In Chinese Medicine theory there is a fifth season – Late Summer. Melbourne seems to be experiencing an endless summer at the moment.
After a mild autumn, winter hit with a bang. This winter has been full of frosty mornings and rainy days. Chinese medicine associates winter with the Water element, Kidney Qi, the colour blue and the emotion of fear.
Last year we discussed the importance of building up your immunity and Qi when Autumn begins and Summer wains (you can read more on that here.) In Chinese philosophy we are also affected by seasonal change emotionally; a deeper understanding of this can help us live more harmoniously with the seasons.
From the sudden growth of Spring, Summer is born. Wood turns into Fire, the utmost of Yang. The rapid growth of Spring slows slightly to a more sustainable rate, the gardens are full of produce and life is ideally a little easier.
Spring – Time for Renewal According to the philosophy of Chinese medicine we are all part of the makeup of the natural universe, intricately connected to the flux of the season. Whilst winter was a time to conserve energy and rest, spring is a time of sudden growth and regeneration.
We’ve just passed the winter solstice, according to the philosophy of Chinese Medicine winter represents the utmost of Yin. In it’s very nature winter is a slow, dark, cool, inward moving season, all things Yin.
January 31 2014 marks the beginning of the Year of the Wooden Horse in Chinese astrology.
Autumn: “Tis the season of dryness” As the leaves of our deciduous trees are on display in their magnificent yellows, oranges, purples and reds, it’s time to think about autumn, and the changes that autumn brings. Autumn is a season of dryness.