The Five Chinese Elements are WOOD, FIRE, EARTH, METAL & WATER. If you are a Water Rat, you are not the same sort of Rat as your friend who is a Wood Rat. Ditto Fire Horses. Fire Horses are feistier and more obstreperous than calmer, more serious Earth Horses.

Here's how it works:

To allow for movement to occur and bring about change,
Chinese philosophy calls upon the five elements as agents of change and reaction. Change, the Chinese think, derives from the influence of the five main elements "Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water" on the basic Yin or Yang energies.

Like in the old rock, paper, scissors game that we played as kids, each of these five Chinese elements has the ability to control and/or destroy the previous element, and is capable of producing the element that directly follows it. In the regenerative cycle of the elements, Water engenders Wood. Wood begets Fire. Fire burns to Earth. Earth creates Metal and Metal gives way to Water.

Wood is characterized by the color green. Wood heralds the beginning of life, springtime and buds, sensuality and fecundity. Wood's influence affects the liver, the gallbladder and, by extension, the digestion. Wood needs moisture to thrive. Its two opposite yet equally emotional forces are rage and altruism. The Wood person will be expansive, outgoing and socially conscious.

Wood, in its turn, can create and nourish Fire. Fire's signatory color is red. Fire is hot weather, satisfaction of nature, aridity and dust. The tongue and the small intestine are the centers of attention in the Fire person's body. Fire makes heat, which either warms or burns. The Fire person must constantly seek to balance a tendency to explode and possibly destroy, against a desire to create coziness and warmth. Passionate by nature, this impatient, ebullient person must strive to keep his flame under control.

Earth is created from the ashes of the Fire. Now we are in the soothingly satisfying late summer cycle. Earth's favorite color is yellow, which represents the equanimity between beginnings and. endings. The weather of Earth is mild or temperate. In the human body, Earth influences spleen, pancreas and mouth. Earth's two opposite but equal forces which need to be kept in constant balance are enhancing and smothering. On the one hand Earth gives care and allows for growth and improvement. On the other, Earth buries roots and snuffs out breath. Earth people are gifted for fairness and have the ability to commit themselves to protracted projects and complete Herculean tasks with ease. They must struggle against a penchant for worry.

The Earth grows Metal in her veins. Metal says white and autumn. Metal is cool, crisp weather. Metal's effect on the body centers in the lungs and respiratory system. It only secondarily rules the large intestine and the nose. Metal people like to communicate. They need to keep discord and harmony in constant balance. Metal signifies the onset of winter. Its influence can sometimes add sadness or gloom to an astrological chart. Two of Metal's emotional forces are melancholy and romance. I see Metal as Wagnerian. Metal people must guard against a tendency to wallow in nostalgia.

Lastly, Metal begets Water, groundwater trickling its way through layers of the Earth's ore. Water's color is blue. Its season is full-blown winter. Water is always moving, fluid, and mutational. In our bodies, water's influence affects our plumbing systems, the kidneys and the bladder. The ear, too, comes under the spell of Water. Hence people born in Water-ruled years are frequently musical. They pick up on everything. Be it good or bad, they never miss a vibe. Water-ruled creatures are always very sensitive and sometimes even mentally fragile. The downside of Water's influence, then, is a stressful nervousness. To balance that fidgety, squeamish, overly sensitive side, Water endows its subjects with the noblest quality of all, kindness and sympathy. Sometimes too permeable, the Water-ruled must take precautions against drowning in the chagrin of those they see as less fortunate than themselves.

So, the five elements cause a lot of the commotion and are responsible for creating and maintaining both balance and imbalance, for moving things around and making life interesting. These purveyors of change can be controlled or not, depending on how one manages them.

Each animal year of the Chinese zodiac has been assigned one of the five elements. That element turns up twice in the cycle going away for another ten years. The five elements are always presented in the above order. Once we know this, we can understand how the elements directly affect us and pertain to individual characters.

Don't you deserve to know who you really are?

Are you a
Rat, Ox, Tiger, Cat/Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog or Pig? Are you a shrinking violet Earth Pig? Or perhaps you will find out that you are a bossy Metal Rooster or a picky Fire Dog.

Whatever your Chinese animal sign, it is governed by one element and that element modifies your basic character - big time!

Find out all about who you are, what the future holds and what other animal signs you are compatible with. Which animal sign years should you have your kids in? What is it about you has been causing you so much stress? Which of your characteristics makes certain people recoil from you? What signs are fatally attracted to yours?

There's a world of information about your Chinese Astrology sign and the ruling elements in Suzanne White's "New Chinese Astrology".

Suzanne White's books and consultations will open all the doors of perception that you will ever need to walk through to find peace of mind and true felicity.

Purchase Suzanne's "New Chinese Astrology" today! Find out which is your Animal Sign and what Element you were born under. Put that sign and its element safely into a corner of your mind and don't ever leave home without it again.

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Doing it the "White" Way

Hello, I am Michelle - one of Suzanne White's associates. I wrote this review of her book several years ago for a South African newspaper. Suzanne saw it on the Web and then found me and asked me to work with her. So now I do.

Here is what I said about Suzanne's THE NEW ASTROLOGY before I ever imagined one day that I might not only know her, but work with her! MF

Doing it the "White" Way

Every now and then a book comes along that changes your way of viewing the world around you. One of those special books you never forget. They can be anything from poetry to politics, fantasy to fiction. The New Astrology is one of those books for me.


As a teenager, I had an average interest in astrology. I read all the magazine articles trying to tell me what career/man/hairstyle was the right one for my star sign, Leo. And every now and then I'd read the horoscopes for a laugh. On the whole, I was mostly disappointed. As much as I wanted to be the bright bold Leo that all the articles spoke about, I couldn't relate to the character they said I had at all! I didn't like Leo’s likes, I didn't like Leo's characteristics and no-one ever guessed that I was a Leo either. People who thought they knew a bit about astrology would stop me at parties and gatherings and say things like, "Aaaah, you're a Libra or a Pisces, aren't you?" Then I'd tell them"No. I'm a Leo!" and everyone would gasp and say, "A WHAT???"

My whole astrology picture began to be a bit annoying. People would laugh or look utterly at a loss for words and I'd want to say: "Yeah, right.. leave me alone. It's not my fault. There was probably a big cosmic mess-up and I was really meant to be born some other month."

The irony was that, aside from hating being a Leo, I really enjoyed astrology. I loved reading the books; and where other people were concerned I was pretty good at sussing out their signs and figuring out where their planets might be. I even started collecting astrology books and actually studying astrology. Friends would be impressed at how much I knew and surprised at how I accurately I could tell them things about themselves. All was well until they asked me what sign I was. Then my beliefs would crumble like a badly baked fortune cookie.

Then, one Christmas, my mom bought me an astrology book that changed everything. I'd read a bit of Chinese astrology before then and found that my Chinese sign fitted me a bit better. But still, it was not an exact match. My mom had seen this new book when out gift hunting and as my Christmas wish list included light holiday reading to relax and eat festive treats to, she thought this book sounded just perfect.

That first Christmas afternoon, I settled down with my box of chocs and started browsing through it. I actually started by reading about friends and family first. Since my own information was always a disappointment, I didn't even bother to read about myself until I'd read several other people. By then, I'd worn myself out and worked off all the calories I'd munched by zipping around the house to read out loud bits of the book to family. The information in this book was so spot-on, it was hilarious. I'd just settle down when I'd feel an urgent need to be up again to let grandma read why grandpa was such a pain in the rear or to tease my mom by reading her personal details aloud to my dad whilst he fell about laughing.

Finally everyone asked, "What about you?" I paged to my section , Leo/Cat, and started reading.

I was stunned. There I was. I mean it REALLY was "me". The ME nobody knows. My innermost weaknesses, my greatest strengths and even my secret fears and desires. For the first time ever I'd found a version of astrology that knew exactly who I was and why I'd never fitted the conventional mould. I've owned The New Astrology since it was first published in 1986 (there have been several reprints since then, including paperback versions) and in all the years I've looked up friends, enemies, family and lovers I've only once met a person who didn't fit the personality profile.


Basically The New Astrology is a fusion of Western and Chinese astrology. Instead of a book that gives you the usual twelve Western star signs or twelve Chinese year signs to choose your personality from, you now get a book with a whopping 144 combination astrological fusions to find yourself amongst.

Rudyard Kipling wrote:
"Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet,
Till Earth and Sky stand presently at God's great Judgement Seat;
But there is neither East nor West, Border, nor Breed, nor Birth,
When two strong men stand face to face, tho' they come from the ends of the earth!"

Well, he might have thought it would take two strong men to bring East and West together, but this one woman astrologer has proved him wrong.


When my mom chose this as "light holiday reading" she was choosing for entertainment value and not size! The hardcover version I have is about the size of War and Peace and can be a formidable weapon if dropped from a reasonable height.

Unlike War and Peace however, this book won't leave you exhausted and confused trying to follow the intricacies of 144 different personalities. Suzanne White has a style of writing that is both entertaining and educational. She writes and it reads like an old friend having a chat over lunch. Casual, friendly and a pleasure to spend time with. You never feel you're being talked down to no matter how ignorant your knowledge of astrology might be and she always manages to make you laugh and feel good about yourself even when she's telling you all your faults and flaws.

The book is divided up into four sections and comes with an extensive Chinese year calendar covering about six centuries so you can also check out famous historical figures.

Of the 144 signs, each new "double sign" gets roughly four or more pages divided into a few simple sub-sections:

PERSONALITY - The good, the bad and the ugly of who you are. Illustrated with personal stories from the author's own experiences.

LOVE - How you react to love and romance. What attracts you, what turns you off and what you really need to be happy.

COMPATIBILITIES - A list of those signs you'll be best suited to romantically as well as those you should avoid at all costs.

HOME AND FAMILY - How you were as a child, how you will be as a parent and what kind of house you like to call home.

PROFESSION - What suits you best. Are you better as employee or employer and ending with a list of career choices as well as famous people born in the same sign.

What makes this book so hard to put down isn't just the fact that the combination signs are so incredibly accurate, it's also Suzanne's writing itself. Direct straight talking is Suzanne White's secret weapon. All through the book she keeps you entertained with her in-your-face honesty and dry humour. No romanticised ideas or vacuous astrological waffle in this book. If she thinks you're an idiot and a danger to yourself and/or society she'll tell you so, and make you laugh at your own humanity whilst doing it. This book is the best friend who has the cheek to tell you what an ass you can be, because she loves you, as well as how fantastic you really are - when you're not being an ass!

The feeling that this woman really likes people is what makes her a great writer and a great astrologer. Her warmth and enthusiasm for the wondrous miracle of being human reaches out through every page and personality type. She laughs WITH you about your weaknesses and silly ways rather than laughing AT you and she's equally frank in dishing out the praise. When she tells you where you're strengths and talents lie, it makes a bigger impact because you know you're getting it just as straight. My only complaint is you're left wanting more, but since the book is already enormous the only way you'd get more information for each sign is if she was to write a separate book for each sign.


Suzanne White is a sassy American Scorpio-Tiger astrologer now living in France and Buenos Aires. If you want to know more about her check out her webpage at http://www.suzannewhite.com or - better still -
read one of her best-selling books.



Posted by: Libra/Dog Fran.

One of my sisters recently complained that I was full of contradictions. She could be right. I can be sarcastic, uncaring and selfish in one situation and have infinite patience, support and understanding in another. My sister is constantly baffled by me and does not know what to expect from one day to the next. Are there hints to how I will act on any given day? Hints of when my “supportive” side is going to be on tap so she knows when to call?

A few days later I got curious about what she been complaining of; so I sat down with my copy of Suzanne White’s New Chinese Astrology again (for fun). And was amazed all over again by what I read.

Here is a SMALL sample of the amazing insight I received from The New Chinese Astrology for my sign: The Dog

…Because of this streak of altruism, these devoted creatures spend much of their time either attempting to do something about injustice or railing because so little can be done.

Suzanne is right. I am always on the side of the “little guy”. I truly believe in integration for all in communities and have spent years talking to businesses about the benefits of hiring a person with a disability. I see the lack of active involvement as an injustice to both the people with disabilities and the communities that could be benefiting from them. I am so enthusiastic about this subject that I worked for approximately 10 yrs for social services. But eventually I quite as I did not feel the government services placed their clients' needs in the forefront. I could easily start “railing” about it…but I won’t. I have infinite patience, support and understanding in situations when people need help to have their voices heard. I suppose I am a bit of a "cause" person. I know that my "railings" annoyed my uppity bosses no end.

Providing she finds the right ambience to work in where she feels unencumbered by arrogant superiors and can set the parameters herself and make schedules her way, the Dog woman could rebuild a war-tom country in about half an hour. Once she sets about a task, she simply stays there until it's done.

I had left my job in social services not only because I disagreed with the philosophy of the agency. I also quit because I honestly could not stand the arrogance of my supervisors. If something needed to be done, you had to jump through at least a dozen hoops!

Step one - there would be a simple problem. A meeting would be set to set up a committee to address the problem. The committee would meet to “define their goals”. They would assign smaller committees to address each part of the goal. The goals of course were to solve the problem (remember step 1?). But the problem had by now gotten lost. So they set up another meeting for drafting a plan of action. Get my point?

Well, I quit 10 yrs ago and I hear they are still holding meetings over the same problems. Ok I will not rant anymore about self important meetings! But, Suzanne White hit the nail right on the head! Now that I am self employed it is so much easier to accomplish any goal I set. I never hold any meetings about meetings!

The Spartan-minded Dog hardly ever pampers himself or indulges in self-improvement plans…

I rarely even wear make-up. I find it takes too much time to put it on. Then, the make-up just ends up melting off my face anyways! I can’t pamper myself. It seems a waste of important resources and time (I think it’s been 6 months since I had a hair cut, and a year before that!). My hair is long and curly. It doesn’t behave, so why spend time trying to make it do what it doesn’t want to do naturally? It was nice to learn that my not fussing with my hair is NOT because I’m too lazy! I am a Dog woman. Dog woman don't bother with extraneous frills. I knew that. But when I re-read it, I was relieved. I am anything but LAZY!!!

Sensitive and touchy they may be, but they simply aren't able to edit their own words before they let them fly.

I always say what pops into my head, the second it does. My remarks are not always well received. I can sometimes even shock myself! “Why on earth did I just say that? It was way too sarcastic. Even for me!”

…may live at home until age thirty.

This point I found very funny! At age 30 my parents came to me and said “We have sold the house. It’s time for you to find your own place. You have 2 weeks.” In fact it’s a big family joke on me. The parents moved into a condo that had NO extra room for me! I felt secure living with my parents. Security is important to us Dogs. But they did me a favor by pushing me out of the nest. Now I am a homeowner. Thanks Mom and Dad.

If money is there he will know how to use it wisely, buying only the best merchandise, eating in the finest restaurants and wearing top quality, long-lasting clothes. If he hasn't any money, the Metal Dog can always find a way to live comfortably in a civilized manner. He may be sociable but he doesn't care a whit for what others think of him or the state of his front lawn.

I am a metal Dog. This last point doesn’t need any explanation for me. It is once again - dead on! Okay. My grass does need a cut. Fallen tree branches do need to be picked up. Maybe a few flowers planted…but I’ll do that when I have time and when I feel like it. NOT when the neighbors' sneak plants onto my front stoop or offer me clippings of some bush or another! I do not however complain at all when the same neighbor plows the snow from our sidewalk. I do live in Canada, after all. And I have all my marbles.

Next time my sister wonders why I seem full of contradictions, I’ll just hand her a copy of The New Chinese Astrology and tell her to read about Dogs.

She's a noisy Dragon. I will suggest she have a look at the chapter on Dragons. Maybe she’ll learn a little something about herself too!



Contrary to its detractors concerted opinion, Astrology is not superstition. Superstition is more akin to: "If I break a mirror, I will have 7 years bad luck." or "If a bird flies into my house, someone will die." or "If I step on a sidewalk crack, I will break my mother's back." or "When It's Christmas and the weather is warm, it will be cold at Easter."

Those are superstitions. Astrology is not superstition. Not even close. Astrology is a language. It exists. Like Estonian or French. It just plain exists. Like hard boiled eggs or chutney. Now, for some, languages that they do not know and are unable to read or converse in, constitute a sort of threat. When we hear friends chatting in a language that we don't know and we are present, we almost automatically imagine that they are talking about us. This is a kind of natural paranoia. We cannot understand. So we feel threatened or left out and perhaps even targeted as a victim.

Astrology, like any language, does have to be learned in order to be used. That's why some people are astrologers and other have other learnèd professions such as doctors. An astrologer might tell you that your Sun in Leo means that you tend to want to be in the spotlight, but if your rising sign is Pisces, that Leo need for the spotlight might be mitigated.

This sort of "diagnosis" is not unsimilar to when a Dr tells you that the lump on your arm looks like a cyst, but if the tests come out positive, it might be something more serious. He looks at the cystic physical evidence, but he also digs further to find out if it might be something more dangerous.

Now the language of Astrology has been much squelched and derided by a sector of the population we refer to as "scientists" or , in any case, people who believe that science (another language) is the pathway to understanding every human ill - including mental, emotional and physical ailments - and to conquering and refining and owning whatever commodity it available to man. (Space flight for example or improved hard boiled eggs)

But squelching a language doesn't always put it out of existence. And Astrology has survived the giant squelch of science and remains a means of communication between peoples and a method of both diagnosing and better understanding the human condition. Astrology is not in competition with science. It's just there alongside it the way that TV is there alongside the Internet. The two media must co-exist. They cannot afford to be at war. The Internet will win. It's bigger. And younger. TV knows that the way that Astrology knows that it must coexist with science because if there was a war between them Science would win. It's bigger. And younger.

Nonetheless, there is wisdom in what it ancient. So Astrology continues to exist. Some people study it and are able to use it in their work and daily lives. Other people don't study it sufficiently to become astrologers. But they dabble and they enjoy dabbling. Other people (most people) consult astrologers. They are the clients or the patients or the consultees who come to people like me for advice and information about their astrological charts: Who am I? What should I do about my mother-in-law's interfering in my marriage? How can I get a divorce and keep my children? Why do I not have self-confidence? Where am I making my mistakes and why do I keep making them over and over again?

What some skeptical people (the Science-blinded or prejudiced) don't know is that the answers to all of those questions are sitting right there in peoples' astrological charts. Moreover, just because most people don't know how to read their charts and don't speak the language or know how to interpret the letters (symbols), doesn't mean the answers are not there. They are.

Astrology never lies. I have watched it tell me and my clients the truth over and over and over again, thousands of times. A client writes and asks me why she cannot seem to get a husband. She's young and beautiful and accomplished and owns her own home. Yet, she has nobody to share it with. What should she do?

I find out her birth date, time and place (sometimes she sends me a photo as well) and I do her chart. First thing I note is that she is more accomplished than she let on in her query letter. I know already that she is president of her own company. But she is also an Aries with Leo rising and she was born in a Rooster year. This woman is what my mother used to call "a tough cookie" and a multitalented cookie at that!

She doesn't bend easily. She is not soulful and won't listen to whining - even her own. She wants to be in the spotlight (Leo rising) and she is indeed in her own spotlight all the time.
She's also a Rooster which is one of the most successfully non-flexible signs out there. Rigidity lurks in this woman's chart and has already done some damage to her private life.

But... I look further and...Eureka! This young woman has the Moon in Cancer. She is longing for a home and children and a man to share it with. But, because the Aries and the Rooster and the Leo got a hold on her soul (Moon) when she was still very young, she followed them to her own multimillion dollar successful oblivion. She learned how NOT to share and she made her fortune by being ruthless and firm in her opinions. (Aries/Rooster w Leo rising)

It's gets better. I dig a bit deeper and what do I find? This woman has Venus in

NB: I know. I know. You just don't get it when we tell you that there's a planet in some sign or other about which you know less than zero. Why? Because we are speaking to you in a language which is foreign to you. And this time it is about YOU. But we are not trying to hide anything. You can learn the language too. Nobody is stopping you.

So our young woman has Venus in Taurus. This means (for some astrologers and we are not all alike. Just like doctors... Get a second opinion) that she equates love with sensuality and earthiness and posssesion. So, she is hunting for sensuality, earthiness and ownership and she is only finding pin stripe suits and striped ties and executive trappings. Why?

Because here she is, the president of a thriving software company, owner of her own 3000 sq ft. house and two luxury cars, 35 years old and beautiful and she cannot find a husband - someone to love and be loved by and make a family and a life with.


She's too strong by half. And she is moreover "attracted" to the wrong kind of suitor. She has always thought she needed "someone like me." A mensch. A boss person. A leader of men (and women). Balderdash! Two bosses in the same household? Ouch.

She needs either a steadying, long-suffering Ox or a lovely, langourous Snake or even a tempestuous Tiger - born in Gemini or Leo or perhaps Sagittarius because she has Mercury (her communication planet) in Sagittarius. And those guys she should be looking for are not necessarily world beaters. They might be teachers or poets or musicians or even weedy scientists who leave their brains in the laboratories when they come home at night. They should not be head honchos. She is the head honcho. She needs soul. So she should find someone with extra soul to share.

Need I say more? Astrology simply never lies!

©Suzanne White 2006

P.S. Our heroine is now successfully married to a brilliant Gemini/Ox (a laid back communicator type) who writes books for a living. He cooks and helps with the kids. They have a nanny and household help. Madame goes to her job every morning after taking the children to school. Papa pipes and slippers into his office and hits the computer for a few hours before dressing and driving to the supermarket to do the family shopping. It worked! sw

Suzanne White
" I like to count my readers among my friends."