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Gemstones and the 5 Elements

Gemstones and the 5 Elementse
Gemstones and the 5 Elements

We recently posted an article discussing the gemstones associated with the 4 elements of western philosophy – earth, water, air and fire.

The Eastern equivalent has 5 elements, earth, fire, water, wood and metal and was developed in China nearly 3000 years ago.

In the simplest terms I can find, our health depends on balancing these 5 elements through traditional Chinese healing methods such as herbs, massage, acupuncture, martial arts and feng shui.

The idea is for these factors to work together to create a healthy flow of Qi (Chi) by means of the meridians or lines that connect points of energy throughout the body.

There are three distinct ways gemstones can help with the 5 elements:

  • Wear or carry the gemstone associated with your birth element
  • Placing gemstones on the meridian points to balance a lopsided element
  • Using a complementary gemstone to boost an element

The first way is relatively simple. Find out your birth element by discovering your Chinese zodiac sign and matching it to its element.

Elements for the Chinese Zodiac

Chinese Zodiac Element

Tiger, Rabbit

Wood

Snake, Horse

Fire

Monkey, Rooster

Metal

Pig, Rat

Water

Ox, Dragon, Goat, Dog

Earth

Now you can choose a gemstone that matches your element.

The second method is a bit trickier and I am probably over simplifying for the sake of brevity.

From some classic symptoms we can determine that one or more of our elements are unbalanced. Once we have specified the element, we can then place the gemstone on the correct meridian point.

Elements and the Meridians

Emotional Symptom Element Meridian Point

Anger

Wood

Below chest on the right / Heel of the foot

Anxiety

Fire

Palm / Armpit

Grief

Metal

Collarbone / Below nose

Fear

Water

Back of the knee / Ball of the foot

Worry

Earth

Throat / Hip front

The third approach is when you feel one of the elements is out of alignment it can be boosted by another supportive element.

Use this old saying as a guide:

  • Wood feeds Fire
  • Fire creates Earth
  • Earth makes Metal
  • Metal carries Water
  • Water feeds Wood

So for example, help the Fire element with a Wood gemstone and so on.

Okay, let’s get to the gemstones shall we? Each element has an associated color which usually corresponds to the gemstone. I have chosen two gemstones for each element which I feel offers the best and most powerful match.

Emerald + Aventurine

Element Wood
Color Green
Meridian Gallbladder
Emerald Gemstones
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Select Aventurine Gemstones here
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Pyrope Garnet + Amethyst

Element Fire
Color Red / Purple
Meridian Heart
Pyrope Garnet Gemstones
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Select Amethyst Gemstones here
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Moonstone + Hematite

Element Metal
Color White / Gray
Meridian Lung
Moonstone Gemstones
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Select Hematite Gemstones here
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Sapphire + Lapis Lazuli

Element Water
Color Blue / Black
Meridian Kidney
Sapphire Gemstones
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Select Lapis Lazuli Gemstones here
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Citrine + Tiger's Eye

Element Earth
Color Yellow / Brown
Meridian Stomach
Citrine Gemstones
Select Citrine Gemstones here
Select Tiger's Eye Gemstones here
Select Tiger's Eye Gemstones here

Maintaining a perfect balance of these five elements is the key to achieving happiness, health, and harmony in life. Gemstones can undoubtedly contribute to this endeavor.

Quick Guide to 5 Element Gemstones

Zodiac Element Gemstone

Rat

Water

Sapphire / Lapis Lazuli

Ox

Earth

Citrine / Tiger’s Eye

Tiger

Wood

Emerald / Aventurine

Rabbit

Wood

Emerald / Aventurine

Dragon

Earth

Citrine / Tiger’s Eye

Snake

Fire

Pyrope Garnet / Amethyst

Horse

Fire

Pyrope Garnet / Amethyst

Goat

Earth

Citrine / Tiger’s Eye

Monkey

Metal

Moonstone / Hematite

Rooster

Metal

Moonstone / Hematite

Dog

Earth

Citrine / Tiger’s Eye

Pig

Water

Sapphire / Lapis Lazuli

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