The Five Elements (Wu Xing)

Five Elements Chart
Five Elements Chart
Usually known as the Five Elements, Wu Xing is also named the Five Movements, Five Phrases or Five Steps. The 5 elements are jin (metal), mu (wood), shui (water), huo (fire), tu (earth). Chinese five elements in daily life were regarded as the foundation of everything in the universe and natural phenomena. They have their own characters and they can generate or destroy one other.

 

The Five Elements Theory

Generating Interaction (also begetting, engendering or mothering)
Metal generates water; water nourishes wood; wood feeds fire; fire creates earth/ash; earth bears metal.

Overcoming Interaction (also destruction)
Fire melts metal; metal chops wood; wood break up earth; earth absorbs water; water quenches fire.

 

Characteristics of the Five Elements

Wood – Benevolence

The wood pronounces the fate, lowliness or nobleness, representing extractive, luxuriant, brilliant, blooming, flourishing etc.
 

Fire – Propriety

The fire pronounces the feature, strength or softness, representing power, influence, bravery and intense.
 

Metal – Righteousness

The metal pronounces the life span, longevity or abortion, foretelling any penalties, dangers, difficulties and dead end.
 

Water – Wisdom

The water pronounces the talent, sage or fool, representing aptitude, brightness, agile mind and accuracy.
 

Earth – Fidelity/Honesty

The earth pronounces the status, rich or poor, representing the birth and growth of everything.

 

Chinese Five Elements Chart

Chinese zodiac elements

Elements Metal Wood Water Fire Earth
Zodiac Signs (Yang) Monkey Tiger Rat Horse Dragon / Dog
Zodiac Signs (Yin) Rooster Rabbit Pig Snake Ox / Sheep
 

5 Elements Feng Shui

Elements Metal Wood Water Fire Earth
Colors White Green Black Red Brown
Seasons Autumn Spring Winter Summer Intermediate
Weathers Dry Wind Cold Hot Wet
Directions West East North South Central
Planets Venus Jupiter Mercury Mars Saturn
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
Hours 15-19 3-7 21-01 9-13 1-3,7-9,13-15,19-21
Number 1 2 3 4 5
Heavenly Creatures White Tiger Green Dragon Black Tortoise Vermilion Bird Yellow Dragon
 

5 Elements Chinese Medicine

Elements Metal Wood Water Fire Earth
Organs(Yin) Lung Liver Kidney Heart Spleen
Organs(Yang) Large Intestine Gall Bladder Urinary Bladder Small Intestine Stomach
Sensory Organs Nose Eyes Wars Tongue Mouth
Tastes Spicy Sour Salty Bitter Sweet
 

Application of Five Elements Theory

 

Naming of New-Borns

In ancient China, newborn babies usually got their name from the 'eight characters of birth time' consisting of year, month, day and hour which is represented by two characters each, one character from the Heavenly Stems and one from the Earthly Branches. The four pairs of the birth time reveal the elements in one's life. Then the parents will give the baby a name containing the element, as compensation, which doesn't exit in the baby's eight characters. The tradition is still followed by some people nowadays.
 

Five Elements Chinese Medicine

According to Five Elements Chinese medicine theory, among the five internal organs, the heart has the Fire element, the lung Metal, the liver Wood, the spleen Earth, and the kidney Water.

The Five Elements theory is mainly used to analyze and study the interrelations and physiological functions of these body parts, and to explain their mutual influences under pathological conditions.

Since ancient times, Chinese sages have skillfully applied the theory to medicine field, learning and explaining physiological phenomena with the dialectical relation of the Five Elements, trying their best to adapt to internal natural laws and to master the operating mechanism of the human body to prevent and treat diseases.
 

Five Elements Acupuncture

What are the 5 elements of acupuncture? Five Elements acupuncture is a very ancient and miraculous acupuncture method, which can not only treat various body diseases, but also adjust people's mind and emotion, etc.

According to the five elements theory, each emotion corresponds to one organ. Happiness-heart; Anger-liver; Worry-spleen; Panic-kidney; Sadness-lung. Bad emotions can damage these organs. Acupuncture can make people feel relax, thus achieving the effect of curing diseases.

People with abnormal organs often have corresponding abnormal emotions. For example, if a person often wants to lose his temper uncontrollably, he must consider whether there is something wrong with his liver. He can treat the disease by acupuncture at the liver point.


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- Last modified on Feb. 21, 2021 -
Questions & Answers on The Five Elements (Wu Xing)
Asked by Pam from USA | Feb. 12, 2021 17:00Reply
Female Fire Snake and Male Water Ox Compatible?
Hi, I understand that snakes get along with ox, but what about the elements? Do they have effects
on relationships?
If water quenches fire, would there be conflicts between fire snake and water ox? Thank you!
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Answered by Darlene | Feb. 21, 2021 17:02
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Generally speaking, it won't have conflicts. You should have more confidence about your relationship.
Asked by ablett from UNITED KINGDOM | Feb. 09, 2021 13:26Reply
female earth sheep and male earth dog how is our compatibility ? thank you
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Answered by Jack | Feb. 09, 2021 20:03
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65% match.. dog and goat isn't the worst match but it also isn't the best. Everything will go smooth but emotional intellect and communication between both of you will be difficult. Goat doesn't open up easily and neither does dog. Don't be too stubborn as both of you are prone to that. Forgive and forget.
Asked by Charles from URUGUAY | Feb. 08, 2021 13:39Reply
Is the element determined by the year or the sign itself ?
For example : 1998 tiger- is it a wood or an earth tiger.
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Answered by Michele Avanti | Feb. 12, 2021 12:46
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the element is determined by the year. for example years ending in 0 or 1 are metal, while years ending in 8 or 9 are wood.
Answered by Michele Avanti | Feb. 12, 2021 12:49
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OOOps my error. years ending in 8 or 9 are EARTH

4 or 5 are Wood

2 or 3 are Water

6 or 7 are Fire

Asked by sharon from MALAYSIA | Jan. 06, 2021 07:14Reply
Male metal rooster and female earth dog
how is our compability and our career in this 2021
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Answered by Sophia | Jan. 12, 2021 19:39
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Both of you need each other’s accompany, and can get satisfaction from family. You two can lead a harmonious life. Thus don't worry.
Answered by sharon | Jan. 13, 2021 02:09
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thank you
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