The energetics of East


 What does the energy of East teach us?

The sun is one of the most dependable aspects of our lives. Most of us would be willing to bet our lives on the sun. It rises in the east and sets in the west. We know this will happen. Regardless of any chaos in our physical lives, we depend on the constancy of the sun.

East was important to our ancestors because it was connected with the source of light, the Sun. So much so, that the original meaning of the word “east” is “aurora” or “dawn.” This makes East the primary reference point for all of the cardinal directions. East is also associated with the season of spring, the energy of newness of life and rebirth.

The positive qualities of East

From a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective, East represents the Wood element and Liver/Gallbladder energy. These energies are all about progress, planning, activating our dreams and goals, and moving forward.

Do you want the energy of progress in your life? Then focus on easterly qualities – the qualities of activation, awakening, beginnings, communication, inspiration, assertiveness, rebirth/renewal, and wisdom.

The positive attributes of East

A ritual to attract positive ‘East’ attributes into your life

Would you like to attract the energies of progress in your life? Here is a ritual that will help you !

In this ritual, we are working within our dream space. This is from 11pm to 3am, when our dreams and goals have the potential to be activated. TCM tells us our liver and gallbladder are involved in this process.

  1. Before you go to sleep, focus on one of the easterly qualities. Take another look at the list above and choose the quality you most desire. Your focused attention on your chosen quality will allow for growth and change in your life. You might need wisdom for a challenging situation. Or you may need energy to start your own business or help you with communication.
  2. Hold the quality in your mind. Visualize the sun rising and the power it has to provide illumination. You can also focus on the warming energy of the sun. And see it bring to life the quality you want to attract.
  3. Visualize a positive outcome for your situation. This is a good time to remind yourself that your desired quality will be activated between 11pm – 3am.
  4. Settle into a relaxing sleeping position and drift off to sleep.

Do you need help to move forward?

Taking action and moving forward can be confronting and challenging! It can feel easier and safer to just stand still rather changes and shifting out of our comfort zones.

 If would like to work with me energetically to shift out of your comfort zone, send me a message. We can have a 20-minute chat to talk about your needs and how I can help to take action in your life again. 

More about the cardinal directions

This article is part of a 5-part series that draws from ancient wisdom. It shares the symbolism and archetypical energy of the four cardinal directions (North, South, East, West) and Centre. These energies are a set of archetypes that are powerfully symbolic.

To learn more about the other directional energies, read my other articles in this series (North, South, West and Centre).