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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It’s safe to say that sacred women’s circles are making a big come back. No longer lost ancient forms of gathering in community, circles are now becoming increasingly available around the world as an opportunity to gather with shared intention, possibly to meet new friends, devote time to spiritual practice, to experience particular ceremony. Whatever happens and whoever you meet, you are sure to come home to yourself. The way of the circle offers us a very different form of connection and community in which we can come to understand ourselves and each other- and to find the magick and medicine we need at the time.
Circles are an ancient way of life, but are now being held in towns everywhere, in schools, board rooms, and online, and they have the potential to support healing and transformation of communities on many levels. I believe that when you attend your first Circle, you awaken to a new way of relating and being, and its addictive.
My first ever circle was with today’s guest Mitlé Southey in 2018, when I attended her 3 day circle facilitator training, and that immersive experience changed me deeply, and revealed a deeper path forward for me personally in my own healing, as well as in my work that I do. I’m overjoyed to welcome MItlé to the podcast, and to share with you a delicious conversation about:
What circles are, and what may happen in a circle,
Our first circle experiences, and how they shaped our lives,
How circles are medicinal, transformative experiences that can set deep healing in motion,
Why receiving guidance and training in how to hold circles is an important consideration as space holders,
How circles are available for all people, and how the circle process can be imbued into our work, lives, and relationships,
The role circles can play in rites of passage processes for all people, and how Mitlé is hosting Mother-Son circles, and I am host Mother-Daughter circles particularly. Listen in to Episode 60 of Wild Flow, and share with us 3 words that encapsulate your first ever circle experience! xxx
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imagine a world where mothers were given sacred space to welcome their daughters intentionally into their coming of age rite of passage. and where girls were welcomed into circle with other mothers and daughters to find deep wisdom, loving support and a chance to experience true sisterhood all before their 13th birthday. there is a place on earth: it’s called the seeding wisdom journey held annually in the illawarra (nsw) by wise women arahni lion and jo rockendorfer. If you’ve ever wished you were more supported, more seen and heard, more understood and respected in your own maiden years, this is a truly special way of healing that part of you, and to give your child the best start to a conscious, empowered, embodied and connected womanhood. I know that when my daughters are of age, we will be taking the journey together, one by one.
Arahni and Jo share the story of why and how they created this potent experience, what happens within the journey, and why this kind of initiatory journey is needed now, more than ever.