Water is one of the most important elements in Feng Shui. In the Chinese alphabet, the character of Feng means "Air" and Shui means "Water". One of the basic principles of Feng Shui is the Five Element Theory. The five elements are: wood, fire, earth, metal and water. When the elements are in harmony, we have a well balanced home. When the elements are properly placed, we can have protection or enhancement of the energies of the year. Water symbolizes the season of winter.