Wu Xing  -   5 Elements


Wu Xing, or Five Elements, are:

     Wood              Fire              Earth              Metal              Water

The concept of Wu Xing is important in Chinese medicine, astrology and Fengshui.


The 5 Elements [Wu Xing] are used in conjunction with Bagua as follows:


South
East West
North


The 5 Elements [Wu Xing] are used in conjunction with Ba Zi, astrology and Fengshui as well.
According to Ba Zi, these five elements are very closely related to each other and their relationship can be explained using the Cycle of Birth and Cycle of Destruction.

Cycle of Birth:
    ⇒ Metal ⇒ Water ⇒ Wood ⇒ Fire ⇒ Earth ⇒
Cycle of Destruction:
    ⇒ Metal ⇒ Wood ⇒ Earth ⇒ Water ⇒ Fire ⇒



Note 1: Traditionally all Chinese maps are drawn with the direction South at the top of page. This differs from the modern practice of placing the direction North at the top of page. See this for example.


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