I love the name of the chinese half-month that begins today: month of awakening insects. I have a Chinese therapeutic-music CD entitled 'Awakening Insects' and it is the most vibrant, energizing yet somehow ethereal piece of music I've ever heard. Really, quite unlike anything else, and yet it vividly brings to mind those moments in nature when a chorus of insect-singing begins.
Of course, the awakening of the insects represents the return of life after winter's sleep. The preceding half-month is called 'Spring Rains.' What follows the Spring Rains? The up-burgeoning of life! But the return of life is still in its early stages. Yang 'gains influence' as Yin begins to decline. 'Cold' has become 'cool,' with occasional slightly warm days.
This is the month associated with the Earthly Branch known as 'Rabbit.' "The Rabbit is linked to the colour green, which is associated with the season of spring. It is the colour of new life, tranquillity and relaxation. It is said that dreams will end well if they feature the colour green since it is a lucky and influential colour." (p. 19, Chinese Astrology, by Man-Ho Kwok - this is the one book to get if you are at all interested in investigating Chinese nature-wisdom. I wouldn't call it 'astrology' since it has virtually nothing to do with the stars. Unlike western astrology, this system really relies on seasons and time of day, basically with placement in space and time. They do use a few fixed stars in one branch of the system. Rather than 'Astrology' the 'Four Pillars' is more like a sort of 'Feng Shui' of the person. I will be posting on Four Pillars soon.)
Anyway, interesting that we also celebrate the Rabbit at this time of year, here in the West, right? And that we chose 'green' as the color of our money.
I've introduced a new category with this post: dao and chinese. As some of you may know I have been an acupuncturist for the past 19 years, and a student of daoism. I've scaled back my healing work in the past two years and have been doing less demanding work as a personal assistant/elder companion, which harks back to my earlier life. I guess I must be a born caregiver, can't seem to get away from it. But I am definitely pulled by this daoist system of healing and would like to do more with it in some way, shape or form. So, one step in that direction may be to begin sharing this part of myself on this blog.