Five Elements of Vastu Shastra

five elements of vastu

Vastu-Five Elements ( Pancha Bhoota or Pancha Maha-Bhoota ) of Vastu Shastra Fire (Agni – अग्नि ), Earth (Prithvi – पृथ्वी ), Water (Jal/Apas – जल ), Air (Vayu – वायु ), Space (Akash – आकाश)

According to Vastu, (or Vaastu or vasthu) shastra, there are five basic elements in the whole world/universe. They are the Earth, Water, Air, Fire (Heat & Light), and Sky(Cosmic). Vastu is a Cosmic Science of balancing these elements in the proper proportions for harmony. When these five elements are in the proper place, they support the person to achieve greater success in life.

Vasthu stands on Earth. Earth depends on water-water is balanced by Agni (Fire), Agni is controlled by air (either). Air movements are possible in Akasha (sky). Similarly the Purusha – living beings. The body (earth) depends on the water. Contents in the body balanced by the Agni (fire). Agni-heat is controlled by the air. Breathing which is possible only if we are having space (Aakash) inside the human body.

The core concept of Vastu Shastra entails the five key elements:  Water, fire, earth, wind, and space. Each element is associated with a specific direction and energy which serve as a guide to enhance the flow of the energy and improve the balance of the five elements in the surrounding environment.

Fire Element – Vastu Shastra

fire-vastuFire, together with Water, Earth, Wind, and space is one of the five known basic Elements, which represent the substance of the world. A physical appearance of fire can do for you what the sun itself does for the whole world – it provides you with light and warmth and can serve you as a heat source to cook upon. It is also an impulsive and dangerous element, that can smolder and suddenly burst. Fire can give wings of courage, compassion and, also devotion.

It is seen as the force burning inside us, giving us iron willpower to go for our goals, bestowing upon us the passion for doing it with all of yourself, resulting in the honor and freedom to do it without backstabbing and with an open face.

Fire is the transformer, converting the energy of other objects into other forms: heat, light, ash, and smoke.
The Buddha defined the Fire element as “that by which one is warmed, ages, and is consumed, and that by which what is eaten … gets completely digested.” In other words, the Fire element within is metabolism. It’s our energy.

Associated with:- Inspiration, understanding, passion, motivation, positive action

Colour:- Red, strong yellow, orange, magenta, reddish-purple, pink

Shape:- Triangle

Objects:-Lamps, candles, sunlight, salt lamps, or items that generate heat.

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Water Element – Vastu Shastra

water-elementHumans are not separate from nature but connected to earth as a part of an interconnected web of life. The element of nature act as a whole to create and maintain energy — the force of life. An energy-efficient environment attracts many benefits and more positive opportunities.
The water element is one of the strongest elements of Vastu Shastra. Water is what gives life to our planet. Without it, we would not exist. Water is the essence of life. Water has always been synonymous with authority & power.

During ancient times, water has been used as an elemental solution by the kings by placing their palaces near bodies of water. If you look at the world’s most capital cities today, they are either located near the water or have large rivers or lakes nearby. The majority of ocean-side and lake-side properties are usually more expensive.

Water near the house

Waterbody near the house or business premises is a proper placement because it keeps the energy flowing and prevents it from being “locked.” Its real essence speaks of movement and the flow of life. It invites everyone to move & bend and not to stay rigid or to struggle. Running and flowing water can encourage those who come into contact with it to accept continual change and not to struggle unnecessarily in life. Flowing water can ease tensions and allow the vibrations of the life force to enter us and nourish our aura.

Water- a source of life

If properly applied, the water element can make a world of difference. Water installed in the wrong direction might have a reverse effect on you and the inhabitants of your premises.
The effects of a water body in a home are amazing. Our bodies and mind welcome the cooling effect of the water.
Sources of Water element in Vastu Shastra:-

 Associated with:-Introspection, wisdom, deep thought.

Colour:- Black, blue

Shape:- Undulating

Objects:-Things that made of glass; water fountains, or fountains, birdbaths), curvy & winding paths.

Earth Element – Vastu Shastra

The earth element is represented by anything made from soil or stone. Objects of clay, ceramic, brick, and concrete possess the vibration of the earth. Crystal cluster also belongs to the earth elements. Anything made of earth mostly yellow, orange, or brown in color represents the earth element.
The Southwest area denotes earth element which indicates heaviness. Master bedroom in the house, Master cabin in the Office, and Heavy machinery in the factory are highly recommended to use the south-west zone. It instead gives more stability and controlling powers.

Associated with:-Trust, reliability, grounded, centered, balanced, sturdy, good at handling money and family

Colour:- Light yellow, beige, peach, light brown

Shape:- Square

Objects:- Objects that are made out of crystals, ceramic, clay, brick, rock, sand

Wind Element- Vastu Shastra

The wind element is located in the north-west zone. Air or Vayu is vital for our survival. Our sense of sound, touch, and feel are related to Air. All communication, networking energies can be improved if the wind element has all Vastu compliance. According to Vastu, plantations, window, door and, also ventilation offers various t benefits of wind element.

Associated with:- cheerful, gentle, neat, courteous

Colour:-Blue, Grey

Shape:– Round

Objects:-Metal