Chinese Astrology – Are you in your habitual element

What is a habit? A habit can be defined as something we repeatedly do until it becomes our behavior. It is
the interrelationship of knowledge, skill and desire. Whether the habit is positive or negative depends on
what it can do for us.

In Chinese Astrology, a person is given a set of natal pillars which comprises the 5 metaphysical elements of
the universe. These elements are wood, fire, earth, metal and water. Our existences on earth are governed
by these elements. By the interaction of these elements in a productive, conquering or exhaustive cycle, our
destiny takes root. Our characteristics, attributes, and behaviors are brought about by many of these
elemental interplays within our natal chart. One aspect of destiny that we can change is our habit which
invariably influences our behavior. This is where an analysis of our natal chart based on the 5 elements can
help us decipher which habit will determine our behavior and ultimately our destiny.

In the context of self improvement, one management guru that stands out is Dr. Stephen R. Covey. His well
researched and documented study on human behavior resulted in the publication of the highly acclaimed
book “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”. In short, the book teaches us how to live a productive
and fulfilling life. Using Chinese Astrology, we can analyze how these habits are influenced by the elements
in our natal chart by their interactions with one another. These elements are our self element, the element
that produces self, the element that exhausts self, the element that self conquers and the element that
conquers self.

Habit 1

We always have choices in our lives. What we make of ourselves depend on the choices we made. Whether
we live from hand to mouth or live off the fat of the land is ultimately up to us. In Chinese Astrology, this
habit has to do with our self element, the element that exhausts self and the element that self conquers. If
your self element is wood, then the element that exhausts self is fire and the element that self conquers is
earth.

Habit 2

We should have goals in our lives. Goals give us direction and take us where we want to go. It is being
proactive in controlling our destiny. In Chinese Astrology, this habit has to do with the element that produces
self. If your self element is fire, then the element that produces self is wood.

Habit 3

We should have a plan to achieve our goals. A plan will help to take us to our destination. We need to be
disciplined and to prioritize which actions come first and which to take in order to get there fastest. In Chinese
Astrology, this habit has to do with the element that conquers self and the element that exhausts self. If your
self element is earth, then the element that conquers self is wood and the element that exhausts self is
metal.

Habit 4

We should seek cooperation that is mutually beneficial. By having such interaction with one another,
everybody wins and no one is made to be a loser. In this way, an agreement will last the test of time since
everybody is satisfied and will stay committed. In Chinese Astrology, this habit has to do with our self
element, the element that produces self and the element that conquers self. If your self element is metal,
then the element that produces self is earth and the element that conquers self is fire.

Habit 5

We should listen more and speak less in order to really understand people. By seeking to understand others
first allows us to see things from their perspective and pave the way for us to be understood in return. This
makes us influential. In Chinese Astrology, this habit has to do with our self element, the element that
produces self and the element that conquers self. If your self element is water, then the element that
produces self is metal and the element that conquers self is earth.

Habit 6

We should accept and respect differences in people. By leveraging on the strengths of other people and
compensate for their weaknesses, we can forge synergy in a team. Synergy is about using creativity to build
strengths in diversity so that collectively, we achieve more than if we go it alone. In Chinese Astrology, this
habit has to do with our self element, the element that produces self and the element that exhausts self. If
your self element is wood, then the element that produces self is water and the element that exhausts self
is fire.

Habit 7

We should strive to maintain a balance in our lives - physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. By having
balance in these four areas, we feel energized and empowered to live life to the full. It is the culmination in
our journey to be a highly effective person.

In summary, our habits are therefore one of the factors that govern our destiny and we should ...

Watch our thoughts
For they become our words
Choose our words
For they become our actions
Understand our actions
For they become our habits
Study our habit
For they become our character
Develop our character
For it becomes our destiny

So are you in your habitual element? For a free destiny analysis based on your elements, please visit
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