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XIN (Yin Metal) is the eighth Stem. Whereas Yang Metal is dry, powerful, aggressive, Yin Metal is clear, nuanced, righteous, and sensitive.
Xin resonates with Zhong Qiu 中秋 Middle Autumn, the direction of west, trigram Dui Lake, lung, thigh, breath, Qi.
Symbolized by soft precious metals and stones, Xin is associated with jewelry catching the light, bringing sparks of beauty into life. Here for the curation and the adornment in all things, Xin’s sharp aesthetic eye operates on a heightened level of sensitivity, knowing the standard of excellence everything can reach. Put simply, it knows its worth.
A brilliant mind with superior tastes, Xin radiates elegance, luxury, quality and is careful in choosing the people it associates with. Sometimes too intelligent for its own good, Xin carries with it a moody disposition. Knowing the fine line between grief and praise, gentleness, a good incentive, and celebration help Xin find purpose, versus Yang Metal’s inner motivation of challenge and pressure.
Like the different facets of a jewel, Xin may experience a swing in character from being outgoing, fun loving, sociable to a deeper, reflective, spiritual self. There’s more than meets the eye.
When Xin Qi is abundant, we get in touch easily with ourselves and with others. We are sensitive, honest, resonant, and cultivated. When Xin Qi becomes deficient, we lose touch with our ability to know our feelings and are unable to care about the feelings of others. We are reactive, hypocritical, deceitful, depressed, resentful.
Xin is asking us to see the beauty that surrounds us in every moment. What places can use a bit more attention in your life? Remove the clutter. Rearrange the furniture to how you see fit. Speak your truth with confidence, clarity, and calibration. There are so many people who can benefit from your eye and inner intuition.
Be like jewelry. Shine, dazzle, pop in your own true way. When the light bends just right, a new truth can emerge. Surprise yourself and others along the way.