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.
The ancient peoples of Asia regarded the heavens, earth, and themselves as part of one holistic system known as Feng Shui, or “good fortune”. 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 food, 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.
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
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.
Mala Beads for Earth Element: I Am Confident features Tigers Eye
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.
Mala Beads for Fire Element: Initiative Aries Mala with Carnelian, Amethyst, Robles Wood
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
Mala Beads for Metal Element: Insight Mala features Snow Quartz, Amethyst, Agate
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.
Mala Beads for Water Element: Confidence Mala features Sodalite, Onyx, Aventurine
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
Mala Beads for Wood Element: Abundance Tree features Peridot, New Jade, Rosewood
Since ancient times a New Moon has represented beginnings and a fresh start. You typically can’t see a new moon in the sky without special equipment. During this phase, the moon is in conjunction with the sun as it's dark side faces Earth. Some people consider the thin crescent moon visible in the western sky at sunset to also be a representation of a new moon.