Well here we are, pretty much slap bang in the middle of two eclipses – the lunar eclipse (full moon) of the 8 October and the upcoming Solar Eclipse (new moon) in Scorpio on 24 October. This period has been compared to being in a birth canal and that sure is how if feels for me, as things inch very slooooowllly along. Today particularly, we have a last quarter moon, which is always a bit of a crisis in consciousness anyway and this one is caught up in a Grand Cross formation, with Pluto and Uranus, which seems even more uncomfortable than usual. It’s as if we’re being held in a holding pattern whilst we reassess everything. On the one hand there’s a feeling of discomfort with the status quo and on the other, there’s a lack of motivation to do anything about it, or a feeling that when we do, not a whole lot happens.
As when a baby is in the birth canal, or a sprout is getting ready to emerge from a seed, this really isn’t the best time to be pushing and struggling and resisting, because it ain’t gonna do one bit of good. As with any new birth, you kinda have to wait until it’s ready to emerge.
Looking at next week’s new moon in Scorpio, we need to go beyond the normal surface layers now, challenge the norms and shift our perceptions. This is what we’re being called to do personally and collectively.
We can all use this relatively non-productive time to get rid of the clutter in our lives and psyches, in order to make way for new growth. If you feel that you aren’t moving forward in your life, there’s probably some blockage somewhere. You might need to talk to someone about how you feel, or write down the thoughts that are swilling around in your head, do some process art 🙂 ; or a physical detox or actually clear out any unnecessary stuff in your home or workplace. Your soul may be crying out for some exfoliating and nurturing before you go flying into your next outward endeavour. Let the ideas emerge like sprouts, in their own sweet time.
Yesterday, I was feeling well and truly stuck and my ever practical Taurean friend, Ev, seeing that my beautiful roses were starting to drop, suggested that I cut the stems off and put them in a bowl of water. This one action turned out to be a real eye opener and spanner for me…. Thanks Ev.
First of all, as I cut those stems off and threw them into the garden to return to the earth, it felt as if I had ridden myself of some of the the dead wood inside me that was draining my life force.
Placing the roses one by one, in a bowl of water felt incredibly nurturing. As the tiny stems seeped in the water, the blooms opened up even more and probably because they are being held by the feminine nurturing of the water, they have stopped dropping their petals for now.
Today, they are even more beautiful than they were yesterday– just as they are, patiently accepting this stage of their lives and awaiting the next step, whilst they continue to provide me and my home with colour and beauty a while longer.
And lastly, the roses look completely different in the bowl than they did in the vase, just as we do and life does when we shift and expand our perspective.
Nature is such an amazing teacher and Life really is full of lessons if we just open our eyes and hearts. See my November Art & Soul Workshops below – My Life as a Tree – so excited about this one. If you are on my blog page, email me for details on firstname.lastname@example.org
Some questions to ask yourself this week.
What’s the dead wood you need to cut out of your life?
How can you be more nurturing and accepting of yourself?
Can you shift your perspective and see yourself and your life in a different way
Can you allow yourself to just be – here – now.
In life and light