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___ Five Elements Chart

Comprehensive list of the concordances of the five forces of the Five Elements Theory. The chart shows associated properties or aspects of each element, together they form the integrated whole of the Five Element Theory.


Aspects of the Five Elements with Chinese Names (pinyin in brackets)  
    Wood
(木 - Mù)
Fire
(火 - Huǒ)
Earth
(土 - Tǔ)
Metal
(金 - Jīn)
Water
(水 - Shuǐ)
Cycles Creation feeds Fire makes Earth creates Metal collects Water nourishes Wood
Destruction breaks Earth melts Metal absorbs Water splits Wood extinguishes Fire
Symbol   Dragon Phoenix Caldron? Tiger Tortoise
Action   Crushing (collapse)
崩 (bēng)
Exploding/Pounding
炮 (pào)
Crossing
橫 (héng)
Splitting
劈 (pǐ)
Drilling
鑽 (zūan)
Colours
颜色. yán sè
  Green
青 (qīng)
Red
红 (hóng)
Yellow
黄 (huáng)
White
白 (bái)
Black/Blue
黑 (hēi) / 蓝 (lán)
Planets
行星, xing xing
  Wood Star
木星 (mùxīng)
Jupiter
Fire Star
火星 (huǒxīng)
Mars
Earth Star
土星 (tǔxīng)
Saturn
Metal Star
金星 (jīnxīng)
Venus
Water Star
水星 (shuǐxīng)
Mercury
Heavenly or spiritual Creatures
四象 - Sì Xiàng
  Azure Dragon
青龍 (qīng lóng) the Azure Dragon of the East
Vermillion Bird of the South
朱雀 (zhū què)
Red Phoenix
Yellow Dragon
黃龍 (huáng lóng)
the fifth Guardian Beast, the guardian of the Center
White Tiger
白虎 (bái hǔ)
the White Tiger of the West
Black Tortoise Serpent
玄武 (xuán wǔ), literally "Mysterious Warrior" the guardian spirit of the north
Dragon Kings
龍王 - Lóng Wáng)
  Ao Guang (敖廣),
the Dragon of the East Sea
Ao Qin (敖欽),
the Dragon of the South Sea
  Ao Run (敖閏)
the Dragon of the West Sea
Ao Shun (敖順)
the Dragon of the North Sea
Seasons   Spring (春季) Summer (夏季) Late Summer
according to other sources:
Change of seasons
(Every third month)
Autumn (秋季) Winter (冬季)
Stages   Birth, Germination Growth Transformation Reaping, Harvest Storage
Climate   Windy Heat Damp, Humid Dry Cold
Grains   Wheat Corn Millet Rice Beans
Fruits   Plum Apricot Date (Jujube) Peach Chestnut
Month   1/2 4/5 3/6/9/12 7/8 10/11
Day   Thursday Tuesday Saturday Friday Wednsday
Time of Day   Morning Noon Afternoon Evening Nights
Compass, direction   East South Center West North
Energy   Upward Expansive Downward Contracted Floating
Moving direction   back right Center forward left
Metals   Iron Copper Gold Silver Tin
             
Yin / Yang
陰陽; 阴阳; yīn yáng
  Lesser Yang
Young Yang
New Yang
Utmost Yang
Old Yang
Full Yang
Center
Yin-Yang Balance
Lesser Yin
Young Yin
New Yin
Utmost Yin
Old Yin
Full Yin
Heavenly Stems
Chinese Calendar
  Jia, 甲 (jiǎ)
Yi, 乙 (yǐ)
Bing, 丙 (bǐng)
Ding, 丁 (dīng)
Wu, 戊 (wù)
Ji, 己 (jǐ)
Gen, 庚 (gēng)
Xin, 辛 (xīn)
Ren, 壬 (rén)
Gui, 癸 (guǐ)
8 Trigrams
Bagua
八卦, Bāguà
  ☱ Ground - 巽 (xùn)

☶ Shake - 震 (zhèn)
☲ Radiance - 離 (lí)
☷ Field - 坤 (kūn)

☳ Bound - 艮 (gèn)
☰ Force - 乾 (qián)

☴ Open - 兌 (duì)
☵ Gorge - 坎 (kǎn)
8 Trigrams
Nature
Zì Rán
自然
  Wind - 巽
Thunder - 震
Fire - 離 Earth - 坤
Mountain - 艮
Heaven - 乾
Marsh - 兌
Water - 坎
8 Trigrams Direction   Southeast
East
South Southwest
Northeast
Northwest
West
North
8 Trigrams
Family
Jiā Zú
家族
  Eldest son,
Eldest Daughter
Middle Daughter Mother
Youngest Son
Father,
Youngest Daughter
Middle Son
Five Virtues
Wŭ Cháng
五常
  Benevolence Propriety Sincerity Righteousness Wisdom
Five Relations
Wŭ Lún
五倫
Superior Ruler
君 (jūn)
Father
父 (fù)
Husband, Man
夫 (fū)
Elder Brother
兄 (xiōng)
Friend
朋 (péng)
Subordinate (Civil) Servant
臣 (chén)
Son
子 (zǐ)
Wife, Woman
婦 (fù)
Younger Brother
弟 (dì)
Friend
友 (yŏu)
Yin Organs (Solid)
脏 - zàng
  Liver
肝 (gān)
Heart
心 (xīn)
Pericardium
心包 (xīn bāo)
Spleen
脾 (pí)
Pancreas
膵 (cuì)
Lungs
肺 (fèi)
Kidneys
腎 (shèn)
Yang Organs (Hollow)
腑, fǔ
  Gall Bladder Small Intestine
Triple Warmer
Stomach Large Intestine Bladder
             
Taste, flavour   sour bitter sweet pungent, spicy salty
Smell   goatish burning fragrant rank rotten
             
Senses   Vision, Sight Touch, Speech Taste Smell Hearing
             
Actions   Countenance Sight Thought Speech Listening
Emotions (+)   Kindness Joy
Love
Fulfillment
Thoughtfulness
Reflexion
Empathy
Sympathy
Hope Will
Emotions (-)   Anger
Resentment
Sadness
Hate
Obsession
Worry
Grief
Guilt
Regret
Lamenting
Fear
Anxiety
Function   Purification Circulation Digestion Respiration Elimination
Sounds   calling, shouting laughing singing crying
deep sighing
moaning, groaning
Five Emperors   Shaohao (少昊) Fuxi (伏羲) Yellow Emperor
(黄帝 - huangdi)
Shennong
(神農)
Zhuanxu (顓頊)

 

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