I love the fall! Changing leaves, cooler weather, scary movies, Halloween, sweaters, knee high socks, hot cups of tea and coffee. The chill in the air that causes us to embrace our inner warmth. However, fall can be a difficult time, as the days shorten and become cooler, we have less warmth and light in which to play. This is a time to turn inward, to follow our own light.
There is an ebb and flow.
Demeter (Persephone's mother) and Sedna are two goddesses that illuminate our ability to embrace our inner winter.
When Hades tricked Persephone to join him in the underworld, Demeter, goddess of harvest (she is the one who brought fertile lands to the world.) fell into the deep depression, mourning the loss of her daughter. Not only did Demeter fall into depression but the land as well. Nothing grew and the land became barren. She embraced her sadness, she allowed herself to weep. When her daughter returned she rejoiced left her world of retreat and once again the land was fertile, Growth flourished.
Sedna's story is tragic one. She was picky and could not decide on a suitor, this frustrated her father to no end. Until finally they were tricked by a bird (dressed as a human). The bird took Sedna and when she discovered the truth, she called to her father her rescue her. Well, the bird did not like that and while Sedna and her father where trying to flee by boat, the bird called to his friends and they began to attack the boat. Sedna's father fearing for his own life, tossed her overboard. She clutched to the side of the boat, so he chopped off her fingers, she grabbed a hold again and so he chopped off her hands. Sedna sank to the bottom of the ocean. Her fingers and hands became the sea animals. It is said that she controls the sea animals available for hunters and fisherman. She is also queen of the souls. She reminds us that out of tragedy and darkness comes life and rebirth.
Make time to honor your inner process.
Meditate on how you are like Demeter or Sedna. On what is going on in your life. What needs to be healed. Where you are growing.
Journal. Write about your life. What you struggle with. Your pains, sorrows, joys and happiness.
Pay attention to your dreams. Our dreams is how our subconscious mind communicates with our conscious mind. What are you processing in your sleep?
Spend time in nature. Notice the changing landscape. Watch the wildlife. Feel the difference in the air. Experience the outdoors with your five senses.
Take time to dive into your shadows.