Yang: Water Earth Metal; Yin Wood Fire Assessment

Yang: Water Earth Metal; Yin Wood Fire Assessment

In the 5 element image above we can see that Water is the dominant element, Earth and Metal are also Yang (or what we show to the world).  Wood and Fire are the internal or inner Yin elements.
The water total is 12 points greater than the next closest of Earth.  When we have too much water energy it may manifest in being overwhelmed or overwhelming others.  Flood of emotion and or white rapid ride.  Your Wood number is 38 less than Water so you may be having a difficult time getting things going.  Your ideas, inspiration and seeds are drowning rather than growing.
Earth’s archetype is fertile soil.  It is the accountability of what we do and say.  The earth number is Yang (greater than 72) yet in this instance with too little earth to control the Water you may be feeling precarious and floating.
Metal, another Yang element in this instance, may still present by way of procrastination. You may be in too deep of water to be able to focus, communicate clearly and convert your acumen into clarity.
To control water when it is dominant is to add Earth.
What do you do or what could you do to make yourself feel more grounded and centered.  Are there things that you could let go of, busymaking, that would allow you to slow the flow down?
Yin is the inner and the details, your yin elements are Wood & Fire.
When the wood element is overwhelmed by the flow of water it may be keeping you from branching out.  Again I would invite you to find a way to look at things from a practical standpoint and see where you may benefit from decluttering.
Fire is leadership, speaking words, and emotion.  I would suggest you to observe when you are saying no to something are you saying yes to yourself; when you are saying yes to something are you saying no to yourself.  Fire burns the wood which turns into earth.  
Notice how you are communicating and as above; look for the contrasts in your choices.
Your assessment is one where the word “busy” keeps running through my mind.  I also invite you to pause and be present.

Yang Earth and Fire; Yin Wood, Metal and Water

Yang Earth and Fire; Yin Wood, Metal and Water

Yang Earth and Fire; Yin Wood, Metal and Water Observations.
This is in response to a reader’s quiz submission.
Thank you!
Earth is your
Yang Element, what you show on the outside.
Fire is the
compliment Yang Element, supporting your creation of Earth.
Internal Yin elements are Metal, Water and Wood.

Strong Earth
indicates that you are practical, stable, grounded in the here and now.  While the assessment total in relation to the
other elements may suggest that you may have and to take on too much
responsibility, feelings of getting stuck, not moving forward, rather a feeling
of being anchored or weighed down.
In the I
Ching; Earth is the Element associated with the Love & Relationship area of
the Bagua.
Known as the
receptive; being able to take something in. 
The receptive Earth.
Keyword is
Devotion; between love partners and within self.
In order to
balance out the dominance of Earth, I invite you to add Wood.  Wood consumes Earth.
Wood is intuition,
knowledge, inspiration, active, awake & alert.  It embodies openmindness, ability to trust,
ability to accept guidance, to take reasonable risks, to try new activities.
Too little
wood can keep us “small” or not branching out.

Health &
Family’s element is Wood.  The I Ching
associates: arousing, thunder & shock. 
The best reaction to shock is laughter; Despite being shocked by a
thunderclap life goes on.  Shock is a
movement to transformation.
What can or
is stimulating transformation in your life? 
What seeds
can you plant and nurture in Health – Body, Mind, Spirit?
What can you
“unearth” about your relationships; to self and to others?
Is there a
new way at looking at your relationships?
What can you
cultivate in your life?
with Metal & Water
Metal is the
mental and intellectual.  It is the element
of both strength and endurance; as well it can be made malleable. 
Metal is
excavated from Earth.  To little metal
can be procrastination, avoidance, forgetting. 
I invite you to consider releasing some of the Earth’s burden of
responsibilities to lighten the anchor. 
What area of
your life are you holding on to things that others may help support you?
What could
you delegate?
Water is the
source of life, it is the tapping into the soul, spirit, trusting in the flow
of life.  This could be an invitation to “dive”
into something. To feel more fluid, to nourish growth.

An Affirmation for you…
Pop Quiz – Finding Your Element

Pop Quiz – Finding Your Element

How does one know which element is your Yin or your Yang?

Which of the 5 elements are primary in YOU: Wood, Fire, Water, Metal or Earth.

If you are up for a pop quiz continue reading.

Please accept this as an invitation for you to email me your totals from each part of the quiz, from which I will provide you my observations and interpretations.

Score each question on a scale of 1 to 5.

  • 1 being the least likely
  • 2 being sometimes likely
  • 3 being occasionally but not characteristic
  • 4 being frequently
  • 5 being most always

Part One:
___Are you a natural
born initator?
___Do you act assertively & confidently?
___Do you resist authority figures?
___Do you find that people and activities
move to slowly for you?
___Do you like struggling against all odds,
proving yourself to others?
___Are you always doing something or going
___Do you have high blood pressure?
___So you strongly resist giving in to a
___Do you always want to be first and best?
___Does confinement and sitting quietly
drive you crazy?
___Do you get frequent muscle cramps?
___Do you like to make all the rules and
then break them?
___Do you pioneer new trails wherever you
___Do your nails alternate between hard
& thick and dry & brittle?
___Are you impatient with people who seem to
have no direction in life?
___Do you strongly resist showing
___Do you love speed and adventure?
___Have you ever had tendonitis?
___Do you manipulate situations to get what
you want?
___Is it difficult for you to control your
___Do you find any kind of restraint
___Do you do your best work under pressure?
___Are you considered moody?
___Is your personal freedom a supreme value
in your life?
Part One Total_________
Part Two:
___Are you highly motivated to seek the
___Are you charismatic?
___Do you have heart problems?
___Do you have an extreme aversion to pain?
___Do you love drama, performing and being
in the spotlight?
___Are you often spontaneous?
___Do you get sores on your tongue or around
your mouth?
___Can’t say no to anyone?
___Do you tend to be more emotionally
intense than your friends?
___Have you ever had a speech impediment?
___Do you love to give your opinion?
___Do you fear separation above all else?
___Are you clever on your feet?
___Do you desire personal fulfillment more
than almost anything?
___Do your cheeks turn red easily?
___Could you be described as extravagant?
___Are you bright and scintillating at
social gatherings?
___Do you have eczema or other skin
___Do you enjoy talking during most
___Do you have trouble with boundaries in
___Is the need for intimacy and merging a
strong motivation for you?
___Do you suffer from anxiety or insomnia?
___Are you mostly optimistic and
enthusiastic about life?
___Are you strongly empathetic?
Part Two Total_____
Part Three:
___Do you see yourself as a service oriented
___Are you working on being more
___Do your friends often use you as a
___Is bloating and water retention a
___Do you struggle with inertia and feel
“stuck” sometimes?
___Does nurturing come easy to you?
___Do you like to be in charge but not in
the spotlight?
___Does your need to be accommodating
sometimes result in conformity?
___Is a need to belong strong in you?
___Do you suffer with muscle tenderness?
___Do you regard loyalty as one of the most
important traits in a person?
___Are you conservative in your thinking?
___Are you the family member or friend who
knows what’s going on in everyone’s lives?
___Do you suffer with swollen glands and
other lymphatic disorders?
___Would you like things to be more
___Do you tend to be overly protective?
___Do unrealistic expectations leave you
disappointed much of the time?
___Do you try to be all things to all
___Have you recently gained weight?
___Are you considered a worrier?
___Do you feel you haven’t been recognized
for your efforts?
___Are you prone to obsessive thoughts and
___Are you the family member or friend who
remembers everyone’s birthday?
___Are you regarded as the peacemaker by
friends and family?
Part 3 Total__________
Part Four:
___Do you hold righteousness and virtue in
high regard?
___Are rituals important to you?
___Is chaos your enemy?
___Do you have stiff joints and muscles?
___Do you have no time for nonsense?
___Do you hold very precise standards?
___Are you very sensitive to temperature?
___Is clarity and agreement important to
___Are you a law and order person?
___Is your skin or hair really dry?
___Are you considered a perfectionist?
___Do you fear intimacy?
___Do you have a strong artistic sense or an
eye for good design?
___Does carelessness in others drive you up
the wall?
___Are you considered cool, dispassionate
and distant?
___Are reason and high principles your
guiding light?
___Are you considered a little too strict
and nit picky?
___Do you have elegant or refined tastes?
___Is social involvement on the bottom of
your list of things to do?
___Do you have sinus problems?
___Does your high level of self control
drive your spontaneous friends crazy?
___Do you know best?
___Is it difficult for you to experience or
release powerful emotions?
___Are you good at providing structure and
boundaries for others?
Part 4 Total__________
Part Five:
___Would you describe yourself as
___Is the search for truth a prime motivator
in your life?
___Do you have a very strong sex drive?
___Are you highly creative, imaginative and
___Do you dislike superficiality more than
___Do you pride yourself on being
self-contained and self sufficient?
___Is rapid deterioration of teeth or gums a
___Do you seek the deep mystery in
___Do you suffer with frequent backaches?
___Do you occasionally catch yourself being
tactless or thoughtless?
___Do you have a very penetrating and
critical mind?
___Do you hate waste and conserve
___Is the desire to stick to it one of your
strongest virtues?
___Do you have hardening of the arteries?
___Is it difficult for you to share your
things with others?
___Do you suffer from a feeling of chronic
___Are you afraid of losing yourself in
___Are you considered enigmatic and
eccentric by your friends?
___Do you often feel misunderstood?
___Are you awkward in social situations?
___Do you resist conformity?
___Do you have kidney or bladder problems?
___Are your hands and feet likely to be
___Do you have remarkable powers of
Part 5 Total__________
Part One is your WOOD Score
Part Two is your FIRE Score
Part Three is your EARTH Score
Part Four is your METAL Score
Part Five is your WATER Score

I invite you to email me your summary with the totals from each part of the quiz, from which I will provide you my observations and interpretations.

Water – Its Elemental Dear Bagua

Water – Its Elemental Dear Bagua

How would you describe your favorite body of water? 

How would the water be moving or is it still?
Would it be deep or shallow?
Would it be calm or energetic?
Off the top of your head, what water metaphor could you use to describe your life at this moment? 
Does that metaphor match your ideal Flow in your life?
Water is an essential ingredient in our life.  Literally.  Our bodies are composed of 50-75% of water.  We can live without food but we can not sustain our life without water.  
Water is the source of Life, it is connecting to spirit and spirituality.  It is the Flow of life.
When we have to much water energy in our lives we can 
  • lack form
  • overwhelm ourselves and others
  • tidal waves of emotion; flooding
  • unprocessed stuff
  • feel wishy washy
When we have too little…
  • anxiety
  • like we’ve lost the/our flow
  • lost connection to our Higher Power
  • lack synchronicity
  • dehydrated, dry and combustible.
Momentum would also be a great way to describe Flow. That feeling of being in the groove.  
Where in your life are things not going with the flow?
Where have you sprung a leak?
What could you add to your life or let go of in order to improve your momentum?
We can unclog our flow by letting go of things that seem to be holding us back.  It could be letting go of literal things, people, relationships, thoughts, clutter and even the simple act of deep breathing can help to release energy to get your flow back on. 
What parts of your life are going with the most perfect flow?

What can you learn from those tributaries and apply to the areas that need some help?
I believe that we could associate multiple metaphors of water to describe our lives.  Your ideal career pace may look completely opposite from what you want your home life to feel like.
The magic is finding the Balance that suits you best.
Wood You? – Its Elemental Dear Bagua

Wood You? – Its Elemental Dear Bagua

If a tree falls in the forest does it make a sound?  I’m not sure.  However if a palm frond falls off your palm tree and hits the neighbor’s garage it most definitely makes a sound.

I’ve had the pleasure of being in the garden on 2 occasions in the last month to hear the cracking and subsequent whoosh and crash of a 2 metre frond drop.  This morning as I looked up at my tree I was struck with something, perhaps you can relate.
Isn’t it fascinating that plant life just does what it does?  Right now in the Southern Hemisphere I see new leaves opening on my trees, my lawn is covered in clover, my citrus trees are nearly done producing and the palm is dropping the seed branch which I think is Australia’s version of snow.
The tree never questions its process, it just goes with its rhythm.  All it wants to be is a tree.  
You don’t see the orange tree trying to emulate the bamboo, or the bamboo trying to be a hedge.  Plant life does its thing, its the plant its intended to be.
The element of wood in Feng Shui is that of growth.  Plant life of all kind have a foundation of roots to support the growth above the earth.  Just like in our literal life we sometimes need to cut or prune to allow new growth, or to clear so that growth is not stunted or all consuming.
Wood is 
  • intuition, 
  • it is what you see and what your don’t see; as in the plant/tree reaches out above the earth while the roots are hidden in the earth therefore it holds trust; 
  • its an element of new growth, new skills, new projects. 
  • Wood embodies expansion.
  • trees have branches; our brains can branch out
  • trees have seeds; seeds are knowledge
  • the color green.
Wood is in Balance when we can trust the process and take reasonable risks; while open to guidance and open minded.
Too much wood can leave us feeling encumbered, and we can not keep up.
Taking to much on and consuming to much of the Earth.  We need to bring in the metal element to cut the wood.
Too little wood may be felt when we are not branching out; when we are keeping ourselves small. We need water in order to nourish Wood.
I invite you to consider where you are nurturing yourself for growth in all ways.  Physically, mentally and emotional nurturing to grow your tree of life.