Chinese Astrology horoscope – The five elements

Chinese astrology has twelve Zodiac signs. Unlike Western astrology, this has nothing to do with planets or stars. Chinese astrologers work on the basis of 3 philosophical principles: the Chinese calendar (lunar years), Yin Yang and the Five Elements. The five Chinese elements are Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water. The element that belongs to your Zodiac sign also influences your life. The philosophy and meaning of the Chinese 5 Elements is discussed in this article.

Five elements within Chinese astrology

  • Chinese calendar: lunar years
  • Chinese astrology
  • Five elements
  • Chinese Element Wood
  • Chinese Element Fire
  • Chinese Element Earth
  • Chinese Element Metal
  • Chinese Element Water
  • Collaboration cycle elements
  • Elements counter cycle
  • Yin Yang and year of birth


Chinese calendar: lunar years

The Chinese New Year does not start on January 1, as it does in the West, but somewhere between the end of January and the middle of February. Lunar years are used in the Chinese calendar. This is the reason that the different zodiac signs can rule approximately from February 15 to February 2 of the following year. Chinese astrology has a twelve-year cycle, starting with the year of the Rat and ending with the year of the Pig.

Chinese astrology

In Chinese astrology, there are twelve different zodiac signs and five elements. Unlike Western astrology, these have nothing to do with the planets or stars. For this reason, the word astrology is actually not quite appropriate. In Chinese astrology you can speak of a real zodiac, which is less the case with Western astrology.
The Chinese astrologers work on the basis of 3 philosophical principles :

  • Chinese calendar (the 12 animal signs)
  • Five elements
  • Yin Yang

Furthermore, wind directions and seasons are also taken into account.

Five elements

Western astrology uses the 4 elements for interpretation: Water, Fire, Earth and Air. The 12 Chinese zodiac signs are combined with five elements, namely:

  • Element Wood
  • Element Fire
  • Element Earth
  • Element Metal
  • Element Water

The element that belongs to your moon sign also influences your life.
The Chinese use the five elements to explain the origins of movement and change. Change occurs because one of these five elements influences the fundamental balance between Yin and Yang. Each of the 12 animal signs consists largely of one of the elements. For example, both an ox and a hare are wood animals. There are no earth animals.
The elements are based on the wind direction and correspond to the seasons. The years also have their own natural element. This means that some years regarding the corresponding element cooperate with the natural element of the animal of that year. But others work against it. However, the year element is always dominant and the most decisive in the interpretation. There may be:

  • Collaboration cycle – the element of the year, matches the element of the relevant animal of that year
  • Counteraction cycle – the opposite case

For example, 2001 was a Metal Year and also the year of the Snake. In the animal sign Snake itself, the element fire again predominates.
Change therefore arises from the influence of the five main elements. Each of these five can oppose one of the other elements and produce or cooperate with one of them. Each element ‘lasts’ for two years and occurs two years in a row (a Yang year, followed by a Yin year) and then only returns 10 years later. The animal signs change in a twelve-year cycle and the elements in a 5-year cycle.
According to Chinese astrology, the 5 elements are responsible for all harmony and disharmony. The elements are described below, where the positive and negative sides of the element are also mentioned. This has nothing to do with good or bad, but more with aspects that you can take into account or that you can possibly compensate or change.

Chinese Element Wood

The element Wood (green) represents spring. Wood needs water to grow. The wood element indicates: someone who has everyone’s best interests at heart, but who does not always succeed in doing what he/she has set out to do.
Wood produces fire.

Characteristics Houtmens

Expansive, sociable, social, sensual, fertile, has imagination, is creative, idealistic, compassionate.
Positive sides:

  • Relaxation
  • Sympathy
  • Benevolence

Negative sides:

  • Evil
  • Quickly lose courage in the face of adversity


Chinese Element Fire

The element Fire (red) represents summer, drought and dust.
Fire produces earth.

Characteristics of Fire Person

Passionate, passionate, sparkling, dynamic, vital, leadership traits and aggressive. This element represents a fiery type. Someone who pursues his/her goal without much consideration for others.
Positive sides:

  • Passion
  • Relief
  • Wisdom
  • Joy

Negative sides:

  • Tendency towards arrogance
  • Egocentric


Chinese Element Earth

The element Earth (yellow) represents the equality between beginning and end. Nurturing and suffocating.
Earth produces metal.

Characteristics of Earth Man

Honest, diligent, making an effort, stable, practical, reliable, cautious, worrying. An Earth type has high ideals, he/she is self-confident and generally very reasonable, but can sometimes also be very stubborn.
Positive sides:

  • Self-awareness
  • Caution
  • To trust

Negative sides:

  • Stubbornness
  • Rigidity


Chinese Element Metal

The element Metal (white) represents autumn.
Metal produces water.

Characteristics Metal Person

Communicating, melancholy, nostalgia, concentration, willpower. This element represents a certain hardness and a tendency to take risks. A metal type wants the best and often stands up for people who are less fortunate or less fortunate.
Positive sides:

  • Energetic
  • Willingness to take risks
  • Strive for the best
  • Empathy

Negative sides:

  • Tendency to hardness
  • Tendency to sadness


Chinese Element Water

The element of Water (blue) always sets things in motion, is constantly changing.
Water produces Earth

Characteristics of Water Person

Absorbs everything, very sensitive, irritable, friendly, sympathetic, thoughtful, persuasive. The element of water provides ideals and dreams, but can also cause too many illusions and too little realism.
Positive sides:

  • Ideals
  • To dream
  • Calmness
  • Respectable

Negative sides:

  • Losing yourself in illusions
  • Not being realistic
  • Fears


Collaboration cycle elements

  • The earth works with metal, creating metal in its depths
  • Metal interacts with water through metal buckets to transport water
  • Water works with wood by preserving/preserve trees with rain.
  • Wood interacts with fire by providing the raw material for the flames
  • Fire interacts with earth by turning wood into ash, which becomes earth.


Elements counter cycle

  • Wood works against soil because tree roots break up soil
  • Metal works against wood because axes fell trees
  • Fire works against metal by melting it
  • Water counteracts fire by extinguishing it
  • Earth counteracts water by turning it into mud


Yin Yang and year of birth

The Yin and Yang principle also plays an important role in Chinese astrology. Both in the cycle of a year and in your personal Zodiac sign.

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