Snow is water, but it’s very different than water in the earth; it has changed from a water state to something solid. Snow is water from Heaven, and therefore, it represents transformation. Snow is called the “poor man’s fertilizer.” It actually pulls nitrogen (a key ingredient of fertilizer) from the air down toward the earth. Because it carries Heaven’s energy, snow can transform plants. If there is a plant that is not doing well, snow can help it. Snow also protects plants, blanketing them from the freeze and thaw cycles often apparent in winter.

In ancient times, great attention was paid to snow—the transformative energy of snow. Even frost had great significance, if it appeared on certain days, in certain seasons. People would take great care to “harvest” the frost and use it purposefully.

A cold winter with plentiful snow means a rich spring with abundant growth.

 

 

Nature, TCM

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