The 5 Chinese Elements - Meaning, Cures, Yin Yang, Feng Shui

What Chinese element am I?

Your Chinese Zodiac element is the element of your birth year associated with your Chinese zodiac animal. For example, a child born during the Year of the Earth Dog 2018 (between February 16, 2018 and February 4, 2019) is an Earth Dog. Calculate your Chinese element of birth by consulting our annual calendar of 12 Chinese zodiac signs or take the test with our free Chinese sign and element calculator below, which displays your Chinese zodiac animal and birth element, from your date of birth.

Which Chinese elements are compatible?

Relationship and interaction of the 5 elements between them

The 5 elements of nature - Meaning and healing techniques

In Chinese astrology, an astral theme from Chinese cosmology (or WuXing 五行) combines a harmonious quantitative balance of the five Chinese elements (Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, Water) with the existential well-being of a person. According to the theory of the 5 Chinese elements, each element is an energetic flow whose direct link with the other elements depends both on its position in the cycle of creation, filiation and destruction of the 5 elements, but also on its excess or its deficiency, which disrupts the balance of the whole. Thus, our date of birth is a key marker of the energy flow of the five elements of Chinese cosmology. Indeed, in the same way that our year of birth associates us with the annual element of the same year according to a specific calendar cycle of WuXing and the 12 zodiac animals of the Chinese horoscope, the same goes for the month, the day and the hour of our birth.

In the Chinese lunar calendar, the duodenal cycle (the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac follow each other in the same order for 12 years) is combined with the deion cycle (the 5 elements of WuXing follow each other in the same order in pairs for 10 years) to form the sexagesimal cycle. Indeed, every 60 years, the same cycle "animal + element" starts again, which corresponds to a Chinese century.

📅 Chinese Calendar - The animal and the element of each year, from 1924 to 2031

The theory of the five fundamental elements of Chinese cosmology presupposes that each element (also called agent or movement) must feed on one element and feed another in parallel, thus allowing the good circulation and the good distribution of the energy resources for the body and for the spirit. According to the law of the five elements of Wuxing, a person who has the 5 Chinese elements in sufficient quantity and without excess in his horoscope is stronger and luckier, but also less exposed to imbalances and psychological, physiological or social problems.

Achieving harmony among the five elements - the compensatory element

According to the theory of the five Chinese elements, it is essential to always maintain a harmonious balance of the 5 Chinese elements calculated from your date and time of birth, which correspond to your energy identity card. Thus, in order to fill the lack of one or several elements of a Chinese astral theme - and to recreate on this occasion an energetic chart beneficial to the individual - there are several techniques that make it possible to "manufacture" the missing element, which can also be called the compensatory element.

In order to balance the energetic chart of the five Chinese elements when one of the elements is weak or deficient, several techniques of energy rectification can be envisaged, among which:

  • The choice of a first name or a nickname

  • The choice of the color of a garment or accessory

  • The choice of a specific trade or leisure activity

  • The choice of the wedding date and of the year of birth of a child for a couple

  • A suitable diet (spice, fruit or vegetable)

  • A specific fragrance (aroma, essential oil)

  • A particular movement in the Chinese martial arts (WuShu 武术)

  • Traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture, thalassotherapy

  • The vocalization of a specific sound during a session of healing meditation (Taoism)

  • Compatibility in love and friendship: The choice of a relationship based on the comparative energetic chart of your lover or friends with you

In the same way, it is possible to reduce the presence of an element when it is in excess, thanks to the identification of its corrective element, which is also a compensatory element. It is then a question of "tiring" or "exhausting" the element in excess by using the element that feeds on it. Thus, the same techniques previously listed are applicable when it is question of the excessive presence of an element in the Chinese horoscope.

By KarmaWeather - February 5, 2018
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☯ Yin Yang - Symbol, definition and meaning

In Taoist philosophy, Yin and Yang represents the origin of life. The foundations of all the constitutive aspects of the universe are expressed by the duality of the Yin Yang couple.

The most famous symbol of Yin Yang theory, Taijitu (太极 图) comes from from T'ai Chi. It consist of a circle split in two: a white space with a black dot for Yang (day, birth) and a black space with a white dot for Yin (night, death).

In the reciprocal relationship of the two Yin and Yang polarities, one goes inevitably to the other and vice versa. Yin and Yang are coupled. The Yang corresponding to action, movement, light and the Yin to neutrality, inertia, and darkness.

According to the primordial principle of existence, every entity is born, grows, matures, declines and dies. Thus, everything is constantly changing and nothing is ever frozen. For this reason, it is impossible to define any absolute state in Yin or Yang. Indeed, Yang feeds on Yin and vice versa. Every being or entity (animal, vegetable, mineral, virtual, spiritual) is made up partly of Yang and partly of Yin. The combined Yin and Yang constitute the energetic integrity of a set, with one of the two polarities in a dominant position.

The dominant polarity of a being or an entity is a snapshot of its mutation phase at a precise moment. In Asian astrology, the Yin and Yang property of the 5 Chinese elements is used to identify traits and personality for the natal chart of an individual and is used mostly in a predictive reading of the Chinese lunar calendar.

Thus, the Yin or Yang peculiarity of a compensatory element used for a deficiency or an excess doesn't play a predominant role when it is primarily a question of filling the energetic lack of a Chinese astral theme.

However, apart from Chinese astrology, it remains essential to develop a thorough knowledge of the Yin and Yang attributes of the 5 elements in other areas where WuXing plays a vital role, such as martial arts, acupuncture or traditional Chinese medicine.

The Qi cycles of traditional Chinese medicine  - The biological clock of the five elements of Chinese cosmology (WuXing): Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, Water

The Qi cycles of traditional Chinese medicine - The biological clock of the five elements of Chinese cosmology (WuXing): Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, Water

The Qi cycles of traditional Chinese medicine - The biological clock of the five elements

When energy imbalances are observed, traditional Chinese medicine relies on the biological clock of the cycles of Qi (vital breath) to establish a diagnosis and provide appropriate treatments. The biological clock is decomposed into 12 hours of two hours, each corresponding to an organ. Each organ is also connected to one of the 5 elements, Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal or Water. The 5 elements of WuXing can also be linked to the seasons: Wood for Spring, Fire for Summer, Metal for Autumn, Water for Winter, Earth for Inter-season.

Chinese seasons and their corresponding element

🌳 Wood February 14 - April 17 Spring
🗿 Earth April 18 - May 3 5th Season
🔥 Fire May 4 - July 17 Summer
🗿 Earth July 18 - August 4 5th Season
🛠 Metal August 5 - October 17 Fall
🗿 Earth October 18 - November 4 5th Season
💧 Water November 5 - January 16 Winter
🗿 Earth January 17 - February 13 5th Season

The 5 elements used in Chinese zodiac, Chinese medicine and Feng Shui - Characteristics, Meanings and influence on personality

🌳 Wood element

Meaning of the Wood element: Spring, visual acuity, eyes, irritability, muscles, tendons, ligaments, elimination, birth, anger, aggression, gall bladder, liver, acid taste, wind, sigh, potassium, east, lukewarm, scream, wheat, the green color, the « cheee » sound, the planet Jupiter.

Psychological manifestations of the Wood element in a Chinese horoscope:

  • Wood deficiency - Guilt and depression.

  • Balanced Wood - Good self-esteem and lucid appreciation of one's abilities. More willingness and less hesitation for a better ability to anticipate, in the short term (reaction to an event) and in the long term (construction, realization and fulfillment).

  • Wood excess - Anger, irascibility, let oneself be carried away.

🔥 Fire element

Meaning of the Fire element: Summer, circulation, heart, blood vessels, small intestine, tongue, speech, heat, sweat, joy, millet, growth, excitement, laughter, bitter taste , throat, phosphorus, the red color, the « haaa » sound, the planet Mars.

Psychological manifestations of the Fire element in a Chinese horoscope:

  • Fire deficiency - Lack of vivacity, limpness, apathy.

  • Balanced Fire - Pleasant and profound emotion in the face of existence. Inspires one the will to do good around oneself. Good communication skills and good moral stability, which allow a better appreciation of one’s actions and a more impartial judgment in a stressful situation.

  • Fire excess - Nervousness, euphoria.

🗿 Earth element

Meaning of the Earth element: Inter-season, mouth, taste, lips, tact, song, rye, transformation, moisture, rumination, compassion, flesh, blood, inner liquids, saliva, smell, obsession, center, pancreas, spleen, stomach, sweet taste, humidity, sympathy, magnesium, the yellow and brown colors, the « ro-ro-ro" sound, the planet Saturn.

Psychological manifestations of the Earth element in a Chinese horoscope:

  • Earth deficiency - Lack of concentration, dependence on others.

  • Balanced Earth - Strength of empathy, ability to understand and share the suffering of others. Acute concentration of the mind on a single object. Faculty of in-depth reasoning on complex subjects. Good memory and realism.

  • Earth excess - Worry, compulsion.

🛠 Metal element

Meaning of the Metal element: Autumn, drought, cool, decline, pungent taste, nose, lungs, skin, hair, grief, tears, crying, large intestine, sadness, mucus, rice, gathering, decline, harvest, west, calcium, the white, metal and gold colors, the sound "sssss", the planet Venus.

Psychological manifestations of the Metal element in a Chinese horoscope:

  • Metal deficiency - Insensitivity.

  • Balanced Metal - Ability to better overcome difficult events. Possibility to control pain and emotional suffering without being insensitive. Objectivity, ability to judge impartially. Insight.

  • Metal excess - Depression, self-pity.

💧 Water element

Meaning of the Water element: Winter, marrow, bones, joints, ear, hearing, saliva, cold, salty, bean, complaint, kidneys, bladder, urine, anxiety, stagnation, death, fear, setting aside, sodium, the black and blue colors, the sound "tcho", the planet Mercury.

Psychological manifestations of the Water element in a Chinese horoscope:

  • Water deficiency - Imprudence, carelessness, endangering one's own physical integrity. Clumsy communication, misunderstandings.

  • Balanced Water - Gives the necessary moral strength to overcome difficulties. Ability to concentrate energy towards action. Removes fear and shyness. Ability to avoid mistakes and bad luck. Greater caution also improves emotional and material security.

  • Water excess - Fear, panic.

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Please note that the use of medicinal plants, in any form whatsoever, should always be considered after consultation with a doctor, especially for pregnant or breastfeeding women, as well as for young children. In the same way, crystals and stones can only be considered as a support for medical treatment and never as a substitution. They are commonly called healing crystals for their action on the chakras, knowing that these have no application in modern medicine.