The various cycles of Feng Shui in combination with colours
In Feng Shui, productive and destructive interaction corresponds to two different cycles, the creation and the destruction.
During the creation cycle, the correct sequence in which the individual elements merge will occur. Colour schemes are important, as you have learned from the last article, different colours are associated to each element. The energy, called “chi”, should always move in a harmonious and smooth flow from one element to another. According to the tenets of Feng Shui, the wrong order of colours or elements can lead to problems including disease, discomfort and other negative things.
In the creation cycle, the elements help each other. Or dramatically speaking, each element helps the other to come to life.
Here’s an example:
Without the element wood, there is no fire. Or positively speaking, the element wood provides life for the element fire.
Wood feeds fire. The ashes of fire make the earth fruitful. In the earth, metals are recovered. Metals and minerals make the water come alive (without minerals in the water, there would be no life in the water). The water nourishes plants and from the plants wood is created, which again feeds fire. Here the cycle starts all over again.
But where creation is, there is also destruction.
In the destruction cycle, the harmony of the elements gets lost and is off balance. Instead of nourishing and promoting each other, the elements dominate this cycle. Please see the examples below to obtain a better understanding of this concept:
The element wood can dominate the element earth. (When forests are cleared, no nutrients can be found in the ground or in the element earth. Due to the nutrient loss, the earth is weakened.
The element earth can dominate the element water. (If the water flows are forced into channels and can no longer flow in natural paths, the natural balance can be destroyed.)
The element water can dominate the element fire. This is logical, right? Water extinguishes fire. So even though the elements can help each other, they can also destroy each other.
The element fire dominates the element metal. Again, this negative process is logical. Fire heats metal, thus it can be bend and is weakened.
.I think it is evident now, what is meant by these two cycles. In order to have a good “chi”, you should always ensure that you respect the colours and elements in Feng Shui to make sure they harmonize.
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The fourth is the metal element which is found in many forms like gold, silver, copper, steel etc. These elements are inter-related in two ways, which means that there are two types of cycles of these elements.