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In this article, you will learn the basic principles of Feng Shui, discover your birth element and its symbolism, suggested colors, gemstones, and mala beads to compliment your meditation practice.

Feng Shui Basics

The ancient peoples of Asia regarded the heavens, earth, and themselves as part of one holistic system known as Feng Shui, or ‚Äúgood fortune‚ÄĚ. With this system, they established the five elements, which are categories for balancing everything in the Universe, including people.¬†Its foundation is to help man live in harmony with their environment or surroundings.

These elements, Earth, Fire, Water, Metal, and Wood interact with yin and yang creating different manifestations of chi, the life force energy in all beings, and the subtle vibration expressed by inanimate objects.

Feng Shui's holistic approach to life persists in abundance where health and medicine, lifestyle, and the journey of spiritual salvation are interconnected.

One of the integral parts of Feng Shui is a routine meditation practice, as you meditate over time this habit refreshes your spirit and promotes a sense of oneness with the universe, as well as aiding relaxation, reducing stress, and increasing harmony.

The Five Feng Shui Elements

Find Your Feng Shui Birth Element

To determine your Feng Shui element fInd your birth year below, then scroll down to learn about your element.

Earth Birth Year: 
1938 | 1939 | 1948 | 1949 | 1958 | 1959 | 1968 | 1969 |1978 | 1979 | 1988 | 1989 | 1998 | 1999 | 2008 | 2009 | 2018 | 2019

Fire Birth Year: 
1936 | 1937 | 1946 | 1947 | 1956 | 1957 | 1966 | 1967 | 1976 | 1977 | 1986 | 1987 | 1996 | 1997 | 2006 | 2007 | 2016 | 2017

Metal Birth Year: 
1940 | 1941 | 1950 | 1951 | 1960 | 1961 | 1970 | 1971 | 1980 | 1981 | 1990 | 1991 | 2000 | 2001 | 2010 | 2011

Water Birth Year: 
1933 | 1942 | 1943 | 1952 | 1953 | 1962 | 1963 | 1972 | 1973 | 1982 | 1983 | 1992 | 1993 | 2002 | 2003 | 2012 | 2013 

Wood Birth Year: 
1934 | 1944 | 1945 | 1954 | 1955 | 1964 | 1965 | 1974 | 1975 | 1984 | 1985 | 1994 | 1995 | 2004 | 2005 | 2014 | 2015 

EarthEarth Element

Earth symbolizes fairness, wisdom, and instinct. Earth is a nurturing environment that enables living things to grow. It supports and interacts with each of the other elements. Earth people are loyal dependable and patient. The Earth person is practical and a tower of strength during a crisis. They prefer to take their time. Patient and steady, they naturally possess a great deal of inner strength.

Earth Colors: Yellow | Orange | Brown

Gemstones for Earth Element:
Citrine | Jasper | Mahogany Obsidian | Sunstone | Tigers Eye 

Mala Beads for Earth Element: Obsidian Aegis features Tigers Eye, Mahoghany Obsidian, Onyx

Obsidian Aegis Mala Necklace

FireFire Element

The symbol of fire is summer and heat, it can bring light, warmth, and happiness or it can erupt with great violence. Fire stands for honor and fairness. Fire people are innovative and passionate, they crave action and are natural-born leaders. Fire people dislike rules and have a great sense of humor. 

Fire Colors: Red | Purple

Gemstones for Fire Element:
Amethyst  | Garnet | Red Jasper | Rhodonite | Rose Quartz    

Mala Beads for Fire Element: Initiative Aries Mala with Carnelian, Amethyst, Robles Wood

Amethyst & Carnelian Mala Beads for Fire Element Feng Shui

MetalMetal Element

Metal symbolizes autumn and strength, it represents communication, brilliant ideas, and justice. In nature, it represents solidity and the ability to contain objects. Metal people are strong and intuitive, they pursue their ambitions with great strides and like to be organized, all the while being independent and content.  

Metal Colors: White | Silver

Gemstones for Metal Element:
Moonstone | Obsidian | Howlite | Snow Quartz

Mala Beads for Metal Element: Follow Your Bliss Mala features Howlite, Amazonite, Lepidolite, and Moonstone

WaterWater Elements

The Water element symbolizes winter, gentle rain, or a storm. Water represents intuition, art, and beauty. Water people are artistic and sympathetic, they nurture and support with understanding.

Water Colors: Blue | Black

Gemstones for Water Element:
Azurite | Blue Aventurine | Lapis Lazuli | Obsidian | Onyx | Sodalite

Mala Beads for Water Element: Confidence Mala features Sodalite, Onyx, Aventurine

Mala Beads for the Water Element Feng Shui

WoodWood Element

Wood symbolizes spring and life. Sturdy as an oak in its Yang form and supple as a succulent in Yin, wood energy is expansive and versatile. Wood people are enthusiastic and artistic, they have brilliant ideas with outgoing personalities. Before committing to a plan they like to visualize, then undertake tasks with enthusiasm.

Wood Colors: Green

Gemstones for Wood Element:
Agate | Green Aventurine | Green Calcite | Jade | Peridot

Mala Beads for Wood Element: Abundance Tree Mala features Serpentine, Rosewood, Peridot

Earth Element Feng Shui - Abundance Tree Mala

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