Tomorrow is the spring equinox, marking the season of the wood element in the ancient Chinese Medicine system of the Five Elements. On an energetic level, this springtime energy within each of us is the dimension of ourself that can bounce back and keep growing towards the sun, just like a tree or plant, in spite of life's obstacles. You know when you see little plants coming up through the sidewalk, or the roots of a tree breaking up the concrete? That is the wood element: determined to keep aspiring and growing, concrete be damned! A wonderful symbol of the wood element that many of us can connect with is a redwood tree. Strongly rooted in the earth, they are able to sway in strong winds without snapping or falling down. And always they aspire higher and higher towards the sun, while firmly rooted in the earth. This is the energetic quality of wood and springtime.
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