The five interpretative elements
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The astrology of the Elements uses five main factors (Strength, Life, Body, Luck, Soul) and other secondary factors to establish the characteristics and qualities of a given moment. The Element of these factors, obtained through a series of procedures explained in the following paragraphs, is compared with the Element of the current year, month, day or hour to get an answer based on the kinship relationship, whose meanings are summarily outlined in the table below. These relationships are valid for all factors calculated in Jyùnzis astrology.

Strength (Uantan, dbang-tan)

Uantan, strength, energy or capacity of the individual, is a characteristic defined by the Element of the birth year. In the response, Uantan is questioned to determine the economic and family situation. It can be compared, as with all factors of Jyùnzis astrology, with the current year, month, day and hour to get an answer about the relationship between the Elements. This relationship is also valid for all the aspects calculated by Jyùnzis astrology.

Referring to our typical example (Earth-Sheep birth year, Water-Tiger current year), the Enemy relationship (Earth is Enemy of Water) indicates a negative year for using force.

Life (Sòg, srog)

Life (Sòg) represents the vital function that pervades an organism until the completion of its earthly cycle. As such, it is examined to deduce the life potential and the risks for life itself. For the calculation of the Sòg, we initially consider the animal of the year, month, day or hour of birth.

Once we have found the animal, using the methods already explained, it is necessary to associate it with the Element of Life following the indications in Table 2. A sort of wind rose is superimposed on the circle of animals. Each cardinal point is assigned an Element (South-Fire, North-Water, East-Wood, West-Metal); the intermediate points are represented by the yellow squares placed at the four vertexes of the square of the Animals, which are assigned as the Earth Element. We will find the Element of Life (Sòg) at the correspondence of animal and cardinal point.

For example, being born in a Horse year means having the Fire Element as Sòg of the year (corresponding to the South); the Sòg of the current year (Tiger-2022) is the Wood Element (corresponding to the East-Spring side). Since Fire is the Son of Wood, we have a neutral sign for vitality.

Tibetan astrologers imagine that they have a turtle in their hand for mnemonic purposes. Its head is turned to the South, from which smoke comes out, which corresponds to Fire; from the tail comes out urine which corresponds to Water (North); to the East, a dagger with a wooden handle is stuck whose metal blade protrudes to the West. In this way, it is easy to associate the elements of the Sòg with the circle of animals placed on the hand, always following the scheme of Table 2.

Western astrologers will notice that the orientation required to calculate the Sòg is the same one they use, with the South in correspondence with the Midheaven and the East of the Ascendant.

For the calculation of the month, we start as already said by the Tiger, the first month of the astrology of the Elements, and proceed with the animal-cardinal point association. A season is linked to each cardinal point, starting with spring and the sign of the Tiger.

Body (Lus, Lus)

Lus means “body”, signifying an individual’s physical condition, therefore any imbalances and diseases. Also, for the Lus, we follow the comparison common to all the elements of astrology already mentioned between the birth characteristics and the current ones.

Following the indications of Table 2, we can see that each animal is associated with an Element of the Body; the Elements considered for this type of calculation are only three (Wood, Water, Metal), and each of them is repeated twice until the completion of the cycle of animals.

To define the Element of the Body, proceed as follows: write down the Element of the birth year and compare it with the Element of the Body assigned to the animal, following the indications of Table 2. Then consult the following table:

In practice, we consider the degree of kinship between the Element of birth (Uan) and the Element of Lus corresponding to the animal of birth. For example, if the year taken into account is Taurus-Earth, the Element of Lus corresponding to Taurus is Wood; the relationship between Earth and Wood is of Friend (Earth, Element of birth, is Friend of Wood); therefore, the Element of Body is Fire. If the Element of birth and the Lus corresponding to the animal coincide, the Element of the Body will be Metal.

A second system involves using the tables of the Elements (Table 3). The Elements in the outer row of squares correspond to the animals’ position as per Table 2.

Look for the Element that corresponds to your birth Element in the primary or secondary tables corresponding to the location of the birth animal. The Element in the centre of the square is the Element of the Body.

Fortune (Lúnda, klung-rta)

The birth Element of Fortune establishes, concerning the Element of Fortune of the current year, month, day and hour, if the period considered is more or less lucky or if, for example, an individual is destined for fame; it is significant for men. In Table 2, it is possible to consult the associations between the animal and the Element of Fortune.

In the calculation of Fortune, we do not consider the Earth Element. The four remaining Elements are arranged to form four triangles, according to the scheme shown here.

  • Mouse – Dragon – Monkey: Wood
  • Ox – Snake – Bird: Water
  • Tiger – Horse – Dog: Metal
  • Hare – Sheep – Boar: Fire

In addition to the Element of Fortune, the Animal of Fortune is also considered, available from the same figure. Each triangle of the Elements has a specific Animal of Fortune:

  • Triangle of Wood: Tiger
  • Triangle of Water: Boar
  • Metal Triangle: Monkey
  • Triangle of Fire: Snake

The figure shows these assignments in graphic form. The Animals of Fortune are placed at the four vertices of the figure, and the Animal of Fortune for a given triangle is at the vertex of the opposite triangle (e.g., the Animal of Fortune for the Fire triangle – the Snake – is at the vertex of the opposite triangle, the Water triangle).

Another method to search for the Animal of Fortune is to use the following chart:

Once you have found the animal of your birth year, following the arrow, you will find the Animal of Fortune.

Soul (Lá, bla)

The Soul is not understood here in a Christian sense but as the individual’s vitality: if the Soul is missing, the person is tired and appears pale and frightened. The Element of the Soul of the birth year is put in relation with the Element of the Soul of the current year to evaluate the more or less favourable moment for vitality; this character is not widely used in prediction.

The Element of the Soul is the Mother Element of the Element of Life (Sòg). Table 2 shows these correlations.