on the Path
"Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, even if I have said it...unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense." --Buddha
WINTER SOLSTICE 2020
In Brighton, England on the Winter Solstice (December 21st) a parade is held. Participants, carrying white paper lanterns adorned with images of clocks, sweep through the town to a huge bonfire. There the lanterns are pitched into the flames symbolizing a release of the old to make room for the new. Although the Brighton festival began in the 1990s, its lineage is rooted in much older traditions. Fire has been a part of solstice and new year celebrations for centuries. We, too, can use this Element to let go of that which no longer serves us.
To begin, reflect on what you want to release. Then create a statement or image for each item. When you are ready, safely burn what you’ve written or drawn and release the cold ashes to Grandmother Earth. Rest in gratitude and relief once you’ve done this. Now, welcome into the space you have created your hopes, dreams and visions for the year to come.
May all your intentions be gracefully fulfilled.
Gratitude to bjournal.co SAME SKY for the image.
AUTUMN EQUINOX 2020
For some people, Autumn can be a melancholy season. Along with colorful leaves and welcome harvests, comes an awareness that the darker, colder days of Winter loom ahead. The additional stress of these uncertain times may heighten feelings of sadness and grief.
And that’s okay. It is appropriate to mourn what is passing, to acknowledge where we've been. However, we can honor and appreciate the past without clinging to it. Seasons, Life, even our individual lives are cycles within cycles and those energies are dynamic and evolving. Take time to mourn and honor what is passing, but then release it to welcome what comes next. Make space in your life for the new season and all its gifts. May you receive them in abundance.
Gratitude for the image to ANJA at Pixabay.
SUMMER SOLSTICE 2020
n the Northern Hemisphere, the June Solstice marks the astronomical start of Summer. For those in the Southern Hemisphere, Winter begins. But no matter where you are on the planet, the Solstice occurs at exactly the same time for all of us. This year, it is on Saturday, June 20, 2020, at 21:44 UTC or 5:44P EDT. (Click here to convert to your time zone: https://www.worldtimeserver.com/convert_time_in_UTC.aspx)
I invite you join me and others in 60 seconds of intention at the moment of the Solstice.
You might choose to:
- Step outside and give thanks.
- Breathe deeply and send Love to others.
- Pray for peace or healing or compassion.
- Dance, sing or rest in silence.
Whatever you choose, know your offering adds to the many.
Gratitude to Peter Lutz for the image from Pixabay
A CHAPEL PERILOUS
In some of the tales about King Arthur, the hero--and in older source materials, a heroine—encounters a forbidding chapel on their quest. The chapel contains trials of body, mind and spirit and initiates who pass the tests emerge changed and in possession of new tools and new understandings.
Unlike a Dark Night of the Soul, which is precipitated by internal shifts, we may encounter a Chapel Perilous when external imbalances can no longer be ignored: a pandemic, social unrest, environmental disasters. If you find yourself in a Chapel Perilous, remember first that you are not alone. Others have been there before you; reach out for their help and inspiration. Then, take stock of your gifts. Discern how to best utilize them during this challenge. Allocate resources wisely. And, finally, stay present. It may be tempting to expend energy on superficial distractions, but keeping focused will serve you better.
Initiatory experiences like a Chapel Perilous contain both opportunity and ordeal. When you emerge--and you will emerge—may you have made the most of the transformation. I look forward to meeting you on the Spiral Path.
Gratitude to JAN W. for the image from Pixabay.
VERNAL EQUINOX 2020
At each equinox, our planet strikes a balance between daylight and dark. This astronomical dance between the Sun and the Earth’s orbit is a reminder of a larger pattern of energy which includes us all. As our attention is necessarily drawn to the current crisis, it is important to remember that we are not separate from these greater cycles.
Today--especially today--step outside and let the sun warm your face. Feel with your heart the swing of seasons and cycles, moving within and without, and know you participate in all these arcs of energy. I encourage you to connect with awareness and gratitude.
"From this Life, Life to come."
Prayer for the gathering of seeds.
The Full Moon in September, sometimes called the Harvest Moon, presages the arrival of fall and the Autumnal Equinox. It also marks the final gathering of many crops as well as seeds for next year's planting.
Seed diversity, vital to the survival of all life, is threatened by pollution, genetic manipulation and climate change. Organizations like Seed Savers Exchange (www.seedsavers.org) work to preserve heirloom varieties of plants and “bank” their seeds for future generations
Also known as “Sun Return”, the Winter Solstice heralds the transition from long nights to longer days. Although some of the coldest nights of Winter are still ahead, we now hold the certainty that the Earth is tilting back towards the warmth and light of our Sun.
For a Winter Solstice meditation, find an object or image which represents the Sun to you. Bring it into your meditation space and invite it to warm and illuminate you as you move through this time of darkness. As you meditate on an external Sun, be reminded of the “sun” you have within. as symbolized by the 3rd chakra at the solar plexus. May both 'suns' light your path to Spring.
"In meditation we return to the ground of our being,
where all things are transformed and made new."
Gloria D. Karpinski
BAREFOOT ON HOLY GROUND