The importance of consciousness is so great that one cannot help suspecting the element of meaning to be concealed somewhere within all the monstrous, apparently senseless biological turmoil…” C.G. Jung
On June 22nd at the time of the summer solstice we entered the sign of Cancer ruled by the Moon. The Moon embodies the best characteristics of the ancient healers, the purity of the stream, the sacredness of the healing experience, and the critical importance of being connected to the cycles of life and the natural world. On July 2nd we will experience a New Moon in Cancer and the promise of light to come as the moon waxes toward fullness bringing new light and awareness into our consciousness.
We are moving into a pivotal transition from late Spring when seeds are planted and nourished, to summer a time of activity, travel, warmth and abundant growth. In TCM this is the season of the Fire Element, which may be experienced as bliss, laughter, expansiveness, flowering, productivity and ease.
In late April of 2019, we celebrated a ten-year milestone dedicated to forest stewardship. Under the direction of the New Mexico Forestry Division and the Forest Heath Initiative we have been actively engaged in a program to care for our 34-acre property located on the western slopes of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range in north central New Mexico. Approximately 20 acres of our land is heavily forested.
Has winter reigned too long? As we write this on March 23rd snow continues to fall in the mountains of Northern New Mexico, despite the Spring Equinox heralding the arrival of spring.
New snow blankets much of the US including places where snow typically does not fall such as Southern California. We were not spared this major event, as a slow-moving storm from west to east, provided us with two feet of fresh snow, high winds, and drifts in excess of three feet. This on top of the many layers of snow we have received throughout the season is in extreme contrast to our recent time in Mexico and needless to say, we are ready for the return of Spring. Although we are blanketed in white, there is an interior sense of the coming of spring.
In the last few weeks we’ve had many conversations with people about how challenging 2018 was and how a perceptible shift is in the air. February 5th heralds the Chinese New Year, the arrival of the Earth pig, the twelfth sign in the Chinese zodiac. It is a symbol of wealth and good fortune especially since the pig attracts success in all aspects of life. Pig embodies the archetype of lover of life – exploring, traveling, and finding joy and beauty in the moment. Pig also invites generosity of spirit and kindness and reminds us of the critical importance of caring for others and oneself. Finding time to relax, enjoy life and be present for family, friends and the broader community. Earth Pig years are the perfect opportunity to accomplish the transformation of our dreams into reality as it is a time of exceptional opportunity.
It is still and quiet here at the Mothership providing ample time for quite reflection and genuine wonder at the abundant gifts from nature. As some of you may have seen from Ellen’s Facebook posts we have been blessed with an abundant snow fall. As we write this on New Year’s Day 2019, the snow is falling at about two inches per hour, with more than two feet on the ground and no end in sight. We are taking frequent breaks to shovel but can’t help feeling the powerful influences of Sedna.
As the solstice approaches there is an opportunity to find our own still point to reach deep within and to find celebration, ceremony and ritual to feed our hearts, the depths of our soul, and access the beautiful light contained within us all. At this creative junction between the darkest day of the year and a return to the light may it provide a powerful gateway for the shifts we wish to see in ourselves and in the world.
“A life without love is of no account. Don’t ask yourself what kind of love you should seek, spiritual or material, divine or mundane, Eastern or Western. Divisions only lead to more divisions. Love has no labels, no definitions. It is what it is, pure and simple. Love is the water of life. And a lover is a soul of fire! The universe turns differently when fire loves water.” — Rumi