The Five Elements

About the Five Elements

Each Chinese animal zodiac sign is associated with an element
The Five Elements

About the Five Elements

Each Chinese animal zodiac sign is associated with an element
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About the Five Elements

Each element is ruled by a different planet. Mercury rules water, Venus rules metal, Mars rules fire, Saturn rules earth, and Jupiter rules wood. The elements influence the individual's character and personality type alongside their animal zodiac and ascendant signs.

Metal

Those who were born in metal years are strong, firm and principled. They stay calm and in control when others are upset, as they are able to handle challenging situations. They are obstinate and ambitious - metal personalities aren't afraid to use their imagination, but they are also very goal-oriented. 

Ruling planet: Venus

Animal zodiac signs: Monkey, Rooster

 

Water

Water is adaptable to change (unlike metal, for example, which shows more resistance). Variability, flexibility and interdependence are core qualities of this element. Water makes for an inquisitive mind that enjoys learning and mental stimulation. Those born in water years are sensitive and communicative, as they have a strong sense of intuition. They tend to have a more passive approach and can sometimes get tired easily.

Ruling planet: Mercury

Animal zodiac signs: Rat, Pig

Wood

This breed prefers to feel the ground beneath their feet. Those born in wood years have lots of conviction and certainty. They gain material and non-material goods in an ethical manner - their efforts are lucrative but also sustainable. They are open-minded toward development and improvement, and they present their ideas with persuasion and assertion.

Ruling planet: Jupiter

Animal zodiac signs: Tiger, Rabbit/Cat

 

Fire

This element is passionate, ambitious and fiercely competitive. Those born in fire years are often strong and confident, but they can also be impatient. They are able to defy the odds, but sometimes need to keep their ego in check, as their dominant personality is not always welcome. They tend to gravitate toward improvement and innovation. When it comes to career, fire-born individuals show tremendous leadership potential.

Ruling planet: Mars

Zodiac animal signs: Snake, Horse

Earth

Those born in earth years are intelligent and responsible, and can be more on the traditional side. They have lots of common sense and avoid situations that are too risky or adventurous. They are highly practical and logical.

Ruling planet: Saturn

Zodiac animal signs: Dragon, Dog, Ox, Sheep/Goat

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