Big Days Coming Up

As Americans prepare for Thanksgiving tomorrow the planets continue to battle and swirl their energies out. You  know all those weird and fascinating images of headless snakes, half creatures, other worldliness beings with tridents and swords and spears? The meaning of which of course is always the piercing through of perception, the clean 'cut' definition  i.e. clarity, the double sided duality of it all. Well, that's-a-coming. It's amazing really that we even find time to breathe.

And Breathe We Must.

Today's full moon in gemini paired in Sagittarius (another half beast with an arrow) is a biggie. Often referred to as the 'mourning moon' and the Saturn Neptune square tomorrow and we are in for a real cosmic play. With all this happening externally and of course, as we are of the stars, it in turn leads to our internal story, our own interplay.

The mourning moon is a time to let go of all the kaka that came up for you this year, the darkness and difficulties, by examining them one last time and then packing it up and shipping them away forever before the winter solstice. Done.  Allowing yourself to search through these events in your life over the last 11 months and shining the light of her glorious gemini lunabeams onto them all...and literally drowning them, for good.

If you are lucky enough to be nearby some form of natural water at this time  such as the sea, a brook, or even just some water from you tap (perhaps just say a little cleansing blessing before hand) gather your thoughts and feelings and as you listen to the sound of the waves, breathe out the old stories of this year. Feel alive and energized with each new breath, each new wave, each splash and crash of the water. Alternatively go for a swim or a bathe in the soothing restorative waters and allow its magical hydro properties to heal and regenerate. Or just fill up your sink with water and dip or plunge your hands in several times, for several  rounds as a cleansing ritual, consciously washing your hands of the whole thing. Let go.

Let go. Again and again over these last years since 2012 we are being urged and even forced to Just.Let.Go. There is always more to let go of. And always more joy and abundance to receive. Really, there is.

Then there is tomorrow with our S&N (Saturn/Neptune) square...well...that is where we are being pulled from controlled and defined (Saturn) to free and formless (Neptune).  The seesaw swings back and forth and we are to find out in which aspect of our lives do we need more of one and less of the other. Or less of the other and more of one.  Here we are again, presented with the vedic balance, the return of prakriti (nature), balanced with the divine purusha (awareness).

To help ease your way through this often turbulent transition  (I certainly know it has been for me. We have had some seriously stormy weather here in Cornwall for two weeks and it has whipped my Vata up big time and left me feeling very unsettled and 'frazzled' almost electrocuted in a way, short circuited. Grounding work is the balance) it will help greatly if you can ask yourself and reflect honestly on the following questions:

Where in my life do I feel lost? How do I find my way home from here?

Where in by life do I feel confined? How do I remove myself from this circumstance?

And finally, reflect on your achievements and accomplishments this year. Look how far you have come.

Have a listen to this Vedic mantra while you contemplate. And read the description on youtube below the video to understand how this mantra works.  It'll help you. Trust me. 

As always, with blessings. V x

Days of the Dead. Nights of the Living.

The last jack-o-lantern Josh carved. The squirrels nibbled away at its eye.

The last jack-o-lantern Josh carved. The squirrels nibbled away at its eye.

Some of you with departed loved ones, and most of us are, may be noticing in the past week or so that those who have 'moved beyond' have decided to make an appearance recently in your living days. You may have seen them in your dreams, or caught them in your thoughts, or in a song that comes on the radio, on a bumper sticker that reminds you of something they once said...

Is that you? if so, Bravo. You've got this. 

At this time of year, not long after the clocks go back and towards the very end of October and during early November, the veil becomes thinner. Much thinner. The heavy blood burgundy coloured velvet curtain is lifted and: It's Showtime for the Dead! At least, that's what our customs and traditions have us likely to believe.

But isn't it true? Can you feel that as the days get darker, the nights grow longer, the air cooler that there is a definitive shift? A noisy altercation in the crunchy, dry leaves that encourages us to turn inward. To go inside, literally and figuratively, to explore our inner landscape, the warmth within. To get out of the cold and come together, to find a source of heat, to kindle the fire, to stare into its glow, to feed the soul.  To illuminate our inner dwellings with  candles and bathe in their radiance, mesmerised by the interrupted dance of their flicker.  

Something on the Air

I often catch myself sniffing into the wind like a wild wolf as a gust of autumn passes over me. It's saying something, whispering from the other world about the stillness found within. I think it's a culmination of this beautifully tender cyclical seasonal change that prepares and delivers us to the sensitive state where we are perceptive enough to feel our loved ones, in their altered shape and form, arriving for the party, inviting us to take part in the show.

I especially feel close to the Mexican interpretation of this, known as  Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead. It is custom to camp out at the gravesite and in cemeteries, sometimes even overnight, bringing food, and sweets and other offerings to the dead, decorating their tombstone with flowers, garlands, sugar skulls and crosses.  In other words: celebrating dead people. In particular, I love the 'calaca' (skeleton in Mexican Spanish) figure who is dressed in his/her fanciest clothes and is a rather jolly, fun loving character, always smiling and warm, and playful , having a good time.  The calacas play instruments and get the party started. For what kind of party is there if there is no music for dancing? Mexicans believe that every soul should be remembered as a happy one. And death should be a moment filled with joy.  

If you have been feeling rather close to your departed, or that they are closer than ever, it's because they are.  Trust that feeling. They have come for a really cool gathering and bring with them a with a message: Don't be scared. Join the party! They have come to remind us that life is for living. 

So have a blast, kick off your shoes and dance the nights away!

Happy Halloween! Happy Day of the Dead!


Sugar Skull images from Adventures in Making