Who Am I ? The 5 Element Archetype of YOU

The principles of Feng Shui have been around for thousands of years, that tells me there must be something to this! The universal aspect of Feng Shui which appears in all applications, based on the cycles of nature is the 5 element theory.

Each element has layers of information: a season, time of day, direction, family member archetype, color, shape, and characteristic which relates to an expression in human nature.

In my practice, where I “feng shui people” before we address their space, one of the applications I explore is their 5-element archetype.

Using this 5-element archetype system, each person has the potential for 3 elemental influences in their nature based on their year, month and day of birth.  The position of these elements will also have an influence on how the characteristics are expressed. The most powerful aspect of this information is the behavior we express based on our elemental nature. The more we understand what makes us tick, the more we can create a lifestyle that supports us and have a better understanding of the people in our lives, creating more harmonious relationships.

Here are a few examples:

Metal Element– Control, Order, Precision A person who has an aspect of metal energy in their nature will be more comfortable when the situation is under control (usually their control) and their environment is neat and orderly, all things in their proper place.
Refined even further
“6 Metal” energy relates to father’s energy: authority, being in control of everyone and everything
“7 Metal” energy is the most sensitive to the environment, from scents and the feel of fabrics on their skin, to the most important: feeling the energy – walking into a crowded room can be quite uncomfortable as this nature is so sensitive, they can feel everything going on around them.

Understanding the depth of how much this aspect is a part of a person can help them make better decisions on how to operate with their strengths on a daily basis.

Combining the 5-element archetype system with reading the physical aspects of a person, the information about the individual’s make-up becomes even more unique.

Our physical attributes are also connected with the 5 elements, for instance spiky hair and pointy nose adds the fire element.  Shadows under the eyes or a dome forehead adds water element.
These attributes may enhance an already present element or add an element not present in the birth year, month and day.

Feng Shui is brilliant because it is the one thing that ties us all together inside and out – who we are and how we relate to our environment.  As we create an environment where we are most comfortable and supported (based on the nature of the elements we most identify with) we can express ourselves in a productive manner.  We have a way to express our most inherent nature.

We also gain a clear understanding of the people in our lives. As we begin to understand their expressions through the 5 elements, there is no judgment. Knowing people are expressing their true nature allows compassion.

Here is a brief overview of the 5 elements, which do you resonate with?
Take a look around you… does your space reflect your true nature?

1 Water: Dreamers Flowing, Quiet, Dormant as Winter. “Floating”.
Sensual, Wise & Resourceful. Willpower, Courage & Stubborn. Good negotiators, you are flexible & adaptable. Freedom is key, you rebel against structure, and prefer staying up late and sleeping in. Horizontal is your position, especially if it is in the Water!  Ease is your operating mode. Influenced by your emotions you may find yourself expressing as “watery”.  A natural in the arts, writing and daydreaming. Open spaces to spread out feel  good.
Chaise lounges and recliners to get horizontal and put your feet up. Mirrors, glass and water.
Fabrics that flow, irregular wavy fluid lines, the colors of blues and black, signify the energy of water.
Connect: Allow them to Process and Be Creative – They Are Thinkers.

3,4 Tree: Adventurers and Romantics Upward Moving Energy. The Burst of Spring! “Doing”.
Active, Driven, Kind & Optimistic. Independent, Strong, Dynamic Energy. Practical yet risk takers. Ideas, Ideas, Ideas! You can become impatient & pushy. Like thunder “3” you are the Adventurer you blow & go. Like a willow “4” you are the wind, Romantic gently moving back & forth. Outdoors is where you want to be. Early morning risers – you open your eyes and it’s go go go. Practicality is key “show me the study”!
Bring life to your inside space incorporating the outside energy of nature.
Wood furniture, rustic architecture, tall vertical pieces, floral and leafy patterns, live plants and flowers.
Colors of bright greens, representing the newness and rebirth in nature signifies the energy of tree.
Connect: Allow them to be Physically Active – They Are Doers.


9 Fire: Inspiring Transforming Outward Peaking Energy of Summer. “Fun”
Curious, Passionate, Charismatic & Self-Driven. Spontaneous, Adventurous & Inspiring.
Fun is the operative word- if it’s not fun you lose interest. People are drawn to your charismatic fun-loving nature. You will lose focus when you are scattered and become like the sparks of a flame.
Bright lights for fun and inspiration.
Angular, pyramid shapes, eclectic style and dramatic ornate style, candles and fireplaces.
Hot colors of red, yellow, orange, fuchsia and animal prints represent the energy of fire.
Connect: Allow them to express dramatically. Engage Their Curiosity – It Must Be Fun!


2,5,8 Earth: Nurturing, Grounding, Settling In. “Nurturers”.
Stable, Loyal and Supportive.  “2″ Nurturer, you nurture everyone. “5” the Manifester you are at the center of it all.“8” The Champion, you have a tough exterior tender inside.
Comfort is key. Caregiving is number one! You may have  a tendency to worry about everything. Enjoy being surrounded by your collectibles items that feel good. Pottery tile and terracotta.
Earth is represented by lower, square, rectangle furniture. Sink happily into overstuffed, comfy, cozy furnishing.
Connect: Allow them to be your Helpers. Safe Cozy environment is their comfort zone.


6,7 Metal: Inward Contracting Energy, Autumn, “Refined” Organized, Focused, Confident and Intuitive. You have an innate esthetic appreciation for fine things. You are not appreciative of criticism.
“6” the Father, the Leader Authority Visionary. “7” Empath, the Youngest Daughter, Joy, Creativity.  You are both very sensitive in your own unique ways – with the energy of people, places and things.
Clean and meticulous environments support focus and direction.
Furniture or accessories made of metal. Round and oval shapes. Stainless steel & monochromatic clean lines.
Metallic colors: gold, bronze, silver, and white as well as clean whitened pastels.
Connect: Allow them to have their personal space -They Feel Everything.

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