There is something enthantingly intangible about this time of year, something ethereal and mysterious that inspires contemplative reflection. Autumn symbolizes transition — light to dark, hot to cold, life to death. And by attuning to the wisdom of Autumn, we can learn how to navigate life changes with beauty and grace.
Shapeshifting allows us to experience life from a completely different perspective. In this way, we are able to broaden our perception of ourselves, of the world around us, and our relationship to it.
Water medicine, then, is perfect for when we are in need of emotional healing and renewal, when we need to attune to our intuition and inner wisdom, when we are seeking inspiration, and when we feel a calling to explore what is dwelling beneath the surface in our hearts, for example, when we are working with our Shadow.
Spring is here — pregnant with invigorating energy that primes us for renewal and rebirth, for new potential and new momentum, and ultimately for stimulating change.
Nature is the purest and most fundamental expression of harmony. It is no surprise then, that being in nature would restore harmony within us where there is dissonance — grounding and centering the mind and spirit, balancing turbulent emotions, and bringing our bodies back to their natural equilibrium.
The Moon is said to govern our inner world — our shadow self — reflecting our deepest fears and most profound desires back to us and charging the well of our intuition and creativity. Each phase in her cycle is marked by a distinct ebb and flow of powerful lunar energy, and by aligning with her cycle we can keep ourselves in balance and better regulate our intentions, monitoring where we are and how to best move forward.
Animal spirits come to us with great wisdom to share, to help us heal and to help us grow. They act as our teachers, our guides, our allies, our challengers and our protectors. They encourage us to find balance and harmony, they bring to us courage and strength, they show us how to adapt, how to stand our ground, and they reflect to us the great wisdom inherent in ourselves already.
Like fresh snow that covers the ground in pure white, Winter is our blank slate. We enter this phase after moving through a period of release or loss; Perhaps we have decided to end a friendship or relationship, quit a job, or change careers altogether. Perhaps we have lost a loved one, or our home. It could be leaving a city — or a country even — and moving somewhere new. Whatever the case, we have let go of something familiar and find ourselves in a realm of unfamiliar, and in this new space we are faced with the task of redefining and redesigning who we are and how we want to express ourselves.
“Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.”
Henry David Thoreau