but as for the way we have to go,
words are no preparation.
There is no getting ready, other than grace….
Inside each of us, there’s continual autumn.
Our leaves fall and are blown out over the water.
A crow sits in the blackened limbs
and talks about what’s gone….
There’s a necessary dying,
and then Jesus is breathing again.
Very little grows on jagged rock.
Be ground. Be crumbled, so wildflowers
will come up where you are.
You’ve been stony for too many years.
Try something different.
Welcome to a day well spent honoring the perfect equilibrium between night and day via ritual self-reflection on what needs attending as we cross the threshold to the waning year.
This time of the year we turn inward, measure the mood of the trees on the mountain as the roots deepen and leaves begin their litanies of surrender. We slow our pace and turn our attention to what is falling away and where our roots sink deeper areas into the Earth. We gather our much-needed energies as we begin our march into the long nights of winter and the season of our elderhood. But before we get there it is the time for inventory, for harvestings, and for storing.
What projects need completing before you reach the longest night? What loose ends need tying? What remains to be harvested that will sustain you in the coming months, and what remains to be gathered?
The rites of the Fall are important in many cultures because they help us release those inherent lessons we have learned but no longer serve. We then work the alchemical process of transmutation for those lessons which remain and become our highest source of wisdom as we move forward on the Earth.
Every season brings its own initiations, but Fall rites of passage are the most important because they illuminate the rituals for all the other months of the year.
By actively engaging in the rituals of Fall, we keep the circle of life turning. Our actions and sacred intentions serve as a catalyst for renewal in the spring, for all of nature both seen and unseen, over and over again, as we travel through the seasons. In the Calendar of the Soul, Fall is also the time to update the consciousness of the adolescent in each of us, so that we may perceive our roles and responsibilities in life in a more spiritually mature way.As we step in time with the rhythm the energies of the Earth which are falling away around us. we too must let fall away all childish notions which inhibit the growth of our soul’s evolution.
I invite you to join our composting circle and begin your seasonal withdrawal into your own darkness, where you’ll encounter your Shadow and the inevitability of death.
We’ll embrace opportunities to be transformed from spiritual adolescence toward a more mature sense of self, a soul reaching for the light of awareness, empowerment, and connection with the world around you.
As a participant in this workshop, you will experience Fall initiations, rituals, and guided journeys that yield an abundance of visions, positive physical sensations, interactions with healing images, archetypes and meaningful metaphors, along with information about this process and much more. Looking forward to sharing in this sacred space with you all!