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Feng Shui Australia

Explore the Elements, Create a Pa Kua

by Faith Ellis

Hi 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 discover.

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, how 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...

Faith Ellis is a holistic health practitioner as well as a Feng Shui practitioner who is privileged to have trained under and have as her mentor, the incredible Lillian Too. Faith's mission is to help create a world full of love, honour and respect. She offers consultations to the general public and small business operators, based on these three principals, working in partnership to develop productive, empowering, abundant businesses and lives, in an easy, fun manner. She is currently walking her talk by creating her own business, Holistic Feng Shui.Com in Sydney, Australia and working with various clients. You can contact Faith on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.