Moving around the Chinese Magic Circle to the West brings us to Metal (金 jīn). Metal, as we discussed before, correlates to the Western Element “Earth” and Vedic “Prithivi”. In Nova Thought we would relate it to the Stone Principle. You may remember that the Direction for the Stone Principle is North. However, some Western Mainstream Occultists place Water in the North and Earth in the West, so this should not present much of a problem. In accordance with the Direction, the Season for Metal is Autumn (Harvest Time), the Time of Day is Sunset, and the Period of Life is Adulthood. The Color is White (like most metals) and the Planet is Venus.
The Zodiac Signs for Metal are the Rooster (Yin), Monkey (Yang), and Dog (Yang).. The Sacred Animal is the White Tiger.
In the body, Metal relates to the lungs (Yin), respiratory system, large intestine, colon (Yang), skin, hair and nose. The lungs and colon both purify the body in their own way. The colon empties the body of waste through the Root or Muladhara Chakra, which also relates us back to Prithivi and the Stone Principle. If you consider that Autumn is simultaneously a Time of Harvest and Renewal, this all makes sense.
Good Qualities associated with the Metal Element are: discipline, precision, meticulousness, logic, analysis, moderation, self-control, self-reliance, determination, strength malleability, and morality. It is important to remember that Wealth in countless Cultures is represented by Metal.
An imbalance of Metal leads to pessimism, rigidness, inflexibility, intensity of feelings,grief, stubbornness, ambition, prejudice, and rigidness. Metal-related disease states include: asthma, bronchitis, colitis, skin disorders, and obsessive compulsive disorder.
An Affirmation relating to the Metal Element could go as follows:
“I let go of regrets and fears, cutting through them with a Metal Scythe to harvest a Miracle.”