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Commonly translated as "the destroying cycle" this cycle explains how one type of chi can control and suppress another type. It does not destroy the other type of chi as matter and energy cannot be destroyed. For example, a metallic knife can be used to cut a piece of wood to make a wooden table top. It is controlling the shape of the piece of wood and not destroying it.
The controlling cycle is: Water, Fire, Metal, Wood, Earth.