Last night was the longest night of the year. Winter Solstice 2020 was, honestly, a breath of fresh air. I mentioned this on my Instagram post for the solstice, but Winter Solstice has always been important to me. It’s about connecting with those we love in the darkness, holding onto Read more…
When you hear the phrase “seasonal living” what do you think of? If you’re like most people, you think: “Eating locally and buying from farmer’s markets.” That is a part of it! But it’s actually a really small part. And for people who want to live seasonally, limiting their lifestyle Read more…
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.(more…)
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.(more…)
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.(more…)
Have you turned on your air conditioning yet? I don’t know what it is about 2020, but a hot and humid Small Fullness seasonal node is not what I expect from Minnesota.
This year is weird. But hey, at least we are getting thunderstorms now.
Last week we entered the second seasonal node of summer and this post will cover the diet and lifestyle changes we should keep in mind as we move more deeply into the season of email@example.com
April is over halfway gone and summer is finally on the horizon.
Our windows are at least cracked most days and Minnesota had its first thunderstorm. And with that rain and lightning came the final seasonal node of spring: Grain Rain.
Like Clear and Bright, the Grain Rain seasonal node is both wood and earth, carrying the upward energy of generation and the tumultuous energy of transformation.
There are steps we can take to harmonize these two energies, ranging from how to eat to how to journal. But as always, the first step to resonating with a seasonal node is to understand its flow.(more…)
While we’re all adjusting to stay at home orders the world around us marches on. This past weekend the spring equinox seasonal node shifted to the clear and bright seasonal node.
It’s this inevitability of change that is giving me a foundation of hope and positivity in chaotic times.
The only universal constant is change. Cycles persist.
So, while our lives are wrought with emotional anarchy, social disharmony, and disruption to our routines, maybe we can find solace in the quiet, patient turn of the seasons.
And to do so for the next two weeks, we turn to the wisdom of the clear and bright seasonal node.(more…)
Can you believe that spring is only a couple of days away?
At least, spring as the modern Western world understands it. For those of us who work with the seasons for preventative health, we’ve been working in spring for about six weeks now.
But on Thursday, the yang of the day will be equal to the yin of night and every day after that will bring us closer to the summer solstice.
Are you ready? Do you have the reserves of energy necessary for the hard work of summer? Is the machinery of your life in proper working order to manage the generative and expansive energy of the coming months?
Not sure? Read on.(more…)
Despite the recent -35 F windchill, 2020 marches forward into the Rain Water seasonal node. Practically speaking, we Minnesotans are a long way off from literal rain water. But then, we’re also at a very different latitude than the Ancient Chinese sages who named the seasonal node thousands of years ago.
But the different latitude doesn’t mean that we escape the energetics of the next two weeks. The days are getting longer which means yang is getting stronger. The generative energy of spring is getting more obvious every day and if we wait until we see actual rain water, we’re going to miss out on a huge part of the season.
The Rain Water seasonal node, like the Great Cold seasonal node, is about two very important things: protecting our qi and protecting our yang. But this time, we’re protecting these vital substances for a very different reason.
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