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Wearing the elements: Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood

BeFunky Collage white dress

In this figure above showing white dresses one can see the different styles,  with added accessories and patterns.  Using the color 5 element theory these dresses can be described as:


  1. Metal
  2. Metal & Wood Pattern
  3. Metal


  1. Water
  2. Water
  3. Wood


  1. Red Belt – Fire

5 Elements

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One can begin to be aware of the elements in the colors and shapes they are wearing and learning what accessories to use and when by becoming familiar with the qualities of the 5 elements and their cycles of harmony and disharmony.

One can also learn their primary nurturing element  and begin to explore applying these principles to their wardrobe  to dress for harmony and success.  Using Chinese Cosmology find your Kua Number .  This  will give you your element and corresponding color palette.  If at first you are not drawn to your elements color range explore what elements support your primary nurturing element.  For example in the 5 element theory wood supports fire.  If the fire range is too strong a range for you, consider the wood palette as wood supports fire!

Kua Elements

What 5 element are you? Fire, Earth, Metal, Water or Wood 

Learning your element, one can then begin to explore the 5 element cycle of harmony or disharmony to accessorize their outfit to express the experience they are wearing.  An example is in the first figure in frame one of the white dress that is in a metal color, water shape and accessorized with a red belt which reflects fire.  In 5 element theory metal creates water so the style and color are in harmony yet the contrasting belt is fire which is considered to melt metal.  The belt is a nice contrast for too much metal and water!

What 5 element are you? Fire, Earth, Metal, Water or Wood

Ones primary element can be determined through gender and birth date called the Kua Number.  Kua means life area and this number differs from one’s Chinese astrological number.  The concept comes from Chinese cosmology, the branch of astronomy that deals with the general structure and evolution of the universe. Chinese Astrology attempts to interpret the influence of the heavenly bodies on human affairs.

Potential and life experiences can be influenced by ones Kua number, therefore personal Kua number enhancements can be applied to improve  ones lifestyle, health and well-being. Once knowing it one will know what primary element they are, what colors are best for them, what symbols and directions support them and which ones aren’t.

I consider Kua Numbers for personal enhancements in fashion and decor that is intimate to my needs.

Two Steps to Calculate your Kua Number:

Step 1:

Add the last two digits of your birth year.  Keeping adding until you reach a single digit.  For example:  if your year of birth is 1978, add the last two digits, ie., 7 + 8 =’s 15, which is a double-digit number. Therefore add the two digits, 1 + 5 =’s 6.

Step 2 for Females:

Add 5 to the single digit obtained in previous step. If the result is a double-digit, add the digits to get a single digit number.  For example:  6 +5 =’s 11, which is a double-digit number.  Therefore add the two digits, 1 +1 =’s 2.

Step 2 for Males:

Subtract the single digit obtained in the first step from 10. The resulting single digit number will be the Kua Number for males.  For example:  10 – 6  =’s 4.

Kua Numbers and their element, colors & symbol:Kua Elements

Chart for Northern Hemisphere

KUA #1

  • ELEMENT – Water

  • Symbol – Irregular

  • Colors:  Deep Blue & Black

KUA #2


  • SYMBOL – square

  • colors:  Light Yellow, Tans, light pinks & oranges

Kua #3

  • ELEMENT – Wood

  • symbol – upright rectangle

  • Colors:  Dark Brown & Green

Kua #4

  • ELEMENT – Wood

  • symbol – upright rectangle

  • Colors:  Light Brown & Green

Kua #5:  male/female


  • SYMBOL – square

  • Male COLORS: ochre orange earthy palette

  • female colors:  lighter red-orange earth color palette

Kua #6

  • ELEMENT – Metal

  • symbol – circular

  • Colors:  white, silver, Grey & gold

KUA #7


  • symbol – circular


kua #8

  • Element – Earth

  • symbol – square

  • ochre yellow earth palette & beige

Kua #9

  • element – Fire

  • symbol – triangle

  • Colors:  Red, Orange, Deep yellow, Purple


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