Did you know that there are 24 seasons in the Chinese agricultural year?
The seasons include each “regular” season (Winter, Spring, etc.), each solstice and equinox, and wonderfully evocative concepts like Insects Awaken, Stopping the Heat and White Frost.
The solar year always begins on or around February 5, exactly halfway between the Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox.
Each season lasts a little more than two weeks. At the beginning of January for example, we draw towards the end of the Winter Solstice season and commence the season of Slight Cold, shortly to be followed by Great Cold.
Such fine divisions make our Four Seasons seem rather paltry by comparison, don’t you think?
When I made this discovery I offered to write about the ancient Chinese way of looking at the passage of time for the wonderful Seasonal Wisdom blog.
In terms of Feng Shui you can use the 24 “solar term” seasons to keep your life closely tied even more closely to nature’s harmonies.
I hope you’ll take a look at the article and leave a comment — I’d love to know your reaction to this idea.
Many thanks to Teresa O’Connor for once again inviting me to contribute to her rich and fascinating blog. You may also enjoy reading some of my other guest articles there while you’re at it: seasonal Feng Shui tips for Fall, Winter , and Spring.
(Photo credit: Jeriff Cheng on Flickr)