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When Earth Transitions to Metal

Posted by Gwen Williams on October 3, 2014 at 10:05 PM

We have just entered our decent into fall-autumn where the glory of the summer warmth hangs suspended in our memories. Late summer is the peak time of the earth element when the colours of the landscape show up in many variations of yellow (the colour of the earth element) and the harvest is ready.

 

Late summer is a time of peace and of abundance. Just as the dense earth nourishes and roots the trees, so too do the organs of the spleen and stomach nourish and root us. These organs are the earth element in us and they are responsible for transforming and transporting our food to nourish us with “post heaven qi”. The earth is our center of gravity in both our interior and exterior, that allows us to move and change through life without losing balance.

 

People with a predominantly earth archetype are the peacemakers and those we call the “salt of the earth” as they establish, sustain and nurture relationships. They are those people in our lives that keep families and communities together. They are sensitive and reactive to the needs of others and embody sympathy, caring and friendship.

 

Fall-autumn is the time of year for the metal element where we will witness nature at its most brilliant self as the trees let go of their leafy mantle and engulfed us in piles of vibrant leaves. The organ systems that correspond to the metal element are the lung and large intestine. These represent what comes into our lives and what needs to be eliminated. The emotion paired with this element is grief. Just as the trees let go of their leaves, so we too need to acknowledge our losses and let them go as we prepare for a new chapter in our lives.

 

People with a predominantly metal archetype like order; they value the finer things in life and find inspiration in what is right. They are guided by courage and the conviction of their principles. The colour of this element is white and represents purity. The lung rules the “wei qi” that is the defensive energy that protects us at the skin level. The metal people in our lives also protect us and watch over us and keep us on the “straight and narrow” path in life.

 

So as the shadows grow longer, the water takes on the sheen of mercury (metal) and we notice the freshness of the air at dawn and dusk, we will need to pay more attention to what we eat, what we wear and what we think. This season can bring more stomach and lung issues and we can become pensive, worried or sad. Now is the time to eat regular meals, warm nutritious soups, stews, herbs to boost immunity, don socks and scarves to keep us warm and stay positive. It helps to be grateful for everything no matter how small.

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