Godai Elements and Wu Xing

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Speaks of the Japanese philosophy as well as Chinese elements and Yin-Yang.

Wu Xing

  • Translation: Without ridgepole
  • Meaning: Infinity
  • Origin: China
  • Wu Xing can be found in a number of belief systems throughout China, but more specifically Taoism. Wu Xing speaks of the elements and their connection to all things. It is used to explain many aspects of life. these five elements are:

  • Wood: associated with spring, this element deals with growth and vitality.
  • Fire: associated with summer, this element deals with awakening and energy.
  • Earth: this element deals with the 'in-between' waiting and transition periods in life.
  • Metal: associated with autumn, this element deals with collecting and harvesting.
  • Water: associated with winter, this element deals with times of retreat and stillness.
  • Yin-Yang

  • Translation: Sun and Shade
  • Meaning: Yin- Shaded Place Yang- Sunny Place
  • Origin: China
  • One of the most famous symbols found in our culture today, the Yin-Yang is life. Many meanings can be drawn from this symbol; balance, good, evil, man, woman, polar opposites. In actuality, these two opposites complement each other, creating a whole. Yin is feminine, dark, black, cold and wet. Yang is masculine, light, white, warm and dry. The two living in harmony, as the day moves, so too does the symbol turn, and the two halves change places. The opposite coloured dot in each half symbolizes that some elements can be found in each; in the darkness there is some light, and in the dry dessert there is some water, in a man there are feminine aspects and vice versa. The most overlooked element of this symbol is the curved teardrop shape. this curving line tells us that life is never straight path, it is a twisting road, full of turns and changes.


  • Translation: Great Lakes or Five Great
  • Meaning: Five Elements
  • Origin: Japan
  • This particular branch, godai, found in Buddhism, is believed to originate from a Hindu philosophy. The Hindu godai is explained as different elements of swordsmanship. Godai is commonly taught with martial arts to this day, through stances and meditation. Outside of the dojo however, it is more often shown through zen gardens found outside most Buddhist temples today.


  • World/Earth
  • Chi gives us substance, and is most predominant with the physical, stubbornness, stability, collectives, and gravity. Chi is best represented by a stone, it is hard, and we may try to keep things the same, but it can be moved, despite it's desire, through no will of it's own. In the mind we may have stability, but in the larger picture we are moved by fate.


  • Wind/Air
  • Fu is responsible for movement, it deals with ones benevolence, compassion, freedom, growth, will and wisdom. Fu is represented with smoke, but is better viewed as ones mind, always moving, always thinking, learning, expanding. As we grow, we shape our minds through experience and as such fu shows an open-minded carefree view.


  • Fire/Lightning
  • Ka deals with forceful change in the world. Aggression, desire, energy, love, motivation, security and passion, are just a few things that represents ka. In the body, ka is best described as body heat or our metabolism.


  • Water
  • Sui, or 'misu', holds things together, representing flow in the world. It is adaptability, defensiveness, emotion, flexibility and growth. While a body of water is typically seen as a representation of sui, another way to look at it is a plant; adapting, growing and changing with the sun and seasons. In the body, blood flowing through are extremities represents the sui element.


  • Void/Sky/Ether
  • Ku, also refereed to as sunyata in Buddhism, ku connects with creative sources, things beyond our reach, and other realms. Creativity, divine, inventiveness, pure energy, spirit, spontaneity, these things are seen as representations of ku. In our body, it is seen as the spirit, the creative mind. Ku is the highest if the godai elements, seen as the creative force, one would connect with ku to connect with the universe.

    It is believed with godai we deal with these elements daily, being charged with their energy throughout the day through our actions, our surroundings, our nourishment. a persons hand is also seen to be a representation of the godai elements:

  • Thumb: Ku [power and creativity]
  • Index Finger: Fu [will and wisdom]
  • Middle Finger: Ka [passion and aggression]
  • Ring Finger: Sui [emotion and adaptability]
  • Pinkie Finger: Chi [stability and physicality]
  • Godai is a philosophy, but a lifestyle as well. With godai you learn, you train, you grow physically, spiritually, and emotionally to achieve balance inside oneself.

    Personal View of Lady Isabella:

    Void while meaning Limitless or Infinite, to me is the same as the Element of Spirit by another name. Spirit is Limitless as well and fell that the element of void is in everything.

  • Candle Color: White
  • Symbol: Unknown
  • Posted by: Lady Isabella


  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wuji_%28philosophy%29
  • Edited by: Nekoshema


  • http://www.orientaloutpost.com/shufa.php?q=elements
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Five_elements_%28Japanese_philosophy%29
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wuji_%28philosophy%29
  • http://chemistry.about.com/od/historyofchemistry/a/5-Elements.htm
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wu_Xing
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