The Chinese Elements (The Five Phases)
The early Chinese philosophers looked to the natural world to discover a way of describing how we are alike, yet unique. They learned that pretty much anything in the world could be split into five energy types, which they called the Five Phases.
The Five Phases – Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water. They are believed to be the fundamental roots of the universe and hold the key to all interactions.
Each Chinese element has its individual characteristics, with each having its unique role within the universe. Each element has its personal defined strengths and weaknesses, with one not being stronger than another. All things originate from and return to the universe and are composed of these elements. Therefore, understanding our own connection to them is crucial.
The Wood Element expresses the season of spring, who is drawn to this season’s new starts, growth and opportunities. The primary qualities associated with this element are hope, vision, maturity and exuberance. It is in the springtime that everything jumps back to life. After the chill of the bleak winter months, life begins anew. It is the quickest energetically moving of the elements upward and out like a tree.
They have a powerful sense of purpose but can become driven and stressed when out of balance. This means that Wood Types can become irritable, frustrated and impatient. Wood types possess good decision-making skills and the ability to create change. The big challenge for a wood type is attempting to control their anger and channel it into positive work that profits all people.
• Patient and understanding
• Stable and reliable
• Warm and compassionate
• Dependent on others
• Can’t handle the pressure
• Doesn't have a good grasp of boundaries
• Can be too passive
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The Fire Element symbolises the season of summer. It is in this season that nature is in full bloom and in its most complete expansion. Fire signifies the power of maturity and is an energy that is expressed through joy and love. It is the fire element that allows us to unite with others, open our hearts and build appropriate boundaries in relationships.
A fire type succeeds in life by becoming warm-hearted and charitable. Experiences of compassion, fun and pleasure are therapeutic for fire individuals. The challenge for a fire type is to give joy and laughter without thought of reward.
• Persuasive and charismatic
• Spontaneous and always up for a challenge
• Warm and loving
• Always wants to be the centre of attention
• Impatient and aggressive
• Highly susceptible to mood swings
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The Earth Element embodies the late summer. This season can also be regarded to as the harvest season. The Earth sustains and provides for us which is why it is referred to as the Mother. This nurture relates to physical, mental and spiritual nourishment we receive. The power of the earth lies deeper in its ability to install a sense of peace within ourselves. It is the mother element that gives us a sense of belonging and finally allow one to feel at home.
Earth types must learn to develop clear boundaries and take care of themselves. The challenge is to honour their sensitive nature and show great compassion to others. A powerful earth element helps to digest and accept fate and expand one’s circle of knowledge.
• Responsible, practical, and logical
• Compassionate, caring, and empathetic
• Loyal and honest
• Strong, stable and enduring
• Inflexible and stubborn
• Like to play it safe
• Reserved and quiet
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The Metal Element represents the season of fall. One of the main characteristics of metal is, therefore, the beauty of letting go. All the leaves must fall for fresh ones to grow forth in the spring. This coincides with many of our own life experiences, and for growth and new experiences to be able to spring forth, we must sometimes be mentally prepared to let go whether it be a relationship, job or even your home.
The metal personality is very determined and powerful. Metal types succeed by being less unreasonable, accepting change, and gracefully freeing themselves of the past. It is durable and hard but will conform and change when put under pressure. The challenge for a metal type is to learn how to communicate grief and find that inner healing.
• Ambitious and competitive
• Very Independent
• Determined, disciplined and focused
• High morals and ambitious standards
• Lacks communication skills
• Stubborn and sometimes unreasonable
• Always judges a book by its cover
• Can be cruel, ruthless and cuts ties easily
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The Water Element embodies the season of winter in which there are collecting and replenishing of reserves. It is in the winter that one is meant to relax, rest, and build strength. The water element is connected to the notion of power, cleansing and versatility, for it is water that ultimately allows everything to move in the body.
Water represents intellect and wisdom. It is flexible yet strong, flowing yet still, calm yet dangerous. For Water, the surface is only the origin, with the real movement concealed in its depths. Those with the Water element are not reclusive; however, they enjoy their own company and crave time for inner reflection. They are often quiet and serene but have a high capacity to overwhelm others.
• Diplomatic and observant
• Empathetic and good mediators
• Persistent and determined
• Intuitive and flexible
• Too passive
• Dependent on others
• Indecisive and anxious
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