The Significance of the Harvest Moon and the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

Full Moon over El Matador

This Wednesday, September 22nd will be the Harvest Moon — the biggest and brightest full moon of the year. For over 3,000 years, the Chinese have celebrated this special day as the Mid Autumn Moon Festival. It is one of the major holidays in the Chinese lunar calendar.

This moon has special significance. For farmers it marks the end of the summer harvesting season. It is a time of abundance, a time to spend with family and friends, and a time to harvest the results of the hard work put into the spring and summer growing seasons. Unlike other full moons, this full moon rises earlier and provides more light after sunset so farmers can continue finishing harvesting their crops.

The significance of the harvest moon doesn’t just apply to farmers. Most of us don’t grow crops but we all grow and nourish other things that are important in our lives: dreams, ideas, relationships, love, family and children, work, passion… This is a time to slow down our frantic outward activities, rest, and reflect inward on our life’s journey so that we can continue to stay on our golden path. Continue Reading …

Chinese Medicine for the Fall Season

Food for the Fall Season

In the Fall season, leaves change color and fall, seeds dry up, and the sap of trees goes into their roots. This is a time of harvest, a time to start organizing the scattered patterns of the previous warmer seasons to gather – food, energy and protection — for storage ahead of the approaching winter. Continue Reading …

Schedule for week of September 6

Clinic Hours for Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture:

  • Sept. 6: Closed for Labor Day
  • Sept. 7: Pasadena 8am to 2pm
  • Sept. 8: Pasadena 8am to 2pm
  • Sept. 9: Pasadena 2pm to 8pm
  • Sept. 10: Pasadena 8am to 6pm
  • Sept. 11: Venice 12pm to 7pm


  • Sept. 8: Pasadena – Medical Qigong for Beginners – 6:00pm to 7:30pm
  • Sept. 8: Pasadena – Advanced Medical Qigong – 7:40pm to 9:10pm
  • Sept. 11: Venice – Medical Qigong for Beginners – 8:30am to 10am
  • Sept. 11: Venice – Advanced Medical Qigong – 10:15am to 11:45am

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