Wǔ Xíng

Wǔ Xíng is widely associated with the five elements of wood, fire, earth, metal and water. It literally means the five types of chi dominating at different times. Five phases or stages are interconnected with creative and destructive relationships and applied to many aspects of life, including seasons, planets, martial arts, literature, medicine and astrology, with qualities that are usually associated with movement and transition through a lifecycle. For example… Wood feeds Fire, Fire creates Earth (ash), Earth bears Metal, Metal collects Water, Water nourishes Wood.

The Five Elements also play an important role in the Chinese Zodiac, 生肖 Shēngxiào.