Sweet SUMMER & Abundant MONSOONS
By: Talena W. DeBaun, BA, MAc, LAc
In the Chinese Agricultural & Medical Tradition there are FIVE seasons, not FOUR as we generally count them in the West. These correspond to the FIVE-ELEMENTS of Nature which I use to diagnose and treat in Japanese Five-Element Acupuncture. In the last newsletter I told you about the Element 'WOOD,' and how it was reflected in SPRING (see article in PS "Health Articles"). In this issue we will explore the two seasons that occur between the late part of and early September. This time referred to as SUMMER & LATE SUMMER.
- The Fruitfulness of FIRE -
In late Spring in the North there is a time when the abundance of new growth becomes very lush. The foliage turns from delicate chartreuse, to deep vibrant green. The flowering and fruiting of many plants reach their height. Everywhere you look is bursting with color. Bees are busy making honey. Here in the desert we know Summer as Hot, Hotter, and HOTTEST! Often it is dry, yet the bees are still working and the desert plants, like cactus, are flowering away and growing their own lush and abundant fruit, seemingly without any water!