The Feng Shui of Trees
The Feng Shui of
According to the principals of Feng Shui, an ancient Chinese environmental
science, everything can be classified to one, or a combination of 5 types. Commonly called
the 5 elements, they are used to describe and classify everything.
The 5 elements are water, wood, fire, earth
and metal. The five elements may
either be tangible or intangible, when they are tangible they are matter when they are intangible
they are energy. The five elements are to be considered as processes more that objects or
substances. The 5 elements may be in a state of harmony or imbalance according to the relationship
between them and their placement.
Environmental harmony is achieved by a balancing the 5 elements in and
around our environment by their correct placement. Where there is disharmony by simply
introducing one or more of the five elements into our environment balance may be
Harmony is achieved when the 5 elements generate each other
water generates wood, wood generates fire, fire generates earth and earth
Disharmony occurs when they are controlling each other. E.g. water controls
fire, fire controls metal. Metal controls wood and wood controls
Wood indicates benevolence, growth and determination. The wood element is
abundantly found in living plants and trees.
Trees provide shade, homes for insects and birds and give a sense of beauty
and life to our homes. However, the positions of trees have much more profound impact on the
environment than what is immediately obvious to the eye.
A very common Feng Shui problem is when a tree is located directly in line
with the front door. This positioning is called a poison arrow in Feng Shui terms. Just as
the name suggests, the poison arrow is extremely dangerous.
Although we generally do not like to remove trees in Feng Shui in this
circumstance it is advisable to remove the tree.
Other circumstances when a tree should be removed
· When it is dead
· The roots or branches are threatening the
· When the tree is harming the earth
element of the five elements
· It has a sinister
· Blocking the flow of
If a tree removal is required, the whole tree should be removed including
the stump. Leaving the stump may still leave the Feng Shui problem unsolved, especially when
it is a case of a tree blocking the “mouth of qi”. (view picture
Bad Feng Shui
Tree stump blocks the front door (the mouth of
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