Like all seasons, Autumn offers us its own unique perspective and customs that we can draw upon to benefit our own health and well-being. In the natural calendar we have opportunities to look preventatively at our health, both physically and emotionally, by observing the subtle energetic shifts that can have such a profound impact on how we feel.
The 21st of this month (Tuesday) is one such moment. It is, in fact, the second most famous festival in China after Chinese New Year and is called the Mid- Autumn Festival. It happens on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar, with a beautiful and bright full moon at night. It is often called “Moon Festival” for this reason.
This festival is rooted in the three thousand year-old tradition of worshipping the moon, when ancient Chinese emperors traditionally used the Mid-Autumn Festival to give thanks and pray for a bountiful harvest, fine weather and peace for the country. As the harvest was tied to the moon cycle, the festival is meant to take place when the moon is at its very fullest. Later on, noblemen and scholars, understanding the unique energy of this Mid-Autumn moon, would admire her beauty and take the time to express their thoughts and feelings, releasing any negativity. They understood the power in this.
This immediately had me thinking. We are at that moment in the year cycle when the virtue of Autumn is at its most intense – gratitude. Gratitude for all the abundance that we have in our life.
In China, it is traditional to eat the infamous round moon-cakes during the Moon Festival as a way to honour and appreciate the season. It’s also a great idea to journal everything we have to be grateful for so that we can reflect on it in times of sadness or grief at other points of the season. As always with journaling advice, I recommend you really go into the detail and write down EVERYTHING you can think of, as that is really helpful when you’re feeling a bit low.
Aside from the virtue of gratitude, it is also the season where grief, sadness, nostalgia and loneliness can take hold. An inexplicable sadness that can sometimes creep in from nowhere leaving you feeling a bit lack lustre and mournful for no perceptible reason. So, when we have a full autumnal moon, yes, it is about gratitude for the harvest and the beauty of the moon, but it is also about the fact that this particular full moon is right in the middle of Autumn and so the negative metal emotion, the low frequency of the lungs, is more heightened than ever, bringing in a psycho-spiritual aspect.
We have celebrations, appreciation for the beauty of the moon, gratitude for the abundant harvest, and yet simultaneously feel at our lowest, our saddest, our most negative. It doesn’t seem to make sense – or does it?
Yes, it does! Because gratitude is everything. The very energetic course that is drawing this negative frequency is simultaneously giving us the opportunity to transcend, for the empty void to be filled, and for us to heal. It is what emotional alchemy is all about. Out of the darkness comes light! It is the very concept of yin and yang. That is why gratitude is the highest frequency of all, the highest virtue, and why across the world all cultures understood this and had their own version of the Harvest Festival.
So, rather than “burying” all that negative feeling like you’d prefer not to address it, this moment in time is THE MOMENT IN TIME, the perfect time in the natural calendar to allow yourself to feel any difficult emotions and process them healthily when the energy of the season is in your favour.
This is why I’m tackling this in my next masterclass – Autumn Release – where I will go into greater detail about how to release anything that is weighing you down, clearing negative patterns and toxic emotions as we embrace the clarity of the season.
Until then, I’ll leave you with this, one of the several greetings associated with this festival –
“I wish that your career and life, just like the round moon on Mid-Autumn Day, be bright and perfect.”