Firstly, the 5 Elements is represented by 5 stars, Venus for metal, Jupiter for wood, Mercury for water, Mars for fire, Saturn for mud.
-These five elements is devided into 10 elements according to their different nature in sex, like yang metal, yin metal.
The doctrine of five phases describes two cycles, a generating or creation (生, shēng
) cycle, also known as "mother-son", and an overcoming or destruction (克/剋, kè
) cycle, also known as "grandfather-nephew", of interactions between the phases.
The common memory jogs, which help to remind in what order the phases are, are:
- Wood feeds Fire;
- Fire creates Earth (ash);
- Earth bears Metal;
- Metal carries Water (as in a bucket or tap, or water condenses on metal);
- Water nourishes Wood.
Other common words for this cycle include "begets", "engenders" and "mothers."
- Wood parts Earth (such as roots) （or Trees can prevent soil erosion ）;
- Earth absorbs (or muddies) Water (or Earth dam control the water);
- Water quenches Fire;
- Fire melts Metal;
- Metal chops Wood.
- Wood absorbs Water;
- Water rusts Metal;
- Metal breaks up Earth;
- Earth smothers Fire;
- Fire burns Wood.
This cycle might also be called "controls", "restrains" or "fathers".
Wood Fire Mud Metal Water
East South Middle West North
Green Red Yellow White Black
Grow Warm Hold Clean Cool
Liver heart Spleen Lung Kidney
Bring Energy Relationship:
Wood can bring energy to fire, fire could bring it to mud, mud could bring it to metal, metal could bring energy to water, and water could bring energy to wood.
Extreme bringing Relationship:
Water could bring luck to wood, but if there is too much water, then the wood could be drowned to death. Also, wood could make the fire stronger, whereas too much of the wood, wood could disappear in the fire without a trace. Therefore, a good relationship is well controlled in a s certain amount just as the relationship with the nature.
Because Fire is hot ,so it could burn the wood into ashes, then the ashes is just the Mud. So fire could bring energy to mud, but if one has too much mud already, then we will need wood to diminish the mud to keep the element in balance.
In Chinese astrology, they have 8 pillars of different elements, which is made up of your Four pillars : year-month-date-hour (each pillar have two elements).
The characteristics of the five elements , metal, wood, fire, water and Earth, impact the twelve animals of the Chinese Zodiac by assigning different characteristics to the animals . Since the twelve animals of the Chinese Zodiac actually represent a period of time, in this case a year (the 12 branches), assigning one of the five elements to each of the twelve
years (12 branches) actually creates 60 different combinations. Rather than operating in 12-year cycles, the Chinese Zodiac is actually based on a system of 60-year cycles.
Each of the 12 animals are governed by an element plus a Yin Yang Direction.
Zodiac Animal ---Western Zodiac
- Rat (Yang, 1st Trine, Fixed Element Water).
- Ox (Yin, 2nd Trine, Fixed Element Water).
- Tiger (Yang, 3rd Trine, Fixed Element Wood).
- Rabbit (Yin, 4th Trine, Fixed Element Wood).
- Dragon (Yang, 1st Trine, Fixed Element Wood).
- Snake (Yin, 2nd Trine, Fixed Element Fire).
- Horse (Yang, 3rd Trine, Fixed Element Fire).
- Goat (Yin, 4th Trine, Fixed Element Fire).
- Monkey (Yang, 1st Trine, Fixed Element Metal).
- Chicken (Yin, 2nd Trine, Fixed Element Metal).
- Dog (Yang, 3rd Trine, Fixed Element Metal).
- Pig (Yin, 4th Trine, Fixed Element Water).
rat /子 --------------- Aquarius
ox / bull 丑 ------ Capricorn
tiger/ 寅 ----------- Sagi
hare / rabbit 卯--- Scorpio
dragon 辰 --------- Libra
snake 巳 ---------- Virgo
horse 午 ------------ Leo
ram / sheep 未 --- Cancer
monkey 申 ------- Gemini
dog 戌 ------------- Aries
boar / pig 亥 ------------ Pisces
The four pillars is an English translation of the Chinese dynastic
phrase "Shi Chen Ba Zi"
. The Chinese term (時辰八字 , Shi Chen Ba Zi) literally translates to "Hour of the Eight Characters"
. It is also under the Chinese term (四柱命理學, sei cyu ming lei hok) which literally translates to "The Four Pillars Life-ology"
Commonly referred to by the shortened names of "Four Pillars"
or "Ba Zi"
, one of the most frequently used alternate phrase is "Four Pillars of your birthday"
The years are calculated by the 12 zodiac animals with the sexagenary cycle
of 60 years.
The months are presented by the inner animals.
The days are represented by the animals in a 60 day span.
The hours are represented by the animals within a 24 hour time span.
The application of five elements in I Ching Ba gua:
The movements have also been correlated to the eight trigrams of the I Ching
Movement Metal Earth Wood Wood Water Fire Earth Metal I Ching Heaven Earth Thunder Wind Water Fire Mountain Lake Trigrams ☰ 乾 qián ☷ 坤 kūn ☳ 震 zhèn ☴ 巽 xùn ☵ 坎 kǎn ☲ 離 lí ☶ 艮 gèn ☱ 兌 duì
This page explained each element that make up your four pillar destiny chart：
If you need to know more of these applications of the , please read:
Below is some pdf for your to download:
How to determine your luck elements--useful god for you:
Easy way to build four pillar chart yourself: