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SPRING EQUINOX 2011
“Trust not your self; but your Defects to know, make use of ev’ry Friend – and ev’ry Foe.” and “For Fools rush in where Angels fear to tread.” An Essay on Criticism by Alexander Pope 1688-1744
The Spring Equinox is always about awakening, stretching in the sunlight and the excitement of new growth. For us as humans, it is about our personal growth, ambitions, hopes and dreams for the year; following through with action... Like any form of cultivation, if the expectations are too high, disappointment can follow and this is one of the lessons of this equinox – to stay very zen and enjoy the moment rather than live in the projections of our mind.
This equinox may stir strong emotions, a need for positive goals and an intense desire for a fresh start after the challenges of the winter – alongside this an amazing opportunity to have faith in our ability to move forwards. There is also a quixotic energy around warning us of “tilting at windmills” driven by this desire for change. It might be helpful to look at what we struggle with within ourselves and others – an opportunity to spring clean our behaviours and attitudes! Know your enemies and use that knowledge wisely.
There will be many surprising opportunities for reconciliation (internal and external) which will appear if we are living in the present. The paradox is that it is also a great time to learn from the past: our own and society’s as well as from our personal ancestors and cultures. There is a strong message that there is room for everyone and everything if we are good at clearing, then nurturing the empty spaces.
Lessons around trusting “The timing” rather than pushing are also around. We are in a huge process of transformation at all levels – remember to pause, breathe and connect to your intuition as well as logic. Listen to the words you use when speaking and trust that it is ok to readjust them out loud if they don’t sound quite true. If diplomacy is needed, wait for the intuition and right words as opposed to having fear based and sometimes patronising conversations. The discipline of using a spiritual sandwich for our mundane lives can only pay dividends! Enjoy the sandwich......
Some people are so invested in their fear and hatred that peace is the most threatening thing they can imagine (Season 8 – 24)
Autumnal Equinox 2011
“Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated. Thus, everyone’s task is as unique as his specific opportunity to implement it.” Dr. Viktor Frankl
Stamina and staying calm are key factors at harvest time and this year is no exception. This is a time to specifically look at the harvest we have brought in, whether it is spiritually, emotionally, mentally or physically. After doing this, it is about making decisions around what we share, what we put aside to nourish us during the winter, what we give away. Within the giving away process there is also a message around deciding what we are willing to let go of that is no longer serving us or others. Then putting these decisions into action with a sense of quiet authority. Mid-equinox there is also an opportunity to look at our individual DNA and to gather that harvest too, honouring the lessons passed down by our ancestors and our cultures
It has been a while now that anything that needs to be dealt with can no longer be swept under the carpet. This equinox is about a thorough “autumn clean” in order for us to connect with our own specific vocation or purpose in life. The challenges this equinox will be around irritation at times possibly leading to serious conflict. There is a sense of rubbing against each other which can literally be manifested in bumping into each other, collisions, jostling, hurtful words/criticisms etc. How we respond to our perception will be crucial.
Our sense of purpose, manifesting through irritation, is like a pearl being created by grains of sand rubbing the inside of a shell. Harshness will simply fracture the shell. Working closely with each other will be like forming beautiful strings of natural pearls creating pathways of peace across the earth.
Issues in families will need to be resolved first. Indecisiveness may be misunderstood and taken for fear of confrontation as opposed to needing time to resolve moral dilemmas without judgement. As we work through this particularly around finances, death in all its forms and secrets around sexual issues and sexuality, significant change will come about. Again there is a strong message this equinox to nurture our “hearts” and become the change we truly want to be.....