The energetics of West


The positive attributes of West

What does the energy of West teach us?

The original meaning of the word “west” is around its association with the setting sun.

The positive attributes of West

From a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective, It is associated with the Metal element and Lungs/Large Intestines energy. West also carries the energy of autumn.

If you want to attract the positive attributes of balance, compassion, goals, imagination, and dreamwork, you can work with the cardinal direction of the West.

West also carries the energies of death, destruction, endings, and the afterlife. We can use this set of energies to help us let go of what is not serving us.

The ritual this week will be about releasing what isn’t working for us rather than attracting something new into our lives. 

The energetics of West

A 4-step Release Ritual – using ‘West’ attributes

In this ritual, we are working in the time period of late afternoon, from 5 – 7pm. It is best to perform the ritual at dusk when the sun sinks closer to the western horizon when day turns tonight.

  1. At this time, take 10 minutes to focus your attention on the energy you want to release. It may be a situation, a toxic relationship, or something negative you are fixating on. If you are able to, face west. Even better, face west outside as you are gazing towards the western horizon.
  2. Give permission for the energy you are releasing to leave you. Take a moment to ponder how your life will positively change once that energy leaves you.
  3. Visualize the energy you are releasing. Be magnetized to the setting sun as the light fades from the sky.
  4. last, this ritual can be repeated until you no longer feel the pull of the energy you are releasing.

Do you need help to move forward?

If you find it challenging to release negative energies that don’t work for you, send me a message. We can arrange a 20-minute chat and I can share how I can help you with that. Or if you are wanting to work on this sooner, you can book a session with me through my online calendar.

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, East and Centre).