Wu Xing (The 5 Elements)

  The Wu Xing, 5 Elements (Chinese-五行) Pronunciation Pinyin- Wúxìng, also known as Five Phases, Five Processes or the Five Agrigits.Traditionally known and termed in combination as Yin, Yang, Wuxing. Yin, Yang, Wuxing is a way to observe and understand the changing nature of all life, our Planet and in fact the entire universe that we live in from the soma to the psyche. Well known as the Five Phase or the 5-element Theory in the West, the Chinese Yin Yang Wu-Xing has its origins dating back even before the Han Dynasty 206BC- 220AD. This ancient Chinese way of viewing the world has influenced many lines of thought including Confucianism, Taoism (Daoism), and Buddhism. The theory of the Five Elements is the fundamental study of the changeable nature of all phenomena in the Universe as opposed to the Indian Yogic or Greek formative elements consisting of Wind, Water, Fire, Earth, and Void or Ether

 As the Chinese Wu Xing or the Five Element theory is a holistic approach to viewing the world, this theory is at the core of many different Asian Sciences and Arts including Korea and Japan.  From Traditional Chinese Medicine, Feng Shui, The Martial and Energy Arts of Kung Fu, Tai chi, Qi Gong, Xingyiquan and Wu Xing He Qi Dao.  

The 5 Elements of Nature Life, Universe

 The Five Element theory, Five Phase theory classifies all phenomena by the Wu Xing which are represented by the natural elements of Tree also known as wood (Mu), Fire (Huo), Earth (Tui), Metal (Jin) and Water (Shui) this theory emphasizes patterns, qualities, and process rather than form, matter or events. It is important to understand in the Wu Xing philosophy that although there appear to be five different phases, each phase is an important part of the process that makes a dynamic Whole. Each element has linked correspondences from our Five organs, Five Emotions, Five Senses, Five Planets in our solar system.

For example,


The Metal element is associated with the emotion of grief, Lung and Large Intestine as the associated organs. The  Sense of Smell, Autumn as the Season and Venus as its Planet. 

The Earth Element is associated to the emotive of Worry the organs of the spleen and stomach, Seasonal transitions, equinoxes, and solstices, the sense of touch and the planet Saturn. 

The Wood Element has as its emotion as Anger, Yin and Yang organs of Liver and Gallbladder the sense of Sight and the season of Spring with its planet being Jupiter.

The Water Element is associated with the emotion of Fear, the organs of the Kidney, and bladder, The sense of Hearing, Winter as its season.  


Five Elements Emotional Personality

The Five Element wu xing theory is a qualitative elaboration on the Chinese classical theoretical study of Yin and Yang.  A simple example of his would be the understanding that there are in reality only two Seasons, Winter being Yin in nature and Cooler than its equal Summer that is Hotter in comparison therefore Yang. Spring and Autumn could then be seen as merely transitional phases of both Yin and Yang becoming each other, revolving and pivoting to create a center. This center as mentioned previously is known as the element  Earth in this example in elemental theory. So from the One the Planetary Environment, there is Two, Summer and Winter, then Autumn and Spring creating the Seasons making a total of Five points of interaction. The 5 element theory draws an elaborate web of qualitative patterned observations relating to the processes of Yin and Yangs transformations from the microcosm to the macrocosm (Large and small). When it comes to self-discovery one simple self inquiring question of “Who am i” or in this case “What element am i“, We can begin to view and understand the elemental environmental, emotional and physical habits and conditions that pattern a road leading to H-ealth and Happiness or Dis-ease and Dispair. 

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