The core of Chinese sciences of the Universe: Feng Shui, the Chinese Astrology and various other Divinity methods revolves around the understanding of the importance of the Five Elements. These elements are Water, Wood, Fire, Earth and Metal and are considered the building blocks of life.
According to ancient Chinese, these Five Elements are interactive, shape and stimulate our daily life.
It is important to understand that there is a natural order in which leads to harmony, prosperity and happiness.
The productive sequence is as follows: Water nourish plants and trees: producing Wood, Wood makes Fire which burnt into ashes to form Earth, Earth is the source of Metal. Metal can be condensed to water or can be melted into liquid i.e. `Water'. Therefore this process is known as the productive sequence.
There is also a destructive sequence, which is the cause of bad events and calamities.
This is a result of an imbalance or a disturbance to the natural order. This is where: Water puts out Fire; Fire melts Metal; Metal breaks Wood; Wood (roots of plants) penetrates the Earth; and Earth is absorbed Water.
In some cases, Feng Shui experts will advice you to place a neutralizing element to avoid such harmful effects. We will get to hear more about the Five Elements in later chapters.
Buildings can be classified under one of the Five Elements:
Watercourses can also be classified under one of the Five Elements:
The Five Elements : Water, Earth, Fire, Wood and Metal and their relationships with the TEN Heavenly Stems:
The Ten Heavenly Stems reflect the plane of Heaven on the Chinese compass. This Ten Heavenly stems by combining with the Twelve Chinese Zodiac Animals (Earthly Branch) forms the basis of the Chinese Calendar System.
The relationship between the Ten Heavenly Stems and Twelve Earthly Branches are as follows:
Element Heavenly Stem Earthly Branch Wood JIA (hard wood) & YI (softwood) Tiger & Rabbit Fire BING (sun fire) & DING (kitchen fire) Horse & Snake Earth WU (mountain earth) & JI (sand earth) Dog & Ox Metal GENG (rough metal) & XIN (refined metal) Rooster & Monkey Water REN (sea water) & GUI (rain water) Pig & Rat
& Dragon & Ram
JIA (hard wood) & YI (softwood)
Tiger & Rabbit
BING (sun fire) & DING (kitchen fire)
Horse & Snake
WU (mountain earth) & JI (sand earth)
Dog & Ox
GENG (rough metal) & XIN (refined metal)
Rooster & Monkey
REN (sea water) & GUI (rain water)
Pig & Rat
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