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Chinese Five Elements: Application to Human Interrelationships



      In this article, I want to give a simplistic but practical application of five Chinese
elements of Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water to human interrelationships.

Chinese Five Elements: Its Roles

         Elements                       Interaction                     Elements



                                     Supportive Role




           Wood                            Fuels                           Fire

            Fire                         Produces                         Earth

           Earth                          Embeds                          Metal

           Metal                         Supports                         Water

           Water                         Nourishes                        Wood

         Elements                       Interaction                     Elements



                                      Opposive Roles




           Wood                            Splits                         Earth

           Earth                          Absorbs                         Water

           Water                       Extinguishes                        Fire

            Fire                           Melts                          Metal

           Metal                           Splits                         Wood
The five Chinese elements of Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water have both
Supportive and Opposive roles. For example Wood in its Supportive role is able to fuel fire
while in its Opposive role splits the earth. The above table is only the basic interpretations
as there more combinations of elements and their interpretations. How do we apply this to
human interrelationships? Before we can apply the five Chinese elements to human
interrelationships, we have to understand which five elements represent human
personality. One of the easiest ways to understand human personality is the Zodiac animals.
For a detailed tabulation of Zodiac animals in reference to the five Chinese elements, I
would recommend you look up Tuvy.Com.1 Here for demonstrative purposes, I give one
example of how to check your zodiac animal with your matching element. I will use fictitious
characters as examples. Ms. A is a rooster born in 7th March 1957.

                                             Years of Birth               Elements




1
    http://www.tuvy.com/entertainment/chinese_horoscope.htm
Rooster
          Feb 13, 1945 to Feb 1, 1946
          Feb 9, 2005 to Jan 28, 2006




                    Wood



          Jan 31, 1957 to Feb 17, 1958




                     Fire



          Jan 22, 1909 to Feb 9, 1910
          Feb 17, 1969 to Feb 5, 1970




                    Earth



          Feb 8, 1921 to Jan 27, 1922
          Feb 5, 1981 to Jan 24, 1982




                    Metal



          Jan 26, 1933 to Feb 13, 1934
           Jan 23, 1993 to Feb 9, 1994

                    Water
So, according to the table above, Ms. A is a “fire rooster.” Let’s take a fictitious
character, Mr. XX who is born on May 5th 1955, which would make him a “Wood Sheep.”
What are the elements’ interactions between a “fire rooster” and a “Wood Sheep?”

             Elements                         Interaction                       Elements



                                            Supportive Role




          Wood (Mr. XX)                           Fuels                        Fire (Ms A)

                                             Opposive Role

            Fire (Ms. A)                         Burns                       Wood (Mr. XX)



        Mr. XX would fuel (Supportive) Ms. A. But Ms. A would burn (Opposive) Mr. XX. Or
Mr. XX will get burned if he interacts with Ms. A. So in terms of human relationship,
according to Zodiac animals and the five Chinese elements, it would be a one-sided positive
interrelationship only. Let’s look deeper into how this can be in terms of human
personalities according to Chinese Fortune Calendar.com?2

        Wood Sheep Personality – Mr. XX                      Fire Rooster Personality – Ms. A




2
    http://www.chinesefortunecalendar.com/PC/Angel/5EPersonality.htm
Positive: “Wood-type people are kind,          Positive: “A Fire-type person is courteous,
 steady, sympathy-sharing, understanding        eloquent, polite and expressive. They are
 and gentle. They like to help people and       good at compliments in speech. They love
 make donations.”                               sensation, drama and sentiment. They
                                                seek joy, gratification and the attention of
                                                others. They like to be invited to a party
                                                and dislike being alone.”



 Negative: When their ambition and              Negative: “Fire people are energetic,
 optimism is overwhelming, Wood-types           artistic, passionate, easily excitable, and
 can become upset, nervous, unstable,           have a tendency to rapidly change
 impatient, intolerant, and lose their          emotional states as well as become
 humour by the frustration of many              aggressive.”
 obstacles.”




        Mr. XX by nature of his element can be supportive and helpful to Ms. A. which she
would gladly accept by her need joy, gratification and the attention from others. But Ms. A
at the same time does have the supportive nature of Mr. XX. Also in interrelationships, it is
the negative elements that will especially affect bilaterally. If we were to compare the
negative personalities of Mr. XX and Ms. A, we can see the following. Both have a clear
tendency to lose positive emotions and change to negative emotions that can be dramatic.
For Mr. XX, it can happen when he faces many obstacles that are overwhelming. For Ms. A,
it can happen through excitement leading to aggression. But both can become emotionally
unstable. How are this two people going to interact with each other when both become
emotionally unstable?

       Even without going into human personality comparisons, just from the five Chinese
elements, the interrelationships of Mr. XX and Ms. A was predictable. The human
personality comparisons only confirmed what we already knew. It is in this manner that the
application of five Chinese elements of Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water is employed to
human interrelationships.

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Chinese Five Elements: Application to Human Interrelationships

  • 1. Chinese Five Elements: Application to Human Interrelationships In this article, I want to give a simplistic but practical application of five Chinese elements of Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water to human interrelationships. Chinese Five Elements: Its Roles Elements Interaction Elements Supportive Role Wood Fuels Fire Fire Produces Earth Earth Embeds Metal Metal Supports Water Water Nourishes Wood Elements Interaction Elements Opposive Roles Wood Splits Earth Earth Absorbs Water Water Extinguishes Fire Fire Melts Metal Metal Splits Wood
  • 2. The five Chinese elements of Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water have both Supportive and Opposive roles. For example Wood in its Supportive role is able to fuel fire while in its Opposive role splits the earth. The above table is only the basic interpretations as there more combinations of elements and their interpretations. How do we apply this to human interrelationships? Before we can apply the five Chinese elements to human interrelationships, we have to understand which five elements represent human personality. One of the easiest ways to understand human personality is the Zodiac animals. For a detailed tabulation of Zodiac animals in reference to the five Chinese elements, I would recommend you look up Tuvy.Com.1 Here for demonstrative purposes, I give one example of how to check your zodiac animal with your matching element. I will use fictitious characters as examples. Ms. A is a rooster born in 7th March 1957. Years of Birth Elements 1 http://www.tuvy.com/entertainment/chinese_horoscope.htm
  • 3. Rooster Feb 13, 1945 to Feb 1, 1946 Feb 9, 2005 to Jan 28, 2006 Wood Jan 31, 1957 to Feb 17, 1958 Fire Jan 22, 1909 to Feb 9, 1910 Feb 17, 1969 to Feb 5, 1970 Earth Feb 8, 1921 to Jan 27, 1922 Feb 5, 1981 to Jan 24, 1982 Metal Jan 26, 1933 to Feb 13, 1934 Jan 23, 1993 to Feb 9, 1994 Water
  • 4. So, according to the table above, Ms. A is a “fire rooster.” Let’s take a fictitious character, Mr. XX who is born on May 5th 1955, which would make him a “Wood Sheep.” What are the elements’ interactions between a “fire rooster” and a “Wood Sheep?” Elements Interaction Elements Supportive Role Wood (Mr. XX) Fuels Fire (Ms A) Opposive Role Fire (Ms. A) Burns Wood (Mr. XX) Mr. XX would fuel (Supportive) Ms. A. But Ms. A would burn (Opposive) Mr. XX. Or Mr. XX will get burned if he interacts with Ms. A. So in terms of human relationship, according to Zodiac animals and the five Chinese elements, it would be a one-sided positive interrelationship only. Let’s look deeper into how this can be in terms of human personalities according to Chinese Fortune Calendar.com?2 Wood Sheep Personality – Mr. XX Fire Rooster Personality – Ms. A 2 http://www.chinesefortunecalendar.com/PC/Angel/5EPersonality.htm
  • 5. Positive: “Wood-type people are kind, Positive: “A Fire-type person is courteous, steady, sympathy-sharing, understanding eloquent, polite and expressive. They are and gentle. They like to help people and good at compliments in speech. They love make donations.” sensation, drama and sentiment. They seek joy, gratification and the attention of others. They like to be invited to a party and dislike being alone.” Negative: When their ambition and Negative: “Fire people are energetic, optimism is overwhelming, Wood-types artistic, passionate, easily excitable, and can become upset, nervous, unstable, have a tendency to rapidly change impatient, intolerant, and lose their emotional states as well as become humour by the frustration of many aggressive.” obstacles.” Mr. XX by nature of his element can be supportive and helpful to Ms. A. which she would gladly accept by her need joy, gratification and the attention from others. But Ms. A at the same time does have the supportive nature of Mr. XX. Also in interrelationships, it is the negative elements that will especially affect bilaterally. If we were to compare the negative personalities of Mr. XX and Ms. A, we can see the following. Both have a clear tendency to lose positive emotions and change to negative emotions that can be dramatic. For Mr. XX, it can happen when he faces many obstacles that are overwhelming. For Ms. A, it can happen through excitement leading to aggression. But both can become emotionally unstable. How are this two people going to interact with each other when both become emotionally unstable? Even without going into human personality comparisons, just from the five Chinese elements, the interrelationships of Mr. XX and Ms. A was predictable. The human personality comparisons only confirmed what we already knew. It is in this manner that the application of five Chinese elements of Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water is employed to human interrelationships.