The 5 Forms in Fengshui

Each element has its own form and shape. In fengshui, the 5 elements too have their very own elemental forms and shapes. 

  • Wood Form – Straight,long, upright rectangle
  • Fire Form – Triangle
  • Earth Form – Square
  • Metal Form – Circle
  • Water Form – Wavy and curvy


Wood comes from trees and plants. And usually they are tall and straight. The energy of Wood moves slowly upwards as it stretches and extends towards the Sun in the sky, just like all the trees we see around us. 


Fire has an energy that rises up like a flame. No matter which direction you try to direct a naked flame, it will always face upwards with a broad base and narrow top. Therefore, the triangle is a strong representation of the Fire Element. 


Earth and stones are strong and sturdy. It is firm and immovable like a huge mountain. The square is a strong shape structure which represents the Earth elements.


Metal comes from metallic minerals which went through intensive heat and compression for millennia. We mined the metallic minerals and further purified them. The process involves consent molding and shaping of the metals. Eventually the metal can be shaped to various forms depending on the creativity of the craftsmen. The circle represents The Metal Element because the circle is round and movable, it can be easily handled due to the flexible round exterior. These fit the characteristics of metal.


The famous Bruce Lee once said on a television interview in 1971, “You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can drip and it can crash. Become like water my friend.”

Water has no real form. But when we observe a huge body of water like an ocean or a sea, we can notice that the surface of the water has a wavy form due to the movement of the wind. Therefore the best representation of water is the wavy lines or shape.. 

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Knowing your elements will determine which shape is good for you in terms of wealth, health and life. Most people overlook this and end up using shapes which give off the wrong elemental energy and in turn causing unnecessary illness, sickness and misfortune.  

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