Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Late Summer: The Fifth Season

Late Summer is the fifth season of the traditional Chinese calendar, a brief interlude between Summer and Autumn. With the arrival of the fifth season, the fiery intensity of Summer heat, light and energy is in decline.  Late Summer is the transitional time between the season of rapid growth and the end of growth.

According to the philosophical theory of Wu Xing (the five transformational energies),  Late Summer is the season of Earth, which receives, holds and transmits the moisture, warmth and nutrients necessary for the final ripening of fruits, grains and other crops. It is a time of stillness and calm, a moment to savor the Earth's abundance, to gather energy for the harvest and to contemplate one's plans for the cooler darker days ahead.