The five elements of the Chinese zodiac can impact your life and destiny in different ways depending on the year of your animal sign. Once you discover your own element you will be able to know how your associations and relationships pan out with others.
To figure out your element you only need to look at the last number in your birth year and match it to the element listed below.
How do I find my Chinese zodiac element?
The last number in the year of your birth will match with one of the elements of the Chinese zodiac.
In order to somewhat simplify what is an incredibly complex maze of interdependence, I am presenting the Chinese Elemental structure as a series of tables to highlight the various aspect of the Chinese way of interconnection of all things.
According to Chinese Astrology our universe consists of:
Five Basic Elements
Everything, in the universe must have a relationship with these five elements, (this includes people). In addition to applying to every physical thing in the world, these five elements also apply to: colors, directions, seasons, sounds, years, months, days, hours, minutes, and seconds.
When applied to people, these elements are calculated from the time and date of birth. These elements are taken into account to expand on the animal signs and to give an insight into the psyche of the person concerned, their inherent tendencies and their personalities in general.
Traditional Chinese medicine also uses this 5 Element theory as a basis of diagnosis and treatment. It is vital to understand that in Chinese philosophy - everything is inter-related and interdependent. This is in sharp contrast to "Western" philosophy and methodology where differing fields are considered in isolation.
Also referred to as: conducive, beneficial, congenial, friendly, supporting and generating.
Also referred to as: defeating, overcoming and overwhelming the other elements.
Also referred to as: hostile, fighting, resisting, and mutually hurting one another.
Earth Element People:
Fire Element People:
Water Element People:
Metal Element People:
Wood Element People:
Whilst knowing the characteristics of the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig will give you an overview of your general outlook, it is important to know your type by the elements of the Chinese zodiac to get even more perspective.
Each element implies one kind of personality. In general, The Metal-type person is righteous, the Water-type person is smart, the Wood-type person is kind, the Fire-type person is polite and the Earth-type person is trustful.
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