Category Archives: Seasons

Caturday Thoughts – It’s Not Adding Up

After having a plumber in just a couple of weeks ago. The toilet is now not flushing properly. It’s draining down all right, but the water is not flowing into the bowl except in a trickle, with not enough force … Continue reading

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Lughnasadh Aug 01

Lughnasadh   is a ancient Gaelic festival marking the beginning of the harvest season originally held on the first of August in Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man.  This marked a cross quarter day about halfway between the summer solstice … Continue reading

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Autumn Commences lì qiū 立秋 7th Aug

On August 7th according to the Chinese calendar we will pass into the period called Autumn Commences. It will be a while yet before true autumn reigns either where I live or in most parts of China but we did … Continue reading

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Greater Heat dà shǔ 大暑 Jul 22rd .

On July  22nd we entered the period of Greater or Major Heat, In China it is the time of year when the amount of sunshine is highest, average temperature is the highest, rainfall is the greatest, and the thunderstorms are … Continue reading

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Yin and Yang and the Five Phases

Beyond the basic flow of yin and yang  we advance to the concepts of the Five Phases. I prefer the expression Five Phases to the more common apellation of Five Elements. To a western mind the word element connects to … Continue reading

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Minor Heat xiǎo shǔ 小暑 Jul 7th

We have been fortunate that this year we have so far avoided the excessive heat of the last couple of years. The coolness continued until the farmers bagan to comment. On  July 7th we entered the solar term of Minor … Continue reading

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Yin and Yang for a Balanced Life

The concept of yin and yang appeared in China as early as 1300BC. It was found inscribed on oracle bones used for divination and referred to the movement of the sun and its changing aspect on the land. Literally translated … Continue reading

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