Chinese Zodiac Elements
The Chinese philosophy believes five elements—Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water—are
agents of change, and influence each animal sign. Each element has
the ability to influence and even control the one that follows it in
an eternal cycle similar to the four seasons.
Created by Water, as water is essential to the growth of trees. Wood is represented by new beginnings, springtime and the color green. A Wood person is gregarious and altruistic, but frequently struggles to control their temper.
Created by Wood, as logs fuel a fire. Fire says aridity, hot weather and the color red. A person born under the sign of Fire is passionate, enthusiastic and impatient. He or she strives to create a warm cozy atmosphere at home.
Created by Fire, as ash feeds the soil of our planet. Earth is characterized by mild weather, a sense of calm, balance, and the color yellow. An Earth person is nurturing, fair-minded, but has a tendency to worry too much.
Created by Earth, as earth produces minerals and ore. Metal is represented by autumn, melancholy and the color white. Its influence can cast sadness onto a personality chart. A person born in a Metal year is romantic, nostalgic and a good communicator.
Created by Metal, as spring water emerges from the layers of rock. Water says winter, motion and the color blue. A Water person is kind, perceptive and sensitive. He or she is likely to be musically inclined.
Other factors beside the elements come into play in determining someone’s Chinese astrological chart. These include the month, season, time of day, weather, and astral configurations at the time of birth.