Water's energy is downward; and it is the most yin element. This energy promotes relaxation, peace and a laid back feeling.
Wood's energy is outward from center. It is a yang element and its energy promotes growth, expansion, and creativity.
Fire's energy is upward. it is the most yang element and promotes warmth, passion, but also tension and distrust. Use in small quantities for best effect.
Earth energy is still. It is a neutral element and promotes stability and permanence.
Metal energy moves inward to center. It is a yin element and is best used for precision, focus and to reduce the energy of too much wood.