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Energy Zones & the Value of Colors in Feng Shui
The five elements - Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood - dominate the
different directions of our environment. These elements are represented
by specific colors and shapes, and bring increased harmony and balance
when correctly used in space design, both in the home and at the
Colors can be used in art, cushion covers, drapes, curtains,
carpets, etc. In this article, we will move through the different zones
of our surroundings and discuss the energies that dominate each zone,
and the colors one should use in interior décor and design.
First get yourself a compass to find your zones. Your living space should be divided into 9 equal rectangles, as shown below:
You can divide up the whole house, or individual rooms, when using this method of feng shui.
The Northern part of the house is characterized by the element of
WATER. Water is represented by BLUES and BLACKS, so using these colors
in the North will energize the intrinsic element of this zone. For
instance, you could use black leather furniture with blue cushion
covers. Energizing this zone with water colors improves the career
prospects for the inhabitant. The North can also be energized with
metal colors, which include gold, silver and white.
awakening qualities of Northern energy are helpful to people looking to
make a change in their career or in their lives. Placing a yang water
feature in this zone is excellent for energizing the positive qualities
of this zone. If you want to energize for money luck and greater
income, a good type of energizer to use are rolling ball water
features, which represent increased turnover for businesses.
The Northeast part of the house is characterized by the element of
EARTH. To energize this part of your room or home, make use of earth
colors such as YELLOWS and BROWNS. You can also use REDS, which
nourishes the earth energies of this zone.
energies of the Northeast are useful in instilling a sense of
motivation and purpose. It is a good sector for those who need to
establish a more precise direction in life - e.g. students,
Energizing the Northeast part of the house in
the colors mentioned will improve sense of well being and help chart a
successful path for those in need of guidance.
The Eastern zone is characterized by the element of WOOD. To energize the East, use GREENS and BLUES as much as possible.
Eastern energies are superb for inspiring optimism, contentment and
material & spiritual growth. The whole ambience of the East
encourages an individual to plan the future with an affirmative and
positive mindset. This zone is thus suited for use as studies and home
Plants and water features in this zone will also enhance the good energies of this part of the house.
The Southeast part of your living space is dominated by the WOOD
element and associated with wealth and creativity in every form.
Individuals with their bedrooms or studies in this part of the home
will enjoy a steady build up of wealth and achievement in whatever they
are currently pursuing.
Good energizers for the Southeast are greens and water features.
The Southern zone is characterized by the element of FIRE. Fire is
represented by REDS and ORANGES. Using these colors in the fabrics or
the South will enhance the positive qualities of this zone.
energies are conducive to fame and success. It brings wonderful
recognition luck from your colleagues, friends and contemporaries. It
will also impress your business associates and bring success to
ventures you undertake. Energizing the South correctly is thus vitally
important to your status in life.
Horses are especially good to display in the South, as they
represent abundant Yang energy. They symbolize courage, perseverance,
fame and success.
those who are in business or who hold public office, an even better
symbol to display in the South is the Tribute Horse.
Tribute horses in
the old days were piled high with tribute, adorned with bejewelled
saddlery and led to Emperors and high court officials upon their
victorious return from battle.
The tribute horse symbolizes great
riches being carried your way and brings you victory luck over your
business rivals or colleagues at work.
The Southwestern zone is characterized by the EARTH element. To
energize this part of your living space, use YELLOWS, BROWNS and REDS.
The energies of the Southwest are those of tranquillity and romance
and are helpful in building and maintaining strong relationships. This
zone provides a very comfortable and restful atmosphere on an emotional
Problems are easily solved in this area and communication is
enhanced. A bedroom in this sector is an ideal way to exploit its
energizers for the Southwest are lights, lamps and crystals. For those
looking for love and romance, a pair of mandarin ducks will be most
In the West part of the home, the ruling element is METAL. Thus it
is good to use metal colors such as WHITE, SILVER, GOLD or earth colors
such as YELLOW, BROWNS and other earth tones.
Western energy is related to family and children luck. Enhancing
this sector will ensure excellent descendant luck so that your children
will be smart and healthy.
The energies of youth and joyfulness in this sector are very
uplifting and especially helpful to those who are bored or dissatisfied
with what they are doing.
Use metallic ornaments like bells and chimes to increase the yang
energy in this sector. Earth element enhancers like crystals are also
The Northwest sector of your home is governed by the METAL element.
To enhance this corner, use furnishings that are WHITE, GOLD, SILVER
and other metallic colors.
Strengthening the metal energy of this
sector will help you to harness the support of your elders or superiors
at work. Business folk will find this especially helpful in getting the
backing of influential folk.
For those who are climbing up the social
ladder, this is also gives them the advantage in networking. Bosses
should make sure that the metal energies in this sector are enhanced in
order to ensure that they remain in a position of command.
Excellent energizers here include the ru yi and the dragon tortoise
for power and authority as well as for support and protection.