This post has been inspired by fellow ActiveRainer, Candice A. Donofrio. She asked, “would the graveyard be considered destructive Earth, or its that too simplistic? Is Earth even the element destroyed?”
Lets take a closer look at Earth element and please keep in mind, each Feng Shui Consultant_Expert_Master may respond a bit differently. Earth element from a Feng Shui perspective is known for nourishing the body and nurturing the spirit and soul. Another aspect of this element includes recycling ‘old’ energy of the past and preparing it for new beginnings.
In terms of the graveyard discussion, you could say this is pretty much what is happening on a physical and metaphysical level. To help elaborate a bit more, I conducted some scientific research to help offer insight into, “would the graveyard be considered destructive Earth?”
Remember, what you read below is presented in scientific terminology.
“According to one estimate, an average human body consists of 50–75% water, and every kilogram of dry body mass eventually releases 32g of nitrogen, 10g of phosphorous, 4g of potassium and 1g of magnesium into the soil. Initially, it kills off some of the underlying and surrounding vegetation, possibly because of nitrogen toxicity or because of antibiotics found in the body, which are secreted by insect larvae as they feed on the flesh. Ultimately, though, decomposition is beneficial for the surrounding ecosystem.” -What Happens After We Die (resource link)
Another article found on seeker.com says, “Whether our bodies are buried or cremated, they leach iron, zinc, sulfur, calcium, and phosphorus into ground that might later be used as farms, forests, or parks. Human bodies also contain more sinister elements, such as mercury from dental fillings. “These traces persist for a very long time, for centuries to millennia.” - Ladislav Smejda of the Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague
With all that said, decomposing bodies (according to science) seems to be beneficial to the soil. Our bodies are literally being recycled. BUT, scientist also warn, having too many bodies concentrated in one area over long periods of time could drastically shift the chemistry of the soil, and possibly not for the better. This could become a more prominent concern as the global population continues to grow. In regard to the metaphysical discussion, when our time is done on earth, the energy that animates our body needs to also be recycled back to your soul, preparing for the next journey (if you choose to believe that). So in all, I don’t feel or think a graveyard is a defined as 100%‘destructive earth.’ There seems to be varying variables.
To read part 1, please click on: What To Know about Graveyards, Cemeteries and Feng Shui Part 1
Laura Cerrano is a second-generation Certified New York City Feng Shui Consultant Expert. As a full-time Feng Shui consultant, Laura provides bicoastal consultations and workshops for residential, commercial, real estate developments, Fortune 500 companies and healing faculties. In addition, Laura is a resident teacher at the Metropolitan Institute of Design in Syosset, NY. She has been featured in highly respected publications and TV networks such as Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen," PBS, CBC Television, BBC Radio and The New York Times.