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Understanding  the  Elements  
5  Element  &  3  Cycles  Rela7onships  
By Sherry Merchant

SCHEHERAZADE
M E R C H A N T

Understanding  the  elements   www. a very important aspect of all.com For those enthusiasts who want to scratch a bit deeper. as well as forms a basis for better understanding of Chinese Metaphysics. SCHEHERAZADE M E R C H A N T Understanding  the  Elements   2   . this is a concise lesson in Understanding the Elements.sherrymerchant. that helps one understand and appreciate the relationship between one Gua and another.

  Understanding how each Gua or trigram reacts to another.com 1. trigram or number is all about 2. You can refer to the Gua calculator & Relationship finder for more details SCHEHERAZADE M E R C H A N T Understanding  the  Elements   3   .sherrymerchant.  Understanding what each Gua. There  are  two  aspects   www.

hence absorb all their Yang Yang Yang traits.com •  There are 8 Guas in Yin Yin Yin all.sherrymerchant. •  Each of the 8 Guas Wood Fire Earth have an element 4 9 2 that determines Yang Yin their character and 5 relate to an Wood Metal Earth element present in 3 7 nature. Earth Water Metal 8 1 6 SCHEHERAZADE M E R C H A N T Understanding  the  Elements   4   . The  8  Guas   www.

com •  There are 5 elements Yin Yin Yin and 2 polarities. The  5  Elements   www. Wood Fire Earth •  Based on their element & polarity 4 9 2 each one has a Yang Yin quality of its own 5 and behaves Wood Metal Earth differently with 3 7 another.sherrymerchant. Yang Yang Yang Earth Water Metal 8 1 6 SCHEHERAZADE M E R C H A N T Understanding  the  Elements   5   .

  Weakening 3.sherrymerchant.com The reactions referred to are based on the 3 cycles of 1.  Production 2.  Controlling SCHEHERAZADE M E R C H A N T Understanding  the  Elements   6   . The  3  Cycles   www.

sherrymerchant. Produc7on  Cycle   www.com •  Earth produces metal •  Metal produces Water Fire •  Water produces Wood •  Wood produces Fire •  Fire produces earth Wood Earth Water Metal SCHEHERAZADE M E R C H A N T Understanding  the  Elements   7   .

sherrymerchant.com •  Earth weakens fire •  Metal weakens earth Fire •  Water weakens metal Wood •  Wood weakens Earth water •  Fire weakens wood Water Metal SCHEHERAZADE M E R C H A N T Understanding  the  Elements   8   . Weakening  Cycle   www.

com •  Earth controls water •  Metal controls Fire wood •  Water controls fire Wood Earth •  Wood controls earth •  Fire controls metal Water Metal SCHEHERAZADE M E R C H A N T Understanding  the  Elements   9   .sherrymerchant. Controlling  Cycle   www.

www.sherrymerchant.com How one Gua relates to another GUA  RELATIONSHIPS   SCHEHERAZADE M E R C H A N T .

1.com When another Gua is the same element as you.sherrymerchant.  Friend   www. •  1 is a friend of 1 (water) •  2 is a friend of 2. we see it as a friend. 5 & 8 (all are earth) •  3 is a friend of 3 & 4 (both are wood) •  6 is a friend of 6 & 7 (both are metal) •  9 is a friend of 9 (fire) SCHEHERAZADE M E R C H A N T Understanding  the  Elements   11   .

sherrymerchant.com The element that produces you is good for you. 5 & 8 produce 6 & 7 metal •  3 & 4 produce 9 fire SCHEHERAZADE M E R C H A N T Understanding  the  Elements   12   . 2. 5 & 8 earth •  1 water produces 3 & 4 wood •  2.  Produces  You   www. •  6 & 7 metal produces 1 water •  9 fire produces 2. It nurtures you and gives you health and confidence.

5 & 8 earth •  6 & 7 control 3 & 4 wood •  9 fire controls 6 & 7 metal •  1 water controls 9 fire SCHEHERAZADE M E R C H A N T Understanding  the  Elements   13   .com The element that controls you is the husband for a woman. 5 & 8 earth controls 1 water •  3 & 4 wood control 2. It represents your focus and power. 3. •  2.  Controls  You   www.sherrymerchant.

com The element that you control is the wife for a man. 4.sherrymerchant. It represents your wealth and what is your grasp.. 5. & 8 (all are earth) •  3 is a friend of 3 & 4 (both are wood) •  6 is a friend of 6 & 7 (both are metal) •  9 is a friend of 9 (fire) SCHEHERAZADE M E R C H A N T Understanding  the  Elements   14   .  You  Control   www. •  1 is a friend of 1 (water) •  2 is a friend of 2.

speech.  You  Produce   www. 5 & 8 earth produces 6 & 7 (metal) •  3 & 4 produce 9 (fire) SCHEHERAZADE M E R C H A N T Understanding  the  Elements   15   .sherrymerchant. It is what one nurtures and looks after. 5 & 8 (earth) •  1 water produces 3 & 4 (wood) •  2. expression and talent. 5.com The element that you produce represents ones output. •  6 & 7 metal produces 1 (water) •  9 fire produces 2.

5. 4 Wood 3. 5. 7 3. 4 1 6.com Produces Controls You You Gua Element Friend you you control produce 1 Water 1 6. 5. 5. 8 SCHEHERAZADE M E R C H A N T Understanding  the  Elements   16   . 7 2. 4 1 9 Fire 9 3. 4 2. Summary  of  Rela7onships   www. 7 Metal 6. 8 9 3. 7 2. 8 9 6. 7 2. 8 Earth 2. 5. 5. 7 2.sherrymerchant. 8 9 3. 4 1 6. 8 9 3. 4 1 6.