Archetypes of the Crone, Midnight, your bleed. In the Peak darkness, and the cusp of new light. The void, liminal space, the in-between, neither here nor there. A time of having one foot in the past and one in the future. The end of the cycle also brings with it new beginnings. The start of the new cycle ahead.
I feel like it’s akin to the new year – that moment we celebrate by looking back at all things experienced, endured, achieved, begun, completed – we notice all that has been and we give thanks for being where we are today. We look back and see the stepping stones that bought us to where we are right now in this present moment. And on the other hand, we can look forward, we can glimpse the possibilities, and feel the limitless opportunities that the new year/cycle may bring.
But we need to celebrate the ending and let that be, before diving into the new. In the southern hemisphere we’re only mid-way through the year – so winter solstice brings a potent moment to reflect on how the year has been for us this far, and what we may wish to alter to course correct or further activate our first half year experience. It’s a time to give thanks and acknowledge, and in duality, vision into what may come next.
Over the last fortnight, I have noticed many, many people experiencing this ending in profoundly felt ways. Solstice is a portal that can bring up a deep opportunity to heal, to feel, to grow.
To honour the solstice I invite you to explore your patterns and experiences of endings and beginnings.
❆ What does ending feel like to you? ❆ Where do you feel it in your body? ❆ How do you respond and move through endings?
❆ And with beginnings, how do you begin? Is there a pattern at play?
It’s said that how we are born imprints us with the way in which we move through transitions, endings and beginnings, it imprints us with how we birth everything, including children, projects, businesses, and relationships.
I want you to..
❆ Take a moment to reflect on how both endings and beginnings feel to you.
❆ Have you been feeling the sense of ending/beginning with the solstice, or has this not felt true for you?
❆ Is there a patterning playing out through your life? It is said that how we are born imprints us with the way in which we move through transitions, endings and beginnings.
Create a spiral on the floor of your home or outside using any materials you like, perhaps rope, flowers, foliage, candles, rocks or other found or sacred objects.
When you are ready, walk your spiral slowly, consciously into the middle, taking an unlit candle with you as you go.
The walk-in = descent, the past.
When you arrive in the centre, give thanks for the wisdom of the past and endings that you have received. Give thanks for all that has served and supported you to be right here and now in the present moment.
Light your candle, which represents your inner knowing and the return of the light, and share the wisdom you will carry with you into this beginning, and state your vision for the future.
Walk back out of the spiral, which represents the ascent, the beginning, the return of the light, the future and takes a seat with your candle.
You might like to integrate this experience through meditation, movement, journaling, releasing all the ideas, beliefs, patterns that don’t support you anymore, or another nourishing practice.
Blessings to you x
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Did you know that on average, Australian females experience between 450-500 periods in her lifetime, with the average cycle spanning between 21-35 days, and the average bleed lasting between 2-7 days?
Once we begin menstruating (at menarche – pronounced “men-ar-kee”) which occurs anywhere these days between roughly the ages of 8-15, and commonly around ages 12-13, we begin our monthly bleed (menstrual cycle) until we reach menopause which occurs approximately at the age of 50 (although again, this can occur much earlier or later as it is do individual).
After menarche our periods will be irregular for most of our teen years until the rhythm is established and our hormones settle into their natural, beautiful cycle. You might notice that some months you bleed for longer, or more heavily than other times, or that your cycle isn’t the same length each time. This is all ok – everyone’s cycle is different.
When you want to create real change, its important that you don’t follow what you think you should be focusing on. instead, ask yourself what’s true for you. how will you know? your body will tell you.
Have you picked a word for the year yet? A New Year’s resolution? Is your year mapped out with strict timelines and a whole lotta hustle? Maybe so… But if this approach doesn’t feel quite right to you, I’d love to offer you a different way: a more feminine, embodied, feelings-based way of setting intentions for the year ahead. In this episode I’m sharing my embodied intention-setting technique which I guide all my private wild feminine coaching clients through, so you can get crystal-clear, alive, juicy and deeply inspired to call in your most luscious year yet.
What’s more, the cycle mysteries teach us that New Years Day is not the correct time to be declaring “New Year, New Me!”. Instead, there’s meant to be an in-built hibernation, restorative time to let the death of the last year complete, and the visioning and dreaming of the new year to occur before we rush in all guns blazing with our new habits.
I suggest we allow ourselves one Moon, until New Moon (22nd Jan 2023) to let our visions become clear, so we’re sure we’re choosing the right path that honours our capacity, desires, needs and energy, rather than overriding and pushing through. Let’s resist the urge to overdo it and then quit at the first hurdle, all burnt out, and instead take a cyclical, embodied approach right from the get-go.