5 Elements of the Chinese Zodiac 

The Chinese believe in five key elements that make up the Chinese Zodiac. They correlate these elements to have a connection with the colors we like, our thoughts, and personal preferences. The five elements of the Chinese Zodiac are known to represent balance and equilibrium. The elements under the Chinese Zodiac are all key parts that are connected to the Earth. Each element is interdependent, meaning that they all need each other. Listed below are the 5 elements under the Chinese Zodiac and a few of the characteristics that the individuals born under each element will carry.


Find Out Your Element

To figure out what element of the Chinese Zodiac chinese zodiac matching element you fall under is simple. Reference the last number in your birth year, and you can assess which element of the Chinese Zodiac you are.

0 or 1: Metal

2 or 3: Water

4 or 5: Wood

6 or 7: Fire

8 or 9: Earth

For example: If you were born in 1988, you fall under the Earth element. 



Those who are born under the Metal sign strive to constantly better themselves on a regular basis. They are confident, witty, and successful. A few weaknesses that metal signed people are their strong opinions, paying attention to others when they want to, and their high standards. They can also become overly stubborn when sharing viewpoints of which they are extremely passionate about with others or receiving constructive criticism.

Some of the strengths that they embody include their ability to focus, drive for success, and their positive outlook on life. People born under the metal sign exude are viewed as powerful and many look up to them. These individuals attract others easily because of their positive energy as well as their resilience.

The two zodiac sign animals that fall under the Metal element are the Rooster (Yin) and Monkey (Yang.)


People who are born under the Water sign have a great way with words, they communicate very well with others. These charming individuals make great sales professionals or real estate agents. However, if not careful, they can often be viewed as desperate because at times will take any means necessary to achieve their goals. A Water sign person should be wary of becoming arrogant, desiring a need for approval from others around them, and having an overbearing personality. Some of the key strengths of people born under the Water sign include persistence, ability to coach others, and good planning skills. They come across as brave and strong, which are two qualities that they are well recognized for. Animals which fall under the element of water are the Pig (Yin) and Rat (Yang.)


Those individuals who are born under the Wood sign are compassionate and care about the interests of others around them. They are great listeners who are quick to help when needed. Wood sign individuals are wise, and think innovatively. Some of the strengths that people born under the Wood sign of the Chinese Zodiac are their generosity, ability to work well with others in various situations, and sharing of unique ideas. People born under the Wood element are easily respected and well liked for their independence, charm, and strength. However, can sometimes can spend money too often, be indecisive, and be passive at times. The Rabbit (Yin) and Tiger (Yang) are the two animals that fall under the wood element.


The First sign represents someone who is strong minded and has leadership characteristics. Their presence is known when they enter a room, because they are powerful and can come across as intimidating to others at times. People born under the Fire element enjoy social gatherings and are known for being the life of the party by their friends. Someone who does not carry the large amount of confidence that they have could consider their persona to be overly intense. Additional characteristics that these spitfire personalities hold are their ability to motivate, drive, and inspire others. The weaknesses of the Fire element are their impulsive nature, need for attention, and manipulative ways. The animals under the Chinese Zodiac of Fire are the Snake (Yin) and Horse (Yang.)


Lastly, people who are born under the Earth element maintain a good overall balance and can multitask effortlessly. They pride themselves on their stability and could often be a great help to a friend or someone who is scatterbrained. Individuals who are born under the Earth element communicate with others in a respectful manner and come across as calm and well-put together. A few of the strengths of people born under the Earth sign is their analytical skills, great work ethic, and ability to maintain a balanced mood, even when going through a difficult life situation. Some of the weaknesses that they hold are constantly playing it safe, reserved, and overly professional at times when they should loosen up. Ox/Sheep (Yin) and Dragon/Dog (Yang) happen to fall under the Earth element of the Chinese Zodiac.


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