Beijing 2008 – Part 1Author: Cath / Category: ,
Beijing 2008 – Olympics and 5 elements
15 days left to the 2008 Olympic Games to be held in Beijing. You’ll be wondering what this has to do with the 5 elements and Feng Shui. If we look a little bit closer, we will find a lot of Feng Shui influence in this year games. The Official Mascots of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games (Fuwa) are representing, inter alia, the five elements (Wu Xing) used in Feng Shui to harmonize the energies.
“Fuwa also embody both the landscape and the dreams and aspirations of people from every part of the vast country of China. In their origins and their headpieces, you can see the five elements of nature — the sea, forest, fire, earth and sky — all stylistically rendered in ways that represent the deep traditional influences of Chinese folk art and ornamentation.”
Known as the Chinese five elements (or five phases = Wu Xing), water, wood, fire, earth and metal are represented by each of the figures forming the Fuwa. As explained in the official Web site, “fish and water designs are symbols of prosperity and harvest”. Among Fuwa, Beibei represents the sea and the water element. The lotus designs of Jingjing symbolize the lush forest and the harmonious relationship between man and nature. It is clearly the wood element. Huanhuan is a child of fire, and its element is obviously the fire element. Like an antelope, Yingying races across the earth, remembering us that the next one is the earth element. Finally, Nini symbolize the infinite sky with her golden wings. Here, we need to have a look at the 8 trigrams: Qian – Heaven – belongs to the metal element.
As you can see, they are placed in order of the creative cycle (Sheng Qi), as water nourishes wood, wood nourishes fire, fire produces the earth, the earth produces metal and metal produces water.
Feng Shui is not only used for living spaces. It can be used from a minimum surface like a room to a maximum surface like a continent.