Present in everything we do, the elements are regarded as the building blocks of all natural phenomena. They are also integral to how we experience daily life.
The practice of Feng Shui seeks to bring balance by understanding how our element influences the six energies within—wisdom, socializing, creativity, seduction, prosperity, and status.
Each season elects an element as its leader. For autumn this is metal—a honed, lustrous substance that both clarifies and reflects. It is therefore no surprise that the coming months are a time to take stock, organize your thoughts, and look west as the sun begins to set on the year.
Just as spring was the season for a ‘clean sweep’, autumn is the season for ‘letting go’. Not just of the physical and mental clutter we have accumulated over the year, but also of any habits that may be depleting our corporeal and spiritual entities. Use meditation and yoga to clarify and uplift, and take a note from nature’s enduring cycle: falling leaves make room for new growth.
While always essential, breathing becomes particularly important during this transitional period. Autumn is associated with the lungs, so keep this organ healthy and clear by taking regular walks and maintaining gentle exercise. As the weather oscillates between warm and cold, sometimes unpredictably, keep a scarf to hand to protect your neck and chest. Most importantly, acknowledge the importance of the sigh to expel any sadness or stress that may be associated with the impulse.
For Yin Water, this season focuses on wisdom, prosperity, and seduction for men.
Autumn is a sagacious season, a time to reflect upon the lessons that have been gleaned during the year. To support this, turn your attention inwards, especially whenever you are facing a westerly or northwesterly direction—doing this in the evening is most auspicious. It is also a good time to get in touch with mentors and elders who can offer their time-wizened perspectives.
Enhance your scholarly endeavors by eating nutrient-rich food that is fresh, seasonal, and locally sourced—cooked vegetables and herbs in particular. Nature’s bounty is also a boon, so spend time outdoors to get in touch with your inner wisdom.
Perfect Pairings: Clarity can be channeled this season with a spritz of Matrix Metal or Metal Flower fragrances.
Wealth energy abounds this season for those governed by the fluid element. To nurture the flow of prosperity Qi, ensure your hallways are tidy, as this is how energy enters and travels throughout your home or workspace. Continue by decluttering the south of your home or workspace, and place yourself here while working, facing south to further attract this energy. A table-top water feature in the southeast of these areas is a particularly auspicious touch.
For Yin Water men, seduction energy is strong over the coming months. Increase your allure by organizing midday encounters in the south of town. Be sure to wear a shirt in red, pink, or purple, as these colors are particularly auspicious when it comes to amour. And, finally, place a bouquet of purple flowers in the south of your bedroom.
Perfect Pairings: Heighten your charms with the scent of Hypnotizing Fire or Velvet Fire fragrances, and light a candle in either fragrance on your nightstand.