All of the articles below have been written
and published by Karen Shaw
The Season of Water
This is a brief article on the water element. The water element is one of the aspects of
the five elements in the Chinese medical system. I am a practitioner of
acupressure, which is a hands-on method of bodywork, focused on the
Chinese medical system. In the Chinese tradition, the five elements—Metal,
Water, Wood, Fire and Earth—are the dynamic qualities of Nature in life.
Each element is ... More
The Season of Wood
Wood is the
name the Chinese use to describe the energy of Springtime. Wood is the
essence of the Spring energy. Observe what is around us now: instead of
barren tree forms, there are now limbs, soft, pliable and bright green.
Some have burst into magnificent blossom almost overnight. This is the
intensity of the Wood energy; that overnight ...
The Season of Fire
The sun does follow rain, the deepest darkest
Winter gives way to Spring and Summer. The same sun cycle shows up
in each of us. The Sun—Summer’s Fire—is inside each of us, too, and
will show itself after life’s cold seasons and storms. If we tend to
ourselves well ... More
The Season of Earth
Earth is the name the Chinese give to the energy
of Late Summer. it is the Energy of the “Long Summer” that brings all of
life to harvest. In some ancient texts the Earth time of year is the last
15 days of each season and as such, each seasonal transition, the Energy
is said to come to “Center” before transforming ...
The Season of Metal
Metal is the element of the season of Autumn.
Metal is the inspiration, the breathing into our physical bodies the “Gift
of Anterior Heaven” upon our birth, our first breath. Metal is concerned
with first and last moments, entrances and exitings, inspiration and
closure. It is the quality of what our lives can hold and become. The
stillpoint of Earth gives way ... More