Dear Wild Sister
The Equinox has passed. The scales are now tipping as we begin our descent into the dark half of the year. How do you feel?
The Season of the Wild is well and true. The trees are shedding their leaves, letting go of their load to fall back to earth or scatter to the winds, to be welcomed back into the fold of the Great Mother. As the leaves fall so too does the temperature as Earth’s breath picks up and swirls. The natural world is preparing her grand finale to thrills us with a beautiful ballet of wind and leaf with a backdrop of her spectacular jewelled landscape of purples, oranges, rusts and gold. The crisp scents in the air tantalize us and the desire to turn inwards with the soft glow of candle light, cozy woollen layers, nourishing soups and hot chocolate is ever increasing with the call of the hearth.
Do you welcome and embrace the wilds of Autumn with open arms and joy or with sadness and melancholy for the summer just gone? This betwixt season, the transition season between the sizzling joy of summer and the cold dead of winter is when everything is changing and evolving; shedding and letting go, preparing for the next stage.
What are you letting go of this year? A part of my rewilding has witnessed the shedding of spiritual paraphernalia and encroaching dogma that has no place in my practice, things such as calendar dates, crystals, words that aren’t mine, rituals and set structures that don’t fit with my own belief or values and a public declaration that I hate the smell of burning sage!!!!! I have taken my social media hiatus a step further and cut those cords; 3 months without socials and instead of holding onto them from a distance for a further 9 months, I’ve released those tethers as they serve me not. This has been my exhale and what a deeply satisfying exhale it has been.
Tapping into our wild and releasing it has enormous benefits to our health and well being. Being free from that which ties us down or is being carried around in the form of a dead weight or burden allows the space to grow that which enriches your life. Even if it is just one small tiny thing that you are able to cast off, it still lightens your load.
The mental health of the planet’s populous has been front and centre in 2020 what with the global pandemic, human rights, climate change, politics and the general doom and gloom of the news where you are. It is important to take a moment to check on your health; physical and mental. Find time (even if it means when you go to bed) to take a full body scan, starting from top of your head and work your way down to your feet – where are you feeling heavy, sluggish, tight, sore, emotional, drained, exhausted. See if you can feel into the why and how you can ease the symptoms through identifying the causes. This may sound very woowoo and simplistic, but if you are finding your health is suffering, try it, use this bedding down time to heal and get rid of the toxins. The more room you have to breathe the better your health overall.
Eating seasonally, the wild offerings, is also a tonic for health; elderberries, rosehips, the last of the brambles, all full of vitamins and stuff to ward off colds and boost your immunity. Get outside into the fresh air local park/woodland and get foraging to make your own special brew to see you through the winter. I’ve collected elderberries from my local park and rosehips from the canal tow path to make syrups and tinctures this weekend.
Wildness and wellness are interconnected, one supporting the other. Just as we are all connected to the Great Mother, we are part of the cycle, part of the collective, part of nature, not apart from it all.