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The Five Elements: Earth



You’ll remember that we are in the middle of a series exploring the different qualities of each one of the Five Elements, and we’ve already covered Wood and Fire. Next, we’ll describe the different aspects associated with the Earth element, arguably one of the more important elements to strengthen in your space, especially in your home (you'll learn why below).


EARTH


Colors: Yellow, terra cotta, peach, shades of brown, beige, earth tones, sand tones


Shape: Square


Materials: Clay, stone, bricks, rocks, tile, ceramics, marble, crystal, concrete, and sand; anything that comes from the earth that is not metal; earth landscapes; textiles with basket weave or plaid patterns; low and flat, square, or brick buildings; square-shaped tables and seating arrangements, king-sized beds, low cabinets, club chairs


Season: Late summer into Fall (transitional time)


Direction: Center


Life Cycle Stage: Midlife, transition


Meaning: Earth is associated with security, safety, sturdiness, stability, groundedness, centeredness, balance, comfort, honesty, reliability, responsibility, trust, a point of reference, skill at handling money


The use of Earth and its color, shape, line, or symbols can:

Strengthen: Stability, sustainability, unification, security, peace

Deter: Experimentation, adventurousness, free-spiritedness, independence,

conflict leading to change


A Word of Caution: Don’t bring Earth into a space if you want to evoke challenging or controversial conversation


How to Incorporate Earth into a Space: Use ceramic plates, add a peach tablecloth, arrange your living room furniture into a square shape, add a sand garden, hang a painting of an earth landscape, use a square table


Check out Metal next!

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