Already in itself capable of containing fire, the candle holder 五行 is characterized by the presence of Chinese characters: fire 火 [huǒ], earth 土 [tǔ], metal 金 [jīn], water 水 [shuǐ], and wood 木 [mù ]. In Chinese culture all the elementary, spiritual, and divine forces of the universe are organized around these 5 fundamental elements. The relationship between the person and the universe is also regulated by the generation cycle 生 [Shēng] (where each element-movement generates the next element) and that of domination 剋 [Kè] (where each element - movement invests in and assimilates the next item).
Shēng 生 (generation cycle)
Kè 剋 (cycle of domination)