White Dew is the third of the six cycles of the fall season. By the time we reach the third stage of any season, the qualities of the previous season diminish noticeably. Over the next two weeks, you may still encounter the lingering warmth of summer, especially around midday, but the dry and cool autumn air will become increasingly prominent.
During White Dew, dusk is followed by a rapid dip in temperature. The nip of night condenses moisture from the air resulting in morning dew. As the humidity is “wrung” from the atmosphere like water from towel, the sky also grows clearer. Clarity is the theme associated with White Dew and by generating more clarity in your life, you will align with nature and come into greater harmony with the cosmic flow.
Psychologically, you align with White Dew by “wringing” out excess sentimentality and wishful thinking from your mind. If you are asked for your opinion, speak the truth as clearly as possible. Don’t let other people’s feelings steer you away from the sensible facts. Now is the time to take an inventory of your strengths and weaknesses without exaggerating the former or diminishing the latter.
In order to become more productive, consider your own foibles and take action to rectify those shortcomings. And since the truth about oneself can sting, you are best served by adopting an attitude of deep humility and tolerance. The point is to use clarity as a springboard for increased efficiency and self-improvement, not as a bludgeon for self-criticism.
On a physical level, you align with White Dew by nurturing your lungs. Every time you inhale, the cool dryness of autumn enters your body and just as external moisture gets squeezed out of the external atmosphere it will get squeezed out of your lungs. Back home, during this time of the year, my mother used to stew chicken with longan fruit and a little honey to balance out the dryness of autumn and nourish the lungs. Even now, as I recall the fragrance of her cooking, I am transported back to my youth. Balance out the dryness of autumn by introducing warm, moist foods into your diet like soups. Other healthy autumn foods include tofu, tempeh, soymilk, and eggs. Autumn seasonings include garlic, bay leaves, leeks, ginger, and capers.
Another way to strengthen your lungs in anticipation of the cooler drier season weather ahead is to practice the White Dew Empowerment on Thursday, September 7th between 6:38 AM EDT and 8:38 AM EDT as the sun crosses 165° Longitude (15° Virgo). Remember to adjust for the time difference if you live in another time zone. The window for this practice lasts two hours. During this time the powerful energies will flood the planet, and if your raise your sails at this time, the cosmic winds will carry you far.
White Dew lasts fifteen days until Friday, September 22nd at 4:01 PM EDT when the fourth stage of autumn (Autumn Equinox) begins. Until then, breathe in clear the air and clear your mind.