Late Summer and the Element of Earth

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Late Summer is the season of abundant harvest associated with the Chinese element of Earth which brings tidings of grounded, nurturing, peaceful, and compassionate chi.

The Earth element encourages us to nurture ourselves and others as well as create the most loving, supportive, stable, sustainable, and peaceful life and home that we can.

Late summer is related to the stomach, spleen, and pancreas in our bodies. In our physical spaces, it’s related to the center of the Bagua (the Tai Chi or health gua) as well as the Relationship gua (kun). The sound of Earth is singing.

When earth is balanced inside of us and our living space, we feel grounded, stable, and calm and enjoy loyal, reliable, and compassionate relationships.

When the Earth element is out of balance we may feel insecure, lonely, listless, anxious, or worried. We might be apathetic, sluggish, bored, stuck, inert, lethargic, or overprotective or smothering in our relationships. Or perhaps too accommodating, trying to “be all things to all people.”

Here are some simple adjustments to support the Earth element in your home:

  • Bring earth from sacred places back home and sprinkle it into your garden and house plants.
  • Do this Taoist visualization ideally between the hours of 7:00 am-9:00am. Think of your house as having an umbilical cord connecting it to the very center of the earth. Now see and feel it soaking up that earth energy and bringing it into your home.
  • Check all the locks on your doors and latches on your windows to make sure they work perfectly so you have peace of mind.
  • Make your home earthy, comfy, and cozy.
  • Be extra wary of clutter.
  • Decorate with golden yellow paint, wallpaper, or decor (a fabulous antidote for the Pacific Northwest weather, by the way!). You can use square shapes in your furniture or fabrics such as check, plaid or herringbone.
  • Perfect accents would be natural geodes, agates, and gemstones.
  • Add ceramic pottery planters, tableware, lamp bases, or Asian garden stools.
  • Ground each room with an area rug in proper proportion.

Gwynne WarnerGwynne Allyn Warner is the founder of 10,000 Blessings Feng Shui and practices Black Sect Tantric Buddhist Feng Shui as a disciple of Grandmaster Professor Lin Yun. She was certified as an Advanced Feng Shui Consultant by Helen and James Jay of Feng Shui Designs. Gwynne began her studies in Buddhism in her early twenties while living in London where she became enamored with Kuan Yin and thereafter received her Bodhisattva Vows with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Her expertise has been treasured by creative small businesses, service professionals, performing artists, Chinese medicine practitioners, healers, and interior designers among others. For more information and to sign up for her newsletter, please visit her website.

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