Experts in the News
10 Dec, 2019
Guardian of the cosmic axis, the venerated Queen Mother of the West is known by many names. Her myths and creation stories abound with powerful parallels to female goddesses, spirits and shamans around the globe. As Mother of the World, Primordial Heavenly Being, Guardian of the Gateway between Heaven and Earth, and the personification of Tao, she stands as a powerful foundation to Chinese philosophy and the Tao de Ching. She also embodies many of the qualities of Great Mother myths and archetypes from around the globe.
Remembering the Song: Cultural and Scientific Innovations and the Advancement of Classical Chinese Medicine
8 May, 2018
We take a visit to the Song Dynasty in China. Donna Carey and Ellen Franklin take us on a tour 1000 years into the past, to the golden age of Chinese Medicine. They immerse us in the cultural setting that encouraged our medicine to flourish – science, the arts, technology, the economy, the military, philosophy, cultural values, international relations, and, of course, medicine – so that we can understand why it flourished then, and they compare what happened during the Song to what is happening in China today.
8 Jan, 2018
They examine Dog as a sign of the zodiac, as myth and archetype, and as our “best friend.”
2 Mar, 2017
This article by Donna Carey, LAc, and Ellen F. Franklin, PhD, tell us that “Rooster’s arrival heralds a wake up call for the world.” Yes, we are ripe for a wake-up call, especially after the shenanigans of the Monkey. Carey and Franklin give us an overview of Rooster energy and lore, and how the rooster has been regarded in myth and across cultures. As they remind us, “we must greet the dawn with an awareness of how much there is to accomplish, and with the energy to move forward, regardless of the obstacles.”
27 Feb, 2016
This article by Donna Carey, LAc, and Ellen Franklin, PhD, who help us understand monkey energy and review the complex and controversial relationship humans have had with monkeys in science, the media, literature and language, the natural world, and myth. Looking at the similarities and differences between humans and monkeys, it is no surprise that monkey myths and folktales abound in cultures around the world. If you have ever had questions about how humans should be treating monkeys and other primates, you will have answers after reading Carey and Franklin’s eye-opening article.
18 Feb, 2016
This article by hospice chaplain Lauren Cetlin, RN, MA, AHN-BC, on the use of Acutonics® tuning forks to treat people as they approach the end of life. She shares some of her clinical experiences and suggests general guidelines and protocols for using tuning forks to ease the transition to death. It seems fitting to think about these issues as we approach the winter solstice, the most yin time of year, the dark and cold time that is most like death.
15 Oct, 2015
Here in the mountains of Northern New Mexico we see and feel the first signs of late summer, the season of the Earth Element. The sunflowers are in full bloom; the hay has been cut, bailed, and stored; and the evenings and mornings are quite cool. The harvest is abundant, tomatoes, cucumbers, garlic, potatoes, onions, zucchini, winter squash, fennel, many fresh herbs, and greens. Archetypally, the Earth Element is related to the Mother, and it is a time of powerful transitions, providing an opportunity to explore the ways in which we nourish ourselves and care for one another.
19 Jan, 2015
This article introduces us to Goat energy and places the Goat in context in mythologies across cultures. As Carey and Franklin point out, deep transformation is possible in a Goat year. Why would that be? Perhaps because we learn an important, and somewhat counter-intuitive, life lesson from the Goat. Goats are strong and persistent, but they tend always to push forward. Persistence is linked with success, but sometimes we have to stop pushing, stop butting our heads against obstacles, and let go of our obstinacy and resistance, in order to move forward and achieve our goals. The New Year is a good time to examine how we deal with life. If you find that you are struggling to go forward and seem to be getting nowhere, think about the Goat and back off a little. Having a little room to maneuver can sometimes make all the difference.
20 Oct, 2014
This article is about information on working with the energy of the moon, which has given us some dramatic displays in recent months – how often do we see a blue moon and then a blood moon! Carey and Franklin tell us the legend of Chang’e, the Goddess of the Moon in Chinese lore, and they explain the Autumn festival and the exchange of mooncakes. Finally, they give us a self-treatment protocol with tuning forks for the Lungs and Large Intestine.
19 Jan, 2013
This articles explores the myth of the Chinese Snake Goddess, Nü Gua, who created humans, restored order to the world after the flood, populated the earth, brought the five phases back into harmony, regulated the movement of all celestial bodies, restored the seasons, and created musical instruments. In a separate feature, Carey provides a discussion of KID 15 (Zhong Zhu), a point of balance between yin and yang, very appropriate for the energetics of this moment in time.