The challenge Amy gave us this week is: Five elements.
Five Elements Theory is a Chinese philosophy which describes that the world changes according to the five elements’ generating or overcoming relationships.
Generating Interactions – The five generating interactions are fueling, forming, containing, carrying, and feeding:
- Wood fuels fire
- Fire forms earth
- Earth contains metal
- Metal carries water
- Water feeds wood
Overcoming Interactions – The five overcoming interactions are melting, penetrating, separating, absorbing, and quenching:
- Fire melts metal
- Metal penetrates wood
- Wood separates earth
- Earth absorbs water
- Water quenches fire
The interactions illustrate the relationship even though they are not necessarily in the exact order as listed above. Source
The Five Elements Theory is also related to the Chinese Zodiac and Fengshui, a system of laws considered to govern spatial arrangement and orientation in relation to the flow of energy. Source