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Wu Xing

Wu Xing
Diagram of the interactions between the Wu Xing. The "generative" cycle is illustrated by white arrows running clockwise on the outside of the circle, while the "destructive" or "conquering" cycle is represented by red arrows inside the circle. Some of the Mawangdui Silk Texts (no later than 168 BC) also present the Wu Xing as "five virtues" or types of activities.[7] Within Chinese medicine texts the Wu Xing are also referred to as Wu Yun (五運 wŭ yùn) or a combination of the two characters (Wu Xing-Yun) these emphasise the correspondence of five elements to five 'seasons' (four seasons plus one). Another tradition refers to the wŭ xíng as wŭ dé 五德, the Five Virtues (zh:五德終始說). The system of five phases was used for describing interactions and relationships between phenomena. The Phases[edit] The five phases are usually used to describe the state in nature: Cycles[edit] Inter-promoting (mother/son)Inter-acting (grandmother/grandson)Over-acting (kè cycle)Counter-acting (reverse kè) Bagua[edit]

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