Another Metaphor for the elemental cycle is the time of day. The Water element represents the hours between midnight and dawn, when all is still and quiet. The Tree element takes over from the break of dawn until just before the heat of the day., and represents active, upward energy.
During midday hours the fire element blooms with full activity. When the sun begins to move toward sunset, from afternoon to early evening, the Earth element begins to slow the cycle down. Then the Metal element cycles into stillness from the evening to midnight, until the Water element begins again.
The time of that day that relates to the tree energy is dawn, the birth of a new day. Have you ever awakened on a spring morning early with the sun shinning brightly? You feel charged up and full of life- you want to jump out of bed and conquer the world. This is the energy of the Tree element, a get-up-and go movement, which reaches up like the growth of plants, flowers and trees. In our interactions this energy manifests in planning, initiative, and decision making.
Tree energy suggests active participation, new ideas, reaching out, and receiving input, as well as communing with nature and animals. It is also about being in touch with our bodies and what motivates us.