What’s the Water Element in Feng Shui

Water is a divine element… an element that gives life to all living things on our planet Earth. In fact, its divinity is revered to the extent that the words ‘feng shui’ literally means ‘Wind’ and ‘Water,’ thus implying its stature, importance, and significance in the traditions and principles of feng shui.

The shape of Water

Water has no structure of itself. It tends to take the shape of the vessel that it is kept in. Its flow is serene and pristine. The movement of water or its stillness tends to closely imitate the flow of “Chi” energy in the feng shui design (Bagua).

It is very important that you use the water element wisely because its arrangement affects the chi’s speed and flow essential for creating auspicious and prosperous feng shui.

As per the seasonal layout in feng shui, the Water element represents winter and deep nights, thus illustrating it as the ‘greatest yin.’ However, clear and moving water symbolizes the powerful energy of “Yan.”

Colors of The Water Element in Feng Shui

Blue, Black, and Purple are the primary colors of water, and other colors such as grey, white, etc. are secondary colors since they belong to the ‘metal element’ group.

Water Element Powers

In general, the water element works very well in feng shui Bagua areas of North, East, and Southeast. An important factor to note here is that ‘flowing water’ lies primarily in the domain of “Yin” and is associated with abundance, career and business prosperity, purification, and spiritual emotions such as calm, serenity, and inner reflection and, peace. The Bagua areas of the North, East, and Southeast are sectors that embody the above elements.

However, aggressively flowing water, such as a flooded river or ocean waves, has the attributes of “Yan.”

Feng Shui Cycles of the ‘Water Element’

The cycles of five elements in feng shui tend to either create harmony by supporting each other or may cause destruction due to non-compatibility.

There are two types of elemental cycles in feng shui.

Productive Cycle

Also known as the ‘Cycle of Creation,’ the first cycle of the 5 feng shui elements is the Productive Cycle. The elements in this series support each other and create harmony in the “chi.”

Destructive Cycle

The second cycle in feng shui is the destructive cycle or the reducing cycle in which elements that do not support each other or are completely incompatible tend to destroy each other in the space, draining the element’s energy and extinguishing the “chi” in the surroundings.

Productive/Constructive Cycle of Water Element

As per the productive cycle of feng shui, the metal element nourishes the water element while the water element nourishes the wood element. The three elements, when aligned in this series, create harmony and balance in the feng shui energies. If your layout requires feng shui cures relating to water, you can also add the metal element to nourish it further.

Destructive/Reducing Cycle of the Water Element

In the destructive cycle of feng shui, water is reduced/weakened by Earth and weakens fire. This cycle can be used to reduce the “water element” energy if it is too strong in a given space. You can also use the wood element to drain off the excess power of the water element.