It can be hard to understand why it’s still important to follow the flow of the seasons when the world outside doesn’t match the descriptions of what it’s “supposed” to look like according to a 2000 year old book. The answer is actually simple: it’s less about the weather and more about the movement of the sun. We are in wintery crunch time right now – the most yin time of year. The Greater Snow seasonal node is the last seasonal node before winter solstice and is one of the most important nodes for us to focus on before the season pivots. Featured image and cover photo by Dominika Gregušová via Pexels

Winter’s Shadow: The Greater Snow Seasonal Node

The Minnesotans reading this in December of 2020 just laughed ruefully.

There is no great amount of snow out right now; everything is just brown and cold. The only snow we have in the forecast is next Saturday.

It can be hard to understand why it’s still important to follow the flow of the seasons when the world outside doesn’t match the descriptions of what it’s “supposed” to look like according to a 2000 year old book.

The answer is actually simple: it’s less about the weather and more about the movement of the sun.

We are in wintery crunch time right now – the most yin time of year. The Greater Snow seasonal node is the last seasonal node before winter solstice and is one of the most important nodes for us to focus on before the season pivots.

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Four weeks ago we had a snow storm. Two weeks ago we had a 70 degree Saturday. But now we’re finally turning back towards winter weather. I know that it can be disappointing for those of you who don’t like winter or cold weather, but just like the heat of summer is necessary to grow food, the cold of winter is necessary for the world to rest. The last two week marked the Beginning of Winter and now we can build off the work we’ve done to support our kidneys as we move into the Lesser Snow seasonal node. Photo by Travis Rupert via Pexels

Easing into winter with the Lesser Snow seasonal node

Four weeks ago we had a snow storm.

Two weeks ago we had a 70 degree Saturday.

But now we’re finally turning back towards winter weather.

I know that it can be disappointing for those of you who don’t like winter or cold weather, but just like the heat of summer is necessary to grow food, the cold of winter is necessary for the world to rest.

The last two week marked the Beginning of Winter and now we can build off the work we’ve done to support our kidneys as we move into the Lesser Snow seasonal node.

Four weeks ago we had a snow storm. Two weeks ago we had a 70 degree Saturday. But now we’re finally turning back towards winter weather. I know that it can be disappointing for those of you who don’t like winter or cold weather, but just like the heat of summer is necessary to grow food, the cold of winter is necessary for the world to rest. The last two week marked the Beginning of Winter and now we can build off the work we’ve done to support our kidneys as we move into the Lesser Snow seasonal node. Photo by Travis Rupert via Pexels
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When we start on a new leg of a wellness journey, it always seems we start as the Fool in tarot. This time, this path – THIS will be the answer. We have a smile on our face, a bag on our shoulder, and off down the path we go. What we always seem to forget is that every healing journey means looking squarely into our darkness. Sometimes that is reliving traumatic events with a therapist. Sometimes it’s leaning into a contraction. Sometimes it’s quieting ourselves and listening to what our bodies are saying during a struggle with infertility or dysmenorrhea. We shy away from the darkness because the darkness is painful. But here’s the thing: just like with a contraction during labor, the only way out is through. Photo by Gabriela Palai from Pexels

The only way out is through: Fear and pain in the healing process

When we start on a new leg of a wellness journey, it always seems we start as the Fool in tarot.

This time, this path – THIS will be the answer.

We have a smile on our face, a bag on our shoulder, and off down the path we go.

What we always seem to forget is that every healing journey means looking squarely into our darkness. 

Sometimes that is reliving traumatic events with a therapist.

Sometimes it’s leaning into a contraction.

Sometimes it’s quieting ourselves and listening to what our bodies are saying during a struggle with infertility or dysmenorrhea. 

We shy away from the darkness because the darkness is painful.

But here’s the thing: just like with a contraction during labor, the only way out is through.

When we start on a new leg of a wellness journey, it always seems we start as the Fool in tarot. This time, this path – THIS will be the answer. We have a smile on our face, a bag on our shoulder, and off down the path we go. What we always seem to forget is that every healing journey means looking squarely into our darkness. Sometimes that is reliving traumatic events with a therapist. Sometimes it’s leaning into a contraction. Sometimes it’s quieting ourselves and listening to what our bodies are saying during a struggle with infertility or dysmenorrhea. We shy away from the darkness because the darkness is painful. But here’s the thing: just like with a contraction during labor, the only way out is through. Photo by Gabriela Palai from Pexels
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As I write this, it is currently 70 degrees out. We have a projected high of 72 today. In Minnesota. I mean, yeah, we got eight inches of snow in the cities two weeks ago but that’s all gone now. We’re even planning on going on a hike after the intern wakes up. It does not look like winter outside. But the snow predicted for Tuesday will (hopefully) change that. I’m here to break the news to you that winter has officially begun. How can that be when the Winter Solstice is 6 weeks away? Well, because it’s the Beginning of Winter seasonal node, my friend. Photo by Eberhard Grossgasteiger

Bracing for the Beginning of Winter

As I write this, it is currently 70 degrees out. We have a projected high of 72 today. In Minnesota.

I mean, yeah, we got eight inches of snow in the cities two weeks ago but that’s all gone now. We’re even planning on going on a hike after the intern wakes up.

It does not look like winter outside. But the snow predicted for Tuesday will (hopefully) change that.

I’m here to break the news to you that winter has officially begun. How can that be when the Winter Solstice is 6 weeks away?

Well, because it’s the Beginning of Winter seasonal node, my friend.

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Because so many of my patients have been fertility patients this season, most of my books have been focused on hormonal regulation. First it was finally picking up Lisa Hendrickson-Jack’s book. This time it was Nicole Jardim’s Fix Your Period. Fix Your Period is a hands-on, six week program that will take you from morosely menstrual to period positive. And it’s all because Nicole Jardim has been where you are. Featured image and cover photo by Mark Arron Smith from Pexels

Fix Your Period by Nicole Jardim

The slow pace of quarantine life means that there has been a drastic uptick in my reading time.

Pretty much daily, the intern and I will be at the table with our respective pineapple agua freca and black coffee, quietly paging through books.

Mornings are not for talking in the Gustafson household.

Because so many of my patients have been fertility patients this season, most of my books have been focused on hormonal regulation. First it was finally picking up Lisa Hendrickson-Jack’s book. This time it was Nicole Jardim’s Fix Your Period.

Fix Your Period is a hands-on, six week program that will take you from morosely menstrual to period positive. And it’s all because Nicole Jardim has been where you are.

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