Understanding Five Elements

Background #

Unlike Western Astrology which is based on the exact moment a person is born and the position of the sun on that day. The month and time of birth determines your personality and traits. Chinese Astrology is different in the sense that it is based on the lunar calendar. This means that all people born in one year are considered to have similar traits. To further break this down, each yearly cycle consists of the Dve elements: wood, Dre, water, earth and metal. In this article, we will go in depth on the Five Elements Theory and how does it factor into giving a Chinese name.

Chinese Philosophy #

The Five Elements Theory is a Chinese philosophy used to describe the interactions and relationship between things. Five elements or 五行 is believed to be the fundamental elements of everything in the universe between which interactions occur. Each element has its own characteristics and associates with different aspects of nature. It is believed that the world changes according to the Dve elements generations or overcoming relationships. This can be viewed as the yin and yang of the Five Element Theory.

Complements #

Generating interactions are stages of life like the conception, gestation, birth, and nurture relationship. Element pairs can be selected to complement each other and together imply success and good luck. The Five generating interactions are fueling, forming, containing, carrying, and feeding:

  • Wood feeds Fire
  • Fire creates Earth
  • Earth bears Metal
  • Metal generates Water
  • Water nourishes Wood

Conflicts #

The Five elements are said to be the foundation of life in everything we do in this universe. That’s why when it comes to giving a Chinese name we have to take into consideration the different generating interactions between the parents and child. As mentioned above, pairs need to be selected to imply success and good luck. For example, if the mother is a water element and her baby girl is a wood element, this produces a great pairing. It symbolizes the nurturing mother that will help her baby girl grow up and develop into a beautiful and magnificent woman. Therefore, a Chinese name befitting the path this baby girl will be chosen to compliment her destiny.

Alternatively, overcoming interactions are the acts of hostility between two sides in a war. The Five overcoming interactions are melting, penetrating, separating, absorbing, and quenching:

  • Fire melts Metal
  • Metal chops Wood
  • Wood separates Earth
  • Earth absorbs Water
  • Water quenches Fire

Application #

Like the situation with generating interactions, overcoming interactions also plays an important role in giving a Chinese name. In fact, overcoming interactions should be given more weight compared to generating interactions. Likewise, a mother and her baby girl. If the elements were swapped. A Water element mother and a Fire element baby girl. This element pairing is ominous because water quenches fire. In order to avoid the mother bringing bad luck to her baby girl, we can reverse that fate by giving a strong Chinese name that is capable of countering the mother’s water element. Chinese names are deep and complex. A Chinese name can be crafted to benefit the child and bring peace between parent and child.

Conclusion #

The Five Elements Theory is said to be the fundamental pillar of Fengshui Theory. According to ancient Chinese philosophy, good Fengshui will bring good luck and to use good Fengshui to produce a good Chinese name is of utmost importance. The qi energy of every direction is said to be ruled by the Five elements. Aligning your child’s life with good qi shall bring your baby good luck and prosperity through all obstacles.


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