Our surroundings are filled with objects, regardless if natural or artificial come in different shapes. In Feng Shui, we can use the innate meanings in shapes to create the result we desire. When you look to the Chinese Feng Shui coin/I Ching coins, it combines of 2 shapes. It comprises a circle (stands for heaven) and a square (stands for earth) in the centre.

Shapes have been associated with the Feng Shui 5 elements (wood, fire, earth, metal and water). All shapes have their own meaning, directions and elements that belong to them. People use this information to guide them in selecting the shapes to better magnify or complement the elements reigning each sector of your living or working space.

Feng Shui enthusiasts love to place purple amethyst geode cave of a certain shape in specific sectors of the space to complement or enhance the elements.

Shapes Meanings in Feng Shui Application


Symbolism: Progression and expansion

Element: Wood

You can use rectangular furnitures or decoration in a living or working space. For example, a rectangular dining table is more suitable than a round one for a dining area in the east or southeast. To further enhance the wood element, it is best to choose the wood material, instead of metal because they are in the destructive cycle.

Four white chairs surrounding rectangular wooden table served with homemade pie and buns, fresh fruits and flowers from garden

Circle / Round

Symbolism: Wholeness, unity, heaven and harmony

Element: Metal

Circle has always been one of the most auspicious shapes. Round shaped objects are used when there is too much wood energy. When there is too much wood energy, it creates disharmony and stress at home. Using round shaped furnitures or decor can help to control the energy and suppress the tension.


Symbolism: Movement, Focus and Aim towards a goal

Element: Fire

Triangular or Shapes that come with pointed corners, like diamond, stars, etc belong to the fire element. Using such a shape can bring up the energy levels in the living and working spaces. However, remember to use this shape sparingly because excessive use can generate unfavourable Chi to the environment.

When choosing a house, it is also advisable to avoid a triangular shaped layout because of the missing sectors issue. Besides that, it also gives you headache on furniture placement.

Pencils and brushes in metal cans standing on wooden table in living room with workspace


Symbolism: Solidity and stability

Element: Earth

Square is the shape belonging to the earth element provide stability and solidity. You can use this shape to improve relationships and nourish family life. For those who feel stressed that are affected by many movements and happenings in life, use this shape to feel grounded.

If you are hunting for a house, it is advisable to choose a squarish floor plan configuration layout.

Wavy and Curved Lines

Symbolism: Flexibility and Adaptability

Element: Water

This curvilinear shape that belongs to the water element is auspicious. It symbolises flowing energy that brings opportunities and positivity to better transform your life. Always remember not to use it too much because it can bring you downfall with a tidal wave effect.

It is hard to find this wavy shape of building structure or furnitures. They are found in artwork and home decoration and you can use them to give a right touch to the home.

After learning about the shapes meaning and representation, you can use them and their associated elements in your home decoration.



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