Feng Shui

The Five Elements: Wood

Wood is one of Feng Shui’s Five Elements. Each element, including wood, needs to be used correctly and balanced throughout the space for the optimal flow of chi energy.

Maximizing how you use the wood element in design can improve the chi in your home or workspace.


Spring is the beginning of the seasonal cycle, a time of birth and new beginnings. It is also the energy of the element Wood.

This is the energy that brings forth new growth, that pushes the new grass through the snow, the new branches out from old wood, produces new leaves. It does this so nature can take in the nourishment it needs to flourish.


Using brown and green colors in design strengthen wood attributes.


Liver and gallbladder organs are connected with the element of wood. Thus, when the liver is out of balance, the person can be very resistant and become literally a ‘stick in the mud’ type of person, who finds it hard to uproot themselves and adapt to changes. Thus they can be inflexible, irritable and nervous and even become angry.


Wood is yang/masculine in character. The predominant attributes are considered to be strength and flexibility, as with bamboo. It is also associated with qualities of generosity and idealism. One quality of the Wood element is leadership.


Are often aggressive or assertive, direct, and can have a strong temper and a lot of drive. They are usually outgoing and socially conscious and can be insensitive. The Wood element is associated with negative feelings of anger, and positive feelings of patience and altruism.


They love sour and salty rather than spicy taste; blue, green and dark rather than white or plain colors; like to study and think. Meanwhile, wood people follow the rules and work seriously; love criticism, landscapes, outing, music, swimming and fishing, etc.


  • Time of day: Morning
  • Time of year: Spring
  • Energy: Upward
  • Natural form: Trees, grass, plants, flowers
  • Direction: East
  • Organ: Liver and Gall bladder
  • Attitude: Positive, enthusiastic
  • Taste: Sour
  • Color: Green

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