For example, the wood phase represents all the qualities of spring: growth and self-development, direction and carrying out purpose in light of a natural plan that corresponds to conscious wishes. For us it involves making plans and setting goals, acting on our choices and timing our actions. Behind these actions are positive expectations, the capacity to perceive and build structure, and the wisdom to carry out our purposes.
This phase, wood (spring), is centered on life strivings and the expression of potential. Basic concepts are assertion/anger, judgment, planning, purpose, hope, vision, discrimination, correctness, fairness and seeking justice. This phase is also associated with organizing the smooth flow of emotions and our resources for purposeful action, and it includes protecting boundaries against violations (warrior mentality). At base are concerns about strength, assertion of being, will and justice, and about being controlled or abused, and balance of self-denial and self-indulgence. In balance, this aspect of our personality manifests as assertion of being and serenity accompanied by clear vision and commanding, courageous and natural leadership.