21 August - 20 October
Stomach & Spleen
Late Summer is a welcome relief from the intense heat and outward energy of summer. The weather is becoming damper, waiting for the drier crispness of Autumn to come. It's a time of coming back to centre - Like the stone in a piece of fruit allow yourself to feel a strong sense of centre in your life. It is one of the transitional seasons, with warm days and moist cool nights - there is a feeling of heaviness and slowing down. Transitional seasons are a time to take a step back, prepare, confront and balance.
Once Summer has reached its peak, the seasonal cycle starts to return inwards - towards the earth. The Earth Element gives us the ability to learn and nourish and care for ourselves. Balance in this element means that we can feel "at home" anywhere. Nature returns it's fruits to be harvested and enjoyed. A good harvest fills the larder so that the colder months can be survived without scarcity and energy can be conserved as outer growth slows down and there is a feeling of gathering inwards.
The Meridian line (energy lines):
Stomach - starts under the eye, it moves over the cheek and jaw, then rises to the cheek bone and the lateral aspect of the head. The energy line then moves downwards through the neck, clavicle, chest, abdomen and pelvis. From the hip downwards it runs along the femur and then the lateral side of the tibia. It moves over the top of the ankle and ends on the dorsal aspect of the 2nd toe.
Spleen - begins at the medial side of the big toe nail. It follows the medial aspect of the foot and ascends at the heel to run along the tibia. It continues past the knee and thigh to the lower abdomen. it rises to the lateral aspect of the chest and then drops back down, where it ends in the 7th intercostal space.
The emphasis is connection to the earth and a coming back to centre. Focusing on stability and core