Present in everything we do, the elements are regarded as the building blocks of all natural phenomena. They are also integral to how we experience daily life. The practice of Feng Shui seeks to bring balance by understanding how our element influences the six energies within—wisdom, socializing,
creativity, seduction, prosperity, and status.
Autumn is the season of vulnerability, trees shed their leaves and bare their branches ready for new growth. This vulnerability applies to us too—we must slow our rhythms, let go of the past and expose our hearts to the lessons of
Autumn is also the season of harvest. To reap the good we have sown throughout the year we must learn to let go. Whether physical, mental or spiritual, it is easy to grow accustomed to our burdens, and acknowledging these patterns is the first step. So, declutter and organize your home, limit your focus on people and places that deplete you, and open your spirit to the fresh opportunities that await.
The metal element is strong this season. Associated with strength, endurance, order and clarity, it can also impart sadness. So follow nature’s lead and replace rigorous activity with calm walks in nature—the fresh air will lift your mood and invigorate the lungs, an organ associated with metal. Meditation and yoga can also help clear the mind of negativity—metal is the leader of the five elements, therefore organization and routine are the key to maintaining balance.
Lastly, draw your attention to the west where positive Qi will flow, so keep this area of your home organized. Challenging energy can also enter via the northwest, so use metal ornaments to disperse its power and calm the effect. Autumn is a time of self-care, introspection and shedding old habits—give yourself time and attention and you’ll be ready to seize every opportunity the coming months present.
For Yang Metal individuals, autumn focuses on wisdom and socializing.
Autumn is a good time to turn inwards and reflect upon the year’s lessons. Seek wise words from mentors and elders, and take note of advice that can attract purpose into your life. Nature also has wisdom to share, and spending time outdoors will help you connect with your inner self, as will soothing earth-related activities such as pottery. Remember that mind and body are one, so nourish yourself with seasonal foods such as warm soups and spices, avoiding cold raw foods. Ginger will help counteract autumn yin energy, and honey in hot water will soothe the throat and support the lungs—an organ of focus this season.
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The recent years have taught us the benefit of interacting face-to-face, so, as this season aligns with your gregarious side, make plans to meet friends and colleagues as much as possible. Supportive colors to wear are white, silver and gold, and an auspicious time for arrangements is evening.
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