Feng Shui & The Water Element

Winter & Silent Nights - Feng Shui & the metal element. Prepare yourself for a wonderful winter with Feng Shui practitioner Gwynne Warner's tips and advice.
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Winter is the season of going inward, reflection and deep rest. This is the time to conserve energy, restore our essence and gather strength and vitality, so we have the chi to sparkle and blossom come spring.

The seasonal Chinese element is water, the color is black or dark blue and the related organs are the kidneys and bladder.

In Feng Shui, we use both Still and Moving Water to activate cash flow, business, career, social connections, clarity or peace of mind.

When water is balanced in our environments and in us we search for the deep mystery or spiritual truth; enjoy inward reflection, contemplation; are adaptable and can go with the flow; embody our emotions and intuition; enjoy spending time alone, in own space, just “being;” rest when we’re tired and know how to hibernate to build up our energy sources.

When water is unbalanced in our spaces and lives we can experience lethargy, depression, lack of motivation, dissatisfaction with life’s path, nagging unrest with life; feel a lack of opportunity or career growth; feel isolated; work too hard or not take enough rest and leisure time or have control issues.

If you have too much water in you or your environs, you might experience lethargy or depression. You could wear more earth colors of yellow and gold.

If you have too little water, you might be experiencing a lack of opportunities or career growth or feeling disconnected spiritually. In this case, you could add a water feature in the appropriate gua of your home or office; wear more black and blue colors; or add metallic décor to your spaces and clothing to your wardrobe.

Embrace The Essence Of Water’s Stillness Of This Season By:

  • Eating leisurely meals and taking longer baths
  • Listening to calming, gentle music
  • Sleeping long hours-going to bed when the sun goes down and taking naps
  • Slowing down–let go of multi-tasking, drive the speed limit, drink non-caffeinated products
  • Resisting the temptation to be busy; not exerting any extra effort, lounging around
  • Reflecting, contemplating, meditating, journaling
  • Spending time at home
  • Using less electric lights and lighting more candles
  • Speaking quietly, moving slowly
  • Building reserves for your projects to come alive in the spring


Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.

{Lao Tzu}


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