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Earth is the changing point of the matter.
Earth is the third one of Wu Xing.
Earth is a balance of both yin and yang, the feminine and masculine together.
Its motion is inward and centering, and its energy is stabilizing and conserving.
It is associated with the color yellow and the planet Saturn, and it lies at the center of the compass in the Chinese cosmos.
It is associated with the turn of each of the four seasons and with damp.
It governs the Spleen, Stomach, mouth and muscles.
Its negative emotion is anxiety and its positive emotion is empathy.
Its Primal Spirit is represented by the Yellow Dragon.
In Chinese thought Earth is associated with the qualities of patience, thoughtfulness, practicality, hard work and stability.
The earth element is also nurturing and seeks to draw all things together with itself, in order to bring harmony, rootedness and stability.
Other attributes of the earth element include ambition, stubbornness, responsibility and long-term planning.
In pathology, the earth can represent selfishness and self-centeredness.
In the controlling cycle, earth controls water and is controlled by wood.
In the conducive cycle, earth is produced by fire's ashes, and in turn produces metal.
Mental Quality: Clarity
Zang (yin organs): Spleen / Pancreas
Fu (yang organs): Stomach
Sensory Organ: Mouth
Body Part: Muscle
Body Fluid: Saliva
Material: Clay, Rock, Soil, Sand, Mud, Crystal, Coal
Heavenly Creature: Yellow Dragon
Phase: Yin/Yang balance
Season: Change of seasons (Every third month)
(roughly equivalent western sign: Aries)
Ranking Order: Fifth
Polarity & Stem: Yang / Positive
Hours ruled by the Dragon: 7am to 9am
Season and principle month: Spring - April
Lunar Month Dates: April 5 – May 4
Food: Wheat, poultry
Motto: I Reign
The First Trine:
(Dragon, Rat, Monkey)
Rats and Dragons have a tendency to be quite dictatorial and autocratic, whilst monkeys are more diplomatic.
They are intelligent, magnanimous, charismatic, charming, authoritative, confident, eloquent and artistic.
Fixed Element: Wood
(Dragon, Tiger and Rabbit)
power, drive, magnanimous, stately, vigorous, strong, self-assured, proud, noble, direct, dignified, eccentric, intellectual, fiery, passionate, decisive, pioneering, artistic, generous, loyal
Dragons can be:
tactless, arrogant, imperious, tyrannical, demanding, intolerant, dogmatic, violent, impetuous, brash
SYMBOL: The Crab
(Possessing an impenetrable exterior covering soft flesh underneath)
Element: Water (Feminine)
Ruling Planet: The Moon
Special Colors: Sea Green & Silver (The shimmering colors of the water and the moon)
Lucky Numbers: 3 & 7
Lucky Day: Monday
Stone: Pearl, Opal, Moonstone
Color: White, Yellow
Special Flowers: Larkspur & Acanthus
Anatomy: Breasts, Stomach
Dominant Keyword: I FEEL.
gentle, conservative, feeling, nurturing, defensive, contemplative, introverted, reserved, emotional, sensitive, moody, sympathetic, security-conscious, prudent, retentive, domestic, maternal, protective, quiet, calm, imaginative, conscientious, traditionalist, loyal, family-oriented
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
Introverted iNtuitive Feeling Perceiving
I – Introversion preferred to extraversion: INFPs tend to be quiet and reserved. They generally prefer interacting with a few close friends rather than a wide circle of acquaintances, and they expend energy in social situations (whereas extraverts gain energy).
N – iNtuition preferred to sensing: INFPs tend to be more abstract than concrete. They focus their attention on the big picture rather than the details, and on future possibilities rather than immediate realities.
F – Feeling preferred to thinking: INFPs tend to value personal considerations above objective criteria. When making decisions, they often give more weight to social implications than to logic.
P – Perception preferred to judgment: INFPs tend to withhold judgment and delay important decisions, preferring to "keep their options open" should circumstances change.
Dominant: Introverted feeling (Fi)
Fi filters information based on interpretations of worth, forming judgments according to criteria that are often intangible. Fi constantly balances an internal set of values such as harmony and authenticity. Attuned to subtle distinctions, Fi innately senses what is true and what is false in a situation. With Fi as their dominant function, INFPs live primarily in a rich inner world of emotion.
Auxiliary: Extraverted intuition (Ne)
Ne finds and interprets hidden meanings, using “what if” questions to explore alternatives, allowing multiple possibilities to coexist. This imaginative play weaves together insights and experiences from various sources to form a new whole, which can then become a catalyst to action. INFPs engage the outside world primarily with intuition. They are adept at seeing the big picture, sensing patterns and the flow of existence from the past toward the future.
Tertiary: Introverted sensing (Si)
Si collects data in the present moment and compares it with past experiences, a process that sometimes evokes the feelings associated with memory, as if the subject were reliving it. Seeking to protect what is familiar, Si draws upon history to form goals and expectations about what will happen in the future. This function gives INFPs a natural inclination toward "other-worldliness" and makes them more easily distracted.
Inferior: Extraverted thinking (Te)
Te organizes and schedules ideas and the environment to ensure the efficient, productive pursuit of objectives. Te seeks logical explanations for actions, events, and conclusions, looking for faulty reasoning and lapses in sequence. This function helps INFPs focus on external details, but being the inferior function, requires the expenditure of greater energy and is not as reliable.
Later personality researchers (notably Linda V. Berens) added four additional functions to the descending hierarchy, the so-called "shadow" functions to which the individual is not naturally inclined but which can emerge when the person is under stress. For INFP, these shadow functions are (in order):
Extraverted feeling (Fe): Fe seeks social connections and creates harmonious interactions through polite, considerate, and appropriate behavior. Fe responds to the explicit (and implicit) wants of others, and may even create an internal conflict between the subject’s own needs and the desire to meet the needs of others.
Introverted intuition (Ni): Attracted to symbolic actions or devices, Ni synthesizes seeming paradoxes to create the previously unimagined. These realizations come with a certainty that demands action to fulfill a new vision of the future, solutions that may include complex systems or universal truths.
Extraverted sensing (Se): Extraverted sensing focuses on the experiences and sensations of the immediate, physical world. With an acute awareness of the present surroundings, it brings relevant facts and details to the forefront and may lead to spontaneous action.
Introverted thinking (Ti): Ti seeks precision, such as the exact word to express an idea. It notices the minute distinctions that define the essence of things, then analyzes and classifies them. Ti examines all sides of an issue, looking to solve problems while minimizing effort and risk. It uses models to root out logical inconsistency.
Kua Number: 3 (East)
Personal Development: East
Five Ghosts: NorthWest
6 Killing: NorthEast
Total Loss: West
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