Feng Shui Meaning

The Eastern art of Feng Shui has become much more accepted and adored in the Western world over the past couple decades. And since our readers are always interested in learning about it, we thought we'd devote a whole page to Feng Shui meaning.

Feng Shui Meaning

When you understand Feng Shui meaning, it gives you a better grasp on how this technique works.

Feng Shui is best referred to as a philosophy. Some people call it an art; some a science. All three terms probably have some truth to them.

What is Feng Shui?

Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese philosophy that is used to bring more balance and peace into one's life through an an unencumbered flow of energy. It uses the science of energy to achieve harmony between our living and working spaces and nature.

This spatial design technique uses chi (the energy that connects living things) to ensure that energy can flow through a space without blockages or overstimulation.

History of Feng Shui

"Feng Shui" is a Chinese word that translates to "wind water." It originated from an ancient poem that describes the connection between human life and the environment.

This technique is 2000-5000 years old depending on who you talk to.

Initially, it was used to help people identify places to build a home that would be safe and help them flourish. It was also used to find the best burial sites for loved ones.

Eventually, whole cities were designed according to the Feng Shui concepts as Feng Shui meaning became more understood and appreciated.

Master Yang Yun Sang is considered to be the founder of the Landscape School of Feng Shui. He left behind numerous classical Feng Shui writings.

The Bagua Map - What Can Feng Shui Improve?

Feng Shui can be used to improve every area of your life. This is best displayed by the Bagua Map, which is an energy map that can be superimposed over a floor plan to map out the space.

Bagua means "eight areas." There are 8 sectors on the map, and each one relates to a different area of our lives. Each section also corresponds to certain earthly elements, colors, shapes, numbers, seasons, and directions.

In the center of the map is a ninth area, which represents your overall well-being.

Bagua Map

Let's look at each section of the Bagua map in more detail now to better understand Feng Shui meaning...

Family & Health

Element: Yang, Wood

Colors: Green, Blue, Teal

Shape: Rectangular, Columnar

Number: 4

Season: Spring

Location: East

Properties: healthy family relationships, hardiness, connection, healing past, releasing guilt and blame, connection to ancestors, new beginnings

Wealth & Prosperity

Element: Yin, Wood

Colors: Purple

Shape: Rectangular, Columnar

Number: 5

Season: Spring

Location: Southeast

Properties: wealth, abundance, prosperity, affluence, gratitude, luxury, generosity, allowing, manifestation, enjoyment

Center & Self

Element: Earth

Colors: Brown, Orange, Yellow

Shape: Square, Flat

Number: 5

Season: Transitions between seasons

Location: Center

Properties: harmony, balance, feeling safe, wholeness, empowerment, self-reflection, overall wellness

Helpful People & Travel

Element: Yang, Metal

Colors: Gray, Metallics

Shape: Circular, Spherical

Number: 6

Season: Autumn

Location: Northeast

Properties: giving and receiving help, guidance, good connection, travel, transportation, ease of technology

Children & Creativity

Element: Yin, Metal

Colors: White, Metallics

Shape: Circular, Spherical

Number: 7

Season: Autumn

Location: West

Properties: inner child, playfulness, fun, spontaneity, imagination, unique style, new ideas, relationships with children and animals, completion, joy

Knowledge & Wisdom

Element: Yang, Earth

Colors: Dark Blue

Shape: Square, Flat

Number: 8

Season: Transitions between the seasons

Location: Northeast

Properties: stillness, solitude, self-love, self-care, education and study, meditation, reflection, knowledge, self-cultivation, skillfulness

Fame & Reputation

Element: Fire

Colors: Red

Shape: Triangle, Pointy

Number: 9

Season: Summer

Location: South

Properties: shining your light, confidence, expansiveness, attractiveness, fame, reputation, passion, visibility

Career & Life Journey

Element: Water

Colors: Black

Shape: Wavy

Number: 1

Season: Winter

Location: North

Properties: authenticity, pursuing your passions, career-related choices, honoring your true self, life path

Love & Relationships

Element: Yin, Earth

Colors: Pink

Shape: Square, Flat

Number: 2

Season: Transitions between the seasons

Location: Southwest

Properties: sensuality, pleasure, relaxation, receptivity, giving and receiving love, sexuality, grounding, partnerships, marriage, self-care

The 5 Elements

A fundamental principle of Feng Shui meaning are the 5 elements, which originated from the Taoist traditions. They are designed to work together to create a complete system that balances nature with our environment.

Each area on the Bagua map corresponds to certain elements, and by bringing those elements into that area of the space, it promotes harmony.

5 Elements

Let's look at the 5 elements in more detail...


Colors: yellow, orange, brown

Shape: square shapes

Properties: grounded, self-care, stability, strength, stability, self-care, boundaries, nourishment, heavy objects


Colors: white, grey, metallic colors

Shape: circular shapes

Properties: efficient, precise, beauty , focus, order, joy, beauty, precision


Colors: black, dark blue

Shape: wavy shapes

Properties: downward, flowing, shifting, emotion, inspiration, wisdom, connection


Colors: green, blue, teal

Shape: tall, columnar shapes

Properties: expansive, vitality, upward, creativity, growth, growth, healing, vitality


Colors: red, bright orange

Shape: triangle shapes

Properties: passion, illuminating, brilliant, leadership, boldness, passion, inspiration, visibility

Yin and Yang

Another important Feng Shui principle is Yin-Yang energy, which brings light to the duality of life and the fact that opposite forces are interconnected.

The duality of Yin and Yang forces creates harmony, a key aspect of Feng Shui meaning.

Yin and Yang

Yin - passive, soft energy, nighttime, coolness, quiet

Yang - aggressive, "bold" energy, the sun, sociability, heat

In Feng Shui, we use Yin in the spaces where we want to relax and have a soothing energy, such as in a bedroom. We use Yang in social areas, such as the kitchen or home office.

Feng Shui Crystals

Feng Shui crystals bring positive energy into a space and further enhance Feng Shui meaning. Each crystal carries a different frequency that can be used to alter a space in a different way. 

Here are some of our favorite Feng Shui crystals...

Clear Quartz - most versatile, purifies, protects, heals

Rose Quartz - heart healing, love

Amethyst - relaxation, stress relief, and sleep

Discover how Amethyst can be used in every room of the house for Feng Shui here!

Black Tourmaline - protection 

Citrine - self-esteem, prosperity

Hematite - grounding, stabilizing

Kyanite - stress relief

Elite Shungite - EMF protection

Feng Shui Crystals

Feng Shui Symbols

There are many Feng Shui symbols that further explain Feng Shui meaning. They are used to bring certain energies into a space.

Here are some of the most popular ones...

Bed = you

Desk = an extension of your career

Stove = your wealth and nourishment

Flowers = flourishing good luck

Fruit = longevity, prosperity, fertility

Birds = freedom, inspiration, connection to the Divine

Butterflies = love and romance

Horses = success, fame, freedom, speed

Mystic Knot = (a combination of 6 times the infinity symbol) long and happy life that is rich with good fortune

The Guardians of Good Feng Shui Energy are 4 Feng Shui animal symbols that work together to bring in good energy through the four seasons and directions. They are: 

Tortoise = winter, north

Green Dragon = spring, east

Red Phoenix = summer, south

White Tiger = fall, west

Mystic Knot Chinese Coins

Easy Feng Shui Tips

Feng Shui is a vast science that requires a lot of knowledge, however there are plenty of simple and easy Feng Shui tips that you can incorporate in your living and working space to start making some improvements in your life. 

Let's look at some of them now...

The Commanding Position

The Commanding Position is the part of the room that is furthest away from the door. It cannot be in a direct line with the door. Instead, it is diagonal to the door.

There should be a clear line of sight to the door from this spot in the room. It's the place where you'll want to spend most of your time because it feels the most comfortable.

Remove Clutter

Clutter blocks the flow of energy in a space, and since energy flow is of the utmost importance in Feng Shui meaning, it is an essential aspect to consider.

It weighs us down and creates a chaotic energy that can cause issues in all areas of our lives. That's why one of the most important Feng Shui principles is to remove clutter and get organized.

Let Go of Things

Everything you own requires energy on our part to maintain it. That's why when we have too much stuff, it drains our energy. So, give away, donate, or throw out things you don't use or need.

Getting rid of objects from past relationships is also critical as it will help cut the energetic cords between you and that person, allowing you to move forward in your life.


Plants bring the wood element into a space and promote prosperity and productivity. Place them in your home office or in the Prosperity Corner of your home or a room to enjoy more affluence.

Main Entrance

The main entrance is a huge component of Feng Shui meaning. It is where energy enters the home and it represents how the world sees you. Keep it clear, free of clutter, and bright. Decorate it with things that bring in the fire element.

Broken Things

Be sure to fix or get rid of things that are broken as they bring in bad luck.

It is especially important to fix leaky plumbing as water symbolizes the flow of money, and leaks mean money will be flowing away from you.

Open Spaces

When we have open spaces in our environment, it provides an opening for opportunities to manifest. Open spaces are important in general, but it is especially important to make sure you have open spaces from the view in front of you when you're lying in bed or sitting behind a desk.

Pointy Objects

Sharp, pointed objects, such as sharp corners, crosses, overhead beams, and plants with pointy leaves channel negative energy.

These objects are known as poison arrows in Feng Shui and it is thought that the negative energy from poison arrows travels by means of straight lines. If you have things like this in your environment, be sure to obstruct those lines with a softer object. 

Feng Shui Basics

Feng Shui Basics: A Simple Guide to Transforming Your Inner & Outer Life - To help you understand the feng shui basics, we have outlined the aspects most important to feng shui for beginners, including energy, the 5 elements, the Bagua map, and the commanding position.

Feng Shui Prosperity Corner

The Feng Shui prosperity corner is one of the most popular ways to use Feng Shui meaning in one's life because we all want more prosperity, right?

We've written an entire article on this subject:

The Feng Shui Wealth Corner: How to Decorate it for Prosperity - Discover what items to place in your Feng Shui wealth corner to attract prosperity and abundance into your life.

Feng Shui Colors

Feng Shui colors are often used to depict Feng Shui meaning. We've written an entire article on this subject:

How to Use Feng Shui Colors to Improve Your Life - Discover how to use Feng Shui colors to improve every aspect of your life. Learn what colors to use and where to place them.

Feng Shui Protection

Feng Shui Front Door Tips for Abundance, Luck & Protection - With these feng shui front door tips, you can simply and easily bring more abundance, luck, and protection into your home and your life. You'll learn about what colors to use, how to decorate your main entrance, and what plants and crystals to add.

Feng Shui By Room

Feng Shui for the Bedroom: Improve Sleep, Romance & Health - When you understand feng shui for the bedroom, you can improve your sleep, your health, and your romantic relationship. Try these tips and tricks for an instant improvement!

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