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The ABC's of the Fire Element and Energetic Summer

May 16, 2024

The Summer energetic season according to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) begins May 6 and ends July 19.

Fire’s season is Summer, the time of the sun, heat, growth, expansion, warmth, increased light, and abundance.

Fire is the most yang of the five elements yet may also express as yin for all things are both yin and yang in balance in Taoism. Taoist astrology refers to yang Fire energy with the color red and to yin with purple.

Emotions can be either in or out of balance depending on whether the energy we are in is in or out of balance. Personality traits can be positive or negative.

Fire personality traits and emotions may include:

  • love, both interpersonal and divine
  • open-heartedness
  • joie de vivre, joyfulness
  • happiness
  • generosity of spirit
  • warmth
  • playfulness
  • flirtatiousness
  • a compulsion to call attention to themselves
  • passion
  • dynamism
  • reason
  • self-expression
  • optimistic
  • positive
  • enthusiasm
  • excitement
  • vanity
  • jealousy
  • frustration

Symptoms of  Fire imbalance can show up physically and emotionally as:

  • excessive or lack of perspiration
  • rashes, hives, hot skin eruptions
  • sleep disturbances, insomnia
  • palpitations, irregular heartbeat
  • restless or explosive energy
  • inappropriate laughter
  • disappointment as the logical outcome of an out-of-balance and immature approach to relationships

A Fire type tends to find success in life through his or her predisposition to be warm-hearted and generous. They find experiences of love, compassion, fun, joy, and pleasure very healing yet they may find sharing joy and laughter without the goal of a reward in mind challenging.

Like hot molten lava, Fire can be unpredictable and changeable, chaotic and challenging to contain. It’s active, combustible, energetic, animated, and powerful.

In TCM, Fire’s body organs are the heart and small intestines. Therefore a fire personality may have a disposition for heart problems, such as heart attacks or may experience minor digestive problems in the small intestines.

Fire types are lovers and protectors of the heart. They tend to be driven to find love and intimacy sometimes at the expense of other important arenas of their lives. They can also be thrown off stable emotional course when experiencing traumatic events.

Other attributes of the Fire element include these:

  • Color: red
  • Tastes: bitter
  • Direction: South
  • Voice quality: laughter
  • Smell: scorched
  • Symptoms of imbalance with Fire include:
  • Expectation: true love
  • Stress response: loss of joy
  • Emotional perception: hurt

For tips and tools on holistic Summer living, be sure to check out our former blog posts on the Summer energetic season:



Moss, M.D., Charles A. Power of the Five Elements: The Chinese Medicine Path to Healthy Aging and Stress Resistance. Berkeley: North Atlantic, 2010. Print.

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