Were you wondering how Chaos and Order fit into the Chinese Element Scheme? For this, we have to delve into some of the most Ancient Legends. Perhaps you remember the story of Hun-Tun, from Chapter Seven of the Writings of Chuang Tze? Another Legend tells of Pan Ku, who hatched from the Cosmic Egg to separate Yin from Yan, and Order from Chaos. The Universe, as we know it, was made from Pan Ku's body, just like the Norse Giant, Ymir. However, perhaps there is another version of the Truth, hidden in the tales of the First Emperor and Empress.
Legend tells of Fu Hsi (伏羲), who, according to some of the most Ancient Chinese Legends, was the First Emperor, as well as the Ancestor of the Chinese people. He is said to have invented music, writing, fishing, and trapping, and taught humans the use of fire, and the breeding of silkworms. He is also known as the inventor, or rather, discoverer, of the Eight Trigrams (Pa Kua), and hence, the I Ching. It is said, that Fsu Hsi saw a Dragon-Horse rise from the Yellow River. The patterns on this Legendary Creature's back gave him the idea for the Eight Trigrams.
Remember the representations of Yang as an unbroken line, and Yin as a broken line? These were doubled to represent Wood, Fire, Metal and Water. An additional Third line created Eight Figures with Three lines (Pa Kua). When the Pa Kua are paired together, they make the Sixty-Four figures, called “Hexagrams” in English, which comprise the I Ching. 2x2x2x2x2x2=64 (Two to the Sixth Power).
Fu Hsi and his sister Nu Wa (女媧) were apparently not the First human beings, however. They were semi-divine, and the only survivors of the Chinese version of the Great Flood, which they escaped by travelling to Kunlun Mountain. With permission from the Emperor of Heaven, they became husband and wife, and set about to recreate the human race. They not only had many children, but Nu Wa also created humans from clay. The two of them ruled for 115 years, from approximately 2852–2737 B.C.E. Yes, just like the Egyptian Pharaohs, the Chinese Emperors were believed to be descended from the Gods.
Fu Xi and Nu Wa are often represented as human beings with snakelike bodies. There is extant art, depicting the Two of them together, bodies intertwined. This is remarkably reminiscent of the Caduceus, the DNA helix, the Kabbalistic Tree of Life, and the Ida and Pingala Nadis. Thus Fu Hsi correlates to Shiva, and Nu Wa to Shakti. This would be the key to a hidden connection to Order and Chaos.