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Feng Shui Concepts

Creating Love with the Five Elements

By Jenny T. Liu, M.A.


In feng shui, creating an environment that supports your goals is similar to setting the stage for what you wish your life to be. When it comes to garnering love into your life, or strengthening an existing love bond, it is vital to designate a space in which you and your partner can easily share time together, interact, and be intimate. This space is not limited to the boudoir, as truly satisfying relationships extend beyond the bedroom.

You can activate love energies in an existing space using feng shui and the Five Element Theory. Everything, including your energy, is composed of these five elements: fire, water, wood, metal, and earth. An imbalance of any of these elements in your environment creates imbalance in your life — be it in your career, health, or love life.

To determine what elements you need to balance your energies and enhance love in your life, calculate your birth chart. If you are in a relationship, calculate your partner’s birth chart, too. Birth charts reveal which elements you need for creating balance. The elements you need are called your “promoting elements.”

Once you know your promoting elements, you can integrate them into your home in a number of effective ways that provide positive results. A qualified feng shui master can tell you the various types of items, colors, shapes, art, symbols, and themes associated with your promoting element.

As an example, if your promoting element is fire, you may consider making the kitchen and dining room your romantic space, as the cooking and eating functions of these rooms are associated with the fire element. The fire element is also associated with the heart and eyes, so another way to incorporate fire into an environment is by appealing to your emotional and visual perception with meaningful art, special lighting, and photos.

Fire colors such as red, pink, magenta, or burgundy can be used in bedding, curtains, and area rugs, or painted on a focal wall. Consider using a regional theme in your décor that is associated with the fire element, such as Italian or South American. If you are in a relationship and you and your partner require different promoting elements, you can use both elements to create a unique décor that strengthens your relationship.

For example, if your promoting element is wood and your partner’s is water, your romantic space may be a garden with a special water feature, such as a fountain, koi pond, or pool, which promotes wood energy for you and water energy for your partner.

An alternative for combining wood and water elements is to bring nature into your master bedroom by decorating it with a painting of a beautiful forest, field of flowers, and a sparkling lake. The wood element color, green, and water element color, black, can also be used in accent pillows, lamp shades, or furniture. 

For single people who want to attract a new love relationship, creating a space may not be enough. Timing is also important. Consult an expert for a reading of your birth chart to find out what type of relation-ship(s) you are likely to have and when your significant other might appear in your life. Designing a romantic space and activating love energies at the right time can make all the difference in attracting a relationship that suits you.

Annual feng shui adjustments are essential to growing, maintaining, and cultivating your love relationships. Just as seasons change, love relationships transform through time. Like a garden needing constant care and maintenance to flourish, so do relationships. One year you may find that you want to improve communication, but the next year you may want to focus on intimacy, requiring new adjustments.

With basic knowledge of the Five Element Theory and your promoting elements, you can use your imagination to create a space that inspires romance and reinforces your love bond. Your home is an extension of your personal energy. Use your environment to help maintain your relationship and express your love.

Master Jenny Liu holds a BA in Environmental Design from UC Berkeley and an MA in Architecture from UCLA. She is an expert infeng shui who shares her knowledge through seminars, periodicals, and the internet. For more information please see, or call Jenny at (626) 272-4901.