Everything to know about the 5 Chinese Elements in astrology

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Characteristics of the Five elements:


The metal pronounces the life span, longevity or abortion, foretelling any penalties, dangers, difficulties and dead end.


The water pronounces the talent, sage or fool, representing aptitude, brightness, agile mind and accuracy.


The wood pronounces the fate, lowliness or nobleness, representing extractive, luxuriant, brilliant, blooming, flourishing etc.


The fire pronounces the feature, strength or softness, representing power, influence, bravery and intense.


The earth pronounces the status, rich or poor, representing the birth and growth of everything.

How do I calculate my Chinese element?

The last number your birth year ends in:

0, 1 - METAL

2, 3 - WATER

4, 5 - WOOD

6, 7 - FIRE

8, 9 - EARTH

Each element promotes and controls another:

Wood promotes fire

Fire promotes earth

Earth promotes metal

Metal promotes water

Water promotes wood

Wood controls earth

Earth controls water

Water controls fire

Fire controls metal

Metal controls wood

Each element can be paired with the 12 Chinese animals and the 12 Western zodiac signs.

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