Dear Vicki: The Winter Solstice is approaching and that means the start of winter. I hate it! The dark and cold always make me very unhappy, but my sister (a writer) loves December: The darker and colder, the better for her. I think she’s crazy, but how can we be so different when we’re just one year apart? Could this have something to do with our elemental personalities? I have no clue what mine is, but I sure hate winter! Signed: Hates the Cold and Dark
Dear Hates the Cold and Dark: Winter Solstice does indeed herald the start of winter in the northern hemisphere; December, January and February are usually the coldest months here. But within the Five Elements model, the Winter Solstice represents a pause in the year-long journey from longest day to longest night, then back again. December 21st is the shortest day of the year, and thus the longest night. Beginning the next day, the nights shorten and the days lengthen. So if you hate the dark, Winter Solstice is actually good news for you because beginning December 22nd, the days get longer. But the cold? Well, that’s around for several more months.
To answer your question, how we respond to a particular time of year absolutely can have to do with our elemental personality, especially since – as we have mentioned in previous posts – each elemental personality has a seasonal affiliation. On the surface of things, it seems logical that each personality would resonate positively with their own season, and that can be true, but it isn’t always so straightforward. If someone’s primary element is unbalanced in their personality expression, they may not do well with their own season. Let’s look at how this might work and perhaps you will recognize yourself in one of these elemental personality descriptions.