THE FIRE ELEMENT PERSONALITY: A CHINESE MEDICINE NOTE


In Classical Chinese Medicine, your personality can be linked or classified according to the five-element theory. This includes all aspects of your physical structure, emotional tendencies, behaviors and propensity to certain illnesses. Since we are all part of nature and cycle through the seasons, we are a manifestation of all of the elements but we have a more dominant element in relation to the others. Each element can manifest in both positive and negative tendencies, depending upon the state of health and balance in the person at the time.

TAKE OUR QUIZ TO FIND YOUR DOMINANT ELEMENT

SO YOU'RE A FIRE ELEMENT 火

If you've taken the quiz and you've been classified as a dominant Fire Element, according to Classical Chinese Medicine, you possess the following personality traits, constitution and facial structure:

—It is your life's mission to find joy and accessing a higher consciousness or a better life.


YOUR INTENTION: BLISS
You’re a free spirit, with a great need for fun in life and your strength comes from being connected to your heart and, further, to feelings of love and joy

YOUR SEASON: SUMMER
Considered the lightest and fastest energetic of all five, the Fire Element is uplifting, frenetic and expansive.  Connected to the summer season, where most of nature is maturing, spring blossoms are transforming into fruit, flowers are in full bloom and the warmer temps are inspiring us to celebrate and be in community with one another.  

Throughout the summer season, we are feeling more free and inhibited to go after what we want. Thousands of ideas are pouring in as we play, collaborate and evoke joy, providing the stepping stones for us to engage with our desires. 

YOUR PERSONALITY: THE CHARISMATIC + LIFE OF THE PARTY
Fire people are energetic, they believe in the power of charisma and desire. The have creative potential, are intuitive and passionately emphatic. Fire people seek stimulation and so tend to always have a lot of balls in the air because they hate to be bored! You love sensation, drama and sentiment. Fire types are unconcerned about material wealth. They tend to have little confidence, plenty of worries, are sharp and fond of beauty.

Joy is the emotion associated with the Fire element; therefore pleasure is the main focus of these people’s lives. They seek gratification at every turn and can become jaded, driven to seek still more stimulation. They appear fun-loving and romantic but in fact may be unable to sustain their interest and excitement without external props and other people’s attention.

They dislike being alone. By themselves they feel lifeless; in company they come alive. Their easy excitability manifests as giggling and talkativeness. When they are not up, they are down. When they are not filled with excitement, they feel empty and hopeless.

Hot weather exhausts Fire people, as they are hot by nature (heat is the climate associated with the fire element). They should live on a low salt, natural food diet. They should not smoke or consume excess alcohol. Regular and gentle exercise, as well as relaxation techniques and stress management will help them relax.

When out of balance, Fire type people are prone to anxiety, insomnia and depression. Fire Types have the tendency to be overly dramatic and over-sensitive. They run hot and cold and the fluctuating emotions can be a bit of a roller coaster as they cycle through the extremes of emotion. Because they are sensitive, they can be easily hurt and often interpret another’s actions personally, thinking that it was something that they did or said to make the other person behave a particular way (when in fact it may not have anything to do with them).    

Due to their natural ability to be the performer and the center of attention, they can easy find themselves overly concerned with what others think of them, seeking approval and permission for their actions, instead of going inwards for appreciation and acceptance of themselves.   

APPEARANCE: DIAMOND OR HEART SHAPED FACE, TRIANGLES AND PEAKS IN FACIAL FEATURES + LONG LEGS
Fire type people have a red complexion and a skinny face. They are full of muscles in the back and have a small head. They have a stable step and sway their shoulders while walking. 

MENTAL HEALTH CHALLENGES: VULNERABILITY 
The Fire Element is most prone to emotional vulnerability due to a tendency to be too open with people too quickly instead of letting a relationship develop gradually where you can build trust. Your feeling are also close to the surface so you'll need a partner who is also in touch with their emotions and willing to talk about them.

They are subject to cardiovascular issues including hypertension, palpitations, arrhythmia, arterial circulation problems and ailments such as sweating, varicose veins, hemorrhoids and high cholesterol.

DIET & EXERCISE PREFERENCES: BITTER
Fire is related to the bitter taste such as celery and green vegetables which are good options. You’ll benefit from juicy fruits (watermelon) and vegetable (cucumber) to extinguish the fire. Make sure you hydrate as you can easily overheat (a.k.a. replenishing the Yin/water and check Yang/fire in balance). Avoid spicy hot food, stimulants such as energy drinks and caffeine because they will deplete the Yin. 

HEALING PRACTICES: ROUTINE, GOAL SETTING + INTIMACY
Water types require activities that ground them in nature to mitigate feeling scattered or nervous. Having a plan or a goal to accomplish for the day also helps to regulate activity and keep to a regular meal plan. 

The Practice of Lists: Make a list of every type of activity that brings you joy and makes you feel happy and then break it up into weekly or daily goals. Keep the list somewhere where you can reference it on a daily basis and choose to schedule at least one thing into your day. Weaving happiness, joy and pleasure throughout your day keeps your 'Fire' alive, allowing for greater sparks of desire to come into your awareness.  

The Practice of Intimacy: Physical and emotional connection are a necessity for the Fire Element. PDA is acceptable along with hugs with friends and family. Don't hold back and don't hesitate to ask for what you need from your partner. Intimacy is healthy whatever that looks like <3  

Always be true to your nature.

Wendy Boucher

Wendy Boucher is the Founder and Chief Pollinator of Honeyopathy. After spending 25+ years building brands in high tech B2B companies, she's transitioned into more meaningful work tapping into her love of honeybees and their survival. As an aspiring beekeeper herself, she is committed to building an ecosystem founded in humanity and the symbiotic relationship we have with bees through spiritual growth.

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