WU XING----Five Elements

linmarie

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Five Elements- fire-earth-metal-water-wood

using photo shop elements 2
inverted image to negative
rendered with 5 drop spot lights
added moon with flash light affect
created on 11/17/2010

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The Wu Xing, or the Five Movements, Five Phases or Five Steps/Stages, are chiefly an ancient mnemonic device, in many traditional Chinese fields.

It is sometimes translated as Five Elements, but the Wu Xing are chiefly an ancient mnemonic device, hence the preferred translation of “movements”, “phases” or “steps” over “elements”. By the same token, Mu is thought of as “Tree” rather than “Wood”.1

The five elements are:

  • Fire (Chinese: 火, pinyin: huǒ)
  • Earth (Chinese: 土, pinyin: tǔ)
  • Metal (Chinese: 金, pinyin: jīn)
  • Water (Chinese: 水, pinyin: shuǐ)
  • Wood (Chinese: 木, pinyin: mù)

The system of five phases was used for describing interactions and relationships between phenomena. It was employed as a device in many fields of early Chinese thought, including seemingly disparate fields such as geomancy or Feng shui, astrology, traditional Chinese medicine, music, military strategy and martial arts.

The system is still used as a reference in some forms of complementary and alternative medicine and martial arts. Some[who?] claim the original foundation of these are the concept of the Five Cardinal Points.
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another photo manipulation, of an original of mine but found boring, but kept calling me,, to please see something new.. so five elements was born from this shot before I even tried to manipulate it, I just saw five, five,, five, five, five, what more can I say..11/17/2010

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