Louanne Ellis writes about: “THE BRIDGE” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 75, Winter 2012:
The Winter Solstice
The Finger Flows, the Earth Signs
The Finger Flows all correspond to the earth signs in astrology. This is the arena of our practical doing nature, we “do” with our hands. The Earth element is the physical manifestation as the body.
The three Earth Flows are: the Large Intestine – a Surface Flow corresponding to Taurus, the Small Intestine – a Deep Flow corresponding to Virgo, and Capricorn – a Middle Flow corresponding to Umbilicus. The Organs and their corresponding signs sequentially help to reveal man’s evolution in one lifetime.
The Physical bodies are the first phase of development from birth to 28 years. One manifestation of fire/chest, earth/finger, air/face and water/toe comprises one complete circulation at the Surface Level. The Mental or Intellectual development follows the same pattern, corresponding to Middle Age – 29-56 years – and comprises the Deep Flows. The Spiritual Development during “elderage” – age 57-84 – corresponds to the Middle Flows.
Earth Signs, corresponding to the functions of the Finger Flows, describe and “choreograph” the manner in which we are involved in the material world – our survival skills, our work, our service and our administrative abilities. They are supporting our physical bodies at the three different levels: 1) Body-Taurus, 2) Mind-Virgo, and 3) Spirit-Capricorn.
During the Taurus/Large Intestine development phase (7-14 years), the physical body is maturing. The Large Intestine Function Energy begins forming at 6 a.m. and continues to 8 a.m. As this age period concludes, the physical body begins the transition of puberty, reflecting the survival imperative and the final stages of development on the physical level. The correspondence to Taurus in astrology reveals the characteristic of survival awareness on the physical plane. It is during this stage of life that the child can begin to understand and can participate in the development of self-esteem, self-worth, and responsibility. Fourteen is young by our culture’s standards. But even so, I know of several young men who left home at this age to successfully support themselves and accept the responsibility of their security.
The primary need at this level is to be secure physically in the world. It is where our survival instincts meet with practicality and “doing”. In our culture we see that this age is where values begin to develop as influenced by the parents and the immediate social sphere. It is the age where one starts to earn their first money and to participate responsibly in the family – doing chores, babysitting, earning an allowance, etc. In another view, we see devastating examples of children being exploited in situations where as soon as their development allows, they are put to work.
To be continued…