The Metal element parallels the fall season and represents the late-day setting sun, the western direction, round shapes, and the color white. It corresponds to the lungs, the nose, and the respiratory system. Metal element people renew their strength in the early evening hours, and are invigorated by their keen sense of smell. The feng shui direction assigned to the metal element is West, which represents commerce, success, trade, and the roundness of coins, arches, hills, and domes.
The Metal element represents the period from ages 36 to 48, the middle age of life characterized by fixed values, strength of will, and fluency of speech. The nature of Metal is to define and to strengthen, and those with a Metal daymaster will work their way to the top because of these qualities. The Metal element symbolizes clear thinking, sincerity, and accuracy. Metal element people have the gift of structure and the ability to interface skillfully with the outside world. Those born into the Metal element set and follow their goals with fervor and passion.
Metal is determined and fixed, positioning and holding by creating a foundation and a base. The Metal element can also add rigidity, stubbornness, and a reluctance to compromise to a sign. Fiercely independent, solitary, and blessed with a great strength of purpose, Metal element people tend to speak candidly and bluntly. The emotion associated with Metal is grief, which can turn into selfpity if taken to an extreme. Whether you are a yang metal sword that slays foes or a delicate yin metal clasp of a silver necklace, the Metal element blesses you with great strength of will. Metal element people are somber and strong loners. The Metal element is closely tied to the lungs, the nose, and the respiratory system.
The Wood element parallels the season of spring and represents the rising sun, the eastern direction, tall cylindrical shapes, and the color green. It corresponds to the liver, medicine, diseases, and the senses of sight and hearing. Wood element people renew their strength in the morning hours and are invigorated by the wind. The feng shui direction assigned to the Wood element is East, representing family, creativity, relationships, and the slender, cylindrical forms of columns and towers.
The Wood element represents the period from birth to age 12, a time of rapid mental and physical development, imagination, creativity, simplicity, and compassion. Like the great sequoia tree, the nature of Wood is to move upward, spread outward, and expand toward the light. Its temperate nature is concerned with establishing goodwill, furthering the arts, and pursuing beauty.
Wood element people have high-minded values and believe in the dignity of every human being. They understand the value of teamwork and excel in organizing extensive and complex projects. Like their daymaster element, those with a Wood daymaster know how to expand, achieve cooperation, and persuade others. They are progressive in their thinking and futuristic in their goals. The Wood element endows you with a natural presence and sense of propriety; however, Wood is also flammable and bestows a touchy temper. This is why the emotion associated with Wood is anger. The Wood element blesses you with idealism, imagination, a love of family, and many artistic gifts. It is closely tied to the liver and gallbladder, and the senses of sight and hearing.
The Earth element parallels the periods between the seasons, the last days of each season, the Center, flat shapes, and the color yellow. It corresponds to the digestive system, the mouth, and the spleen. Earth element people renew their strength in the late afternoon and during the periods between seasons, and are invigorated by their keen sense of taste. The feng shui direction assigned to the Earth element is the Center, which represents practicality, endurance, and flat, square shapes.
The Earth element represents the period of life from ages 25 to 36, the young adult period characterized by stability, reliability, productivity, and common sense. The nature of Earth is to stabilize, to keep whole, and to preserve. The Earth element is symbolic of the mother's protected womb of peace and safety. Those with an Earth daymaster are practical and sensible. They have excellent organizational abilities and are competent leaders and executives. Stability, practicality, and reliability characterize those influenced by the Earth element. Its natives are capable of making wise and sensible decisions, and tend to be conservative and serious.
Earth element natives are firmly anchored to their family, their partnerships, and their homeland. The Earth element keeps both your feet firmly planted on the ground and gives you the innate tenacity that allows you to complete arduous tasks. However, Earth daymasters can also produce obstinate and unbendable individuals. The emotion associated with Earth is melancholy/depression, which may make you seem distant or unapproachable. Like the rocks that make up a wall or the soil that produces food, Earth element people are traditional, firm, and persistent. The Earth is closely tied to the stomach and the mouth.
The Fire element parallels the season of summer and represents the noonday sun, the southern direction, pointed shapes, and the color red. It corresponds to the heart, the blood, and the circulatory system. Fire element people renew their strength in the peak of each day at noon, and are invigorated by their keen sense of touch.
The feng shui direction assigned to the Fire element is South, representing intellect, reputation, fame, the pointed angles of triangles, and the sharp edges of mountain peaks. The Fire element represents the period from ages 13 to 24, the adolescent time of dynamic passion, energy, aggression, and leadership. The nature of Fire is to consume, to resolve, and to bring about an outcome. The Fire element will multiply inborn talents and energies and impart gifts of leadership, passion, and assertiveness. Those with a Fire daymaster rarely have trouble making decisions; they are decisive and masterful, and attract others with their strong and radiant personalities. The Fire element arouses, changes, and converts.
Fire element souls have an abundance of energy that may cause impatience when pursuing goals. The movement of Fire is rapid and can consume one's energies if it is not balanced with relaxation and moderation. The Fire element represents the ability to be decisive, to lead, and to act spontaneously without forethought. It endows you with a natural presence; however, Fire can also be uncompromising and demanding of others.
Always fervent and passionate, those with a Fire daymaster possess a sparkling wit and an enthusiasm that inspires others. This is why the emotion associated with Fire is happiness. The Fire element blesses you with a sense of humor and the ability to use comic relief when necessary. It is closely tied to the heart, the tongue, blood pressure, and circulation.
The Water element parallels the season of winter and represents nighttime, the Northern direction, irregular shapes, and black and dark blue colors. It corresponds to the kidneys, bladder, and reproductive system. Water element people renew their strength in the dark of the night, and are invigorated by their keen sense of hearing. The feng shui direction assigned to the Water element is North, which represents travel, writing, and communication. The Water element is often represented with wavy lines and irregular shapes, which, in turn, represent flowing emotions.
The Water element represents the final period in the 60-year cycle between the ages of 48 and 60, a time characterized by reflection, sensitivity, and persuasiveness. Water's nature is similar to feelings and emotions; it descends, seeks out, and fills low places, especially the hearts of the downtrodden and the needy. Those with a Water daymaster are guided by their feelings and a need to communicate. It endows them with a lucid and quick mind.
However, Water can also be chaotic because it does not have its own form and is dependent on the shape of the vessel that contains it. Water element people know how to persuade others and manipulate their environment. The Water element also brings the gift of empathy and gives them a calm and sedate nature. Water element people view life objectively and are sought after for their advice. The Water element blesses its natives with a deep spiritual nature and ability to thrive in social contexts. Those with Water daymasters possess extraordinary intuition and function as a kind of spiritual barometer. Water element people speak insightfully and bluntly.
They are also fiercely independent, solitary, and blessed with great strength of purpose. The emotion associated with Water is fear, which can sometimes turn into pesky phobias. The Water element blesses you with great psychic powers and deep feelings. Whether you are a yang Water raging ocean or a yin Water trickling mountain creek, you probably suffer from personal issues, anxieties, and doubts. The Water element is closely tied to the kidneys, bladder, and reproductive system.