“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.” -Carl Jung
I hope you are all enjoying this magical time of year when days are shorter and nature invites us to step into the darkness of our own inner landscape…
On November 7th we will reach the midway point between the fall equinox and the winter solstice, what is known as a “cross-quarter” day. In the Northern hemisphere this day heralded the beginning of winter, the end of the harvest, and, for many in the Celtic pagan traditions, the New Year. Cultures throughout history have honored this day with numerous holidays- Halloween, All Saint’s Day, Dia de los Meurtos, Samhain, Winternights, etc.- each festival, in it’s own way, inviting us to honor the darkness.
Days like these were critical to ancient people as they helped them regulate their calendars, told them when to plant, when to harvest, when to stay, and when to move. They are vital to us too, as they guide us to align our own energies with the cycles of nature. The encroaching darkness of winter will continue to accelerate until Dec. 21st when the sun “stands still” again, and the light begins to slowly return. Nature is inviting you to go inside, so…
Meditate. Take some time to journal: what you have harvested this last cycle? What you’re ready to let go of? What seeds might you hope to plant in the coming year? From now until the solstice, soften the habit of always reaching for more. Most importantly, honor your physical and psychic bodies, which most likely are asking you to rest and reflect.
It’s a good time to get on the yoga mat and connect with the inner light.
Siri Peterson Cavanna