The water element (shui) is the second most important element in feng shui after the air element (wind). In the five-element theory, the water element is first in the creative cycle. Life starts with water. Water covers about 80% of the Earth (it should be called the Water, not the Earth). Our bodies are mostly made of water. Humans can’t live for long without water. Water is key to everything from our bodies to transport, to prosperity and opportunities in general. Countries, cities and towns with access to water or rivers thrive more than the ones which don’t have that environmental feature.
Learn how to use water feng shui adjustments to create more opportunities for any area of your life, career, prosperity, relationships and more…
Five elements model
The five elements/energies are symbols of the relative attributes of manifestations of energy – physical and mental. This is the backbone of Chinese medicine and astrology. The five-element theory describes five elements or energies that are important for life ie water, wood/tree, fire, earth and metal. There are two cycles or energetic movements: one creative and supportive and the other which is controlling. The water element supports a wood/tree element.
Think of them symbolically. In your work, start to distinguish between the physical energies of water, tree, fire, earth and metal and the symbolic representation of that energy. For example, a wooden, curvy chair is made of the physical energy of the tree and can symbolically a water quality because of its shape. A metal spoon is made up of the physical energy of metal and has a water quality because of its shape. A fountain is physically made up of water but symbolically has tree/wood energy because of its uplifting movement. Observe these energies around you and the people whom you are visiting. How have these energies served a positive role in people’s lives? Invite these energies to come alive in your own home.
The Water element can be represented by actual water or symbolic images or symbols. Some physical objects have the quality of water; for example, glass and mirrors are the quality of water.
The significance of rivers from ancient Egypt to today have been researched extensively. Rivers, such as the Amazon, the Nile, the Tiber, and the Thames, shaped our world in many ways, built kingdoms and also destroyed civilisations. The first settlements and societies originated along rivers such as the Nile, the Tigris and the Euphrates. Water appeared on this planet some four billion years ago and since then provided natural capital, access (political control), transportation, territory (the Rio Grande between the US and Mexico), wellness and power (China’s Three Gorges Dam). In short, rivers factually and metaphorically mean power and prosperity. How rivers made history, read Rivers of Power: How a Natural Force Raised Kingdoms, Destroyed Civilizations, and Shapes Our Worl by
“The tree that is beside the running water is fresher and gives more fruit.”
Saint Teresa of Avila
Water in the bagua model = opportunities and career prospects
The career, vocation and opportunity sector in the bagua model is represented with the water element. This is the first place to look when you need more opportunities and career prospects.
Water features such as fish tanks, fountains, ponds, birdbaths, etc will enhance and boost the water bagua sector, which is an important area of life. If the actual water can’t be used, the symbolic or pictorial images of water can be used successfully used there too. Posters or pictures with water, rivers, lakes or koi carp points are excellent remedies to boost your opportunities and career prospects.
Water features in feng shui
Water features in your garden or home can enhance the water element in your environment. A well-placed water feature in your garden can act as a focal point, add more intrigue and mystery as well as lessen the noise of urban living. Moving water will make your home or garden more alive – full of positive chi. The sound of moving water can have a calming effect. There are many types of water features, such as metal, glass, stone, crystal, marble, and so on and these can make different water sound effects such as almost silent, drip, trickle, dribble and natural brook sounds. Make sure that you can live with these sounds and that you can adjust the pump to the right level for you. There are three types of garden water features: wall-mounted, ground-levelled and freestanding.
Water features are not ponds, so practical considerations are important: pump breaks, water evaporation, electricity cables on show, etc – there are solar power water features which solve the problem of electrical cables. Invest in a good quality water feature that will last.
Examples of water features:
Inexpensive: Gardman Sandstone Swirl Water Feature
Expensive ceramic water features
Inexpensive to an expensive range of 500 water features
Grand water features for large gardens
Expensive water features
Water = opportunity
Why does water represent opportunities? Opportunity is a blessing presented to you and for you to take advantage of. Water is fluid and curries chi /qi/prana/charge. Watch the clip below to see how charge (chi/qi) affects water and moves it. Water attracts charge and energy, so you can use your body-mind-soul can use it for manifestation.
Mirrors = water element
One way that water expands your opportunities is through its expanding energy. Mirrors have the quality of water element and they expand space. So if you can’t have water features or water images, place a mirror there. You can use full-size mirrors or little ornamental mirrors to expand space (and opportunities) or attract extra energy respectively.
How to use water feng shui adjustments?
Depending on your needs and wants, you can use water element differently in different areas of the bagua in your home or workplace.
1) Decide on what you want.
2) Check which areas of the bagua would be appropriate for your water intervention.
3) Choose the best water remedy ie water feature, water image, mirror or object with the water quality.
4) If you’re into nature’s cycles or astrology, you can choose the best date for your feng shui intervention. The general rule of thumb for boosting opportunities – do it when the moon is waxing (getting bigger) and when you want to drain or negate certain aspects of your life, do it during the waning phase of the moon cycle.
5) Observe and notice the results. Remember: feng shui = intention + energy + ritual. If you’re not getting the results you want, check first if that’s you and your energy and your mindsets that might be blocking the manifestation. Very seldom, it’s the ritual that is to blame for the lack of results.
What if I don’t like the water features or it’s not possible to have them?
There are many ways of washing dishes and the same applies in feng shui. You can find something that works for you and is in harmony with the decor of your home or workplace, and is your personal preference. Water images, such as rivers, sea, lakes, etc, as well as fish, have similar quality of the water element.
On your feng shui body level, hydration is very important for keeping the water element working on all levels and boosting your chi/energy.
Experts estimate that up to 75 percent of the population is dehydrated and dehydration contributes to:
- low energy, fatigue
- brain cells shrivelling up
- enlarged ventricles
- brain working harder with poor results
- impaired cognition and attention
- forgetfulness and speech problems
Watch this video below where Dr. Dana Cohen, author of “Quench: Beat Fatigue, Drop Weight, and Heal Your Body Through the New Science of Optimum Hydration.” on how to beat fatigue and heal your body through optimum hydration. Or read/download the transcript of the interview.
If you’re not sure how to use the water enhancements in feng shui – call your feng shui expert or me on +44 7956 288574.