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Four Pillars of Dest

The four Pillars of Destiny is a traditional method of analysing human fortune.

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  • Days:   3 Days
  • Type:   Workshop
  • Presentor:   Grand Master Raymond Lo
  • The Five Elements

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    In ancient Chinese cosmology, the universe and everything in it is composed of five environmental elements. The Chinese believe that these five elements are the basic components of all matter in the universe. These elements are constantly interacting with each other and have two main cycles which describe the ‘order’ of the universe.

    Metal

    Metal

    Metal represents the transformation of the chi from fullness towards decline. This is the afternoon of the day, the autumn of the year when natural chi begins slowly to diminish. It is the cooling off period; the time of declining Yin. Metal is the process of gathering in, a dense inward moving energy, which can feel oppressive if it is not in harmony with its surroundings.

    DIRECTION
    West

    SHAPES
    Round and Arched

    COLOURS
    White, Gold, Silver, Bronze and Copper

    OBJECTS
    Metalic; round gongs and metal plates

    Water

    Water

    Water represents the winter season, a time of hibernation at the end of the year. Water is complete Yin and denotes stillness, hidden depths and currents.

    DIRECTION
    North

    SHAPES
    Wavy, undulating lines

    COLOURS
    Black and grey

    OBJECTS
    Fountains, fish tanks and glass

    Wood

    Wood

    Wood signifies life, growth, health and vitality. The direction of wood is the direction of new beginnings and the promise of growth. It signifies the life force energy ascending at the beginning of the day or in the spring, which, in the Chinese calendar, is the beginning of the year.

    DIRECTION
    East

    SHAPES
    Rectangular, tall

    COLOURS
    Green, cool blues, aqua

    OBJECTS
    Wood, plants, cardboard, paper, composite wood products

    Fire

    Fire

    The direction of fire is south, where it symbolises noon and the height of the day, summer and the fullness of the year - life at its most yang. Fire elements are used to enhance auspicious earth energy or minimise a negative wood element.

    DIRECTION
    South

    SHAPES
    Triangular

    COLOURS
    Red, pink, magenta, burgandy

    OBJECTS
    Fire, candles, red objects and walls

    Earth

    Earth

    The earth element represents the gentle transition between the seasons – between the changing parts of the day. As wood and fire represent rising and full yang and metal and water declining and complete yin so, in the middle, there is earth and earth is unchanging. Earth has no season.

    DIRECTION
    Centre

    SHAPES
    Square

    COLOURS
    Yellow, ochre, beige, light brown, terracotta

    OBJECTS
    Terracotta pots, pottery, porcelain, crystals, stones, sculpture

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