There's a 5th Season...
Late Summer is a separate season, according to traditional Chinese medicine (corresponding to the Earth element). Late Summer has a fabulous energy all it's own, spanning from the end of the first week in August to the Autumnal Equinox (usually on or around September 22). And when you think about it, hasn't this time always seemed different? The summer intensity is starting to wear off, it gets just a little bit cooler at night. The light is different and it's glorious, the way the sun hangs in the late summer afternoon sky...it gives almost melancholy shadows in late summer. Golden Hour is even more golden during these fabulous 6 weeks. Change is on the horizon.
Nature is undergoing it's final growth spurt before harvest. This is the time for for self-nurturing and self-cultivation. This a powerful time to fully ripen and transform, using the last of summer’s bountiful energy, while we still have it.
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