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It's Elemental

The Five Elements and Numerology

Astrology, specifically Chinese and Vedic, delineates five vital elements that are believed to be a part of almost everything in the world – our bodies, this earth, the environment. That means everything in this world can be categorized under five of these elements.

When we talk of the system of Numerology connected to the elements, there is a beautiful description of the same in the Chinese Astrology. Hence, here we explain how the five elements as delineated in Chinese Astrology are connected to Numerology.

As per the Chinese Astrology specifically, the five elements are – Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water. Each of these elements can either be productive or destructive.

There is a Productive Cycle, and there is a Destructive Cycle.

The Productive Cycle is –

Wood burns, creating Fire. This leaves Earth, out of which comes Metal. Metal liquefies like Water. Water nurtures Wood.

The Destructive Cycle is –

Wood draws from Earth. Earth pollutes Water. Water puts out Fire. Fire melts Metal. Metal can chop and destroy Wood.

Each of the above elements have been assigned a number or two numbers in Numerology. In short, these assigned numbers are believed to relate to these elements, their qualities, and characteristics they bestow on a native.

This is how the numbers are associated with elements –

1 relates to Water 2 relates to Earth 3 relates to Wood 4 relates to Wood 5 relates to Earth 6 relates to Metal 7 relates to Metal 8 relates to Earth 9 relates to Fire

Each of these numbers and elements relate to a desirable quality. An absence of an element, that is its number, from your chart indicates a lack of that particular quality. But, to cure that lack or to enhance a particular ability, a person could surround himself/ herself with objects that relate to the correct element.

  • Wood relates to creativity, ability to ideate, innovativeness

  • Fire relates to enthusiasm, excitement and motivation.

  • Earth relates to stability, constancy of ideas and actions, and the ability to reach one’s goals.

  • Metal relates to valour, courage, and ability to stand up for oneself.

  • Water relates to interpersonal skills, ability to express and communicate with others

If you feel any of the qualities are missing in you, then you need to surround yourself with the objects of the lacking element. We will tell you which objects fall under each element category


To understand further about your number/element correlation this year, follow your personal year and month through the following two steps.

1) Personal Year – What is going on this year for you personally? What are the themes? Add your month, day of birth to the current year. Example if your birthday is April 1 in 2014, Add: 4+1+2+0+1+4 = 12 (1+2 = 3) Your personal year is 3.

2) Personal month – The overall theme for you this month. Add the month number to your personal year. Example, for July (the 7th month), if your personal year was a 3, add 7 + 3 = 1. Therefore, July is a 1 month for you this year. One is all about new beginnings and taking leadership and action.

You can also investigate your destiny to see how your life purpose and element helps you see the world. To find your destiny, add your month and day of birth to your year of birth.

Your Personal Number and Element

Below is a brief synopsis of your personal numbers and their elements. Once you discover your personal number (above), check how these themes ring true for you.

1 – A time of rebirth and innovative ideas. The element of fire will help you ignite your thoughts into reality.

2 — You are not alone. Connect with another, to find truth and balance. This is a time of relationships of all kinds, be it romantic, social, business, self. The element of earth will help you ground your intentions and make something happen.

3 — A time of creative expression, how will you communicate with others? The element of air will cut through obstacles by using your mind and flexibility

4 — You are organized and strong. It is a great period to complete a project, working with your hands and mind to build. The element of water will help you feel your emotions and gather strength. Note: in my view, 4 is also earth. Earth will help you feel your stability and connect to your true essence.

5 —A time of energy and connecting with people and charisma. The element of fire will help you kindle the spark to any relationship.

6 — Your heart is open. You may find yourself sharing love and compassion with family, friends and community. The element of earth will help you ground and connect to your true nature.

7 — It is a time of spiritual growth and finding the answers within. A period of reflection. The element of air will help you to cut through your thoughts to find the true essence of your meditation. Note: I also see 7 as the element of water. Here you can work on the emotional piece of your inner being.

8 — Energy and abundance is yours to help you move forward in your life. It is a time of power and strength as a leader and manifester. The element of water will help you understand the insecurities or stress that may occur during this time. Strong note here: I also see the element of fire here helping you with igniting and empowerment.

9 —A time of transformation and transition. It is a stage in your life that may provide choices to make a change for the better. It is a powerful time of enlightenment. The element of fire will help you ignite your intentions. Note: I also see the element of air here, using your intuition to cut through your barriers.

The twelve zodiac signs are grouped into four elements—fire, earth, air and water. Each of these elementary groups has distinct traits. Together, they form the natural world, so each is in some way dependent on the other.


The Fire Signs: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius

Like fire itself, fire signs tend to be passionate, dynamic, and temperamental. Fire can keep you warm, or it can do great destruction. While fire burns out quickly without fuel to keep it going, it can also regenerate its power from the ashes. A single spark can set off a forest fire. As a result, fire signs need to be nurtured and managed carefully.

The Air Signs: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius

Air signs are all about action, ideas, and motion—they are the “winds of change.” When a strong gust hits you, you can’t help but move. While some within their ranks may be true-life “airheads,” others are as powerful as a gravity-defying G-force. Air signs bring everyone a breath of fresh air when things start to get stale. Like the breeze, you can’t quite catch them, and you never know where they’ll drop you once they sweep you up. It will almost always been an adventure, though.

The Earth Signs: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn

Earth signs keep it real. They are the “grounded” people on the planet, the ones who bring us down to earth and remind us to start with a solid foundation. Slow and steady, these “builders” are loyal and stable, and stick by their people through hard times. On good days, they’re practical; at worst, they can be materialistic or too focused on the surface of things to dig into the depths.

The Water Signs: Cancer, Scorpio Pisces

Intuitive, emotional and ultra-sensitive, water signs can be as mysterious as the ocean itself. Like water, they can be refreshing, or they can drown you in their depths. These signs often have intense dreams and borderline-psychic intuition. Security is important to them—after all, water needs a container, or it dries up and disappears.


The element of earth resides at the North of the Wheel of Time and the Sacred Circle. Some light workers feel that this is not a fixed destination. For example, it makes more sense in summer to align Earth with the South or point of creation and fiery energies or associated with the West during spring rains.

Traditionally, the Earth Element represents the ultimate feminine principle of the universe – the Mother Goddess. She is fertile nurturing, grounding, strong and consistently transforming as a way of honouring nature’s changes.

Some aspects of the Earth Element are interesting spiritually. A good example is Ley lines or lines of power, which are part of earth’s element toll vibration. They cross the Earth and where they join, you find a sacred space already existing, like the Standing Stones of Callanish in my ancestral home of Scotland. It is said that an ancient dragon lives there, protecting stone circles throughout the world

Colour Associated for Earth

pretty much any colour of nature can represent Earth, however, Brown is typically used.

Numerology and the Earth Element

vibrationally, the element of earth is aligned with the Number Eight. As this number is a double for it brings balance. Earth energies will not let you hide from your roots, but instead encourage you to keep your life clear of hidden secrets.

The Tarot

focuses mostly on the worldly aspects of the Earth Element, numerology focuses on the spiritual the (as above: so below).

The suit of Coins or Pentacles are aligned with the Earth element. This Tarot Suit symbolizes those things we possess all things "material". It is about the world and what you may achieve, particularly security and prosperity.

Crystals, Plants and Animals Associated with Earth Element

Crystals and Stones: Coal Copper, Hematite, Halite. Iron Ore, Jet, Peridot Picture Jasper, Petrified Wood, Salt and Green Tourmaline. Agate, Celestite, Emerald, Green Jade, Green Tourmaline, Halite (salt rock crystal), , Malachite, Onyx, Obsidian, , Quartz, , Schorl (Black Tourmaline)


: Bear, Wolf, Worm, Gopher, Bison, Stag, Ant and any animal that Burrows underground.

Plants: Barley, Sage, Wheat, IV, Capricorn, Oak, Mugwort, Patchouli, Potatoes, Moss and Ground covers.

Earth Season – Winter;


Directions North;

COLOURS -Browns, Blacks, and Greens

Earth Related to – Stability, Strength, Comfort, Grounding, Harvest, Animals, Root Chakra

Earth Magical Uses – Money, Success in Business, Fertility, Peace, Grounding & Centering Energies, Growing Plants

The Wood element

Wood relates to creativity, ability to ideate, innovativeness

Wood is the element of birth, creativity, longevity and wisdom. The Wood element is in the position of the East, which relates to the morning and the sunrise. The rising sun bursts upon the day and reveals through its light the truth. The change from darkness to light is the birth of Yang and reflects the essence of the Wood. The Wood is also associated with Wind, which can burst through and overcome obstacles. The wind can be sudden and violent, unpredictable and destructive. At the same time, the wind carries the seeds of life with it and engenders new life and structure. The wind penetrates and overwhelms or gently massages with the breeze. It is the paradox of the Wood that it both can create and destroy. It is considered the birth of Yang energy. This translates into the function of movement and expansion, engendering warmth, activity, change and connection to the next part of the cycle, the Fire. The Wood provides the propulsion to change and move forward. The Wood is the home of new ideas, new thoughts, transformation, change and hope. The Wood is what provides us with the sense of renewal, reawakening and rebirth. It gives us the connection to the future and allows us to plan and design in all areas of our lives. The Wood provides us the vision and foresight to move ahead. The Wood allows us to express our true nature and manifest ourselves in the world. Wood is about growth and balance. The image in nature is the tree which grows with roots solidly planted in the earth and trunk and branches organized into an effective structure. The Wood is split with the roots unseen (yin) and the trunk and the branches reaching towards Heaven (yang). The Wood provides the connection between yin and yang. As we develop, the Wood provides the coordination for successful and orderly growth and expansion, the orderly procession through time into the future. The image of the stages of life that a tree goes through is helpful in visualizing the force of the Wood in the individual. The seedling which starts within the earth in a dormant state stirs to life. It needs to break though the surface to reach the light necessary for life. Once through the surface, the small plant organizes itself to optimize the sun, water and nutrients that it needs. The manifestation of the plan for growth and expansion reflects the function of the Wood. Throughout the whole process of growth, there needs to be flexibility and the ability to alter direction to ensure survival. The Wood gives us the sense of flexibility and ability to change necessarily for survival. The coordination and organization to grow from the seedling to the mature tree is dictated by the Wood element. The ability to mature and age appropriately, in a well rooted manner. Evolution, adaptability, balance and order are integral to the Wood. Resilience and the ability to move with the wind are Wood. In nature, the tree and the forest around it provides a sense of order, though it is not in perfect rows as in planted fields. It is the sense of creating order out of the seeming chaos of nature that represents the Wood. Balance and symmetry is also the Wood. When we see a tree it is rarely perfectly formed, yet there is a sense of balance and symmetry which allows it to thrive. The Wood is associated with the Spring, a time of renewal and new growth. The Wood provides the power for movement especially upward toward the Fire, the sun. The movement is also outward away from the center to expand like the branches of a tree.

Direction East

Colour Associated for Wood

Traditional colors associated with wood are brown, greens and purples

Numerology and the Wood Element

Vibrationally, the element of wood is aligned with the Numbers 3 and 4 . The number 3 is associated with being a bit spoiled, scattered, and perpetually in need of guidance. However, the most obvious traits of the 3 are in the creative field. A powerful need to express feelings, ideas, and visions of the imagination, coupled with an extroverted personality.

The numerology number 4 is a number of focus — a focus on building a secure foundation for the future.

It can be a lot of work. 4 is adequately equipped for the work with its ability to focus on the details of the steps required to reach specific goals.

The number 4 is conscientious.

It may be blunt when asked for opinions regarding the execution of current projects or the feasibility of new projects. The number 4 does see the details and responds according to how it perceives things.

When you want something accomplished, give it to a 4 to do.

Crystals, Plants and Animals Associated with Wood Element

Crystals and Stones

Stones: Amazonite, amethyst, apophyllite, aventurine, calcite, celestite, copper, fluorite, rose quartz.

Green stones such as jade, green adventurine, moss agate. Also citrine or a large chunk of pyrite to increase abundance.




Plants with long thin stems and lush greenery such as Japanese bamboo (Pseudosasa Japonica), best represents the wood element in the Feng-shui garden. Palms, pine tree and other conifers, medicinal herbs and common lungwort (Pulmonaria Officinalis) are the plants well suited to represent the wood element in the garden.


From a spiritual perspective Fire represents our passions, compulsion, zeal, creativity, and motivations.

The Element of Fire has the power for forging will and determination. It is our inner light and a living symbol of the Divine fire that burns in our soul. It is a source of energy that requires careful moderation and control or else you will get burned or: burn out.

Colour Associated with Fire

When gazing at a fire you see many colours depending on the heat levels. Red, Orange and Yellow are usually at the top of the fire and Blue and white coals are on the bottom of the fire.

All these colours impact the personality of the Fire Element. The energy, excitement and exuberance of the fire are represented by the upper colours of the flame. They could not reach this glory without the purity of the blue white embers below. This speaks to why Fire is a complex element, which has the capacity to burn with joy or anger, offer life-giving light and heat or destruction.

A predominantly yellow fire has strong solar overtones and ties to the light of our spirits. An orange fire is filled with incentive and activity. With a red fire we find courage and potentially aggressiveness. Darker red’s correspond with our desires and Blue white represents the universal light and the force of initiation.

The Fire Element and Tarot

In tarot the fire element is associated with this Suit of Wands or Rods. The suit of Wands pertains to inspiration, passion, action, and creativity. Wands correspond to the element of Fire and to the Fire signs in Astrology: Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius. The entire suit of Wands focuses on our spiritual nature: strength, insight, ambition and growth

Numerology and the Element of Fire

The Master Number 11 is associated with the element of Fire and represents illumination and insight. Just like fire, the Number 11 can create magnificence or terrible destruction. It is the number of spiritual truths and psychic vision.

Crystals and Stones:

Bloodstone, Garnet, Amber, Fire Opal, Gold, Carnelian, Sunstone, Ruby and Tiger’s Eye.

Animals: Dragon, Scorpion, Tiger, Lizard, Lion, Phoenix, Bee, Ladybug.

Plants: Sunflower, Juniper, Thorn, Garlic, Basil, Holly, Ash, Cacti, Thistle, Ginger and Cinnamon


Metal energy is the energy of intelligence, contraction, healing, and creativity. It is the energy of togetherness and crystallization - of ideas, of concepts, and of groups. It is hard, sharp, and often destructive, yet an essential element in all lives. We have to be sharp, unyielding, and hard at times to find our way without being a victim of others. The metal element brings the power of concentration and determination to our lives and our dwellings.

Metal energy is traditionally associated with the northwest and west areas of a home or room. It is associated with the Helpful People and Blessings, and Travel area of your life and dwelling, and with the Creativity and Children area. Its energy of crystallization will solidify your efforts and determination.

The Metal element represents the understanding of boundaries. Shaping and defining are key qualities of this element. Metal Element is all about refinement and self-esteem. The element of metal makes things solid and clear. It gives form. Metal will make something more dependable, or, conversely, exaggerate its fixed or conservative qualities.

Metal Element Characteristics

Metal Years

To see if your element is metal, check your birth year:

  • Yang (male) metal year - Any year ending in 0

  • Yin (female) metal year - Any year ending in a 1

Yin (female) and yang (male) are the two opposite energies that make up the chi energy, which governs all life. The Chinese zodiac calendar is a 60-year cycle and is divided into the yin (female) and yang (male) cycles that interact to create a perfect balancing of energies.

This element is feminine because metal is extracted from the feminine earth, although metal is considered less feminine than earth or water. Metal’s planet is Venus. Metal’s season is autumn, the time of harvest (with a metal scythe), completion, and the beginning of rest. Metal’s direction is west. On the feng shui ba-gua metal correlates to children and creativity. Metal’s symbol is a white Tiger.

Although metal is a lesser yin element, it can exist in either a yang or a yin state. When metal expresses masculine yang energy, its color is white and is symbolized by a weapon. When metal expresses feminine yin energy, its color is silver and is symbolized by a kettle. Metal qualities include strength, independence, focus, intensity, righteousness, and fluency in speech. The metal personality is very determined and powerful. Metal types succeed by being less opinionated, accepting change, and gracefully releasing the past.

The emotion associated with metal is grief. Other metal emotions are insecurity, inability to achieve parental or spousal expectations, and lack of confidence. The challenge for a metal type is to learn how to express grief and find healing.


white (yang) and silver (yin)

Planet: Venus

Direction: west

Season: autumn

Emotion: grief

Those ruled by this element are determined. They know where they are going. They are inflexible and do not easily change their minds. Their feelings are powerful, and their aim is to succeed in life. They rarely feel discouraged and their determination is unshakeable. On the other hand they can sometimes appear individualistic and obdurate. Those under this element will not seek contact with others. They will not ask for help and will rely on themselves entirely to achieve success. Metal as an element confers charisma and persuasive powers. Metal rules the lungs and its tendency is acrid.

METAL and Numbers

Numbers 6 and 7 relate to the element of Metal. In case of the absence of either of the two or both the numbers from the Numerology chart, the native may surround oneself with objects made of metal. Precious metals like gold and silver, worn as ornaments like ring or a bracelet make the perfect ‘cure’. Metal coins, quite a common omen for inviting money especially in Feng Shui, may also be kept compensating for this lack. This element is also often referred to as Gold (meaning money).

Metal Element and Crystals and Stones

Metal energy is symbolized by silver, gray, and white. Use these colors of crystals to enhance any space that you use for concentration, gathering strength, or working with a group. Use white, gray or silver crystals to bring the sharp power of concentration and diligence to areas of your home and life that are focused on assuring you are powerful in ways you need to be.

Metal Element and Animals

Tiger corresponds to the element of metal. The great warriors conquered by steel. The blade of the sword for centuries was respected and feared. In our time, swords are for sport and museum, but metal still reigns as the element of terror: bullets, missiles, tanks, battleships, and fighter jet planes are all examples of contemporary power utilizing the element of metal. The tiger, in Asia, is the king of the jungle. He is at the top of the food chain, the most feared predator, and the most powerful and respected warrior. His claws and teeth tear and cut like a blade made of fine steel. When hungry, he attacks the weaker prey and feeds upon their carcass. His power is explosive, decisive, and penetrating. One swipe of his claw can collapse his prey. It is also associated with dogs and cranes.

Metal Element and Plants & Herbs

Angelica Asarum Chiang-huo Chrysanthemum

Cimicifuga Cinnamon Coriander Elsholtzia

Ginger Kao-pen Magnolia flower Mentha

Perilla Schizonepeta Siler Vitex

Season: Autumn Color: White Flavor: Pungent Odor: Rotten Direction: West Emotion: Grief/Sadness Virtue: Courage Planet: Venus


the Water Element is in the West of a Sacred Circle. It is associated with intention, devotion, love, happiness, thankfulness and mutability. The Water Element can help metaphysically with compassion, higher mysteries, psychic development, community, insight, healing, and relationships. As humans we are mostly water – based and therefore already resonate with the element of Water.

The Water Element and Tarot

The Water Element is represented by the Suit of Cups, therefore, it focuses on our conscious feelings and chosen relationships. It reflects another way in which we express ourselves in word and deed; as well as in love. It also speaks to our inventive nature, our ability to imagine, our self-expression and a feminine / receptive energetic vibration.

The Element of Water and numerology

Metal Element is associated with the Master Number 22, which takes our dreams and aspirations and helps us manifest them. The success inherent in the Master Number 22 comes from its strong intuitive nature that is matched with its discipline. The potential for 22 is limitless.

The Zodiac and Water Signs

Astrologically the Water Element governs Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces. This element like these signs indicate both moodiness and insightfulness. The element of Water affects the personality by causing problems with boundaries

Colour and the Water Element


Crystals and stones of Water Element

Blue Agate, Aquamarine, Fluorite, Lapis Lazuli, Lolite, Lepidolite, Moonstone and Silver. As well as Shells of all kinds.

Plants and Water Element

Willow, Lemon, Aloe, Violet, Lotus, Iris, Pitcher plant, Suite Flag, Water hyacinth, Lettuce, Floating Hearts, Hornwart, Water clover, Zebra, Horsetails, and cattails.

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