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.
Each season elects an element as its leader. For autumn this is metal—a honed, lustrous substance that both clarifies and reflects. It is therefore no surprise that the coming months are a time to take stock, organize your thoughts, and look west as the sun begins to set on the year.
Just as spring was the season for a ‘clean sweep’, autumn is the season for ‘letting go’. Not just of the physical and mental clutter we have accumulated over the year, but also of any habits that may be depleting our corporeal and spiritual entities. Use meditation and yoga to clarify and uplift, and take a note from nature’s enduring cycle: falling leaves make room for new growth.
While always essential, breathing becomes particularly important during this transitional period. Autumn is associated with the lungs, so keep this organ healthy and clear by taking regular walks and maintaining gentle exercise. As the weather oscillates between warm and cold, sometimes unpredictably, keep a scarf to hand to protect your neck and chest. Most importantly, acknowledge the importance of the sigh to expel any sadness or stress that may be associated with the impulse.
For Yin Earth, this season focuses on wisdom and creativity.
Autumn is a sagacious season, a time to reflect upon the lessons that have been gleaned during the year. To support this, turn your attention inwards, especially around midday and when facing a southerly direction. Also, draw upon the experience of mentors and elders who can offer their time-wizened perspectives.
Enhance your scholarly endeavors by eating nutrient-rich food that is fresh, seasonal, and locally sourced—cooked vegetables and herbs in particular. Nature’s bounty is also a boon, so spend time outdoors to get in touch with your inner wisdom and bring fresh flowers and plants into your home to further uplift this energy.
Perfect Pairings: Clarity can be channeled this season with a spritz of Hypnotizing Fire or Velvet Fire fragrances.
The clarity of autumn is a boon to creativity, so use this time to further your talents and awaken your untapped potential. Declutter your home and workspace to ensure your creative Qi can flow unobstructed. When creating, situate yourself in the west or northwest of these spaces, also facing these directions to further amplify the effect. Evenings are when your inventiveness peaks.
Perfect Pairings: To increase your inspirational flow, wear Matrix Metal or Metal Flowers elixirs whenever possible.< Back