Have you noticed the abundance of acorns this autumn? They are dropping from local trees like shrapnel when I pass underneath. I've been wondering what this might mean, according to folklore and in spiritual terms other than Mother Earth literally firing at me!
Acorn symbolism is a sign of prosperity and good luck. Well, we could all do with that, yes please!
The sign of oak and acorn is perseverance, which I talked about in my last blog. Oak stands for ancient wisdom, courage, power and survival. Sound familiar? Nature tells us everything we need to know, have I mentioned that before ;)
In Celtic acorn means immortality, fertility and life. I personally feel if you managed to get through the first part of this year, the first wave of COVID and months of lockdown and craziness around, then you've already proved your mettle. You are a hardy oak, my friend. You deserve those acorns, even if they are only seeds yet. Wait, it will come eventually.
I also talked about leaning into uncertainty – I've certainly had to practice that for myself over the past 12 months. The beauty is, when you become oak you are not only a survivor, you can be there for others which is what nature wants, what this planet needs, more of us to be there and do more for others than focus on ourselves all the time. This magnificent King of the Forest has a canopy that shields and protects other trees and what rests in its branches, a system that symbolises health and morale, comfort and solace.
The message is clear: it's tough going but you can do it! Stay strong, hold steady and that good fortune and abundance will come in good time.
Here's a small grounding exercise which I've found really does work:
Most people love autumn for its colour, for the glorious show nature brings. Perhaps you are driven by the colour orange, empowered by its yellow ochres, enhanced by dark backgrounds as the foliage dies back to reveal naked earth. All colours have value. Autumn, or WEST » direction on my medicine wheel, has its own.
WEST » in my medicine wheel is about the physical, the land, the body
WEST » is represented by black and by death and endings "
Maybe that's why I've been putting off working in this direction. In 2020 those single two words – black and death – hold a whole load of connotations, controversies and 'stickiness' on many different levels to discuss and transmute into the positive, personally and in the wider world.
I have often not known what to say or not. Are there right words? Maybe no words is better? No, I can't sit with that either, my whole life has been about keeping silent and not allowing the truth out. However sometimes we need to take a pause, which is where we are at this time of year »
I'm back from two weeks by the sea in Cornwall, the home of my mother's biological family and where I feel most able to relax.
I started out this break with a little ritual as my mother's funeral was two days before the trip. I cast two chrysanthemum flowers I had saved from the funeral bouquet into the sea. That was my personal spiritual ceremony to bring her soul home to where she was happiest too.
After that I was blessed with two weeks sunshine and warmth which I had been preparing myself to cancel or be cancelled, as 2020 is going, but I was fortunate to experience the entirety and make it back healthier in body, mind and spirit.
I've not seen the tide quite so high yet for most of the fortnight it was gentle. The sea was having its own pause to think, delving and bringing its mysteries to shore.
September is a pivotal astrological month in a remarkable year for it. Neptune was prevalent the first week away with energy building for a New Moon 'Supermoon' in Virgo on the 17th September.
So how might Neptune affect us? Well, Neptune is all about imagination, intuition and the hidden, much like the moon. Combine Neptune's influence with a Supermoon and it's bound to affect us, but because it's hidden, we can't quite put our finger on why it may be. We are, if you like, out of our element.