The 5 Feng Shui Elements: Fire, Earth, Metal, Water & Wood

5 Elements of Chinese Astrology and Feng Shui: Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, Wood - AstroTwins

The 5 elements of nature—water, wood, fire, earth and metal—bring different energies into your living or work space. Decorate according to these properties, and you’ll enhance the Feng Shui flow.

What are the 5 Elements of Feng Shui?

In Feng Shui, just like in astrology, the “elements” of nature are an essential part of the practice. Feng Shui uses them to decode the energy in your home. In astrology, we use nature’s elements to understand people’s temperaments.

Western astrology divides the zodiac sign into four elements: fire, earth, air, and water. Feng Shui, like Chinese astrology, distinguishes five elements: fire, earth, metal, water, and wood. Various regions of the Feng Shui bagua map correspond with each element.

Each element is associated with specific colors, shapes, and energy. Adding shapes, colors, and energy to the regions of a home or room with these elements can enhance harmony and improve the flow of energy.

Parents & Offsprings: The 5-Element Cycle of Life

Each element has an element that creates it (the “parent”) and an element that is created by it (the “offspring”). For example, the fire element is created by wood (parent). Fire creates earth (offspring). Water destroys fire.

Parent Nourishes & Creates (Offspring) Destroys & Controls
Water Wood Fire
Wood Fire Earth
Fire Earth Metal
Earth Metal Water
Metal Water Wood

Feng Shui Fire ElementPin


Energy: Pulsating, energy, vitality (yang)

Shape: Triangular

Colors: Red shades, pinks

Season: Summer

Design Ideas to Activate Flow/Energy:  Lights, candles, candelabras, a fireplace; hang a painting or sculpture with a bold splash of red or triangle shapes


Feng Shui Earth ElementPin


Energy:  Stability, nurturing, sustaining

Shape: Square

Colors: Orange, yellow, earth tones

Season: Transition of seasons

Design Ideas to Activate Flow/Energy:  Terra cotta pots, ceramics, soft fabrics and colors


Feng Shui Metal ElementPin


Energy: Focus, direct, contracting

Shape: Round

Colors: Grey, pastels, white

Season: Autumn

Design Ideas to Activate Flow/Energy: Metal objects, metallic finishes and fixtures


Feng Shui Water ElementPin


Energy: Fluid

Shape: Wavy

Colors: Black, dark tones

Season: Winter

Design Ideas to Activate Flow/Energy: Fountains, fish tanks, mirrors


Feng Shui Wood 5 Elements AstroTwins Kate MacKinnonPin


Energy: Changing, growth, sprouting

Shape: Rectangular, columnar

Colors: Green shades

Season: Spring

Design Ideas to Activate Flow/Energy: Plants, wood flooring and furniture, sculpture

Meet Kate MacKinnon

Kate MacKinnon of Home Reset and Everyday Feng ShuiPinKate MacKinnon, Certified Feng Shui Practitioner and founder of Creative Feng Shui, combines the eastern practice of Feng Shui with a western aesthetic to create spaces of elegance and beauty that also transform lives. Since 2001, Kate has successfully consulted for individuals and businesses, bringing the power and magic of Feng Shui to homes, offices, buildings all over the world. Kate has taught courses on Feng Shui at the Hospital for Special Surgery, written articles on Feng Shui, and been interviewed by thought leaders in the worlds of Speaking, Art, Spirituality, Women Empowerment, and Life Transitions. In 2014, Kate taught the first Feng Shui online course for the Integrative Institute of Nutrition with a focus on Health & Wellness. In 2016, Kate had the honor to present “Feng Shui 101” to the Global Real Estate Women’s Group at JPMorgan Chase. Follow her on Facebook and Instagram

To work with Kate and discover how Feng Shui can change your life, book a free 30 Minute Feng Shui Exploration Call with Kate here.