depression.

Decorating With The Water Element

  • Flowing, Wavy, or Sinuous Shapes: Water is connected to wavy, undulating and formless shapes. You can find this in textured objects or on blankets, table linens, pillows, or other decor that includes a pattern of undulating waves.
  • Black, Blues, or Other Dark Colors: Try adding black throw pillows, art, furniture, accent walls, vases, or other accessories to add more water to your home. You can also try deep charcoal gray or navy blue.
  • Mirrors, Glass, Crystals: The reflective surface of mirrors and glass represent the stillness of water. These make excellent additions to your home.
  • Water Fountains: Water fountains placed at the entry of your home are a beautiful addition to your space. The soothing sound is calming and also welcomes the flow of chi into the home. Tabletop fountains, wall mounted fountains, or even outdoor fountains are all excellent options.

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