(photo taken by Elliott)
Today I put my small garden to rest, Kyan is home from school with his first cold of the season. The sun was out and the crisp morning was perfect for trimming the raspberry canes and the stems of faded Lady's Mantle blossoms. Our home is slowly coming back together after several room renovations. The process of refreshing after 5 years in this home is fulfilling but made October far from stress free.
There were a few traditions missed, we picked no apples and put out minimal Halloween decorations. But in the spirit of doing our best with the situation at hand we still made the most of the seasonal fun.
I look forward to the Yule season this year as a time to decorate and make the most of our inside space although living in such a temperate climate we are able to be outside all year (as long as we don't mind the rain)
Dancing the Spiral at Reclaiming's Samhain ritual felt like a complete renewal of my body at the cellular level. I find that I have become more open to the energy raised each year. When I leave the ritual space I feel new, almost reborn and that energy carries me through the darkening. In fact I crave that renewal and look forward to immersing myself in the winter season to come. Perhaps being an autumn baby adds to the power of this time. 38 bares little problem for me, unlike how I felt last year as my 37 birthday approached. Looking back on the past 10 months I see why I felt so uneasy last year. It was a year of change and lessons, a harbinger of growth and things I didn't want to accept. It may be something I'll reflect more on next month.