The 5 Elements of the Chinese Zodiac

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Inter-relationship and interaction between the elements

The elements – Metal, Water, Wood, Fire, Earth – are an integral part of the Chinese Zodiac which define a universal balance. All things arise from and return to the earth – when we study the Zodiac, it’s important for us to bear the elements in mind, as every one of us are made up of these elements and are deeply connected to them.

Since the 5 elements are components of the Earth, they are all interdependent. Each element is controlled by another, while at the same time, each element brings about another. This indicates that each element has its own equal strength and weakness, and they have equal influence over each other.

 

The Generating Cycle: How One Element Creates Another

From Metal we get Water, from Water we get Wood, from Wood we get Fire, from Fire we get Earth and from Earth we get Metal:

 

Metal (in the form of a container) holds Water

Water (as a nourishing element), helps to grows Wood

Wood is burnt to create Fire

Fire burns every other element down into Earth

Metal is extracted from the Earth

 

The Controlling Cycle: How One Element Controls Another

Fire controls Metal, Water controls Fire, Earth controls Water, Wood controls Earth and Metal controls Wood:

 

Fire melts Metal into liquid

Water extinguishes a Fire

Earth absorbs and directs the flow of Water

Wood (as roots of a tree) holds the Earth together or breaks it apart

Metal, as axes, cuts down trees into Wood.


 

THE 5 ELEMENTS

The Animals and the Elements

Each of the 12 animal signs within the Chinese zodiac is associated with one of the five elements. This is known as the fixed element of the sign:

 

Metal

Earth

Fire

Wood

Water

Monkey

Rooster

Ox

Sheep

Dog

Snake

Horse

Tiger

Rabbit

Dragon

Rat

Pig

 

Then, each animal sign is further divided into the five elements, depending on the year that the sign occurs. E.g.:

  • Metal Horse (1930, 1990)
  • Earth Horse (1918, 1978)
  • Fire Horse (1966, 2026)
  • Wood Horse (1954, 2014)
  • Water Horse (1942, 2002)

 

Each of the five elements occurs within each animal sign occurs once every 12 years. Therefore, each specific animal-element combination – e.g. the Fire Ox – repeats once every 60 years.

A person’s characteristics are determined both by the ruling element of their sign as well as the element of that particular year that they are born. E.g. A Water Rooster will be controlled by both Water and Metal.

Click here to read each of the 12 Lunar Animals influenced by each of the 5 elements:

Rat
Ox
Tiger
Rabbit
Dragon
Snake
Horse
Sheep
Monkey
Rooster
Dog
Pig

Or read by element type:

Metal
Earth
Fire
Wood
Water

How to work with the elements

If a family or any working team is fortunate enough to have all five elements within its members, it is said that they would then enjoy a lot of harmony. The presence of all five elements within one unit creates an overall balance and each element would “generate” – or support – the other.

One of the best ways we can make use of these interactions is at the workplace. Study the Controlling Interactions to determine who you would be able to lead well and harmoniously; and examine the Generating Interactions to see who would support you well. For example, if you are a leader of a company and are looking to hire people to work under you, it would be good for you to find people of signs that are “controlled” by you. E.g. If you are a Fire sign (Snake or Horse), you would find it best to employ people of a Metal sign (Rooster or Monkey). From studying the generating interactions, you would find good support in people born under the Wood sign (Tiger or Rabbit)

 

The Characteristics of each Elements

 

Metal ()

Those born under the Metal element will have the following characteristics:

  • Ambitious and very success driven
  • Competitive
  • Good leadership qualities
  • Fiercely independent
  • Determined and driven
  • Not easily swayed or influenced by others
  • Not easily discouraged by failure or rejection
  • A fighter who will not back down
  • Handles difficulties head-on, preferably on their own
  • Disciplined and focused
  • Often spiritual, holding high morals and high standards
  • Strong instincts when dealing with monetary aspects

 

Weaknesses:

  • Opinionated
  • Non-expressive, or expressive only to a certain limit
  • Can be very stubborn and unreasonable (especially if things are not to their expectation)
  • Susceptible to being merciless and unkind
  • Unafraid to cut ties with those who fail to conform to their expectations or hold opposing views

 

Earth ()

Those born under the Earth element will have the following characteristics:

Strengths:

  • Naturally organized and effective planners
  • Serious and practical
  • Analytical
  • Good insight to situations
  • Keep things as factual as possible, they rarely dramatize their findings
  • Approach things in a logical manner
  • Hard-working
  • Wise and intelligent
  • Natural entrepreneurs
  • Very good at handling money
  • Disciplined, reliable and stable
  • Very responsible
  • Able to fully utilize their resources to bring out successful results
  • Trusting, loyal and honest
  • Good at nurturing others

 

Weaknesses:

  • Conservative and reserved
  • Overprotective
  • Obstinate
  • Miserly
  • Like to “play it safe”; not very adventurous; don’t like to take risks
  • Unimaginative
  • Boring

 

Fire ()

Those born under the Fire element will have the following characteristics:

  • Spontaneous
  • Versatile
  • Charismatic and attractive
  • Commanding presence
  • Highly intelligent and knowledgeable
  • Passionate and enthusiastic
  • Positive
  • Ambitious and self-motivated
  • Adventurous, thrill seekers
  • Likes a challenge and driven by risk
  • Expressive and has dynamic speech
  • Motivators, likely to inspire others to action
  • Creative, innovative
  • Decisive
  • Born to be leaders

 

Weaknesses

  • Dislikes being alone, and may seek for attention
  • Restless and impatient
  • Insensitive and inconsiderate of others
  • Can be manipulative
  • Susceptible to mood swings
  • Too aggressive and dominating
  • Impulsive and volatile
  • Tendency to rush into things without thinking

 

Wood ()

Those born under the Wood element will have the following characteristics:

Strengths:

  • Warm and sociable
  • Innately kind and compassionate
  • Altruistic, empathetic and sensitive to others
  • Understanding
  • Ethical, has high morals
  • Self-confident
  • Finds it easy to make friends
  • Generous; finds it easy to share
  • Adaptable
  • Diplomatic
  • Co-operative, able to work well with others
  • Socially-conscious
  • Good at prioritizing and categorizing their work
  • Practical and organized
  • Always keen to grow

 

Weaknesses

  • Tendency to overcommit; do not know their limits or boundaries
  • Can quit things easily
  • Too passive
  • Indecisive, fickle
  • Can tend to waste money

 

Water ()

Those born under the Water element will have the following characteristics:

Strengths

  • Diplomatic, good communicators
  • Influencers
  • Observant and very aware
  • Open minded
  • Empathetic, sensitive to other’s feelings
  • Good counselors
  • Pacifist, will make good meditators
  • Tend to have good memory
  • Persistent and determined
  • When they feel fear, they are able to hide their feelings
  • Meticulous
  • Able to identify projects with big potential, to bring great results
  • Resilience
  • Able to exert a lot of effort and hard work
  • Intuitive and flexible
  • Soft-hearted and gentle

 

Weaknesses

  • May be susceptible to being self-centered
  • Self-indulgent
  • Indecisive
  • Rely too much on others for support
  • Too passive

 

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14 Responses to The 5 Elements of the Chinese Zodiac

  1. Cynthia Ng on Sep 5, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    哇哇哇。。很清楚又详细的解释,又再一次让我们彻彻底底的认清自己以及身边的人,该如何的去和别人相处,这样可以解决人与人之间的相处问题。
    感恩仁波切的分享让我们受益良多。

  2. 慧芬 on Sep 5, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    晕死了! 太准确啦!弱点太吓人了

  3. tenzin llhamo on Sep 6, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche.

    Love this one :
    Wood (as roots of a tree) holds the Earth together or breaks it apart…

  4. Frederick Law on Sep 6, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    everything links together, creating harmony by knowing what each elements entails. i always like this 5 elements very much as it mostly accurate to understand oneself, and to understand others using it. Thank You Rinpoche.

  5. Koh Hee Peng on Sep 8, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    After reading the above post, I realise that I haven’t fully explored the full potential inside me, if what have been stated above is accurate and true.. haha..and if I had, I would be a very very successful person in terms of actualising whatever goals and targets that I wish to achieve in this life :D

    Dear Rinpoche, thank you for sharing :D May you have long healthy life, be surrounded by sound and enthusiastic students, and may all your dharma activities be spread to the 100 directions benefiting all sentient beings :D

  6. sharon on Sep 11, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    This is an interesting post – I am of the earth element and it’s pretty accurate!!! I must work on the weaknesses eg become less boring and more adventurous hahaha!

  7. Bishumita Moktan on Aug 11, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Dear RIMPOCHE LA,
    FYAPULLO…. I m a rat born in sheep hour i wnt to knw abt my future as during ma past years i have faced so many ups n downs n i hav a daughter also i m a divorce n m worried abt ma n ma daughter lyf i wud b grateful if u wud tell me.
    thank u

  8. Sean Wang on Mar 29, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    It is amazing how everything is connected. There is one that generates the other. If they do not generate, they are capable of extinguishing. I am under the sign of the cow and my fixed element is Earth. I find it very true as I am very boring and I like avoiding risks. However, I cannot say the same with many others who are born in my year as some of them are extremely brave and rash in their behavior.

  9. Brian on May 18, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    When 2 people are snakes (1953 and 1965) and one is water and the other fire, can they be good business partners? Please respond. Thank you

  10. Karma Phuntsho on Jan 5, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    Rempoche..me a fire snake and just wanted to know how I ll doing here after..especially this year la..

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  13. Paige on Sep 5, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    I’m the Water Horse my elements Water and I’m a Horse And it fits!

  14. y4h0 on Feb 8, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    Thank you for you clear explanations Rinponche.
    My understanding of the 5 elemenets greatly imporved :)

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3 weeks ago
This is my wish...
3 weeks ago
His Eminence Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche standing next to his master and guru, His Holiness the Supreme being Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
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  • Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche & Kyabje Ling Rinpoche doing Lama Chöpa in Bodhgaya in the 60s
    Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche & Kyabje Ling Rinpoche doing Lama Chöpa in Bodhgaya in the 60s
    In the 1960s, H.H. Yongzin Kyabje Ling Rinpoche would always organize Lama Chöpa (Guru puja-composed by Panchen Rinpoche) with 1000 offerings in Bodhgaya and would often be joined in by H.H. Yongzin Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, and sometimes the 16th Karmapa would even join in. Wonderful. Watch this blessed and old footage of the two Yongzins doing Lama Chöpa in Bodhgaya. Yongzin is the special title to those who were the root and close teachers of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. There were two official Yongzins. Trijang Rinpoche and Ling Rinpoche were the Yongzins of the current Dalai Lama for over 40 years living nearby to Dalai Lama and passing him all the teachings necessary. They were extremely kind and giving all necessary teachings, empowerments and oral transmissions that Dalai Lama is disseminating to the world today to millions. Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
    3 weeks ago
  • Socialite becomes a volunteer in Malaysian soup kitchen
    Socialite becomes a volunteer in Malaysian soup kitchen
    In the Malaysian capital, Ruby Khong devotes her lunch hours delivering food to the needy, even when the tropical heat and humidity make it hard to breathe. "It was always about myself, what I wanted and that continued on for a while until 1994," she says. That year, she was on a quest for spiritual guidance in India and met a Buddhist monk named Tsem Rinpoche. Read more here: http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29986205
    4 months ago
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    Mumu always prepares his bed this way before sleeping. Cute.
    4 months ago
  • Watch what Jason Clare said in parliament
    Watch what Jason Clare said in parliament
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    4 months ago
  • Super cute attack. Have to watch!!
    Super cute attack. Have to watch!!
    5 months ago
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    They pump 'things' into poultry to make it look plump and bigger to attract you to buy. Then you eat whatever they've pumped and think how it builds up in your body? Is your taste buds worth it to risk your health? Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
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    Look at this 2 minute video, while Hong Kong is having massive protests,right over the skyline of a city a UFO is spotted observing.. Incredible footage. UFO's are historically said to always gather where there is massive conflicts or congregations of people for hundreds of years.
    5 months ago
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    See this video and do share with friends. See what happens at 1:10........Om Mani Peme Hung Watch it for the sake of the beings within in enduring what they have to endure. Don't think about how you feel because you are not there, but how they feel. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
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    I just purchased an empty locket from an art store for around $10 and had a nice picture of His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche inserted in the front and His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche inserted on the others side at home. Attached a str...ing and it's good to wear for blessings. Look how beautiful. I am the type, I devote myself to my practice but I remember it is the sole kindness of the guru's teachings. Without the guru there is no dharma at all as I cannot speak to Buddha directly. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
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    I was gifted this wonderful blingy shiny new pen by a spiritual friend. I didn't know Swarovski pens write so smoothly. I am going to enjoy writing with this. Thank you Jessica Pimentel. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
  • Is this the Loch Ness monster?
    Is this the Loch Ness monster?
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    5 months ago
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    In Kechara Forest Retreat we have a large aviary with many rescued birds and tortoises. We just built a nice pool for them to cool down in. Tsem Rinpoche
    6 months ago
  • Rescuing dog in LA river
    Rescuing dog in LA river
    6 months ago
  • This is a very inspiring video by Jim Carrey you must see
    This is a very inspiring video by Jim Carrey you must see
    6 months ago
  • Dalai Lama watching TV
    Dalai Lama watching TV
    6 months ago
  • Dog with a heart of Gold
    Dog with a heart of Gold
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    6 months ago
  • 14th Dalai Lama with Mrs.Indira Gandhi , Delhi INDIA 1966
    14th Dalai Lama with Mrs.Indira Gandhi , Delhi INDIA 1966
    9 months ago
  • The Girl Who Couldn't Cry - Water is Life
    The Girl Who Couldn't Cry - Water is Life
    It's really hard to educate a generation of people born in conditions where they take things for granted. A simple slogan campaign that says, "Save water, It's precious" isn't sticky enough to make inroads. That's exactly where this video steps in: to make people realize how precious water actually is. A brilliant video that follows the heartbreaking story of a young girl that cannot cry. Sounds like fiction? Sadly, it is not.
    9 months ago
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    Dear everyone, All sentient beings deserve to live, be happy and not hurt, including animals. We should never hurt them or eat them. Look how much this chicken welcomes a hug and love. Observe carefully. Don't eat beings who can feel pain because the karma comes back. Tsem Rinpoche
    10 months ago
  • The appreciation shown here is so deep and touching.
    The appreciation shown here is so deep and touching.
    Dear friends, See this incredible video. This chimp was found in captivity for many years. Dr Jane Goodall released him into the wild. Look how he comes back to thank her with deep apprecition. It's amazing. Animals have such strong feelings of pain and happiness just like us. We should never hurt them and share with others to not hurt them. Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
    10 months ago
  • Aki drinking some water in the aviary
    Aki drinking some water in the aviary
    Aki is a rescued bird, he now lives in Kechara Forest Retreat Aviary
    12 months ago
  • Jamyang enjoying some fresh corn
    Jamyang enjoying some fresh corn
    Jamyang is one of our rescue birds that live in Kechara Forest Retreat Aviary
    12 months ago
  • The Cute Mumus Practising Dog Orchestra at Kechara Forest Retreat
    The Cute Mumus Practising Dog Orchestra at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Today the Mumus (dogs) decided to do a dog orchestra rehearsal together with the Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR) dogs.
    1 years ago
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    Gongkar is our new bird for Kechara Forest Retreat's aviary. Gongkar never had friends and the original owner could not bring him to his destination. Now he is with us and assimilating in his cage within the aviary for a few weeks then released into aviary. Look at how much he wants attention from the other birds. Cute. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
  • Mumu, Oser and Dharma running and having a good time. I love seeing them playing. Tsem Rinpoche
    Mumu, Oser and Dharma running and having a good time. I love seeing them playing. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
  • Mumus running at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Mumus running at Kechara Forest Retreat
    1 years ago
  • Kechara Forest Retreat panorama, September 2013
    Kechara Forest Retreat panorama, September 2013
    1 years ago
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    Dechog our cockatoo at Kechara Forest Retreat grabbing long beans which he loves. Nice bird. We love him. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
  • The mumus having outdoor evening stroll!!!
    The mumus having outdoor evening stroll!!!
    2 yearss ago
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    17 May 2013, heavy rain at Kechara Forest Retreat from 7am-8am (1 hour). Water overflowed the existing drain and also opened up a much wider new "route" for itself.
    2 yearss ago

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Never let go of one's root guru. Go all the way through thick and thin. Always pray to the guru & lineage masters, then attainments arises.H.E. Tsem Rinpoche. Lucy Yap
13 hours ago
When we commit to a dharma protector, many benefits arise~Tsem Rinpoche_share by Frederick Law
14 hours ago
I love His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche very much.~Tsem Rinpoche_share by Frederick Law
14 hours ago
Homage to H.H. Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche always.~Tsem Rinpoche_share by Frederick Law
14 hours ago
When we surrender our fears and apply Buddha's teachings, our mind finds peace.~Tsem Rinpoche_share by Frederick Law
14 hours ago
Homage to my root & lineage gurus always!~Tsem Rinpoche_share by Frederick Law
14 hours ago
When we surrender our fears and apply Buddha's teachings, our mind finds peace.~Tsem Rinpoche_share by Frederick Law
14 hours ago
Doing Tsongkapa daily consistently will bring so much peace of mind.~Tsem Rinpoche_share by Frederick Law
14 hours ago
Kechara Animal Liberation, this monthly activity is originally initiated by H.E.Tsem Rinpoche to teach his students to generate compassion towards all living beings. For participation and sponsor, please click here http://www.kechara.com/support/programmes/animal-liberation/ Lucy Yap
16 hours ago
Regular volunteer La Hong and Dr Kenneth and family helped in the soup kitchen and mobile kitchen today. Angpow packets were distributed to our happy clients as well. Justin@KSK
20 hours ago
Our Tsongkapa statue in Kechara. Nice!!!~Tsem Rinpoche_share by Frederick Law
2 days ago
Eating meat brings harm and pain..~Tsem Rinpoche_share by Frederick Law
2 days ago
Don't eat any animals, it causes pain~Tsem Rinpoche_share by Frederick Law
2 days ago
When we apply spiritual principles to our lives, we find peace within ourselves. We find healing, purpose & calm. It can be achieved ~Tsem Rinpoche_share by Frederick Law
2 days ago
100 mistakes are 100 chances to learn & win. ~Tsem Rinpoche_share by Frederick Law
2 days ago
Good to read.~Tsem Rinpoche_share by Frederick Law
3 days ago
I love this.~Tsem Rinpoche_share by Frederick Law
3 days ago
So wonderful~Tsem Rinpoche_share by Frederick Law
3 days ago
Excellent!~Tsem Rinpoche_share by Frederick Law
3 days ago
In Buddha I trust...~Tsem Rinpoche_share by Frederick Law
3 days ago
White Tara Puja@Kechara Penang(24/2/15)
3 days ago
痛苦源自我们知悉自己没在有生之年做过影响任何人的事情。现在就开始行动……从这一刻开始行动,总比你浪费时间为自己感到难过或尝试博取他人毫无意义的赞美来得好。‪#‎詹杜固仁波切‬ http://www.tsemrinpoche.com (Cynthia Ng 23/2/15)
4 days ago
在不如意时依靠他人是正常的。然而当一切都顺心时,若你仍然依赖他人,那是你走向堕落的征兆。‪#‎詹杜固仁波切‬ http://www.tsemrinpoche.com (Cynthia Ng 23/2/15)
4 days ago
地球不会随着我们的期待而转动,因为每个人都有他本身的期待。解决方法是:别让自己的超高标准使你感到失望。该改变的,是你的想法。 ‪#‎詹杜固仁波切‬ (Cynthia Ng 23/2/15)
4 days ago
When in need, contact with OM BENZA WIKI BITANA SOHA~Tsem Rinpoche_share by Frederick Law
5 days ago

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