Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Five Elements

The Five Element Theory is a major system of thought in Chinese philosophy and medicine and has been used for over 2,000 years for the diagnosis and treatment of ailments. Complimentary to acupuncture and medical treatment, as well as a system to explore the human personality and archetypes.

The The Five Elements are Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood and essentially the idea behind it is that the health and wellness, of an individual or the universe, is based on the elements being in balance. Knowing which of the elements predominate in our personalities is said to help further insight into our lives and relationships. Figuring I should know which of my "elements" predominate, I took the Five Elements quiz online and here were my results:



WOOD ARCHETYPE: The Pioneer.............................. 7
FIRE ARCHETYPE: The Wizard.................................... 12
EARTH ARCHETYPE: The Peacemaker......................... 16
METAL ARCHETYPE: The Alchemist.............................. 11
WATER ARCHETYPE: The Philosopher......................... 11

So my predominate element was Earth, The Peacemaker although I came fairly close or equal with my Fire, Metal, and Water elements. Not sure if that makes me balanced or just open to what they asked me.

Anyway, they have descriptions about each of the types and how you can interpret the. It seems that the power of
Earth comes from the capacity to link, nurture, and sustain. Earth types need to balance their devotion to relationship with solitude and self-expression, developing self-reliance as well as building community. The power of Wood comes from the capacity to rapidly expand and build up pressure. Wood types need to modulate their intensity and stay flexible, to be able to retreat and yield as well as surge forward and be undaunted. The power of Water comes from the capacity to conceive, concentrate, and conserve. Water types need to offset their toughness, bluntness, and detachment with tenderness, sensitivity, and openness, risking softness and contact, exposure and attachment. And the power of Metal comes from the capacity to shape and refine. Metal types need to compensate for their rationality, self-control, and meticulousness with passion, spontaneity, and social involvement.

So as I go off to ponder my elements, you can take the test here to find out your predominate type and then read all about it:

Five Elements Quiz

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