The very important basic of feng shui is to understand the elements. The elements include wood, fire, earth, gold and water.
1. Water will grow plant because plant needs water in order to grow. However, water resists fire as water put out fire.
2. Wood grows fire because we use wood to light up fire. But, wood resists earth as the root of plant grows into the earth and break it.
3. Fire grows earth because if you burn something, it will burn to become earth. Nevertheless, fire resists gold as fire will melt metal.
4. Earth grows gold as earth has metal inside it. All metal is considered as gold in the term of feng shui. But, earth resists water as stone/earth resists the smooth flow of water.
5. Gold grows water as gold will become liquid after heating. But, gold resists wood as we use metal axe to chop down a tree.