CD: Seasons of the Soul

Improvised harp music to balance the energy system…

Seasons of the Soul is a five-part improvised piece played on a solo harp. Each section is my interpretation of the five specific seasons, outlined by Traditional Chinese Medicine and Taoist Philosophy. Each season corresponds to specific organ systems in the body.

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Late Summer

Late Summer is a short and unrecognized season, which represents the transition from Yang to Yin, and is most active in the Stomach/Spleen organ system. This season falls between the expansive growth phases of spring and summer, and the inward, cooler, most mysterious fall and winter.

A pleasant tranquil and flourishing season, it is as if time stops here and activity becomes effortless and dreamlike. Unity, harmony and the middle way are summed between the extremes. This is the time when the pendulum reverses its swing.

This season is represented by the Earth element, and is located in your Center, that place which is constant and harmonizes the effects of the other four seasons. It is timeless joy.

Other Indian Summer words:

  • Calendar dates: Aug. 1 – Sept. 23 (north); Feb. 2 – Mar. 21 (south)
  • Season of Transition
  • Element: Earth
  • Transition from Yang declining to Yin — Central Phase
  • Organs: Stomach/Spleen
  • Body: Mouth, Muscles
  • Emotion: Worry, Pensiveness, Anxiety
  • Taste: Sweet
  • Climate: Humid
  • Life Stage: Change
  • Color: Yellow
  • Meditation words: Harvest,
  • Musical modes: Ionian and Mixolydian

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Autumn

Autumn is the season of harvest, and time to pull inward and gather together on all levels. As the growing season winds down, we store up food and fuel. We set aside time to plan and study for the approaching stillness of winter. Everything contracts and moves inward. It is the time of  reflection or even grieving. It is the time when the lungs draw in energy and release all that is old. It is a time to organize for the next year, to smell baked goods and eat stews, squash and beans.

Other Autumn words

  • Calendar Dates: Sept. 23 – Dec. 21 (north); Mar. 22 – June 21 (south)
  • Season of Decay and Turning Inward
  • Elements: Air and Metal
  • Yin rising, lesser Yin
  • Organs: Lungs, Large Intestine, Skin
  • Body: Nose, Hair
  • Emotion: Grief and Sadness
  • Taste: Sharp
  • Climate: Drought
  • Life Stage: Maturity
  • Colors: White
  • Meditation words: Pull inward, contract, harvest, organize
  • Musical modes: Phrygian and Locrian

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Winter 

Winter is the end and the beginning. To unify with winter, one emphasizes receptivity, introspection. One cools the surface of the body and warms the core. It is a time of rest, deep meditation. It is a time for strengthening one’s listening skills.

It is a time to enjoy the stillness. Nap in the afternoon and hear cheerful voices in the kitchen.

Other Winter words:

  • Calendar Dates: Dec. 21 – March 21 (north) ; June 22 – Sept. 22 (south)
  • Season of Peaceful Stillness
  • Element: Water
  • Deep Yin, Greater Yin
  • Organs: Kidney, Bladder
  • Body: Ears, Bones, Adrenal glands
  • Emotion: Fear and Depression
  • Taste: Salty
  • Climate: Cold
  • Life Stage: Storage
  • Color: Black
  • Meditation Words: Rest and Recharge, Stillness, Introspection
  • Musical modes: 5th (half Ionian) and pentatonic

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Spring

Spring is the new beginning, the time of year to rise early with the Sun. Plants push upwards after winter’s slumber. Any residual dissatisfaction, impatience and anger disappear at the sight of the green shoots of newness.

Other Spring words:

  • Calendar Dates: March 21-June 20 (north); Sept. 23 – Dec. 21 (south)
  • Season of New Beginnings
  • Element: Wood
  • Yang rising, lesser Yang
  • Organs: Liver, Gallbladder
  • Body: Sinews, Bile, Eyes
  • Emotion: Anger
  • Taste: Sour
  • Climate: Wind
  • Life Stage: Birth
  • Color: Green/Blue • Meditation words: brisk walks, new beginnings, subtle cleansing, see in new ways
  • Musical Modes: Aeolian and Dorian

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Early Summer

Early Summer heralds expansion, growth, lightness and outward activity. This is the time of luxurious growth in work, play, and travel. It is a time to be joyful and grow into selfless service.

Other Early Summer words:

  • Calendar Dates: June 21-Aug. 1 (north); Dec. 22 – Feb. 1 (south)
  • Season of Expansion
  • Element: Fire
  • Yang in expansion, Greater Yang
  • Organs: Heart, Small Intestine
  • Body: Tongue, Blood vessels
  • Emotion: Joy
  • Taste: Bitter
  • Climate: Heat
  • Life Stage: Growth
  • Color: Red
  • Meditation words: growth, expansion, light
  • Musical Mode: Ionian
Cymber Lily Quinn: Seasons of the Soul