About Winter

Winter begins at the Winter Solstice - the shortest day - the birth of the Sun. In the Southern Hemisphere this occurs between June 21st-24th and in the Northern Hemisphere between December 21st-24th. Throughout Winter the days grow longer as the Sun makes its presence more strongly felt. The elemental Nature of Winter is Fire and the symbol for Winter is the Sun.


Winter is the time when animals sleep and the trees, bushes and grass appear dormant. However there is warmth and energy beneath. It is the Season when regeneration begins and the sun’s gradually increasing strength brings new growth and readiness to spring into Spring. Because Winter is the first Season, the beginning, now is the time to plant your seeds for change, time to decide what you would like in your life for the coming year. Plant lots of seeds and plant them well so that you can look forward to lots of growth in the coming year. It is, in short, time to make your New Year's Resolutions.

 

Welcome to Winter

Winter Gland

In Winter, the hands of your body clock are pointing to your Thymus Gland. It is located behind your sternum in the middle of your chest and acts as your "breastplate" of protection. Until recently it was thought that the Thymus gland was of little use in the adult body. However, due in large part to AIDS research there is a renewed interest in this gland and its role in our lives and health. The Thymus gland monitors your immune system. It generates Thymus hormones which promote the maturation of lymphocytes which have come to the Thymus from bone marrow. The mature lymphocytes leave the Thymus and settle in the Lymph nodes and the spleen to promote the Lymphocytes called T-cells. T-cells protect your body by distinguishing friend from foe and destroying foreign cells. They provide you with immunity against the damage of bacteria, viruses, fungi, toxins, candida, chemical invaders and emotional stress.


However a Thymus gland that has been overstressed through inadequate nutrition, over indulgence in certain foods or medicines and drugs may show shrinkage similar to that which can occur with severe shock or major illness. It has also been shown that the Thymus gland can shrink by as much as half within twenty four hours when we are stressed. This may occur especially from the stress of emotions which negate self such as guilt and self anger, for example putting extremely high expectations on yourself which you donÕt see yourself living up to.


When your Thymus gland is functioning in a balance, so too is your sense of self-worth or self- esteem. A sure way to know therefore when your Thymus is not functioning at its best is how you feel about yourself. Over promotion of self or self effacement are the two sides of the same coin and indicate you are in need of a Thymus balance. Another indication is loss of inspiration and vision for your future. These are the times when you feel like your flame is barely flickering or has gone out.


A simple and effective technique to balance your Thymus gland is to gently and firmly pat your chest. (Tarzan learnt something valuable from the apes). Note that it is important to pat or tap your chest gently and firmly, not to slap or thump it as this will achieve the reverse effect. Perhaps Tarzan thumped too hard. No doubt at some time in your life you have been told to give yourself a pat on the back, which is literally difficult to do. Now instead, give yourself a pat on the chest. This is easier to do and will achieve the desired result of self acknowledgment as well as boosting your immune system, the two being inextricably linked