THE AZURE DRAGON
SPRING: Element of Wood. The sun rising in the East, the verdant and expansive energy of the planet Jupiter. Generative, sprouting, sensitive, new born. Taking in the sights: looking through picture books, or enjoying everything from Spring flowers to sour lemons.
Mirabelle plum, coconut husk, lemon honey, cedar wood, aged amber resin, sandalwood musk, crushed moss and tonka bean.
THE VERMILLON BIRD
SUMMER: Element of Fire, the color red, the midday sun blazing in the summer sky. The direction South, the energetic and active energy of the planet Mars. The expansiveness of Summer: blooming, youthful, hot, creative, sweaty, happy. Chatting and laughing over coffee with loved ones.
Apricot nectar, honeysuckle blossoms, vanilla musk, creamy white amber, heliotrope, basmati rice and a drop of sweet clove.
THE YELLOW DRAGON
LATE SUMMER: Element of Earth. Long shadows cast in the golden light of the late afternoon. Finding your center, stabilizing and exercising the constraint of Saturn's energy. Fruit ripening on the vine: mouth-watering sweetness, damp and fragrant. The clarity of purpose; adulthood. Pure love.
Aged vanilla resin, ginger infused red patchouli, seductively sweet Medjool dates and exotic Silk Road spices.
THE WHITE TIGER
AUTUMN: Element of Metal, the silvery shimmer of the sun setting in the West; white twilight, loving Venus glimmering in the dusky sky. The melancholy of turning within and contracting our energy. The pungency of withering flowers, old age and the grief of impermanence.
Black tea, crushed violet petals, peach sugar, red sandalwood, aged amber resin, cured tobacco, soft suede and threadbare linen
THE BLACK TORTOISE
WINTER: Element of Water. Frozen in the silent blackness of midnight we lie dormant, longing for the ever-changing, spontaneous energy that is the signature of Mercury. Conserving our energy, we fend off our primal fears of darkness and death while we wait in suspended animation for the creative cycle to begin again with the rising sun.
Pomegranate fruit, blood musk, black vanilla orchid, dark patchouli, sugared amber, black currant and deep myrrh.