The Five Phase Correspondence reflect the natural movements we find in nature, whether it is the seasons: spring, summer, harvest, autumn, winter or the times of the day: dawn, midday, afternoon, evening, night. 

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The Chinese medicine classics describe a universe in which there are five directions each corresponding to different qualities of movements (xing).  The five movements (wu xing) are expressed at different levels of our existence.  The fractal or nesting of particular qualities offer us a holistic perspective of life wherein the microcosm is a version of the macrocosm.

 

The Five Phase Correspondences

 

Direction/season/day:

East

spring

sunrise

South

summer

midday

Center

harvest

afternoon

West

autumn

sunset

North

winter

midnight

In the sky:

Wind

Hot

Humid

Dry

Cold

On earth:

Wood

Fire

Soil

Metal

Water

In the body:

Muscle

Circulation

Flesh

Skin

Bone

Organ network:

Liver

Heart

Spleen

Lung

Kidney

Color:

Green

Red

Yellow

White

Black

Sound:

Shout

Laugh

Sing

Sob

Sigh

Reaction to change:

Push

Flush 

Belch

Cough

Shiver

Sense:

See

Touch

Taste

Smell

Hear

Flavor:

Sour

Bitter

Sweet

Pungent

Salty

Expression of will:

Angry

Euphoric

Worried

Sad

Afraid

 

 

 

 

 

 

©Cowan 2011 Adapted from Suwen chapter 5