What is the wood element in Feng Shui? Wood is about vitality and growth, you can add wood elements to the area of the Bagua that have a dominant wood element represented. The areas of the Bagua that can be enhanced by additional wood elements are the wealth, future and family areas in Western School Feng Shui (BTB). If you follow Traditional Classical School Feng Shui you will want to analyze the annual stars and natal chart of the space to determine where it is best to add more wood elements. In Classical School Feng Shui you can use additional metal and wood elements to lessen the effects of annual 5 and 2.
Wood is used to stimulate upward growth, action and promote change. The corn plant image on this page below is a popular plant used indoors by many worldwide in the Feng Shui Community. It is a strong stalked plant and it’s botanical name is “Dracaena Massangeana Cane” and these plants are also called a fortune plant in Asia. In China they have a saying 鐵樹. 鐵樹開花，富貴榮華 which translates to mean “when the corn plant begins to flower, it is a sign of wealth luck coming ones way”. The corn plant 鐵樹 or Dracaena Massangeana is considered an auspicious plant in Feng Shui. I have a corn plant in my home that flowers at least twice a year and supposedly this is rare for an indoor corn plant as they usually only bloom flowers like this outdoors. I must say I am very blessed and my corn plant receives love daily so I believe it is showing me it is happy. 🙂
You will often see these popular corn plants sold in Feng Shui stores displaying either 3 or 4 stalks in a pot. That is because the numbers 3 and 4 represent the wood element in Feng Shui. These plants can do great in low light homes or offices just ensure you do not over water them as they can be killed easily through over watering and get root rot. Water this plant well once every 7 to 12 days and that’s it. According to various NASA studies the Dracaena Massangeana Cane is also very helpful in filtering out toxins from indoor air making for a healthier home or office. Make sure to be careful with any plant you bring into your home, as this particular plant, as well as many other plants can be potentially poisonous if ingested by your households pets. I have cats in my home and have found placing my corn plants ( Dracaena Massangeana Cane) on a high level stand is an easy way to remove my plant from the floor and my animals reach and that solution has worked well in my own home. Placing plants in higher out of reach areas is safer for animals and for plants. I posted a helpful article about poisonous plants to animals on my facebook page to keep my clients informed. Below are more tips on ways you can add or increase wood elements in your environment for more balance and more connections to nature within your dwelling.
- Wood’s message: growth and expansion
- Wood’s color: green, the color of plants symbolizes growth
- Wood’s shape: rectangular, columns, patterns vertical or horizontal
- Wood objects or material: trees, wood, wicker furniture, home decor made of wood,
- Wood’s texture: grainy, visual representation of cells
- Wood’s smell and taste: mint, rosemary the smell of freshness or newness
- Wood’s sound: Instruments that force air out like horns and require renewed breath
- Creative element is water (water feeds wood)
- Destructive element is metal (metal chops wood)
- Reducing element is fire (fire burns wood)
There are many varieties on money plants used in Feng Shui such as, Lucky Bamboo, Jade Plant, Dracaena Massangeana Cane, Lotus Bamboo and the Braided Money Tree. You can click on any of these plant names I listed to order real living plants direct through Amazon. Any of these plants can do well placed on or near your working desk as a representation of money strength. I often use spiral bamboo stalks in water as it is very easy to care for and the spiral shape shows as a more active energetic pattern in a space.
The number 8 is associated with prosperity in Feng Shui. We are currently in a Period 8, which is Feb 5th 2004 to Feb 4th 2024, and bamboo stalks in displays of 8 are often used to express wealth and abundance in key areas. Many of my clients enjoy displaying 8 stalks of bamboo in areas that need more wood elements for balancing or enhancing. Here is one visual representation of how you may enjoy displaying 8 stalks of spiral bamboo.
If your lifestyle does not allow for real plants I have placed some silk money tree plants below. A silk plant is still a representation of the wood element in a space. It is better to have a silk plant than no plants expressed in a space at all. Some of my clients admit they really feel they do not have a green thumb or have no time to take care of living plants, so a silk plant is the second best option. I prefer real plants in a home as they are living chi, which is more active. Real plants help to remove toxicity in indoor air and help to lower EMF’s. I prefer my clients to not place or lay a plant on the floor in a home as plants represent money and we do not throw money on the floor. Raise your strong stalked plants up by placing them on a high mantel, a dining room table, counter-top or raise them up on a tall strong stable stand to display them at eye level signifying the higher level of importance that they deserve in your space.
You will often see a spiral topiary placed on the right and left side of a retail entrance or a home’s front door to show that main entry point as a place of importance. The main entry point is our first impression to the outside world it is an important one. We want to show a well defined main entry point which communicates respect and self care to others as this is the energetic point that sets the tone for others whom may enter.
Once these silk topiaries are placed in strong stable pots you can also place black tourmaline stones on top of the pots filler rocks or soil for added protection at your main threshold. Read about the protective qualities of black tourmaline HERE.
Another one of my favorite ways to display bamboo is with 8 stalks of Lucky Lotus Bamboo in the center of a main dining table like shown below in the following image
Placing 8 stalks of Lucky Lotus Bamboo stalks in water, as seen in this image, is very easy to care for if you happen to struggle with keeping a larger soil plant alive.
Wood elements in a space also feeds and helps to create fire. Wood represents growth, creation and new beginnings. Use wood elements to deter laziness and stagnation. Additional wood elements can help if someone finds himself or herself involved with a new project as wood elements encourage flexibility and creativity. Too many wood elements can make some feel agitated, frustrated and nervous. If you feel this is happening for you add some additional metal and fire elements, as they will reduce the affects of wood.
Please keep in mind these are very general suggestions and there is always unique aspects of a space that may make these general applications not the best for you or your home or office specifically which is why an environment should always be assessed by a Professional Feng Shui Expert.
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