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Explore the Elements, Create a Pa Kua
by Faith Ellis
everyone. It's been a while between articles and I have been busy with
home, family and adjusting to winter, which has well and truly settled
in here in Sydney. I recently drove to Townsville, an 8 hour per day x
3 days drive from Sydney and back again (a long drive in anyone's
books) to visit my eldest daughter and create positive Feng Shui
energy. The drive got me to realise what a huge country Australia truly
is and how different each area is. Townsville was beautiful, sunny,
warm (27 degrees) and very tropical. During the drive my youngest
daughter and I drove through rain, sun and sleet and at one high point
of our trip had a double sun set on our right and magnificent full moon
rise on our left, simultaneously … what a gift from the Gods that was!
Anyway, while travelling, having quality family time, talking and
assisting my eldest get her apartment in Feng Shui order, I got to
musing over the elements, how they interact and how we can all utilise
these Feng Shui gems to not only benefit our daily lives but gain
better understanding about our interactions with our family, friends,
colleagues and also our various environments. Explaining it to my
daughters was quite and experience and I discovered that having them
create their own Pa Kua, while I explained each step, really helped
them understand how everything fitted together. So I thought I would
try and do the same for you and hope you gain as much out of it as they
appeared to do.
Why do we like some people better than others? Feel more at home
near water or in a forest? Why do some people instinctively get
attracted to red cars while others prefer silver? If, by creating our
own Pa Kua step by step, we could better understand the elements and
their interactions, would we gain valuable insights into other areas of
our life? Lets go on a journey of exploration together and see what we
Firstly, get a piece of paper and cut out a circle, about the size
of a large dinner plate. Fold this circle in half, then half again and
half again and then unfold it and you will see the folds have created 8
equal sections. Using a ruler, mark these folds with a pen so you can
clearly see the 8 equal sections, in which you can write information as
we go along. We are going to fill these sections with lots of
information that will build up over several sessions and hopefully give
you greater insight into the world of Feng Shui.
So what are these things called elements? The Elements
they interact and how that interaction is interpreted, form a major
part in Compass and Form School Feng Shui. As Lillian Too states in her
book "The Complete Illustrated Guide to Feng Shui"
- 'The Chinese believe the interaction of these five elements of Earth
Wood Fire Metal and Water - can be combined in different quantities to
create all the permutations that are found in the forces of Nature'.
So we now know that there are five elements, which on a Pa Kua are
affiliated, among other things, with specific compass directions. As Pa
means 8 you have probably gathered by now that the 8 equal sections on
your circle of paper represent to compass directions N S E W as well as
SW NW NE SE, so fill these in appropriately on your circle, as if you
were creating a compass.
Like I said earlier, each compass direction has a corresponding
element. "But", I hear you cry, "There are only 5 elements yet 8
compass directions"! Oh you are all so clever, yes that is right, but
bear with me, the Chinese are also very clever people and overcame this
situation very easily. One step at a time though - write S = Fire in
one section, which will become the top section for our purposes. Then
put N = Water in the bottom section (opposite S as on a normal compass)
The remaining 3 elements occupy 2 sections each and are known as
either Big or Small (told you the Chinese were clever). Therefore we
have Big Earth and Small Earth, Big Metal and Small Metal, Big Wood and
Small Wood. So lets complete the next step of our Pa Kua by filling in
the blank sections as follows (don't forget to keep S at the top and
work in a clockwise direction):-
SW = Big Earth, W = Small Metal, NW = Big Metal, NE = Small Earth, E = Big Wood, and SE = Small Wood.
OK, so lets check how you are going. Following traditional Feng
Shui by placing S/Fire at the top and working clockwise around the 8
sections of your circle (Pa Kua) you should then have SW/Big Earth,
W/Small Metal, NW/Big Metal, N/Water, NE/Small Earth, E/Big Wood,
SE/Small Wood and finally back to S/Fire at the top. How are you doing?
I knew it, piece of cake isn't it you brilliant possums!!
to be continued...