Fall is the time of the Metal element. The power of Metal is balance. Think the scales of justice. Metal is also about structure, meaning and clarity. This is a great time to establish order and create a framework for your world. The dark side of Metal can be perfectionism and trying to achieve it. As we all know: there is no such thing. The quest for perfection will only lead to disappointment and dissatisfaction. Instead, try to maintain health and balance. This is a good time to forgive the imperfections, be appreciative and grateful while not being afraid to experience grief and acknowledge what is behind us or has been lost.
The Lungs and the Large Intestine are the officials and organs associated with this time of year. The Lungs take in air through our breath and then integrate the oxygen and other goodies while letting go of what is no longer needed. The Large Intestine has two main jobs: getting rid of the crap. Both literally and figuratively while at the same time reclaiming those last morsels of nutrients before fully getting rid of them.
Hi. Summer got away from me and so there were no newsletters for Fire and Earth this year. With what is happening in our world right now I think we're all feeling the power of Metal more then ever this Fall. We've all felt sadness and grief and are longing to find connection and deeper meaning during these troubling times. Be well.
The Catacombs of Paris is a great examples of Metal. For those who don't know about the catacombs they are rooms and tunnels under Paris filled with six million bones. Someone(s) not only wanted to respect the dead but saw that these decayed bones when arranged together became art: finding treasure amongst the waste is one of the strengths of Metal.
"To understand the limitation of things, desire them."
-Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching