The 5 Elements in Correspondence With Colour and Crystals


Many of us today are familiar with the eastern philosophy of the 5 elements. Especially as set forth in the principles of Feng Shui. Probably just as many of us also recognise their involvement in traditional Chinese medicine. As well as their long-time use in traditional healing practices. Also in these modern times, more of us are turning to crystals to decorate our homes and offices. And not just for their beauty, but to be able to benefit from healing and energy balancing properties.

At this same time, we would also like to consider the relationship or correspondence between the 5 elements as set forth in the principles of Feng Shui and our practice of using crystals. We could expend a great deal of energy going into depth in this study. Instead, we have extracted a few pertinent facts. Also providing a simple explanation of this relationship for more generalised use.


The 5 Elements + Correspondence.


WOOD: Green, brown – associated with the rising sun and springtime – symbolises the urge to grow and thrive – it has an energy like a seedling growing tall to become a tree – its archetypical shape is a column – a massage wand is a good likeness, natural Tourmaline also – Green Jade, Emerald, Petrified Wood, Peridot.




FIRE: Red, strong yellow, orange, yellow-orange – typified by the sun at noon, high summer, and the equator – symbolises exuberance – it has an energy like sharp flames rising in the air – its archetypical shape is a point – the point of a Clear Quartz or an Apophyllite is most representative – Amber, Carnelian, Citrine, Fire Agate, Fire Opal, Garnet, Red Calcite, Red Jasper, Rubellite Tourmaline, Ruby, Sardonyx, Sunstone, Tektite.




EARTH: Light yellow, light brown, sandy/earthy – represents the solid centre, the core and the heart – its archetypical shape is a square, with rectangular and flat ok – an Iron Pyrite cube is a perfect expression of this shape and colour – Agate, Green Tourmaline, Halite (rock salt), Jasper, Jet, Malachite, Onyx, Obsidian, Quartz, Salt, Schorl (Black Tourmaline).




METAL: White, Silvery, Grey – typified by autumn, dusk and sunset – symbolises fulfilment, nourishment and ripening – represents maturity, knowledge and restraint – its traditional shape is domed or round similar to the bubbles often seen on Malachite, itself a copper ore – its texture is smooth – Clear Quartz, Milky Quartz, Calcite, Hematite, Moonstone, Pearl, Selenite.




WATER: Blue, black – represents the cold dark of winter – a meandering stream is its natural shape – Blue Lace Agate resembles swirling water – smooth and polished stones depict its shape –Amethyst, Aqua Aura Quartz, Aquamarine, Azurite, Black Obsidian, Blue Calcite, Blue Tiger Eye, Blue Topaz, Celestite, Chalcedony, Chrysocolla, Indicolite Tourmaline, Lapis Lazuli, Sapphire, Sea Salt, Sodalite.




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Disclaimer: The outlined metaphysical and healing properties in this website are for inspiration and reference. We gather this information and alleged properties from writings, books, folklore and various other sources. They are also dependent upon the attitude and beliefs of the individual. Furthermore they do not replace diagnosis or treatment by a qualified therapist or physician.

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