Ren (壬) is the ninth stem of the 10 heavenly stems.
It can be translated to mean task, carry, conception, shin and water.
The elemental nature is yang water (陽水) and embodies and irresistible force that flows powerfully.
Being the first among the two water characters, it’s avatar is the sea, rivers and waterfalls.
They can be extremely dangerous when you don’t give it enough respect, yet are essential to life as we know it.
The celestial animal in land form feng shui associated with rui water is the black tortoise.
It is unquestionably associated with the season of winter. To be more exact, the early phase of winter during November and December.
It can also refer to the late evening of a day.
When ren is mentioned as a phase of life in bazi readings, it refers to the later phase where one has already retired or preparing for retirement.
The trigram it relates to the most is the kan trigram. This is an indication of strength contained in a soft shell.
Kan can also be a symbol of wisdom and trap among others.
In terms of directions, ren water sits on 337.5° – 352.5° on the north sector of a compass.
In TCM, it can refer to body parts such as the ears, bladder, and legs.
Number 1 is it’s number in Chinese numerology.
Ren water, or H9, can be found as a hidden stem in the branches Shen (E9) and Hai (E12). It has a combination relationship with Ding (H4) to produce wood, and clashes with Bing (H3) and Wu (H5).
Ren water self-element
The ren water personality is smart, easy-going, and has an ability to devastate others.
They are very adaptable just like what Bruce Lee said, and cannot seem to stand still.
More often than not, they are extroverts rather than introverts.
Whenever they appear like they are doing nothing, don’t believe that for a moment as their minds are gushing like currents thinking about problems and solutions.
Good luck trying to read what’s on their minds. You never know… just like you can’t tell how deep the ocean is by looking at the surface.
They are also adventurous and wouldn’t chicken out of adventure activities when challenged.
If they can harness the ability to focus, the potential is limitless.
The challenge is whether they would learn to focus instead of moving their minds all over the place all the time… a nature they are born with.
This also means that when they believe in a wrong course, they can be your greatest enemies.
If a nemesis has a Ren water day master, it would be very difficult to fend off their attacks. You’d pretty much be left with how well you can withstand it and counter.
This is partly because when they want to get something done, their high flexibility and ability enables them to find alternative routes to where they want to go no matter what obstacles stand in their way.
With an incredible capacity to learn new skills and pick up knowledge, Ren water personalities tend to be great at top level decision making. Especially those that concerns strategy.
Saying that they are smart can often be an understatement as they are the type of people who thinks 2 steps ahead of everything.
This can also lead to them overthinking the simple stuff!
The pursuit of freedom will be a driving force of life.
This might imply that they would not find personal fulfillment in jobs that place a lot of restrictions on what they can or cannot do.
The relation of the elements to Ren Water is as follows:
- Wood – Intelligence
- Fire – Wealth
- Earth – Status
- Metal – Resources
- Water – People
We can go into more details by identifying the 10 gods.
More about the 10 gods is discussed here.
Ren water in relation to other self-element heavenly stems
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