Our challenge this week, hosted by Amy, is about the Chinese theory of the five elements: Metal, Wood, Water, Fire, and Earth.
This Theory asserts that the world changes according to the five elements’ generating or overcoming relationships. Generating and overcoming are the complementary processes — the yin and yang — of Five Element Theory.
Generating processes promote development, while overcoming processes control development. By promoting and restraining, systems are harmonized and balance is maintained.
Wood fuels fire
Fire forms earth
Earth contains metal
Metal carries water
Water feeds wood
The overcoming interactions of the five elements are like the acts of hostility between two sides in a war.
- Fire melts metal
- Metal penetrates wood (chopping, sawing, drilling, nailing, screwing).
- Wood separates earth (tree roots breaking up soil/rock).
- Earth absorbs water.
- Water quenches fire.
”This week you have an opportunity to interpret metal, wood, water, fire, and/or earth with your favorite photos to express ”…the only home we’ve ever known”. Feel free to choose one, two… or all five elements.”
Tag your entry ”Lens-Artists” so we can find you in the reader. And next week’s host will be Tina, for challenge #48!