The Season of Winter: The Element of Water

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“Fortune and blessing gather where there is stillness.” —Chuang-Tzu

Winter is the season of going inward, reflection and deep rest. This is the time to conserve energy, restore our essence, and gather strength and vitality.

The seasonal Chinese element is water, the color is black or dark blue, and the related organs are the kidneys and bladder.

In Feng Shui, we use both Still and Moving Water to activate cash flow, business, career, social connections, clarity or peace of mind.

When water is balanced in our environments and in us, we search for the deep mystery, wisdom and spiritual truth; enjoy inward reflection and contemplation. We’re adaptable and can go with the flow; embody our emotions and intuition; enjoy spending time alone in our own space, just “being;” rest when we’re tired and know how to hibernate to build up our energy sources.

When water is unbalanced in our spaces and lives we can experience lethargy, depression, lack of motivation, dissatisfaction with life’s path, nagging unrest with life; feel a lack of opportunity or career growth; feel isolated; work too hard or not take enough rest and leisure time or have control issues.

If you have too much water in your or your environs, you might experience lethargy or depression. You can bring in some earth element by wearing more earth colors of yellow and gold.

If you have too little water, you might be experiencing a lack of opportunities or career growth or feeling disconnected spiritually. In this case, you can add a water feature in the appropriate gua of your home or office; wear more black and dark blue colors; or add metallic décor to your spaces and wardrobe.

Embrace the essence of water’s stillness of this season by:

  • Slowing down.
  • Resisting the temptation to be “busy.”
  • Lounging.
  • Eating leisurely meals.
  • Taking longer baths.
  • Being more quiet.
  • Listening to calming, gentle music.
  • Sleeping longer hours by going to bed when the sun goes down and rising later in the morning.
  • Taking naps.
  • Meditating, reflecting, contemplating, and journaling.
  • Avoiding big crowds at shopping malls.
  • Using less electric lights and lighting more candles and lanterns.
  • Building reserves for your spring projects.
  • Flowing like water-walking, swimming, dancing, tai chi, qigong.

This is also a wonderful time to use “The Uplifting Mudra,” a life-enhancing and rejuvenating hand gesture that’s especially wonderful when you feel tired, weak or need a pick-me-up. Join the top of your ring and little fingers to your thumb leaving the index and middle fingers upright.


Gwynne WarnerGwynne Allyn Warner is the founder of 10,000 Blessings Feng Shui and practices Black Sect Tantric Buddhist Feng Shui as a disciple of Grandmaster Professor Lin Yun. She was certified as an Advanced Feng Shui Consultant by Helen and James Jay of Feng Shui Designs. Gwynne began her studies in Buddhism in her early twenties while living in London where she became enamored with Kuan Yin and thereafter received her Bodhisattva Vows with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Her expertise has been treasured by creative small businesses, service professionals, performing artists, Chinese medicine practitioners, healers, and interior designers among others. For more information and to sign up for her newsletter, please visit her website.


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