We are now halfway between the Autumn Equinox and the Winter Solstice a time some call Samhain (pronounced sow-ein), a halfway point of the dark days, a halfway point of our resting and recharging that I talked about recently. I am hoping, weather permitting, we can have a small Samhain celebration this week.
I know that this is also a time that some celebrate Halloween, I am not a fan. As a child it wasn't as big an event as it is now, but people dressed up and had parties, I found it all rather terrifying, now, as an adult I don't feel a connection to it all. I know that so many do and have a great time dressing up and maybe also making mischief, it is really not for me.
We can really see the visible signs that the earth is slowing down, the leaves are providing us with their stunning visual palate turning the most beautiful colours and falling from the trees. I love to watch the leaves as they make their descent, have you noticed that each tree's leaves have a different way of making their to the ground? Have a look when you are next out and about amongst the trees. They and other plants are nearing the start of their period of dormancy.
As we, in the Northern Hemisphere, continue to move further away from the sun our temperatures will continue to fall, bringing with it the frosts, that some might have already had, and later snow, some parts have already had some of this too. These colder temperatures bring with it the death and decay in the plant world, an important part of the cycle of their life.
Whilst the earth is resting and recharging we can reflect on all that it has provided for us over the past year. We give thanks, for the rain, replenishing the earth and sustaining life. I know for some parts of the world rain is in short supply and in other parts they are flooding with so much rain. We must learn to adapt our behaviour and how we manage our resources to be more resilient to the changes in the weather so that we are ready for droughts or flooding. We give thanks for the abundant harvest from the earth, the food and medicine it provided to sustain our lives. When we stop and think for a moment about all the food that we eat it has all been provided by our beautiful planet, it is so amazing. We give thanks for the air that we breath sustaining our lives, allowing us to speak and sing. This is another resource, like water, which we cannot live without and which we must adapt our behaviour. I am so lucky to live somewhere with really good air quality the air tastes so different to me in built up urban areas, places that people are living and moving around in all the time.
While the earth rests we too should use this time to rest, giving us a chance to renew and replenish our energies. We can use this time to think of new plans and new beginnings, for sowing the seeds of our future in our minds and storing it until the time of the light and warmth returning. A seed of a something you want to do, to be, to learn or adventures you want have. We are not going to use this time to set them in motion but to incubate them and let them start to take some shape.
Our strength, our inner strength is what will carry us through this period of dark, dormancy and rest. It will help us to release our fears, we have started that journey bringing them into focus and recording them, maybe you have burnt them in the fire, now we need to make peace with them to help us move on.
Our inner strength will guide us to a seed of a new beginning, one that we will take within us and allow it to sit there quietly, as a seed does in the earth awaiting germination and development. When we are nearing the end of this important time of rest and recharging, allow this seed to come into focus in your mind ready for you to take forward into the Spring, the light and the earth warming once again.