This time of year is about death, but most importantly, transformation.
Like the death card in the tarot, we see a dark rider, dressed as death, carrying on his solemn journey. But what many forget or do not choose to see, is that the sun is rising and death is clearing the way for new beginnings and great change.
Everything must die. But a part of dying is the living, first.
The streets are littered with dead leaves, but the trees are aglow with such beauty in this transformation of summer to fall that we can’t take our eyes off of them. Porches decorated with pumpkins, cornstalks, and mums. All signs of the bounty of transitions.
We shall not fear this change as the earth turns to darkness once again. This is a time of restoration of balance. Turn off the lights and what will you find?
I often take my students through shadow meditations, one I call the Dark Sister or Dark Son meditational journey. Oftentimes I do this for the second chakra, as we tend to really collect a lot of dust and shadows in this space in our bodies. Our first chakra harnesses our superstitions and fears, and then the second chakra, if not processed, will hoard these things into our emotional caverns.
When we decide to turn a page in our lives, we are taking a risk. We are saying, “I am ready to move on”. But instead of burying these things, we turn to the light and let illumination turn all of those frightening shadows into the truths of our pasts. Then we can move on.
Moving on helps us process our fears and pains. Moving on, forgiving, releasing old stored & stuck emotions, habits and patterns allows us to manifest change. But you have to be willing to do the digging first. Once you start, you will see that it is not that scary. We all have stuff in our junk drawers, we all have parts of our pasts and selves that we do not like, but in the moment where truth, forgiveness, and acceptance transpire, we are free!
So, when you are ready to lay to rest a part of yourself that no longer serves you, practice this little ceremony as a devotion to the Self. Light a candle in honor of your past, your ancestors and all that has gotten you to this point.
Some things you can do to celebrate Death or Transformation in your life:
- Light a white tea light candle for each ancestor you have lost in this lifetime and say a prayer of gratitude for their legacy.
- Create a timeline of your life. The good, the bad and the ugly. After you do this digging, decide what you need to bring out into the light and work your way into processing the past. Journaling is a great way to do this or some kind of spiritual counseling session.
- Have a meditation practice in darkness. Normally we light candles, but for this meditation, sit in quiet reflection in the dark and see what happens. Another way to do this can be to sit in front of a mirror with little to no light and see what you see. (there is a similar practice in Wicca known as scrying with use of a dark glass plated mirror).
- Have a good sage-ing ceremony at your house, open all the windows and doors, use a good old fashioned corn broom to sweep out your thresholds and windows of dust and critters…sweep all the old out! (If you are local, you can buy sage at our studio, The Enchanted Grove, and I have even seen it at Whole Foods and Mustard Seed stores if you are not local!).
Free Printable Chakra Card – The Sacral Chakra
Journal these power statements, fill in the blanks and see where it takes you!