Summer Sky, Fire Bright

Summer Sky by ►CubaGallery
Summer Sky, a photo by ►CubaGallery on Flickr.

So far in the 5 element series we’ve talked about autumn, winter and spring. And so, before we say good-bye to summer, (and even though I may be slightly late in doing this) let’s talk about how Chinese medicine makes 5 element sense of this bright, yang of yang season.

Summer belongs to the fire element. The energy is expansive, the climate is hot. The following is the list of the other characteristics of fire:

Color- red
Phase- full yang
Direction- south
Life cycle- phase youth
Development- blooming
Smell- scorched
Flavor- bitter
Mental quality- creativity
Negative emotion- hate
Positive emotion- joy
Body- pulse
Aperature- tongue, throat
Body fluid- sweat
Yin organ- heart
Yang organ- small intestine
Tissue- vessels
Change- to grow
Sound of voice- laughter or lack of laughter

How do these associations strike you? Do you see a personal pattern within them? Check out the other seasons using the links above to see how they fit into the story of you.