A blessed Equinox to all of you (Spring here in the north of the world, Autumn to my friends south of the equator)!
Last night, I enjoyed the company of many like-spirited people at a Great Turning Gathering. The Great Turning refers to this very time in history when we have the opportunity to shift from a destructive industrial growth model to a life-sustaining model of being in our world. We watched a short film, Joanna Macy and the Great Turning, then used World Café (a variation on circle process) to hold a conscious conversation about the big questions we carry that ignite our inner fire, what that inner fire inspires us to do in these times, how we sustain ourselves as we carry out these actions, and much more. It felt so connective to be back in a circle-type group and to address such matters as well as to see and hear Joanna Macy again, if only in audio-video form. I remembered how important it is to balance personal reflective time with moments of sharing then times of action. Then we can take all of our sharing and action back into reflection, share again, and act again. The blend of these three things is vital for all of us, regardless of who we are or what our calling in the world may be. Other themes that emerged during the final full-group circle were the importance of gathering, connection to land, connection to self, connection to each other, receiving and passing on a lineage, balancing “me time” with “us time”, to keep listening to one another, the practice of gratitude, wondering how we can be the best possible humans in these times, images of fire, pictures of circles, the yin-yang symbol, and spiral shapes, how to move from conversation to action, and how to shift to being a communion of subjects rather than a collection of objects. As I walked home, I paused at one point and noticed the delicious quiet near a particular residential intersection — Life seemed to be saying, “Thank you for coming back to this.” I returned home feeling as though a soul thirst had been quenched.
This morning, I asked the Motherpeace Tarot, “What gifts are emerging from last night’s Great Turning gathering?” and got the 4 of Discs, reversed. This card suggests to me that the gifts of integrating last night’s concepts into our cells, demonstrating Earthspirit, establishing longer-term security and wellness, a sense of sanctuary within, and doing what’s needed in order to be safe, secure, and grounded are emerging (so far) from our time together.
Today, as we approach the Vernal Equinox where I dwell on Mama Earth’s body, I feel inclined to do a simple ritual suggested by Vicki Noble, one of the Motherpeace Tarot’s creators. Perhaps you could do the same. Go outside, notice a tree that stands out for you and sit near or under it. Spend at least ten minutes just breathing with it, connecting with it. Then draw four cards from your symbolic deck of choice: one for your roots (grounding), one for your trunk (stability), one for your branches (outreach), and one for your leaves (communication). Notice which ones are strongest and which ones are weakest . Pull helper cards to suggest healing for any parts that might need it. Complete the ritual by breathing fresh Spring air deeply into and out of your body.
Again, a blessed Equinox to all of you!