Fall

A Fall ritual to nourish your soul

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Hello Beloved…

Fall has arrived swiftly. The leaves are starting to turn. The pumpkins are swelling with pride in their radiant orange. The squirrels are stacking up the last of their Winter stores.

How does the transition of seasons feel to you? Are you someone that navigates change with ease, or do you fight it kicking and screaming? How can you allow yourself to fall gracefully into Fall this year?

Sit outside for 20-30 minutes. Allow yourself to notice the feel of air on your skin. Notice the colors that swirl around you. Listen to the sounds of the animals. Smell the decaying leaves and earth preparing to go inward.

Begin the journey inward with intent this year by using this Fall ritual I created just for you.

See what a difference it makes in your attitude and your mood in the season ahead.

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May you feel deeply supported and nourished this Fall. If you need support on your inward journey, I am here. Contact me anytime.

XX Nicole

Earth Medicine for Fall

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Earth Medicine for Fall

We stand nearly in the middle of the Fall Equinox and Winter Solstice, in the Northwest of the medicine wheel. 

Next time you are outside, take a moment and notice what is happening around you. 

Not only is the Earth putting on a spectacular, colorful show, the Earth is reminding us of the importance of letting go. 

The trees and bushes are shedding their leaves. The flowers of Summer are slowing wilting and dying away for their Winter's nap. 

The Earth is letting go of all that isn't necessary, so they can nourish themselves and go deeply inward to build their strength to be able to unfurl their leaves and blossoms next Spring. 

This is the Earth Medicine for Fall.

Let go. Release. Go inside and discover what habits, work, to-do's, lists, and commitments are no longer bringing you joy and need to be released so there is space for something more nourishing to show up for you. 

If our lives are so full of things we have settled for, there will never be room for what we long for to show up. 

Find a trusted friend and share the things you are longing to let go with each other. This will likely deepen your relationship and you will have someone to hold you accountable to the shifts you long to make over the upcoming months. 

The other medicine the Earth brings us is rest. 

As daylight savings time is making for earlier and longer nights, I feel my bones craving rest and quiet by late afternoon. 

Are you giving yourself permission to rest more or to go to bed earlier?

What will happen if you listen to the calling of your inner knowing? What is the worst that can happen if you slow down or stop when your body says it needs you to? 

Tap into the wisdom of Mama Bear. 

Bear Medicine resides in the West and has a lot of wisdom to share with us. 

Bear knows it can’t go at full speed, full throttle all year. It needs a period of rest. Can you allow yourself permission to have that? Can you at least slow down a little bit to fall into the rhythm of the season? 

Look all around you. The Earth is doing it, so why can’t you?

To letting go and deeply resting in the weeks ahead!

xx Nicole

Tending to death and our ancestors

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THIS WEEKEND...THE VEILS BETWEEN THE REALMS ARE THIN.

Connect With and Honor Your Ancestors

With All Hallows Eve, Samhain, Halloween, Day of the Dead and All Saints Day, this time is ripe with opportunity to explore the connection to those that have come and gone before us.

Pull out your old photos, create an altar, and/or set a place at the table this weekend to honor your ancestors.  Tell your favorite stories about them, ask them for guidance as you head into your dreamtime, light a candle and invite them into your home.  

Your ancestors, your guides, your spirit animals are all around you.  

This weekend, find a few quiet moments to connect with them using the journey I created for you, to gather guidance and wisdom that you most need or are seeking right now.  

ANCESTRAL WISDOM GUIDED JOURNEY

If your family has a messy past, like most of us do, make a conscious choice and set some intentions for how you want to heal and bring different experiences to your family line going forward.  

And, if there are things you adore about your family, set the intentions to continue those traditions with your own family as well.  


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Tending to Death and The Dying

Of What’s Left To Come

Contemplate the days,
Not the ones past,
But those yet to come.

How many remain? 
On this earth
In this body
Underneath this sky?

What we deny
Diminishes us

As Death will come
Why not
Embrace death now
As a wise old friend

Let Death
Strip you of your pretense
Awaken your humanity
Humble you in its mystery

Why wait? 
Allow Death’s inevitability
To arouse your secret longing for life
And move you to courageous acts of living

What do you have to lose? 
But the partial death
you call life

Don’t wait. Don’t hesitate  
All that we love will die

Dear Friend, 
Please
Come closer
Help me to love this life
While I still can

- Forest Fein

 

Last Sunday, I had the honor of sitting among a group of women discussing death.  The title of the workshop was Tending Sacred Death: A Witches Perspective.  

I know, it isn't a topic most people want to sign up to talk about but it is such a vital topic.  

As I shift my work from the threshold of birth, I feel the magnetic pull to sit and tend the threshold of death.  

I have recently begun to care for an 86 year old woman on the weekends and also started a job working at my local Senior Center.  Working with our wise elders is opening up a portal of new inner work for me to uncover.  

Our teacher last weekend shared how death is universal and deeply personal.  Since we have all been born, we are all guaranteed death will happen.  Yet, every single death is as unique as each of us are.  

As we wove our way through the day, we could feel the energy shift from light, to heavy, back to light again depending on the topic at an given moment.  The elements were extremely present and participatory through out the day.  

The connection between birth and death in relationship to the medicine wheel were deeply present in our conversation.  

In the big picture of life, starting at birth we wind our way around the medicine wheel from:

East: Element of Air, Breath, Life, New Beginnings, Birth, Infancy, Life Force

South: Element of Fire, Adolescence, Creativity, Passion, Joy, Movement

West: Element of Water, Adulthood, Emotions, Drive, Going with the Flow

North: Element of Earth, Elders, Ancestors, Wise Ones, Darkness, Truth, Going Inward, Deep Knowing

As we move towards death, we begin to wind our way backwards, occasionally moving between them over a period of days or weeks:

North: Losing our attachment to the Earth; Getting our affairs in order; No longer wanting to eat to nourish our bodies.  We begin to lose our grip on the here and now, and time bleeds between the past and present.  

West: Our bodies begin to lose their water.  Our cells and mucous membranes dry out or swell up as our cells break down and release water into surrounding tissues.  We literally begin to shrivel and close into ourselves as our bodies start shutting down.  We seek to make amends. 

South: The spark that gets us up and moving again, or alert after a period of time of unconsciousness.  We strive to move our bodies and minds one last time.  

East: The breath becomes shallow, rattles (as though we are rattling our own souls over this threshold), and slows down.  Eventually, ending in one final breath.  

It will happen.  

Whether we wind backwards in the wheel in a milli-second or it takes us weeks, death will come for us.  

So, it is our job to befriend it.  

Cuddle up close to it and not take a single day or moment for granted.  Death and Destiny are close friends and we need them both to guide us forward on our path.  

Ask death often, "Death, am I doing the work of my destiny?" And REALLY, deeply listen for the answer.  

This is our work for the Fall time.  

  • Go inward.  
  • Seek your own inner truth.  
  • Ask for guidance from your elders, your ancestors or your guides.  
  • Harvest the seeds you planted back in the Spring time.  
  • Slow down.
  • Find ease and flow in your day to day life.  
  • Let your emotions be your guide.
  • And of course, enjoy all things pumpkin spice and a glass of bourbon cuddled up next to the fire.  

To Death and Destiny...

xx Nicole