Anyone with an interest in Chinese astrology has surely asked themselves "What Chinese element am I?" at some point in their life. Chinese astrology differs from Western astrology in the fact that there are five elements in the Chinese system, and they emphasize different positions in life rather than a specific set of characteristics. However, these elements can still indicate the characteristics a person bears and which traits someone from one element shares with others from the same element.
What Are the Five Chinese Elements?
There are five Chinese elements: wood, fire, earth, metal and water. Each element is strongly related to one another. and there are many mnemonic devices to help remember them, such as:
- Wood feeds a fire;
- Fire makes ash (earth);
- Earth contains metal;
- Metal holds water (as in a pail or bucket);
- Water breeds wood;
Much like the well-known Ying-Yang symbol of Chinese astrology uses opposing force to promote the flow of energy, the five Chinese elements act in tandem and relate to one another. Each Chinese element has specific attributes and elements that separate it from the others.
So, What Chinese Element Am I?
Much like the Chinese star signs are assigned according to the year you were born, your personal element is dictated by the year of your birth. The question of "What Chinese element am I?", as well as what your sign is, can be determined by the information offered below.
Your Animal Sign
Once you have figured out your sign, finding your element is easy. Look at the last number in your birth year, and match it to the element listed for that number.
- If the last number in your birth year is a 0 or 1, you are a Metal element.
- If the last number in your birth year is a 2 or 3, you are a Water element.
- If the last number in your birth year is a 4 or 5, you are a Wood element.
- If the last number in your birth year is a 6 or 7, you are a Fire element.
- If the last number in your birth year is a 8 or 9, you are an Earth element.
As an example, if you were born in 1963, you would be a water rabbit. Finding your sign and element is just that easy.
Chinese Element Wood
Elements of Wood include:
- Color: Blue;
- Symbol: Dragon;
- Season: Spring;
- Day: Thursday;
- Planet: Jupiter;
Wood cares about others. In fact, those who identify with wood not only care about those around them, but the world at large. Some may call wood people nature lovers, but to them, love is nature. They are patient and easy going, but easily frustrated with others. After all, it is difficult for those with this element to see how another may not want to help out those around them. The element of wood can be competitive and sets these people set their sights on the sky; there are no limits.
Wood type people are often aggressive or assertive, direct, and can have a strong temper and a lot of drive. They are usually outgoing and socially conscious and can be insensitive. The Wood element is associated with negative feelings of anger, and positive feelings of patience and altruism.
Chinese Element Fire
Elements of Fire include:
- Color: Red;
- Symbol: Phoenix;
- Season: Summer;
- Day: Tuesday;
- Planet: Mars;
Fire is passionate about life. Fire people are often thrill seekers, party people who look for a good time. Bored easily, fire people cannot sit still for long. They are temperamental and look for the joy in every situation. They also can be short-term passionate; in other words, don’t look for fire people to have a lifelong passion. They will quickly switch from one interest to the next. They are charmers and spirited.
The fire element provides, warmth, enthusiasm and creativity, however an excess of it can bring aggression, impatience and impulsive behavior. In the same way, fire provides heat and warmth, however an excess can also burn. Fire is the Element responsible for the passionate resonance when you are following your life’s calling. It is the joy and laughter associated with playfulness. Fire type people are charming, fun, mischievous, easily excitable, and change emotional states rapidly. They love change, bright colorsand environments that stimulate.The negative emotion is hate, while its positive emotion is joy.
Chinese Element Earth
Elements of Earth include:
- Color: Yellow;
- Symbol: Cauldron;
- Season: Between Summer and Autumn;
- Day: Saturday;
- Planet: Saturn;
The element of earth is passionate about friends and family. These people are helpful to a fault. They are more likely to enjoy relaxation over thrill seeking. Responsible and fair-minded, people of this element are natural problem solvers. People of this element are also not likely to become bored. Earth element-minded people generally do not like large bouts of change and would rather be comfortable than curious.
In Chinese thought Earth is associated with the qualities of patience, thoughtfulness, practicality, hard work and stability. The earth element is also nurturing and seeks to draw all things together with itself, in order to bring harmony, rootedness and stability. Other attributes of the earth element include ambition, stubbornness, responsibility and long-term planning. On the shadow side, the earth element can represent selfishness and self-centeredness. Earth type people are usually warm, kind and supportive. They can be overprotective and tend to merge with their environment, having difficulties with boundaries. The negative emotion of the Earth element is worry and its positive emotion is empathy.
Chinese Element Metal
Elements of Metal include:
- Color: White;
- Symbol: Tiger;
- Season: Autumn;
- Day: Friday;
- Planet: Venus;
The metal element is focused. Metal people are likely to be clean, neat and regimented. They take good care of their bodies since they see them as a source of power. Prone to thought and contemplation, people of this element find solace in individuality. While they will consider friends and family in their lives, this is not an essential component to the metal personality. Metal is minimalistic and rather matter-of-fact. Metal people are courageous and restrained. Their primary passion is personal enlightenment through whatever means fits them best.
The Metal Element is the breath of life. When you are connected to that experience, you know your own self-worth. You respect others and yourself; you are willing to give and receive acknowledgment for the magnificent being that you are. The qualities associated with metal are unyieldingness, rigidity, persistence, strength and determination. Metal type people like minimalism. They are organized, clean, and contained. They can be controlling, ambitious, forceful and set in their ways as metal is very strong; and they are self-reliant and prefer to handle their problems alone.The negative emotion associated with metal is grief, while the positive emotion is courage.
Chinese Element Water
Elements of Water include:
- Color: Black;
- Symbol: Turtle;
- Season: Winter;
- Day: Wednesday;
- Planet: Mercury;
Water people do not mind spending much time to themselves. They are, in fact, often lost in a world inside their own brain. They are not reclusive; rather, they enjoy their own company foremost. They are imaginative and calm. It would take a lot to irritate Water element people. They go with the flow. They are often quiet and peaceful. Serenity comes easily to them. Water helps people of this element obtain knowledge, and they are more likely to listen than to vocalize.
Water type people appear a bit reserved, yet are often very creative, sometimes even eccentric. They can appear cool and stoic, yet have the capacities to be still and deeply reflect. The negative emotion associated with water is fear, while the positive emotion is calmness.
While you might not feel much of a kinship to your astrological sign, you might find that your Chinese element explains you a bit better.