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Destructive Cycle

When an element erodes or “destroys” another element, we destroy that elements qualities using the destructive sequence.

Fire Destroys –> (melts) Metal
Metal Destroys –> (chops) Wood
Wood Destroys –> (depletes) Earth
Earth Destroys –> (absorbs) Water
Water Destroys –> (puts out) Fire

The Destructive cycle
Water weakens -> Fire weakens –> Metal weakens -> Wood weakens –> Earth weakens –> Water.

You will use the Destructive Cycle when you need to weaken a particular feng shui element in your home or office.

For example, if the Water element in a specific area is too strong and you cannot remove the decor element that brings the Water energy – such as mirrored closet doors in the West area – then you need to weaken the Water element. In order to do that, you will bring the Earth element to put down/absorb the excess Water energy.

Decor-wise, you can do any (or all!) of the following: bring several big to medium-size earthenware vases, have a beige rug with a predominantly square pattern, paint the walls in a light yellow or beige color and/or bring feng shui art with a strong earth element presence.)

Now that you understand the basics of the productive and destructive cycles of the five feng shui elements, let’s get back to our example of a fireplace in the East area. Let’s see how we can remedy the situation by using the newly acquired knowledge about the two main cycles of feng shui elements.

To strengthen the Wood element and weaken (destroy) the Fire element in the East feng shui area of a home.

Our feng shui design strategy: We need to bring the Water element as Water nurtures the Wood and at the same time puts down the Fire. You can hang a big mirror above the fireplace, which will bring the desired energy of the Water feng shui element. Choose a round or oval shape mirror (Metal element shape), as Metal nurtures Water, or go for a frame in a blue or black color (these are the colors of the needed Water element.)

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