The Auspicious Gingko, Past and Present

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  Until the Song dynasty [960-1279 AD] the Chinese name for Ginkgo was ‘duck foot’ 鴨腳, referring to the shape of its leaves. The kernel was called ‘duck foot seed’ 鴨腳子. The name was changed to ‘silver apricot’ 銀杏 for the purpose of presentation to the imperial ruler, having been determined that ‘silver’ was auspicious […]

Tree Energy and Cultivating Qi

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Taoists observe that trees are tremendously powerful plants. Not only do they absorb carbon dioxide and transform it into oxygen, but they can also absorb negative forces and transform them into good Qi. Trees strongly root within Earth, and the more rooted the tree, the higher it can extend toward Heaven. Trees stand in stillness, […]

Fall Foods to Cultivate Health

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With chill entering in the air, it is of particular importance to recognize our need for nourishing foods. Along with the cold, autumn brings dryness. It is a time of contraction; our bodies tightening and contracting to maintain warmth. Rather than salads, raw juices, and foods that are chilled which appeal in summer and late […]

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