Updated: Jan 10, 2022
The Production cycle in Chinese Metaphysics looks like a simple method where Wood produces Fire, Fire produces Earth, Earth produces Metal, Metal produces Water and Water produces Wood.
But when the icons created, we try to make everything clearer and simple so the "essence" is delivered well.
Example : instead of draw the Sun for FIRE element, its better if its a "camp-fire" so we know that WOOD also has to sacrifice to be cut and that pieces of wood can create fire .
So, hopefully the icon presented below can really help you understand on the basic first.
PS : the drawing starts from Metal ( represents by Axe)