25 October 2016
Honoring the "root season"
We are six weeks from fall equinox. Over the next six weeks we’ll be moving toward the dark, deep winter solstice. This weekend, we are also at the dark of the moon. Here at Earthaven Ecovillage we will be celebrating Halloween, also known as “Samhain,” and the Day of the Dead. What a potent time of year!
Throughout the world, cultures honor the annual waning of the sun as a powerful marker that the veil between the worlds is thinning… and we have the opportunity to connect with the unseen, our ancestors, and our beloved dead. It is a time we can remember those on whose shoulders we stand by sharing a photograph, poem, story or meaningful objects in their memory.
For those of us in the Wise Woman Tradition, it also marks the beginning of the time of rest, when the medicinal perennials--burdock, yellow dock, comfrey, echinacea, poke--send their energy down below the ground to their roots, to store over the winter. After the hard frosts begin, it is the prime time of peak potency to harvest these roots for making medicine to nourish, sustain, and heal us through the winter months.
Through their cycles, the plants and Earth invite us to slow down and to pull our energies inward for deep rest and nourishment. We are invited to leave the busyness and outward focus behind for a time. As Jenny June so poignantly encourages us,
"At Samhain, receive the rest you so justly deserve. Lay down your sword, your pen, your needle. Take off your hat, your work gloves, your boxing gloves, your boots. Release that which you have desired, created, nurtured, sustained, protected into the world. Trust that it is good, and that all is as it should be. And rest. You have reached the end of desire. You have changed yourself and you have changed the world." ~ Jenny June.