Feng Shui and Item Placement – Know your Wu Xing

The Edge, Haven – June – July 2006 issue

This principle tells you the correct placement of feng shui ornaments.

OUR HOMES ARE filled with numerous ornaments for functional and aesthetic reasons. The latter is purely decorative, placed in a particular spot to fill the space or to accentuate a certain aspect of the room. More recently, however, many have been enticed to purchase ornaments for feng shui reasons, which leads to the inevitable question: Does it work? If one knows what one is doing, then the answer is “yes”.
If the placement choice of the item is based on the classical principles of feng shui, the effects are real. This is to say that the effects will manifest whether or not we believe in them.
Modern improvisations of feng shui only give rise to a placebo effect, which means it will work only if we believe it will.

The concept of placement of feng shui ornaments in classical feng shui is grounded in the Five Element Transformation principle (also known as Wu Xing), which describes the interaction of the five elements of Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood. Since objects are made of matter and the five elements constitute matter, feng shui ornaments must be constructed from or representative of one of the five elements.



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