Good earth

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 01 August, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 01 August, 2010, 12:00am

In fung shui, earth is represented by soil, objects such as earthenware (i.e. pots and cooking vessels), and colours such as yellow, beige, brown and other earthy tones. Within your body, earth governs digestion (the stomach), immunity (the spleen) and the reproductive organs. When there is an excess of earth energy, you will feel sluggish and your metabolism will slow down, resulting in weight gain. Women may have problems with their menstrual cycle. There is also an increased possibility of stomach ulcers. And you may worry obsessively and be over-protective towards your family.

A deficiency of earth energy may cause varicose veins, haemorrhoids and a tendency to bruise easily. Metabolic problems such as diabetes and low blood sugar may also occur, as well as arthritis and pain in your bones and joints. Feelings of inadequacy and loneliness may arise and you will feel as though you need constant reassurance.

To increase the earth energy within your environment, use objects or colours that represent earth or fire, as the latter gives birth to earth. Fire colours include red, yellow, orange, pink and purple. Candles can also be used.

Earth is weakened by the presence of metal, so metallic objects, such as sculptures or ornaments, or the colours white and grey, will reduce the excessive earth energy within your home.