Autumnal Equinox - Balancing The Forces Of Light And Dark
Hello everyone! Some of you may have noticed that I've been a little quiet for the past couple of months. I've been happy to sink into the writing of my book, completing some projects, and listening to the faint whisperings of Spirit and Nature. I haven't been living in a cave, however, so I've been attentive to and aware of much of the struggle and strife that's been happening in the world, both individually and collectively. People I know have lost their jobs, loved ones, their homes. There's been an increase in mental illness, instability, and anxiety issues. Massive numbers of people have been displaced due to the violence in the East. I've had a number of you reach out to me, asking what's going on, and when are things going to get better?
What I'm receiving from both Nature and the guides in the Akasha is that there's an interpolation of Light and Dark happening, the interweaving and interference/intervention of both destructive and ascending forces. A dance, if you will, where two different partners keep cutting in. Now life is made up of the intermingling of these forces, it's just more pronounced lately. We feel up then we feel down, things start getting better and then we're whammied, we're two steps closer to our goal, then four steps back. Hence the eclipses falling on the new and full moon, intergalactic light reaching an apex at the 28th, while at the same time we tilt (at least in the Northern hemisphere) into the dark time of the year. There's a LOT going on, and for some of you it might be feeling a little heavy.
I've been asked how to best manage all of this, and the response I've received is to keep it simple, keep it real, and find joy wherever and whenever you can. Now finding joy during times like these can feel rather frivolous, bumper-sticker whitesy lightsy, or impossible, especially when faced with very real situations ('real' meaning actual events rather than just fears or worries in our heads). But I'm assured that joy is essential, because it's the Light, it's love, it's a reminder, nay, it's the balancing presence of the goodness and magic and wonder available to us, and there's still plenty of that in this world.
The Equinox is about balance, and it's up to us right now to find and achieve that balance between light and dark in our lives. Take heart! The vibration of the next couple of months (end of September through end of November-ish) right now feels to me to be lighter, smoother, and easier, so anchor yourself in simple things that you feel grateful for, and breathe. Below I've suggested a Simple Abundance Gratitude ritual that you can practice tomorrow during the Equinox (Wednesday Sept. 23rd). I've also knocked 10% off all Akashic Readings from now till the 27th for anyone who wishes to have additional insight, clarity, wisdom, or support in order to capitalize on the positive energies of this time while managing the challenges.
Yes this is all a part of our evolutionary process, how people respond to challenges either holds them back, or moves them forward. The great thing about being 'awake' is that you're more empowered, you're more aware of the choices you make, and how that affects your experience. Choosing joy whenever possible, expressing gratitude for simple things, keeps you anchored in the Light, and keeps you moving forward.
Great love and respect to all of you, I'm holding space for you in my heart :)
Simple Abundance - A Ritual Of Gratitude
The Autumnal Equinox, also known as 'Mabon' in some spiritual circles, marks a the balance between the day and the night. After the 23rd, the days get shorter, and the nights get longer (and colder!). This is the second of three harvest festivals, the first being August Eve (Aug. 1st) and All Hallows Eve or Samhain (Oct. 31st). This is a perfect time to celebrate the abundance in your daily life: food, friends, music, and your achievements. It's also a good day to reflect on where you're at in your life, as well as where you'd like to be.
Materials needed: orange taper candle & holder (you can substitute with cinnamon or vanilla incense if you wish), matches, seasonal fruit & vegetables, piece of paper, pen, pictures of family and/or friends (optional), pet toys (optional), glass of wine, juice, or spring water, bowl of milk (any kind), uplifting music. Wear clothing that is comfortable but makes you feel attractive.
Timing: the exact time of the Equinox is at 4:22am EDT 9/23/15, but I like to start mine at twilight. Any time that is convenient for you is also fine, the Universe loves expressions of gratitude at all times!
- Have all your materials collected at your altar, kitchen table, or outside in your garden.
- Play uplifting music.
- Place your candle or incense in the holder, and surround it with seasonal fruit, vegetables, pictures of family or friends, and pet toys.
- Place your glass of wine, juice or water in front of you, and the bowl of milk as an offering to the Earth on the opposite side.
- Next, write a list of all the things, big and small, that you're grateful for in your life. Don't worry about being thorough or specific, let it flow from your heart, and also don't forget to list some of your achievements! We often forget to feel grateful for ourselves and all the good things we do. For example: sunlight, rainbows, my dog's kisses, honoring my boundaries, work I love, my mom, food on the table, my first herb garden, losing 10lbs, etc.
- Fold the paper towards you, then turn it 90 degrees clockwise, and fold it towards you again.
- Place the list under the candleholder then light the candle.
- Take a few moments to focus or meditate on the things on your list, how wonderful they make you feel, how grateful you are for them.
- When you feel ready, place your hand on your heart and say out loud three times with emotion: "Thank you, thank you, thank you".
- Imagine that as the candle or incense burns, it's sharing your feelings of joy, thanks, and gratitude with the Universe.
- Then drink your glass of wine, etc., dance around, call a friend and tell them you love them, eat a piece of fruit or cook a yummy, seasonal meal with your vegetables, and enjoy yourself!
- When the candle or incense has fully burned out, pour the milk onto the Earth (a potted plant will do in a pinch), thanking her for her bounty. You can keep your joy collection on display for as long as you want to, and place your list under your pillow.