Dear Wild Sister
I heard the first honking of the geese overhead, announcing their arrival from the colder lands in the north, almost a week ago. Their choral V formation soaring across the dusky sky confirmed that Autumn too had arrived.
Autumn is most definitely here and has been settling in for a few weeks. The subtle changes felt and welcomed in the cooler temperatures, the drawing in of the evenings, the misty early mornings and the first honking of the geese overhead. The Great Mother needs no calendrical date or planetary alignment to dictate the change of Her season. She knows when to shift; She feels it and allows it. She is wild and free. She is sovereign.
Autumn is the season of shedding and letting go, healthy and necessary pruning. Everything is changing, evolving, transforming, preparing for the next stage. The wheel turns, the cycle continues. Autumn heralds the winding down of the year, and 2020 is one year I feel many people will be glad to see the back of.
The Autumn season in a woman’s life is that magical time when she herself is in transition; the phase between Mother and Crone. This is the season of Wild Woman. She may also be referred to as Medicine Woman, Warrior, Enchantress, Witch.
The season of the Wild honours the the waning phase of the moon, the acceptance of the journey towards the end (which is inevitable in all forms of life). The energy is introspective and contemplative, assessing what has gone before and what is yet to come, meeting and facing the shadows. The Autumnal Wild Woman is deep and questioning. For those of us cycling with our menses, this phase represents our Inner Autumn, aka pre menstrual phase: when we want to retreat, have little to no patience or tolerance for bullshit, because this is the most honest phase. We meet our shadow where it forces us to see what we would rather not and either hide from it or face and deal with it. It’s Wild.
Now is our time to take and make space for ourselves, turn inwards to nurture ourselves and get to know ourselves better (going to drop self care in here). Are you finding that you are becoming more interested in a personal spiritual practice or are curious to find out what it all (life) means to you (including understanding and learning to trust your own intuition for example)? The need to reclaim who you are!
Just as the seasonal wheel perpetually turns, so too do the cycles and spirals within us. The Wilds of last Autumn may be (most probably will be) a slightly different hue or energy to this Autumn and next year’s as we evolve and transform with the experience and existence of this life. The learning, unlearning, lessons, remembering, reclaiming, challenges, loves and loses we face shape us and mould us.
So I ask you, in this, the Season of the Wild, to contemplate and ruminate on your own wild. What leaves are you shedding, what fruit are you bearing and gratefully harvesting in abundance, how are you transforming? How are you honouring and embracing your Wild Woman within?