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The Chinese Five Elements


The five elements are Metal, Water, Wood, Fire, and Earth. Since the elements are part of a cycle, one is not higher or better than another. In fact, they have a cyclical relationship, both in positive and negative ways, so that:
Chinese 5 Elements

  • Water makes Wood
  • Wood makes Fire
  • Fire makes Earth
  • Earth makes Metal
  • Metal makes Water

and:

  • Water destroys Fire
  • Fire destroys Metal
  • Metal destroys Wood
  • Wood destroys Earth
  • Earth destroys Water


In addition, they can be aggressive and hostile:

  • Water resists Fire
  • Fire resists Metal
  • Metal resists Wood
  • Wood resists Earth
  • Earth resists Water

Water Element Influences
Those born under the influence of Water are creative, captivating, diplomatic and intuitive; they act with the fluidity of water, affecting their environments with assuredness, strength and charm; they are masters of subtle persuasion, easily able to gain someone's trust and affection. They make everyone feel special. On the negative side, the fluid calm that makes water personalities so appealing, can also make them too passive, too willing to be what others want them to be. Advice to water personalities: Don’t let others influence your path; allow yourself to flow freely.

Famous Famous Water Signs: Tom Cruise, Jude Law, Brad Pitt, Oprah Winfrey


Fire Element Influence
Those born under the influence of Fire display fierce charm; they are impulsive with great enthusiasm and restless emotions, capable of sparking new ideas and clever solutions. Fire personalities are natural leaders who inspire others with their decisiveness, dynamic expression and magnetism. In romance, fire personalities burn brightly. Fire personalities may seem overly focused, but they refuse to be swayed from causes they believe to be important.

Famous Fire Signs: Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts, Benicio Del Toro


Metal Element Influence
Those of you born under the influence Metal are forceful, determined and self reliant. They enjoy the good life, its luxuries and freedom, wanting acclaim, but privacy at the same time. Metal personalities create their own success and are highly focused toward that end. Their commanding, confident presence makes others take notice. While Metal personalities are strong and virtuous, they can be overly set in their way and are stern taskmasters, demanding the most everyone around them.

Famous Metal Signs: George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears


Earth Element Influence
Those born under the influence of Earth are prudent, wise and serene; they are firmly rooted in their morals and ethics, led by logic rather than emotion; they want to plan each moment of their lives as far in advance as possible, in order to control their own destinies down to the last detail.

Famous Earth Signs: Renee Zellweger, Madonna, Jennifer Aniston



Wood Element Influence
Wood personalities seek chances for growth and renewal in everything they do. They have an open and expansive minds making them compassionate and generous friends and colleagues. They understand the inherent value of people and things. On the negative side, wood personalities have a tendency to be too systematic and allow others to overwhelm and inhibit them. Wood personalities are advised to break out of the mold and make their mark on the world.

Famous Wood Signs
: Russell Crowe, Angelina Jolie, Joaquin Phoenix


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