Yang Metal - Geng Metal 庚

  • Righteousness
  • Inner strength
  • Courage
  • Minimalism
  • Determination
  • Simplicity


  • Jelaousy
  • Grief
  • Guilt
  • Forceful
  • Controlling
  • Lung issues


The season of Autumn is generally seen as starting in August and is also represented by the element of Metal.

Metal quite simply is connected to metal! That can be a metal ore or a piece of gold jewelry. Metal is connected to dryness, which tends to be most strong in Autumn time. Autumn time is the time when everything starts to be ready to be harvested after summer, and this is characterized by the fruits that begin to drop down, and the harvesting of the crops and plants, literally Autumn is when everything is ripe after the period of maturity in summer. For animals, it’s when they become older and start to slow down – they are slightly beyond their peak.

Autumn is the energy of Metal, the time when nature rids itself of what is not needed when nature sheds its leaves and lets go of the rubbish it no longer needs. With those leaves it produces its own compost, enriching the soil, ensuring the next cycle has the nutrients it needs to grow.


The lungs and large intestine organs are connected with the element of Metal. Thus, when the lungs (the main Metal organ) are out of balance, the person can feel grief and become an uninspired type of person, who finds it hard to do let go of the past and move into the future. They can be jealous, grief-stricken and worry some when they are out of balance.

This is when you can also see that lung problem will start to develop into more serious illness… unless they don’t change and move on.

When someone has lungs blockages and/ or weakness, it was discovered that they can get nose problems, dry or brittle hair problems, respiratory problems such as colds and flu, and they will generally be experiencing a lack of energy and inspiration in their lives.


Metal represents the kind of qualities we see during Autumn time and by the flora’s and fauna’s characteristics of harvesting and preparation for winter hibernation.

This means that the attributes of letting go, cutting, righteousness, and simplicity are the characteristics we see for the Metal type of behavior in humans. It is like growing up and bringing things to the essence.

Metal is yin/feminine in character, its motion is inwards and its energy is contracting. Metal represents the minerals, crystals, and gems of the world. The Metal aspect is the diamond found within each one of us. It is similar to the Air Element found in western paradigms.

The qualities associated with Metal are unyieldingness, rigidity, persistence, strength, and determination. Metal type people like minimalism. They are organized, clean, and contained. They can be controlling, ambitious, forceful and set in their ways as metal is very strong; and they are self-reliant and prefer to handle their problems alone. The negative emotion associated with metal is grief, while the positive emotion is courage.

Metal is what gives a person decisiveness, a sense of justice and righteousness. A good quality Metal element in a person’s chart means a person has good leadership and decision-making ability.


The following lifestyle, sports/activities, foods, careers are recommended to help you increase the strength of your Metal element. If your Metal is already strong, excessive or dominant, we would suggest avoiding these activities.

  • Time of day: Evening (3pm to 7pm)
  • Time of year: Autumn (August & September)
  • Energy: Contracted
  • Natural form: Minerals, precious metals, crystals, snow, ice
  • Direction: West
  • Organ: Lungs and large intestine
  • Attitude: Inner strength, righteousness
  • Taste: Pungent, spicy
  • Colour: Orange, grey
  • Natural accessories: Gold, silver, diamonds, clear gemstones
  • Man-made: Knife, scissors, mirror, glass
  • Excessive Metal: Jelaousy
  • Balanced Metal: Courage
  • Weak or non-existing Metal: Grief, Guilt

When the Metal Element is not balanced, either too weak or excessive, problems in these areas might occur.

  • Lungs
  • Respiratory system
  • Large intestines
  • Immune system
  • Brain
  • Skin

These sports and activities are good to stimulate weak Metal energy.

  • Fitness
  • Cycling
  • Shopping for and wearing jewelry
  • Skiing, ice-skating

Food and drinks are one of the easiest ways to balance our elements as they stimulate our organs directly and can act as a medicine. Here are some of the foods which are good for those lacking Metal.

  • Spicy
  • Rice
  • Mushrooms
  • Chicken
  • Ice-cream
  • Yogurt

Certain jobs and professions are suitable for stimulating certain elements. If your Metal element is too excessive, these, for example, are probably professions which it would be good to avoid. If your Metal element is strong and balanced, you will be probably attracted to these professions.

  • Finance
  • Nurse, doctor
  • Justice
  • Legal
  • Military, police
  • Goldsmith/Jewelry
  • Selling cars
Famous people

Famous people with strong Earth element.

  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Kate Winslet
  • Michael Jackson
  • Madonna
  • Thom Yorke