Feng Shui Element Wood – Growth

The Feng Shui element of wood is about growth, and in order to grow there are things we have to let go of, in order to do so. Let me start with a curious question: If a tree falls in the forest does it make a sound? I can’t answer that, however, if a palm frond falls off your tree and hits the neighbor’s garage it most definitely makes a sound. I’ve had the pleasure of being in the garden on two occasions, in the last month, to hear the cracking and subsequent whoosh and crash of a 2m frond drop. This morning as I looked up at my tree I was struck with something, perhaps you can relate.

Isn’t it fascinating that plant life just does what it does?  
The tree never questions its process, it just goes with its rhythm. It trusts it’s own wisdom. All it wants to be is a tree.
You don’t see the orange tree trying to emulate the bamboo, or the bamboo trying to be an evergreen.
Plant life does its thing, its the plant its intended to be.

Characteristics of The Element Wood

The element of wood in Feng Shui embodies progress. Plant life of all kinds have a foundation of roots to support the growth above the earth.  Just like in our literal life we sometimes need to cut or prune to allow new growth, or to clear so that growth is not stunted or all consuming.
In your home:  hard wood flooring, wood furniture, plants, floral patterns and columns and st
Wood is symbolically associated with:
  • intuition,
  • what you see and don’t see, (as in tree reaches out above the earth while the roots are hidden in the earth)
  • trust,
  • new growth, new skills, new projects.
  • exemplifies expansion or branching out
  • trees have seeds; seeds are knowledge
  • the color green and blue.

Balancing The Wood Element

When wood is in balance: we can trust the process and take reasonable risks; while open to guidance and open minded.
There is a connected feeling of our roots stabilizing us and above ground we are branching out.
Too much wood can leave us feeling encumbered. That we can’t keep up or have taken too much on.
Symbolically, the trees are consuming to much of the Earth.
We need to bring in the Metal element to cut the wood, which we can use to build and stoke our Fire.
Too little wood may be felt when we are not branching out; when we are keeping ourselves small. We need to make certain that we are tending our garden with Water, in order to nourish the trees/plants to grow.
I invite you to consider where you are nurturing yourself for growth in all ways.  Physically, mentally and emotional nurturing to grow your tree of life.
If you want to find out if wood is dominant in your personality, take this low tech pop quiz.
Is it time to clear your mind and realign with where you want to grow, and who you want to become?


Sherry Trentini

As a Life & Grief Coach, I love helping people let go the hard stuff to make room and create the good stuff. I have a healthy respect for the resistance to letting things go, while knowing the liberation that comes from doing just that. I am all about helping you navigate through and towards your future. Additionally, I'm a gratitude junkie, a decluttering advocate and loves to do burpees as exercise!

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