Chinese Zodiac Five Elements

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    Introduction

    Chinese Zodiac five elements, 'Wu Xing' in Chinese (pinyin: wuxíng) refers to the five elements - Jin (metal), Mu (wood), Shui (water), Huo (fire), and Tu (earth). It is also named the Five Movements, Five Phrases, Five Steps or Five States of Change.

    The theory of the five elements thinks that the world is composed of these five elements and changes with their generation or controlling relationships. It not only affects the human’s destiny but also makes the universe and its creatures cycle constantly. In China, the theory is a very important part of traditional Chinese culture and mostly used in philosophy, traditional Chinese medicine as well as fortune-telling.

    Generating and Controlling Cycle

    Chinese Five ElementsThe five elements go in a specific order and one creates or controls the next.

    The Generating Cycle (sheng)
    (Inter-promoting, begetting, engendering, mothering or enhancing cycle)
    Generating: Wood makes Fire burn; Fire creates Earth; Earth bears Metal; Off of Metal runs the Water; Water makes Wood grow.

    The Controlling Cycle (kè)
    (Destructing, overcoming or inter-restraining or weakening cycle)
    Fire melts Metal; Metal chops down Wood; Wood breaks the Earth; Earth soaks up Water and blocks its flow; Water controls Fire.

    Characteristics/Personality of Five Elements

    Words to describe the people of Five Elements:
    Wood – Exceptionally gifted, Idealists, Planner, Owl
    Water – Sympathetic, Perfectionist, Coordinator, Chameleon
    Fire – Courageous, Passionate, Good at research, King, Koala
    Earth – Kindness, Tolerant, Honest, Leader, Peacock
    Metal – Determined, Persistent, Workaholic, Manager, Tiger

    12 Chinese Zodiac Animals and Five Elements

    Each of 12 Chinese zodiac animal signs is associated with one of the five elements. Check the following table to find out the fixed element for each sign:
    Five Elements Zodiac Animal Signs
    Metal Monkey, Rooster
    Wood Tiger, Rabbit
    Water Rat,Pig
    Fire Snake, Horse
    Earth Ox, Dragon, Sheep, Dog

    Also, each animal sign is further divided into the five elements, depending on the year that the sign occurs. Following shows you the corresponding element for each animal in different years. By clicking one of the following links, you could get the personality and destiny for the people with the corresponding element and sign. 

    Chinese Zodiac Five Elements Chart

    Each element associates with some properties or aspects of nature. The following chart shows you their associations.
    Elements Metal Wood Water Fire Earth
    Zodiac signs (yang) Monkey Tiger Rat Horse Dragon/Dog
    Zodiac signs (yin) Rooster Rabbit Pig Snake Ox/Sheep
    Hours 3pm-7pm 3am-7am 9pm-1am 9am-1pm 1am-3am,7am-9am,1pm-3pm,7pm-9pm
    Seasons Autumn Spring Winter Summer Intermediate
    Climate Dryness Wind Cold Heat Dampness
    Colors White Green Black Red Brown
    Numbers 4, 9 3, 8 1, 6 2, 7 5, 0
    Directions West East North South Central
    Organs (Yin) Lungs Liver Kidneys Heart Spleen
    Organs (Yang) Large Intestine Gall Bladder Urinary Bladder Small Intestine Stomach
    Body Part Skin, Body Hair Tendons, Ligaments Bones, Bone Marrow, Teeth, Hair Blood Vessels Muscles
    Sense Organs Nose Eyes Ears Tongue Mouth
    Diseases Dry Wind Cold Hot Wet
    Tastes Spicy Sour Salty Bitter Sweet
    Smell Rotten Rancid Putrid Scorched Fragrant
    Sounds Crying Shouting Groaning Laughing Singing
    Emotion Greif Anger Fear Joy Worry
    Mental Quality Intuition Sensitivity Spontaneity Creativity Clarity
    Energy Contracting Generative Conserving Expansive Stabilizing
    Planets Venus Jupiter Mercury Mars Saturn
    Heavenly Creatures White Tiger Green Dragon Black Tortoise Vermilion Bird Yellow Dragon
    Heavenly Stems Geng Xin Jia Yi Ren Gui Bing Ding Wu Ji
    Year Ends with 0, 1 4, 5 2, 3 6, 7 8, 9

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