Favourable; Wood & Fire
Unfavourable; Metal & Earth
The Wood Element is associated with Spring, the
time when new shoots begin to push their heads up through the
soil. All vegetation is represented by the Wood Element. Wood
suggests the creative principal, the feminine principal, and new
beginnings of all kinds.
Yin Wood represents the strength that it takes for
a new shoot to push up through the ground, a chick needs to break
through the hard shell of an egg, or a baby needs to come out
into the world. Yin Wood represents also growth and development.
Yang Wood represents the planting of the seed, the
moment of conception, the essence of creation.
Wood periods are a time for healing, for bestowing
favours, for helping others, for beginning projects and time for
initial growth both personally and professionally.
Wood people tend to be benefactors. They are drawn
to the helping professions. They assist those less fortunate than
themselves. Wood people prefer to work and play in a cooperative
environment. While they make good leaders, they lead by gaining
the cooperation of others rather than expecting them to be obedient.
Wood people are not big on discipline for the sake of discipline.
Wood people are usually motivated by a higher purpose.
Yang/Wood people tend to be more creative. They
are good at starting things but usually prefer that others finish
what has been started.
Yin/Wood people are better at drawing out the best
in others, especially in a practical way.
The emotion of Wood is anger, and the organ system
is the Liver along with its related organ system, the Gallbladder.
Its colour is green and its shape is upright rectangular. Wood
is associated with growth, especially new growth,as its associated
time of year is Spring.
Signs of Wood disharmony include irritability and
Wood people may tend to have a temper especially
if frustrated. The sense organ is the eyes and might tend to have
'blind spots' in their world view.
In the Nourishing cycle,Wood nourishes Fire and
is nourished by Water.
Wood people would find the colour green, vertical
shapes, and live plants in their environment all contributing
to overall harmony. To enhance, add the Water element in the form
of a fountain or fish tank. A touch of red, or Fire Element further
nourishes the harmony. Relationships with Fire and Water people
tend to be easier for the Wood Person.
The Controlling or Destructive Elements are Earth
and Metal. Relationships with Earth and Metal people tend to require
more work to produce harmony.
The Tiger and the Rabbit are ruled by the Wood Element.
Five Elements - Promoting & Controlling Cycles.
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