Maintaining our centre
Well, it’s here … or is it? Spring that is. I have to admit that April seems to have gone by in a similar manner as this past winter with cold wet days and blustery winds. And it has been a very strange month energetically with multiple eclipses, a Blood Moon and a Grand Cardinal Cross. What was that you say?
What we have been enduring (besides a darn good old-fashioned winter) also has an astrological explanation. Since February, three planets - Jupiter, Uranus and Pluto - have been arranging themselves in an oppositional formation. This cosmic tension has been building since December of last year making us feel irritable, spread thin, or at odds with just about everyone and everything. We wonder if we are truly going crazy… and if the whole world is as well. The closer the planets align, the more we feel their friction. The gift in this though is that it forces us to deal with whatever’s been stuffed down, ignored or is no longer serving us. When these things are courageously confronted, our life (and the world) can be transformed forever. Think of it as an astrological cleanse or spring detox for the planet!
A dear friend of mine always says, where there are three, look for a hidden fourth … and she is right. In mid-April the planet Mars entered the mix, creating what’s called a Grand Cardinal Cross. The height of this ‘squaring the circle’ energy occurred on April 23. So think back … have the last few weeks culminated in a breaking point of some kind for you? The rising energy was almost impossible to ignore, and quite likely forced each and every one of us into action, on some front in our lives, whether we were ready or not.
This is because during a Cross, we feel stretched between all the primary areas of our life at once – between our own needs, the needs of home, family, relationships and work. This tension has been brewing for more than a year and will continue into 2015. However, breaking points also have the potential to be major turning points … and this is the hidden gift of a Grand Cross.
If all that weren’t enough, along with the Cross we are also experiencing a rare lunar tetrad which is a series of four successive total lunar eclipses. The first one occurred April 15. As with most eclipses, the moon appeared red which is caused by sunlight being scattered through the Earth's atmosphere, similar to a sunset; hence the term ‘blood moon’. The onset of Four Blood Moons is considered by some proponents of apocalyptic prophecy as a sign of coming end-times. Well, hopefully those ‘end-times’ are only occurring on a much smaller scale as we each face our individual turning points!
So once again it seems that it all comes down to ‘as above, so below’ - a balancing act – sometimes precarious, sometimes stabilizing but always challenging us to push ever forward. Like the arrival of spring itself, we know the seasonal wheel will turn and that change is inevitable. Patience, perseverance and presence are the key to maintaining our centre.
For me personally, the 1st of April marked my third year of being at the Alton Mill. But right at the Blood Moon I came down with flu/cold/bronchitis. It sidelined me big time, which is why this newsletter is a little late getting to your inbox. It forced me to be away from the studio for over eight days and deal with all sorts of ‘stuff’ – most of it ancient history that just needed to be blessed, released or re-envisioned. And that is what these strange cosmic times are asking of us.
When I returned to the Mill I was delighted, as I am every spring, to see a pair of Canada geese sitting their nest on the edge of the millpond. They choose this same precarious spot each year, lay their eggs, then persevere through extremes of cold and heat, foraging foxes, rapidly rising water and sudden bursts of rain. Sometimes they lose the eggs or have to abandon the nest. But they never give up. They simply accept, start over and lay a new batch … and persevere once again. The first spring I was at the Mill they made three attempts before finally succeeding in hatching six little goslings. Their example is a bitter-sweet metaphor for us on how to accept, with grace, long winters, late-coming springs and challenging energies.
“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is symbolic as well as actual beauty in the migration of the birds, the ebb and flow of the tides, the folded bud ready for spring. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature - the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after the winter.” (Quote by Rachel Carson from The Sense of Wonder)
Although I was side-lined temporarily this past month there is still lots going on at the studio so be sure to check out my line-up of workshops and events. This weekend is our Annual Spring Open House at the Alton Mill and I am running a special Beltane workshop to celebrate May Day and the return of the light half of the year. There are also still spots available for my special Mother’s Day Art in the Round session on Saturday May 10 (Sunday session is full!). It’s going to be a busy spring as I turn up the creative heat so be sure to drop by the studio and check out new works in progress.
May you enjoy the dance!
Artist & Shamanic Practitioner
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