Chinese Astrology Five Element Relationships

Chinese Five Elements have three different kind of relationships. One is the Circulating Relationship, which is the mother-and-child relation. The next one is the Harmful Relationship, which is the dominating relationship. The last one is the Hostile, Fighting Relationship.


The Circulating Relationship
The elements next to each other are conducive, beneficial, congenial, friendly, supporting and generating.
  • Water generates Wood - Water is the mother of Wood
  • Wood generates Fire - Wood is the mother of Fire
  • Fire generates Earth - Fire is the mother of Earth
  • Earth generates Metal - Earth is the mother of Metal
  • Metal generates Water - Metal is the mother of Water

The Harmful Relationship
An element has capability to destroy, defeat, overcome and overwhelm the element next to it. 
  • Water can extinguish Fire
  • Wood can break the ground (Earth)
  • Fire can melt Metal
  • Earth can make Water disappear
  • Metal can break Wood

The Hostile Relationship
The elements facing each other are hostile, fighting, resisting, and hurting mutually.
  • Water dislikes Fire
  • Wood dislikes Earth
  • Fire dislikes Metal
  • Earth dislikes Water
  • Metal dislikes Wood

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