We’re about a month away from the Spring Equinox. In ancient calendars, this equinox was considered the beginning of summer, while Summer Solstice was the marker of mid-summer.
For some of us, this “beginning of summer” often comes at a time when we are still wearing down jackets and scraping the ice off our windshields. And, yet, as is the case with all the seasonal markers of the year, ancient earth-based cultures held an awareness not only of what is visible to us, but also of what is invisible.
At the equinoxes solar and lunar energies are in a state of equilibrium. At Spring Equinox the invisible downward growth of root systems, both plant roots and your own energy roots, is now counter-balanced by visible growth upward and outward.
The Necessity of Descent
Descending into the darkness of our unconscious and our inner selves is an age-old challenge for many human beings, as we encounter aspects of our psyches that may not feel comfortable to our conscious ego-identities. Challenging as this descent may be, it is a necessary encounter with our own depths. This descent been the subject of many ancients myths: Inanna in Sumerian mythology, Persephone in Greek mythology, Osiris in Egyptian mythology, along with numerous other examples cross-culturally.
These descent myths share an understanding that one’s descent into darkness ensures fertility, growth and a renewal of life. (And, yes, the Christian resurrection story is a relatively recent adaptation of ancient mythologies.)
Without a descent to the roots of our humanness, we have little or no possibility of emergence into the light of conscious awareness.
The Gift of Emergence
I believe that the gift of emergence from the dark into the light is compassion for ourselves and others (in that order).
If I have stayed present with my own chaos, imperfection and vulnerability through the inner and outer darkness of winter, my psyche has been nourished by the compost, darkness and moisture it needs to grow into the light.
The balance of equal amounts of darkness and light at Equinox provide exceptional moments to integrate the shadow and the light, the lunar and the solar, and the feminine and masculine components of our psyches.
These extraordinary moments of Equinox, energetically speaking, are with us for about a three day period (e.g., March 20-22) and provide a unique opportunity for releasing and detoxifying the compost from which we are emerging, while sending our first tender shoots of new growth upward toward the sun.
Ceremony Creates a Conscious Bridge Between the Invisible & the Visible
The more consciously we acknowledge these seasonal markers of the year, the more in alignment we become with the wholeness of who we are. When I become relational with my inner wilderness, my emergence into the solar light of consciousness becomes robust. I am well prepared to grow into what I call my Fully Blossomed Self.
So, how will you optimize this powerful time of equinox emergence this spring? Here are a few ideas:
• Take a detoxifying soak in your own bathtub:
1/2 cup sea salt, 1/2 cup organic apple cider vinegar and 5-10 drops of essential oil of rose or lavender. Soak for up to 20 minutes with a candle lit nearby and hold an intent to be restored to balance and beauty
• Substitute or supplement one meal a day with a raw, green juice. (My favorite: cucumber, celery, kale, ginger, apples, beets, cilantro, lemon)
• Start or renew your commitment to a dance, yoga, martial arts or workout program
• Get your flower and vegetable seedlings started in a used egg carton (and then plant the individual sections at the appropriate time for you area)
For many years, I’ve celebrated the equinoxes by offering shamanic ceremonies here in Santa Fe. This year, our ceremony will be a powerful day-long workshop introducing my Three Energy Body Self-Healing System and then the powerful Detoxification & Balance Ceremony to increase our capacity for aliveness and joy.
Whether you live in Santa Fe or live just a plane-ride away, I invite you to make the most of your emergence from the dark of winter into the light of your Fully Blossomed Self. I’d love for you to join us for our Equinox Ceremony & Workshop on March 22nd.
In Love, Aliveness & Transformation,