this post describe about the 5 Chinese elements (metal, wood, water, fire, earth); Not the 4 Western Elements (fire, earth, air, water).
Western elements - depends on zodiac sign (aries, taurus, gemini, etc.)
Chinese elements - depends on the year born. check your chinese element here: Chinese Zodiac: Elements' Years.
they are excellent calculators. they wish to lead an orderly n principled life. they also like hygienic n balanced environment. quality is the creed of their life.
individuals born in the years of the METAL element are success-driven. they will pursue their goals with confidence and determination. they are unwavering in their efforts to achieve their objectives and are undeterred by setbacks, failures or hardships. this persistence can, however, work against them if they refuse to let go of situations that are no longer feasible. people ruled by the METAL element can be highly unreasonable, inflexible and stubborn at times. they are self-reliant and are apt to sort out problems on their own.
they like to choose their own destinies and will fashion their lives towards this end. they dislike it when others try to interfere in their affairs. people under this element have a certain electricity about them. they have strong impulses which will be felt by the people around them. they also possess the strength and the energy to bring about the changes they desire. their strong monetary instincts will effectively support their tastes for luxury and power.
they are high class artists or artisans and perform their work diligently n remain committed to their work n are adept in their profession. they wish to remain busy, n believe in the sort of life which is hardwork oriented. they indulge in wasteful expenditure.
those born in the years dominated by the WOOD element are people of high morals n great confidence. they know the intrinsic value of things n are apt to appreciate all that they have. their interests are wide n varied and this makes them interesting company. they are systematic in their thinking n possess executive personalities. their expansive n co-operative natures will allow them to do things on a large scale. WOOD element people like to spread their wings n diversify to as many areas as possible. they are individuals who see renewal n growth as important aspects in life. they are unselfish n will share whatever recognition or rewards they receive as they believe in team effort. they will find support and finances whenever in need. this is because others have faith in their business acumen and abilities.
their main shortcoming is that they tend to take on more than they can handle. they may not finish what they start if they spread themselves out too thinly. they must learn to work within manageable limits. also, WOOD people tend to be too conciliatory n will look for the easiest way out. at their worst, they can be inconstant n passive. they can also lean too much on others for support. to be effective, they must be more persuasive n assertive. only then, can they turn their dreams into reality.
they are imaginative, philosophers n thinkers. they are clever, scholarly n believe in free lancing. they take up multiple professions. they believe in conferring secrets to themselves only.
people born under the WATER element have above average skills in interpersonal relations n persuasion. they communicate well n are able to wear away any opposition from others through their firm, constant but unobtrusive efforts. they also have the capability to advance their ideas by influencing the thoughts of others. by nature, people born under the Water element are flexible, intuitive, diplomatic n unimposing. they have an eye for spotting things that have potential. once identified, WATER element people are naturals at getting the project rolling.
their flair lies in recognizing n using the talents n resources at their fingertips. fortunately, they never make others feel that they are being made used of. WATER people tend to be too conciliatory n will look for the easiest way out. at their worst, they can be inconstant and passive. they also tend to lean too much on others for support. if they want to be effective, they must be more persuasive and assertive. only then, can they realize their dreams.
people of fire element have magnetic and attractive personality, remain happy and excited. they wish to remain bound in the love - bounds of their relatives, as they despise seclusion. they are hypersensitive and quick messengers.
people born in the years of the FIRE element are born-leaders. they are decisive and confident. they are also more aggressive n positive than other natives of their particular sign. these individuals love adventure and innovation. they are constantly on the move and they like to explore new horizons. they are true to their element n they usually attract others through their brilliance and warmth. given to dynamic speech n action, the people ruled by the FIRE element will try to dominate others with their originality n clever thinking.
they have all the requirements to be winners in life but they must be sympathetic to the views of others before taking action. the more FIRE people try to achieve their goals by force, the more they will encounter obstacles. people of this element must keep a check on their emotions. their ambitions and forcefulness may amplify their selfishness and make them inconsiderate n impatient when they do not get what they want. it would be good for FIRE persons to cultivate patience n compassion to curb their impulsive tendencies.
they are faithful to their masters, have an idealistic character but are highly ambitious. these persons have dual character. they wish and desire that other persons should accord importance to them, and they desire a loving treatment, in return for for their love.
people born under the EARTH element are serious, logical n methodical. they also possess foresight and excellent deductive powers. they are intelligent n objective n they know where best to direct their resources for the best possible results. with these qualities, they make good planners n administrators. they have the ability to optimize the use of resources n are wise n prudent in financial matters. this has a spill-over effect as they are equally good at handling their own money. people of the EARTH element like to keep things in perspective. they are conservative by nature n they rarely blow things out of proportion.
their most common fault however, is that they are too governed by their own interests. they also lack imagination n have too secure an outlook of life. they must find it in themselves to be more adventurous in life. nevertheless, EARTH people will impress others with their sound reasoning, reliability, discipline n steadiness.