Perhaps you, too, have been feeling overwhelmed, heart-broken, and oppressed by the news these last months and especially the last the several weeks. Years ago when I was working very hard in therapy to heal issues from my childhood, my therapist told me…
Deep sea divers can’t stay in the depths for extended periods of time. They have to surface for a time before they dive deeply again.
Fatigue and frequent tears are signals that I need to come up for air, to remain centered in the midst of these chaotic and unpredictable times. I recall my counselor’s long ago wisdom, and in the spirit of extreme self-care I’m choosing to focus on the splendor of autumn today and it’s velvety, rich invitations for the spirit.
This season of transformation reminds me to prepare to go inward for reflection and spiritual renewal. It’s a cool, cloudy day on the Western edge of the continent and I’m making a conscious choice to spend the afternoon browsing my personal library in search of a good read. A new journal also feels called for, and perhaps it’s the moment to open the tin of ginger tea I’ve been saving for a special occasion. The season has arrived for hearth-tending and lighting lots of candles. I’m eager to curl up in a favorite well-worn sweater, and pull on a pair of soft warm socks.
My spirit is hungry for inspiration. Symbols abound as I shuffle the cards of the Belle Coeur Wisdom Pacquet. I spread the 71 cards on my desk and draw one card, for insight, as I write this. The Apron card (#38) from the Suit of Cyphers. The accompanying guidebook provides the card’s description:
Apron–Service, (This card is) symbolic for hearth-tending, hospitality, order, and vestments. A very appropriate card for today.
Symbols have always intrigued me. I think of the symbols that I associate with autumn…pomegranates, acorns, crows, falling leaves, the moon…
There are invitations within the arrival of every season.
How do you feel called to respond to autumn’s sensual delights?
Do you have favorite symbols that speak to you of autumn’s mystery?
What are the ways you practice extreme self-care to nourish your body, mind, and spirit?
What does autumn invite you to explore, express, and imagine?
Autumn is a Sabbath season. Gratitude is the prayer. Take stock of the blessings received, and succumb to tranquility. It is the dusk of the year, and the darkest months approach, heralded by the North Wind as she takes the remaining leaves from the trees. It is a time for sweet reverie, appreciation, and preparation as all the earth approaches the season of silence and gestation.