Favourable; Fire & Metal
Unfavourable; Water & Wood
The Earth is central to all views of nature. The
ancients saw the shape of the Earth as being square. The shape
then that symbolizes the Earth Element is the square. Its colour
is yellow, which is also the Emperor's colour.
The body's organ system ruled by the Earth Element
is the Stomach/Spleen system, which is responsible for digesting
and transforming food and water into Qi,
and nourishment for the entire body. Many TCM practitioners see
the Digestive System as central to overall good health which is
consistent with the Five Elements theory that places the Earth
Element at the centre of all things.
Yang Earth is symbolized by the Mountain, rocks,
crystals, granite, and diamonds.
Yin Earth is generally symbolized by the soil in
which food is grown.
The emotion of the Earth Element is Worry or Overthinking.
Signs of Earth Deficiency include fatigue, and digestive problems.
The Earth element governs the last half of each
of the other seasons, but has a particular effect over the last
days of summer and early days of Autumn when crops are being harvested.
Earth people tend to be solid, stable and immutable,
like the Earth. They like the traditional ways of doing things
and do not respond well to abrupt changes. They work hard and
usually put everything they have into a project or a relationship.
Earth people make better workers than leaders. On the other hand,
Earth people can be obstinate, stubborn, and so set in their ways
that they can resolutely resist even beneficial change. Either
way, Earth types are determined, resolute, and reliable in their
pursuit of any objective.
Yang Earth types tend to have a real connection
to the land and are concerned with buildings, construction, or
land as a medium of exchange.
Yin Earth types are more concerned with the Earth's
potential for growing things, how the earth nourishes and nurtures
and what the earth produces as a medium of exchange.
Both are 'down to earth' types, not prone to flights
of fantasy. Both are contemplative, meditative types, which may
make them appear distant and unconcerned. Neither type is concerned
with small talk.
In the Five Elements theory, Earth is nourished
by Fire and itself nourishes Metal. In nature it may be seen that
when a forest is consumed by fire, the nutrients contained in
the ash revitalize the Earth. As well, it is now becoming better
known that forest fires are a vital way that nature cleanses the
earth. As much as forest fires are an annoyance and even danger
to humans, they are as necessary to the health of the earth as
oxygen and sunlight. In general Earth types will have a favourable
relationship with a Fire or Metal type.
In the controlling cycle, Earth is controlled by
Wood, in the sense that trees and other plants cover and hide
the earth. Earth itself controls Water in the sense water tends
to follow the natural contours of the Earth when it flows, and
can be controlled and directed by damns and channels. In general,
Earth types will have an unfavourable relationship with a Wood
or Water type.
The Ox, Dragon, Goat, and Dog are Earth animals.
Five Elements - Promoting & Controlling Cycles.
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