Greetings Dear Reader,
I am writing to you in the season of Samhain and All Soul’s… a time when we stand at a threshold between what was and what is becoming. In the northern hemisphere, summer is a pleasant memory. Trees release their leaves and the air chills; winter reminds us gently that she is on her way. The full moon that greets us in a few days is called "the Beaver Moon”; a time when bears and beavers make their final preparations for the hibernating time ahead.
Light is waning, and darkness is coming to envelop us. Nature is slowing down. Why don’t we make preparations to slow down too?
It seems to me, that our dominant culture rewards productivity and busy-ness, but does not value reflection and rest in the same way. Activity trumps receptivity, over and over. City living interrupts our connections with Nature and the ebb and flow of her rhythms and cycles. It is too easy to keep going, and it is challenging to slow down or stop.
But the truth is, we need to slow down and to stop sometimes. We need time to review our current position, to absorb how we arrived here, and to contemplate how we would like to proceed. It sounds simple, but it is not always easy!
Hecate, the goddess depicted above, is wise in all mysteries and is blissfully at home in dark and solitary places. She is shown with three faces because she can see the past, present and future simultaneously. She embodies all the ages and stages of a woman’s life: maiden, mother and crone. She presides at all transitions, including birth and death. Her power is especially potent right now in this sacred season, and we can call upon her wisdom and far-sightedness to help us find our way.
Being at a crossroads is a magical time that is ripe with possibilities; each choice we ponder will create a world of its own. The essence is to choose consciously; we can choose a path that limits us, or a path that frees us. How do we choose? Hecate urges us towards discernment through the way of Deep Feminine Wisdom. Stillness, prayer, meditation, divination and patience are Her ways.
There are new beginnings ahead, but right now is the dreaming time. Rest in the warm, dark and quiet space associated with the archetypal womb. Plant the seeds of your dream, and nourish its stirrings with love and tenderness. You cannot rush this process, but you can savour it.
I continue to be grateful for yoga, qigong, breath and You!