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The Darkness Births the Light ORIGIN COLUMNIST | KK Ledford


Dream your life’s vision into being.


W


e have recently entered the gateway of the most auspicious time of the year,


Samhain (Hallowmas), the Celtic new year. This is a time when the gods draw near and the veil of consciousness between the worlds, separating the land of the living from the Otherworld, becomes thin. We honor the Ancient Ones, the ancestors, and all those that have passed from this world. We celebrate those that have traveled into the relative world and emerged as newborns to have an embodied adventure. It is a time for invocations and incantations, divination, increased sensitivity, and deep listening.


This time of the year when we are saturated in darkness, the Dark Goddess reigns; she is the Guardian of the Crossroads, able to see into the past, present, and future at once. The dark time of the year can be experienced as the Dreamtime. We submerse ourselves into the sacred Darkness where we are held, nourished, recharged. We can look back and reflect on where we have been and what we have learned, acknowledge where we are and clarify what it is we value, and gather our power in preparation for moving forward with insight and purpose into our future. The Darkness is the womb of the Goddess, where we grow our vision and dream our lives into being. It is the cauldron where we are cooked, seasoned, steeped in the wisdom of our own sacred intuition.


When the wheel of the year turns into the fullness of the Dreamtime, let yourself turn inward and allow the introspection and


reflection of this seasonal shift to emerge naturally. Tune in to the whispers of the Ancient Ones and to your own wise heart. Nest and settle in to the darkness until the light returns.


December 20 is the darkest day of the year, Solstice Eve, when we prepare for the Darkness to birth the Light. On the eve of the Winter Solstice we light candles that will burn through the longest night. We contemplate the journey we have taken this year and feel gratitude for where we are now, while creating a heartfelt wish for moving forward into a new cycle with the birth of the Solstice sun in the sky. On Wednesday, December 21, we celebrate Solstice (sun standing still) as the sun shifts from Sagittarius into Capricorn. The deep darkness envelops us, slowing us down, turning us inward, increasing our sensitivity, and from that deepened communion and quiet listening to our deepest self we are able to step into the next part of the cycle with renewed inspiration. With this turn of the Wheel of the Year, we appreciate that periods of activity and dynamism must be balanced with periods of rest and repose. This is Nature’s way.


Dream your life’s vision into being. We are held and nurtured and cooked and healed in the darkness, the womb of the Great Mother, and from this Darkness the Light is born. Celebrate with the stars and sky that the Sun returns.


Wildmoon Wisdom AstroAlignment: November 9 Neptune (awakening)


stations direct (energies move forward). November 10 brings a full moon in beauty-loving Taurus and Chiron (“wounded healer”) stations direct. Mars (action) moves into Virgo, directing our ambition and passion. On November 24 we have a new moon in Sagittarius followed by a partial solar eclipse (10:21pm PST). Mercury (communication) is retrograde from November 23 through December 13 with Sagittarius energies. Uranus (radical revolution) stations direct on December 9, and December 10 we have a total lunar eclipse (6:32am PST) with full moon in Gemini. Jupiter (expansion) stations direct on December 25 and we enter 2012 with planets moving direct.


A proud native Texan, KK is a certified Anusara® yoga teacher, astrologer, and ritualist with a quirky sense of humor. Her Wildmoonwisdom is a lightning bolt of radical awareness and deep teachings; she kicks ass and sprinkles glitter. Follow her teaching schedule and astrological updates at www.wildmoonwisdom.com.


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