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.

 See Personality Analysis by Chinese Zodiac Signs + Five Elements:

- Last modified on Dec. 23, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on The Five Elements (Wu Xing)
Asked by Rosemary from GERMANY | Jan. 13, 2020 06:03Reply
Will i ever get over with my feelings for him (he was born on 18th May 1994)??
i am a earth tiger '3rd June 1998', will i ever being loved by someone?
I loved someone before (18May1994-dog) but he loved my friend. will i ever get over with feelings for him?
Answers (1)
Answered by Charlize from CAMEROON | Jan. 13, 2020 17:47

Dear, you should have more confidence. Of course you will being loved by someone. For this relationship, you should give up. You deserve better person.
Asked by wealthywoordrat84 from USA | Jan. 04, 2020 19:17Reply
i am a wood rat '84 she is a water rooster '93 are we compatible?
or am i more compatible with the metal sheep '91 thank you
Answers (1)
Answered by Orla from DENMARK | Jan. 05, 2020 23:22

Well, according to the situation, you are suggested to follow your heart and choose the one that you like. :)
Asked by eugene from SINGAPORE | Dec. 20, 2019 00:48Reply
hi i am born on 27 july 1977 i once had a business but it failed. i would like to try again.
is it advisable for me to try again to restart another business?
Answers (1)
Answered by Miles from DENMARK | Dec. 23, 2019 01:45

You should be brave to do the things you want. If you sum up the experience of the first failure, then you can start a business again. When making important decisions, you can ask help for and listen to suggestions from people around, especially from experience people. This way can help you avoid some unnecessary mistakes.
Asked by Benson from SINGAPORE | Dec. 14, 2019 03:14Reply
Can i start food Business
I am male Dob 13th Dec.1964. Do i have the destiny to start food business.

Kindly enlighten.
Thank you
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Answered by Bridget from UNITED KINGDOM | Dec. 17, 2019 00:47

Hi, Benson, it will be ok for you to start food business based on the prediction. You have enough abilities to handle thins. Good luck!
Asked by Suchi from INDIA | Dec. 09, 2019 19:16Reply
My birthdate is 20/3/1985 12:43 pm ist female, I already have son born on 10/11/2012 12:32 pm ist.
Will another child bring luck? Financially we are not making good. Should I plan a girl child? Which year can I plan?
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Answered by Natalie from POLAND | Dec. 11, 2019 00:29

Oh, the prediction indicates that it will be ok for you to have another child.
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