We typically have a hot season, wet season, and dry season. The start of the rains, when everything bursts into life, is clearly spring. The hot rainy months are summer And the end of the rains, the golden harvest time of autumn. This is followed by our cold season (May-July), with cold winds streaming from the south and the lowest temperatures of the yearly cycle; it feels wintery. And yet it is only the start of autumn, the retreat back into the earth, with the leaves only coming off the trees in a month or two.
Sometime in August/September the winds change, it rapidly warms up, it gets progressively drier and everything feels dead and the land is parched: this is the dead inertia of winter. This is the conundrum for me - how winter here is actually hot! So as I treat patients, I constantly vacillate as to which the best seasonal treatment is.”
I was taught about the elements and their relationships to the individual seasons in this country,
, which is in a temperate
zone where each element can be allocated to a distinct season. I have therefore never had to deal with the
complications presented by the tropical weather which Sophie describes. Her
questions have set me thinking. Great Britain
It is easy to see that it is likely that a Metal person will benefit from having his/her Metal energy boosted during the hours of the day when Metal is at its strongest according to the 24-hour Chinese clock, which will be at that time according to whatever time-zone we are in anywhere on the planet. The problem is how to adapt seasonal treatments to places where the seasonal differentiations are not clear-cut. The question for Sophie is when exactly is she to decide when autumn is for her Metal patients.
I hope what I have written here helps you, Sophie.