I was out walking last week in the Fog and it reminded me how oppressive it can be as well as magical, but also that may be how many other people are feeling too – so closed in and not seeing any magic. Autumn is a time when fog can engulf our outer surroundings, as well as your inner emotions. Many people are feeling quite overwhelmed by the Autumn and the new lockdown. A feeling of ‘when will this ever end’ and a need to find clarity.
In the Traditional Five Element system of Acupuncture the Element related to Autumn is Metal. If you resonate and delight with the mists, leaves falling, and the nights drawing in – for you the season Autumn may be where your energy is most powerful or if you feel oppressed by Autumn your Metal Element may need attention.
Autumn is a time of letting go with leaves and seeds falling to the earth, the emotions of the Metal Element are Grief and Loss, which are an inevitable part of life and each year in nature, though this may be a struggle to deal with for many at the moment.
This year their may be Anger mixed with the Grief for the time lost this year with family friends, work and just being out in the world around us. Our usual way of life has been majorly disrupted. As Spring came and we would be going out expanding our energy into more outdoor activities this was stopped suddenly. Then as we thought as summer arrived, we would be able to go on holidays and enjoy the sun, fun and love this was pulled away again. Therefore, coming into Autumn, we are not really ready to let go and move forward as we have not been able to expand. Life’s natural rhythms have been highly affected and as a world we are struggling.
In the Traditional Five Element system of Acupuncture system, we treat along side the seasons as each person’s energy shifts with the process of the year. The Metal Elements power can help see the clarity of where we are going, to help gain the strength to move forward through the loss. This system is different from western medicines approach to healthcare, though can treat alongside and enhance your health in a way that you may have never experienced before.
Come along and give Acupuncture a try, for information and treatment contact Hannah on :- https://www.southwellacupuncture.co.uk/contact/
You can also read on my website about the different Elements and how you relate to them and how this can help with your Health and wellbeing. See personalities page – link – https://www.southwellacupuncture.co.uk/acupuncture-five-elements/
To inspire you about Autumn this poem was read to us at an Acupuncture lecture recently :-
BY JOHN KEATS
Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For summer has o’er-brimm’d their clammy cells.
Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store?
Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find
Thee sitting careless on a granary floor,
Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind;
Or on a half-reap’d furrow sound asleep,
Drows’d with the fume of poppies, while thy hook
Spares the next swath and all its twined flowers:
And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep
Steady thy laden head across a brook;
Or by a cyder-press, with patient look,
Thou watchest the last oozings hours by hours.
Where are the songs of spring? Ay, Where are they?
Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,—
While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day,
And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue;
Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn
Among the river sallows, borne aloft
Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies;
And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn;
Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft
The red-breast whistles from a garden-croft;
And gathering swallows twitter in the skies.