In Chinese Medicine there are 5 seasons and they are associated with those five elements. There is winter, spring, summer, late summer, and autumn. Because each of the seasons are conceptually associated with one of those 5 elements, this awareness helps us familiarize us to how the seasons can be portrayed within our body. Understanding these concepts of the 5 elements, their association with some important organs in the body, and then also how the needs of those organs work together and the natural energetic flow going on in your body.
These elements have a natural flow and association in their relationships. For example, the element of water (seen as a black circle) allows the wood (seen as a green circle) to grow.There is a natural flow of subtle energy from water to wood. This natural flow of being the nurturing element is seen as the mother. The element receiving this energy is known as the child. This concept is easy for us to understand and remember, giving us a framework of understanding about the natural flow of subtle nourishing energy.
The element of wood is used to make fire, so there is a natural connection between wood and fire. Wood (seen as a green circle) is the nourishing element of fire (seen as a red circle), so wood is the mother, and fire is seen as the child of wood.
The next element is the earth (seen as a yellow circle). The earth received the warm of the fire, which then allows the earth to nourish everything. Fire is the mother of the earth, and earth is its child.
Air and/or metal (as seen in the white circle), is the next element in this cyclical flow. In very ancient days, the element was air, called air. Later, this concept was changed to metal. Air and metal are both products of the earth, so the earth is the mother of metal(or air). The air can form rain (or water) in the sky, and water can condense on metal, which sparked the idea that water could be created from metal. The important concept is that metal (or air) is associated with the earth (as a child) and is the mother of water.
The concept of the 5 elements and how they are part of a pattern and an orderly flow, helps us understand the inter-relationship of energy and an awareness of order in change.