The Metal Element symbolizes endurance, long lasting, life preservation, and love. It is associated with substance, strength, and structure.
Metal calls us to refine our vision, bring clarity to our lives, and hone our goals to those that are the most meaningful and valuable for us. Its power is in its sensitivity and awareness of the fine and subtle nuances of life. The verb for this Element is "to refine." These people constantly seek perfection in all aspects of life.
If this is your Element, you're highly aware. You are the visionary, the leader, the one who can see the big picture and the fine details at the same time. The Metal energy is associated with the archetype of the Father, and Metal often shows up as an authority who can take the mantle of power and lead the world to new horizons.
Yet this high level of sensitivity can lead to challenges. More than anyone else, you're affected by the energy of environments and the people around you. Because you're so sensitive, little things can bother you, and this tendency shows up in a variety of ways. You may need to have lots of time alone in order to recover from the stress of other people around you, or things must be "just so" in your environment. At its extreme, this tendency manifests in obsessive-compulsive disorder, as Metal desperately tried to control the smallest aspects of everything in life in order to find some level of comfort.
Unsurprisingly, Metal is probably the most difficult Element to live with. You can indeed become hypersensitive, anxious, perfectionistic, and even critical and controlling as you react to any imbalance around you.
As a Metal Element, superficial relationships and small talk don't interest you. You're driven toward finding a meaningful life that's rich with a sense of purpose - even an authentic connection with the sacred in some way, although you might not define yourself as a spiritual person. You have high standards and won't be very comfortable in the company of people who don't share your strong sense of ethics.
This element is precise and analytical, with great attention to detail. The worst thing someone can do to you is to offer some "constructive criticism." You're already so tough on yourself that knowing someone else noticed when you did something wrong can be too much to bear.
This Element is sometimes called the Perfect Host, and you're charming, gracious, and highly attentive to the subtleties of any social interaction. You value manners; fairness and following rules are important to you.
Clothing: You'll love simple, classic designs; very refined styles; and soft fabrics, because the feel on your skin is of utmost importance. You don't like heavy, bulky, or rough clothing. If you're a Metal woman, you probably love real jewels. Even if you can only afford one strand of real pearls, you'll prefer that over heaps of costume jewelry.
Home: Minimalism and spaciousness will be the order of the day. This allows your highly sensitive system to feel as relaxed as possible - Metal doesn't need the stimulation that Fire craves! Your goal is to have a perfectly harmonious balance of beautiful thing around you.
Movement: Anything that encourages rhythmic breathing will be beneficial, such as running, walking, aerobics, yoga, and swimming. You aren't attracted to rough or competitive activities, especially team sports.
Profession: Because of your fine-tuned awareness of beauty, you can excel in fashion, interior, or graphic design. Your precision and care also create success in professions such as surgeon, software designer, accountant, editor, and artist.. And because of your heightened sensitivity, you may end up working with subtle energy in a career such as feng shui, space clearing, or energy medicine.
Physical Imbalances: Since the lungs govern respiration, problems may include asthma, cough, and respiratory dysfunction. The lungs also govern the circulation of the body fluids - edema, emaciation, drying and shriveling of the skin. Lungs also govern the skin and the pores. Conditions of acute skin lesions have to do with the lungs. The large Intestine is responsible for transportation of waste products out of the body. Thus, constipation, dysentery, diarrhea and hemorrhoids, are manifestation of large intestine disharmony.
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