The summer brings us into the period of Fire Chi in the Five Elements. Energy rises through the spring and is thought to peak, radiating out, shining like the sun in the summer. Think of flowers blooming, insects spreading pollen and sunshine sparkling off the water. This fire chi is bright, colourful, warm and dazzling. In a human it is helpful for self expression, generosity, love, an open heart, developing a reputation.
Fire chi is nourished by more bitter flavours. This could include berries, nuts, seeds, garlic, ginger, herbs, spices, coffee and alcohol. Sautéing, frying or roasting helps bring out more of the fire chi in foods.
As we use the previous element to support the current element in the five elements the Tree foods will also be helpful. This might include green salads, steamed green vegetables, fresh herbs and foods with a more sour taste. Lemon, lime and vinegars would therefore help support our fire chi with a more yin cooling aspect.
Fresh flowers in our home and garden, along with wearing more brightly coloured clothing will bring out more of our natural fire chi. This is a wonderful phase to release, express and let go before we inevitably come to the earth and metal energy.
Simon Brown teaches online macrobiotic courses with Melanie Waxman Brown and Filipa Silva. His next annual macrobiotic health coach training starts on the 2 November 2021.
Simon is the author of Modern Day Macrobiotics and Macrobiotics For Life.
He is an international teacher, studied with Michio and Aveline Kushi, as well as with Shizuko Yamamoto. He has over 40 experience in macrobiotics.