Continuing from my last post, let us start with some of the main characteristics of the Water.
From the picture, the image of Water is moving, free flowing, running downward. You can also picture the rain. The shape is wavy and the colors are black and dark blue. The compass direction is North and the season is Winter. It is represented by the number one (1). Wisdom is the virtue, panic or fear is the emotional sign. In the Chinese horoscopes, Pig and Rat are symbols of Water. Tortoise also symbolizes Water. The planet is associated to Mercury.
Water also represents wealth in the Chinese beliefs. It can bring prosperity, however, too much water can create destruction and loss.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, kidneys and bladder both represents Water. Ears are the Water sensory organ, while hearing is one of our five senses.
In Bazi life reading, strong Water people are intelligent, knowledgeable rather independent and easily adaptable. They can be secretive, self-centered, and tough too. The weak Water people can be mean, inconsiderate, timid and coward.
The Five Elements (五行 pronounced Wu Xing) is a very important concept in Chinese Metaphysics such as Feng Shui and Chinese Astrology (Bazi). As a matter of fact, it is also widely practiced in Chinese medicines, philosophy, martial arts, and even psychology.
What are the Five Elements? They are Water, Wood, Fire, Earth, and Metal. Wu Xing (五行), the Chinese word Xing is action related, so the word "element" is misleading. However, we have adopted this expression as it has been in use by the ancients for many many decades.
These five elements represents five types of prevailing qi (energy) and they are interactive. The interaction between these five elements can be productive, controlling, or weakening.
The five planets of Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn can be associated with water, metal, fire, wood, and earth as well. Furthermore, one can derive personality, character, shape, color, taste, compass direction, season, animal, the flying stars, body parts, family members, and so on from these Five Elements.
I shall outline a few of these characteristics in my next post. Stay tuned…