‘Spring is an invigorating time of rebirth and new beginnings; to make the best of this powerfully charged time of year, we must also clear away the stagnant energy that has accumulated around us during the stillness of winter’ – Zoë Taylor-Crane
There is no denying that our lives and homes have been under unique pressure this year which makes the promise of Spring and the fresh energy it brings, even more appealing. Aligning with nature, there is no better time to draw upon the power of new beginnings.
One of the basic principles of feng shui is the principle of five elements, which are Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water. These archetypal nature energies interact between themselves, resulting in either productive or destructive cycles of energy.
It’s important to keep in mind that it’s a healthy balance/representation of these elements, in a productive cycle that is the goal for a harmonious space. The productive cycle is where Water nourishes Wood, Wood nourishes Fire, Fire nourishes Earth, Earth nourishes Metal and Metal nourishes Water. The destructive cycle is where Water weakens Fire, Fire weakens Metal, Metal weakens Wood, Wood weakens Earth and Earth weakens Water.
Each element corresponds to a different season, color, shape, organ system, foods, herbs and just about anything else you can imagine. Spring is the season of Wood energy.
New life emerging and green shoots of young plants are celebrations of Wood energy. This energy can help you initiate projects and ‘branch out’ in new directions. There is great strength yet flexibility in the Wood element (think bamboo) and the upward growth and movement of the Wood element can be used to support breakthroughs, and overcome or rise above obstacles.
Easy ways to introduce or activate the Wood element at home are:
- Bringing in fresh, healthy plants.
- Removing any ‘dead wood’ literally and symbolically.
- Clutter clearing to create space for new energy and opportunities.
- Opening your windows regularly to let the fresh air flow.
- Adding accessories made of wood.
- Introducing green and brown colours, and or rectangular shapes.
Keep in mind, you want a balance of all of the elements. If you are feeling angry or there are arguments and bickering within your family it could be a sign of too much Wood energy. This is easily be corrected by introducing some Fire energy via red colours or even candles.
Learning to tweak and adjust your environment from a five element perspective can be a fun and rewarding journey. Luckily, Spring is also a perfect time to start learning something new!