Are we going to heed her call? Weariness can lead us to rest and stillness, we may feel the need for personal space, to withdraw from the madding crowd for a while and retreat. How many of us kick against this? How many of us ignore the voice of Nature when she speaks to us? We do so at our peril. She tells us that without a season of rest we dishonour ourselves and our bodies.
Our lives mirror everything back to us. Winter is a time to reflect and recognise this natural dying back of old energy, a time to cast off and build up the new. The womb-like presence of the Earth Mother offers us a resting place and in retreating we find comfort in the dark and the stillness. The darkness is a great teacher if we can learn to face it without fear.
Why must we always be doing? A life full to the brim with activity needs punctuating with resting points… When we are feeling disconnected and stressed with too much busy-ness, re-aligning with the Earth’s energy brings us back into balance. Stopping to ground and centre will stabilize and re-orientate us. The soul still grows in dormancy, but in the peace and quiet of an environment better suited to its needs.
The regenerative energy of the Crone teaches the acceptance of endings as a natural passing of one thing to another. She wraps her winter cloak around us and calls us to slumber deeply and recognise that a greater plan lies beneath the surface of all things. Each cycle passes from one phase to the next and nothing ever really dies as the circle of life continues.
Transformative times bring healing and change, the essence of all Magic. If we can see it in Nature, then we can see it in all things. We can see it and feel it in ourselves. We can recognise it at work in our own lives and we can use it to empower everything we do.
Reflection helps to understand where you have been, all that’s been learned along the way and all that has determined who you are now. Remember that change signifies all that has been outgrown as you conserve your energies, prioritize your time and rest up fully. Relax deeper into the self, stretch and grow.
The spirit of Winter is a gift from Nature. She brings her healing energy to revitalise, to restore all that has been lost and directs you to find again, the Magic within.
Magical Mantra ~ I rest and renew ~
I hope this resonated in some way for you and look forward to choosing a card and sharing its message in the next issue...
Illustrations by Tania Copsey from The Magic of Nature Oracle