I rarely ever, (never), reblog someone else’s post, however, Emily Trinkhaus presents with ease, many of the concepts I struggle to express daily. Though the topic is Halloween, Sawain, and our shift to the dark part of our yearly journey, it is clear that this is when we can best see the dark side of our society. How we have separated our material world from the spiritual, dry chemistry from living Alchemy, nature and spirit, severed from science, favouring youth over age, sweet over bitter, and have created detached, impersonal relationships with the world around us. We mass produce our food and animals at a distance, separate ourselves from our connection to nature’s rhythms, to work 9-5, 365 and wonder why depression and disease are rampant.
The coming dark months are perfect for introspection, slowing down and stepping back from our external preoccupations. Who knows what illumination and insight we might find within, if we embrace the darkness just as we embrace the light?
There is a reason and a season for all things, and time for a glimpse in between them.
The Sun moved into Scorpio on October 22 (until November 21) – the season of deepening darkness when (in the Northern Hemisphere) the days grow noticeably shorter, the leaves change color and fall off the trees, and our animal bodies tune into the many images of dying around us and the reality of our own inevitable death.
Darkness has been vilified and banished from our modern world, in which death is the ultimate failure and the enemy of life, but to the ancients death was simply a precursor to rebirth. The dark times – whether the monthly dark of the Moon or the annual diminishing of the Sun’s light – were used for rest, regeneration, healing, magic, and accessing information that can only be obtained when we turn away from the distractions of the external world and drop into a deeper level of feeling and listening. Traditionally, during this…
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