Late Summer

Once summer has reached its height, the year’s cycle begins its inevitable decline into the season of late summer – the season of Earth.
– Neil Gumenick

On the Chinese calendar, there is a fifth season between Summer and Fall. Late Summer is the time of year when we reap our harvest and enjoy the fruits of our labor.

The organs corresponding to Late Summer are the stomach and spleen. The stomach digests, then the spleen “transforms and transports” the digested nutrients to all parts of the body. Emotionally, the energy of the spleen and the stomach meridians give us the ability to “digest” thoughts and feelings. When these energies are impaired, what occurs is “circular” or obsessive thinking.

The corresponding element to Late Summer is Earth, which grounds and nourishes us. Our ability nurture and care for ourselves and others revitalizes during this season.

Earth Motivator

The Spleen transports Qi throughout the body, and can become overwhelmed. The 8th point on the Spleen channel reinvigorates the flow of Qi.

Abundant Splendor

When this point (the 40th point on the Stomach meridian) is used for “the spirit of the point” it enlivens the ability to recognize our true nature of abundance.

The chart below displays the correspondences of the five seasons:

FIVE ELEMENTSWoodFireEarthMetalWater
SeasonsSpringSummerLate SummerAutumnnWinter
Zang/Yin OrgansLiverHeartSpleenLungKidney
Fu/Yang OrgansGallbladderSmall IntestineStomachLarge IntestineBladder
DirectionsEastSouthMiddleWestNorth
TastesSourBitterSweetPungentSalty
TissuesTendonsVesselsMusclesSkin/HairBones
ColorsGreenRedYellowWhiteBlue/Black
Sense OrgansEyeTongueMouthNoseEar