Welcome to Fall (In the Northern Hemisphere)! Today we find the natural world balancing light and dark. And tomorrow the light will begin to wane. This time of year, this darkness, calls us to move inward. Inward to ourselves ,our communities, our homes, and loved ones. This is the time of calling home - the energy that we sent out but was never fully received, the parts of ourselves that we pushed away and are now longing for welcoming, the seeds that were planted that manifested into a bountiful harvest. All of it - this is the time to take stock and call the energy home so that it can nourish you through the fertile winter season that is coming. I invite you to spend some time over the next few days exploring the energy of change, welcoming the call inward, and honoring the waning light. These moments of honoring are what help us come into harmony with the world around us. The equinox is one moment of perfect balance in a sea of continual motion and yet we spend so much of our time in grasping for balance to be static, unchanged, immobile. But my dear ones, you were not made to be static and unchanged - you were made like the trees and the wind.
So what change can you begin to hold sacred today? If change is scary, spend some time in nature - calling on the trees, the sky, the wind to gently help you know kind and compassionate change. The lesson of change doesn’t need to be painful. Change can be welcomed like the rising of the sun or the cycles of the moon.
What small inner voice is calling you to grow quiet and listen? What have you turned away from that you are afraid to hear? We don’t ask a question because we are afraid to hear the answer. Turn back to your question with compassion - turn back to the voice that wants to be heard but speaks in a whisper.
What fertile darkness is calling you to grow in ways still unseen? Invite even the smallest glimpse of this calling in - invite it to land in the ground of your life and to take root. Suspend knowing - invite in the darkness - and then wait and see.
What garden in your field of life needs to be turned and put to rest? Now is the time, take stock, and put to bed all that no longer feeds you.
The reward for moving inward? Experiencing the mist between the worlds thinning which helps us move closer to Spirit and our Soul. And once we are closer to ourselves and our true nature, we can embrace welcoming our whole being back home. And then we may be source of welcoming for others. You will be hand in the darkness reaching out for others to know that they are not alone - never alone.
With blessings of change and renewal, Valerie
We are gearing up for the New Moon and Solar Eclipse. I am writing to invite you to think about how you want to spend this sacred and powerful time. New Moons are wonderful moments to reflect on what the new possibilities are ahead and what the last month has held for you. This month's moon is in the sign of Leo, which is associated with the Sun. Leo calls us to be brave, courageous, heartfelt, action oriented, and generous. Coupled with a Solar eclipse - these qualities are amplified. Have you had experiences that are calling you to be brave, lead from the heart, and generous of spirit and elegance? If so, you have heard the Lion's roar.
The Solar Eclipse ties us to our ancestors that looked to the heavens for signs, the marking of time, and maps for travel. What does it mean when the sun's light ceases to shine during the day? Have there been times in your own life when the light appears to be sucked away? When you long for light but instead find yourself in the fertile darkness? In our culture, the absence of light is talked about as bad and evil. But that is just not so. Much grows in the dark. We need nighttime to rest and renew. And the solar eclipse gives us the experience of meditating on this cycle during the day.
So how will you spend your time during the eclipse? I invited you to choose what your soul wants. For some of you, it maybe going out and witnessing (depending on location) the light, dark, light cycle. And as you stand in that energy - may you feel your own internal blockages to light be removed. May you feel the planets and stars mirroring for you the human experience of renewal after hardship and loss. Or maybe you feel called to stay inside - turning inward. A time to reflect on your changing self and the world around you. Reflecting on what you would like to let go of and where you hope your next steps and opportunities take you. You may want to reflect on what you keep hidden and why? Not everything that is tucked away for safe keeping is bad. Sacred ceremonies are often not spoken in public - what is your sacredness that you can uncover and witness as the Sun takes a rest?
Whatever you decide and wherever you are - your desk, your yard, with friends, alone, or standing on a mountaintop, I invite you to feel into the energy of the day. Feel into the energy of our society looking up to the sky. Feel how you are part of this larger whole. Feel into it, reflect, and then emerge ready to take your next steps.
My prayer is that we all take care of ourselves and each other during this time of changing energy. May you love your neighbor as yourself and that you love yourself as well as you love your neighbor. That you have the courage and compassion to follow the Lion's call. And that we find the goodness of our hearts mirrored back to us through every person we encounter.