Using Color to Bring Your Aspirations to Reality – Part 1
Color plays a very important role in feng shui. Chinese color theory offers a way to enhance every aspect of our lives. Color has been a component of many Chinese practices and beliefs: medicine, art and poetry, food preparation and feng shui to name a few. This entry was written to share some of the most basic precepts in using color within your world. Feng Shui is over five thousand years old, and was developed by observing nature in all of its complexity and grandeur to recognize patterns that consistently occur.
The key to understanding the significance of color in our lives is ch’i, literally translated as “breath” or “vitality.” This energy circulates in and around the earth, creating mountains, directing streams and rivers, nourishing trees and crops. Ch’i is also the blueprint of our personality, our health, our talents and our lives. There are many ways to improve an individual’s Ch’i, and one way is to apply color.
The Five Elements
One can analyze, harmonize and improve our ch’i. Out of the interaction of Yin and Yang arise five expressions of ch’i. All people and spaces are made up, in varying degrees of these expressions. The Five Elements and their associated colors include:
Water: Black and other dark colors such as Navy Blue, Charcoal Grey and Brown
Water is associated with the Career Gua on the Ba-gua, it’s orientation is north, its season is winter, its climate is cold, its sense is sound, its time is night, and its life stage is inside the womb.
Wood: Green in all its array of plant life- dark to light, yellow-green to blue-green found in nature.
Wood is associated with the Family Gua on the Ba-gua, it’s orientation is east, its season is spring, its climate is windy, its sense is sight, its time is morning, and its life stage is birth and childhood.
Fire: Red like a flame as well as intense orange and yellow
Fire is associated with the Fame/Reputation Gua on the Ba-gua, it’s orientation is south, its season is summer, its climate is hot, its sense is taste, its time is noonish, and its life stage is preteen and teen.
Earth: Soft Yellow, orange, green, tan and brown
Earth is associated with the Health Gua on the Ba-gua, it’s orientation is center, its season is harvest, its climate is damp, its sense is touch, its time is late afternoon, and its life stage is adulthood.
Metal: white, metallics, pastels
Metal is associated with the Children Gua on the Ba-gua, it’s orientation is west, its season is autumn, its climate is dry, its sense is smell, its time is evening, and its life stage is old age.
The Ba-gua –
This is the blueprint that is laid on anything from an entire country down to a desk top to understand how to create success and happiness for all parts of our lives. We stretch the octagonal shape into a rectangle, based on the exterior footprint of your home, office, room, or desktop.
Examples of Using Color:
Desiring a raise or promotion at work? Add touches of black in your Career Gua (the Water Element.)
Hoping to improve a strained relationship with a family member? Add green to your Family Gua (the Wood Element.)
Wanting to spark notoriety to improve your chances of success? Add red to your Fame/Reputation Gua (the Fire Element.)
Desiring to improve your health or the health of a loved one? Add yellow to your Health Gua (the Earth Element.)
Hoping to improve your child’s studies at school? Add white to your Children Gua (the Metal Element.)
Are these the only ways in which you might improve an area of your life? There are many, many ways to achieve your aspirations in feng shui. Color is just one of them. What about the corner Guas not mentioned above? There are cures (solutions) using color for those as well, and we’ll explore those in the next entry, so come on back and join us! If you’d like an in-depth exploration of your home or office, laying the Ba-gua on it, and improving your life, contact us through this website. We’d love to help!