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The 5 Elemental Energy
Charts & Summaries

The 5 Elemental Energies Summary Chart

The 5 Energies in a Nutshell

Working Wood

Fun Fire

Empathetic Earth

Moral Metal

Wise Water

5 Elemental Energy Support Cycle

Each energy feeds the next energy in line around the outside of the circle in the chart below in a beautiful and endlessly supportive energy cycle.

Water helps Wood grow 

Wood feeds Fire

Fire ash makes Earth

Earth contains and builds Metal 

Metal creates Water by condensation


5 Elemental Energy Balance Cycle

The 5 energies also keep each other in check.  Each energy helps keep another one of the energies from getting too high as is shown in the center star shape of the chart above following the path of the solid (not dotted) arrows.

Water puts out Fire 

Fire melts Metal

Metal chops Wood

Wood hold in place Earth 

Earth sets boundaries for Water

Below is an example of how the energies behave as personality traits in the real world

The 5 Elements try to get something done

Water: Let's have dinner while we talk about doing it

Wood: It's done.  I did it yesterday.

Fire: Woo-hoo!  Everyone's doing it!

Earth: Can we do it together?

Metal:  It's not about doing; it's about being

      -excerpt from The 5 Elements by Dondi Dahlin

5 Elemental Energy Quotes
The quotes below are an embodiment of each of the energies


I never gave anybody hell.  I just told the truth and they thought it was hell

- Harry S. Truman


If you're gong to be able to look back on something and laugh about it, you might as well laugh about it now

- Marie Osmond, Performer


When we practice loving kindness and compassion, we are the first one to profit



Grief is the price we pay for love

- Queen Elizabeth II


Is there no way out of the mind?

- Sylvia Plath, Poet

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