Today large parts of humankind mark one of the last of many celebrations about triumphant escape from the clutches of death. Over the last month or so, there have been ceremonies and festivals to mark the return of Spring, of Hope; the end of a long frightening journey through darkness, the beginning of the New; the constancy of the Cycle. Once again, we made it through the harsh storms, the lashing winds, the mudslides, snow falls, the Dark Night…rightly, we proclaim that there IS victory over death.
The Earth, the Air, the Water are bursting with the annual re-injection of Fire and who is immune to that? Whatever traditions your creed or culture employs, happy dancing and faith in future potentials are standard fare. And now comes the significant moment when the group and the individual, fired up with simple yet profound joy in Life, looks to the future, to the horizon, beyond survival; the batteries have been recharged and now to direct this amazing current. To direct the current is crucial. Nobody can do this for you.
I have been amazed, blessed and encouraged by the experiences of participants in the Aries New Moon Workshop. In the last few weeks, we have set down in image and word our unique personal ambitions and are actively co-creating with this Fire. From diverse walks of life, from various faiths, we are all plugged in to the Universal Flow. We are in it for the long haul. And, wow, are we being met! A much better home found, a new job that is much more aligned to personal passion, a lifting of depression by establishing a do-able daily structure, new and extremely helpful connections – and all of us experiencing a lot of spooky-cool synchronicities and affirmations. Lots of happy dancing!
As the sun now moves into Taurus, the icon of the Steadfast and element Earth, we channel our energies from the fire of the imagination and desire to the Making and Solidifying of our Reality. We act upon and partake in the beautiful logic built into the Wheel. Now come the days of what will sometimes be thought of as the slog and the grind – but these are also the times when the Energy is abundant for perseverence and faithfulness. We ‘dig in’ with our conscious mind on the prize/s and we take measured strides onward. We intuitively understand the Long Haul and appreciate what it means. All in good Time, we will have opportunity to review, reflect and recalibrate, realign. We understand what it means to take responsibility for our part in making a genuine desire into reality.
Please feel most welcome to join us. There is no obligation (and there never is) to have a peek at which sectors of your life are meant to have your specific focus. Will you be surprised or have your thoughts confirmed? Many of us feel overwhelmed because it seems like a LOT of our life is in a knot…but there are just one or two strings we should be pulling to loose the mess and begin the restoration of order. email@example.com<
Fodder for Reflection
We live in a world where we generally match like with like. Just look at any online suggestion engine! While this approach is great if you’re shopping for red shoes, if broadly applied, it has the potential to kill the creative innovation that comes from serendipitous encounter and unexpected remixes. – ecologist and network scientist Eric Berlow
Look well to the growing edge. All around us worlds are dying and new worlds are being born; all around us life is dying and life is being born. The fruit ripens on the tree, the roots are silently at work in the darkness of the earth against a time when there shall be new lives, fresh blossoms, green fruit. Such is the growing edge! It is the extra breath from the exhausted lung, the one more thing to try when all else has failed, the upward reach of life when weariness closes in upon all endeavor. This is the basis of hope in moments of despair, the incentive to carry on when times are out of joint and men have lost their reason, the source of confidence when worlds crash and dreams whiten into ash. – Howard Thurman
Myths are often about the inescapable, about the painful discovery of powerful constraints, they dont tend to be stories about people who get away with things, but rather stories about people who try to; people whose transgressions turn out to be a lesson for us all. Oedipus, Prometheus, Narcissus and Antigone all, in their different ways, suffer the most violent of all sentimental educations. That there must be some things that no creature can elude – whether they be laws (natural or moral), desires (variously deemed moral or immoral), or biological limits (the need to breathe, eat and die) – and that they must be discovered, recognised and observed are integral to our sense of ourselves, and the ways in which we question who we are. When a constraint can be described as something else – when the earth becomes round so we can’t fall off it, when the notion of sin is seen as a devious form of social control, and so on – we change our place in the world. When a constraint can be re-described, it can make the world – the way things are – despite our intentions seem more robust, more solid. – Houdini’s biographer, Source: The Idler, issue 32, p. 92. Emphasis mine.