Winter Over Christmas

Are you someone who doesn’t like Christmas? Or do you find it irrelevant?

I thought I’d discuss and use the principles of Chinese Medicine to explain in this short blog series, why some types may love Christmas and why others hate it.

Today we’ll talk about hate but first I need to explain Winter and how it is seen by Chinese Medicine.

In CM Winter is a quiet resting period, associated with the embryo floating in the womb, a period of not quite alive and not quite dead. Themes connected to winter are isolation, freedom, creativity, sleep, exploration, intuition, wandering, darkness and healing.

You don’t have to be into crystals or energy to know and feel that Winter is the quietest of the months. The seasonal equivalent to the midnight hour.

People who love winter want to tap into this solitude and silence in order to rest.

In terms of characteristics of these people, I reason that there will be two camps, two archetypes that CM speaks of.

First is the King or Queen. These people are highly sensitive, the type who would twitch at a painting being a millimetre off, maybe even flinch at loud noises or feel sick next to someone who is angry.

The Kings and Queens in this world, to deal with this sensitivity, will prefer to lead highly controlled lives with predictable and organized days. Minimal stuff. So the idea they will be receiving more stuff from family friends than they know what to do with, it can be quite the anxiety attack.

For them Winter in one of the few times of the year where they don’t have to feel extra “stuff” because everything in nature is sleeping – they even hate summer because of how “loud” it is, no respite for them.

This quietude that Winter provides, a brief pause, could lend a sanctity to their days.

Christmas for them is like a klaxon horn – I have this pattern and I once described my experience of Christmas as being on a silent meditation retreat. Then in a night a massive brass band turns up and plays the same twenty songs over and over and over.

Christmas to me is incredibly disruptive to this juicy silence and peace.

The second type of person actually, more or less, has the pattern of Winter as their character. Let me explain, Chinese Medicine is based on observing nature. As this research evolved they found that patterns in nature can be read in the face (humans are a part of nature after all), and the face is an external expression of an internal character. So someone can have the pattern of Winter in their face and have the character.

Transposed to real life, this means as a person they will be quiet, someone of few words. They will have this inner flow to them which means they will be late (by your time). They be creative, in art and in finding solutions, they will be intuitive. They will be loners, preferring their own company over anyone else. They also tend to be dark horses, to have taken up hobbies or like music that you would not have expected them to.

So, why would this person hate Christmas?

Similar reason to the Queen or King, Christmas is disruptive. They can’t float or “be.” They have to be around the table. They have to be with family. They might want to use Winter as a time to be extra horizontal, to rest more.

They will love Winter and the cold because it’s the energy and essence of who they are.

Annnndd…Let me flip this on the head.

Because Chinese Medicine is holistic, everything exists on a spectrum. This is not a cookie cutter job.

There will be Winter people and Kings or Queens who like Christmas.

Kings and Queens could love the parts of Christmas that are predictable – the same food every year, the warming spices, the decorations going up.

And Winter people (Witches or Wizards) could find that Winter is too similar to themselves, so they hate it. They may find that spending time with family contains the Winter period, that Christmas gives Winter structure.

Tomorrow we’ll be talking about the other three archetypes and how they could love and hate Christmas.


Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

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