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WATER AND WOOD, WINTER AND SPRING

Persephone, Goddess of Spring and Queen of the Underworld “Though a country be sundered, hills and rivers endure; And Spring comes green again to trees and grasses.” In the poem, A Spring View, cited in the earlier blog post, A Spring View, Du Fu evokes the feeling of new growth and hope emerging after a time of war. We might

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A SPRING VIEW

Though a country be sundered, hills and rivers endure; And Spring comes green again to trees and grasses Where petals have been shed like tears And lonely birds have sung their grief. — Du Fu (ca. 750 C.E.), from A Spring View, trans. Witter Brynner Tang Dynasty poet Du Fu lived through many years of devastating warfare in his homeland

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THE SEASON OF MUD: Spring and the Wood Element

“The lotus blooms in muddy water.” (a traditional Buddhist saying) I make my home in Cascadia, the damp and forested bioregion of the Pacific Northwest which extends westward from the crest of the Cascades, through river valleys, old coastal mountains, and to the rugged beaches of the Pacific. Spring in Cascadia is a long, wet and messy affair. With mild

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Water - Winter

MIND OF WINTER: THE WATER ELEMENT IN FIVE ELEMENT ACUPUNCTURE

One must have a mind of winter To regard the frost and the boughs Of the pine-trees crusted with snow; And have been cold a long time To behold the junipers shagged with ice, The spruces rough in the distant glitter Of the January sun; and not to think Of any misery in the sound of the wind, In the

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