It’s Autumn. Mornings have a crisp note in the air, and evenings are drawing in, in preparation for winter. The last of the harvest is collected in, celebrated and stored. The seasonal equinox last week (21 September) marked the change of energy around us from yang to yin: quieter, softer, darker.
Autumn is beautiful: delicate spiders webs highlighted in the low sunshine of the early morning, gorgeous colours of leaves against a bright blue sky. It’s also a time of decay and letting go: trees loose their leaves, which then break down to form rich compost to nourish future life.
The Metal Element
In Five Element Acupuncture, the Metal Element represents connection and loss. We feel the connection when we breathe in the air on a crisp autumn morning. It’s a time for our senses: smelling the decaying fruit and leaves, hearing the crunch of leaves on the ground. If you want to appreciate decay in action – take a look in a compost heap. Everything breaks down more quickly in the autumn, turning rubbish from the garden into next year’s goodness for the soil.
Linked to the lungs and colon, the metal element gives us structure, precision, our ability to appreciate quality, and to let go of what is no longer needed. If you’ve ever felt the need to have a throw out at this time of year, it’s your metal element working well. That need to get out and see the stunning colours? That too.
It’s not uncommon for people to struggle with the seasonal drop in energy from yang to yin that accompanies autumn. The good news? Acupuncture helps restore the natural balance of energy within us, so that we can embrace the darker evenings and enjoy all the beauty that Autumn has to offer. If you’d like to know more, please get in touch.