What a year. Same yard, same dresses. One earth-year apart.
This time we had white bean chili to kiss farewell to Winter, a lush green salad to usher in Spring and baked pears for dessert. Cole prepared a talk for us (complete with a hand out) on The Festival of Promise (Vernal Equinox). Last year it was on Venus' orbit and Springtime goddesses.
I mean, it's breathtaking. A year ago I was just coming in to my own as Aurah. Understanding more about what that meant and how it works as a tool, in tandem with my birth name to help me remember and understand my true nature in terms of a higher, mysterious order. And then throughout the last year - death and rebirth over and over again, all year long: closing a formal study of the Full Moon Salon and starting a study of the new moon; cutting off eighteen inches of hair; travelling for a few weeks in Burma with my teenage son; an epic birthday season followed by a forced stillness in the dead of winter after I fell into a fire and burned both my hands to a debilitating crisp. Somewhere in there I picked up studying a martial art and these days I also go to dance once or twice a week. And there's more. I actually like going to work each morning because it's a super grounding day job (albeit occasionally stressful) that serves the entire community. A beautiful and necessary balance to the spiritual blossoming that's been underway.
Further, I'm inspired by my friends, co-workers and acquaintances in circles I run around in. I see a look of recognition - somehow both of us knowing for a fact that we are completely connected on some level, on a scale both unfathomably small and large. And yet we've learned to play the game so well that we occasionally believe some of the disconnected bullshit stories we tell ourselves; as individuals and as communities. Which, for me, is a simple reminder that kindness goes a long way in just about any scenario. And by default, kindness brings forth the light of truth whenever it is shown into the darkness - with friends, colleagues, family or while out and about.
Anyway. Spring is here and a new cycle is underway. I remind myself to be poised and patient, ever at-the-ready to be responsive to the moment and whatever it holds. I am grateful to be here now.
May it be so.
Periodic updates from Aurah in the Field.