Have you ever noticed the way animals in nature will snuggle together?
Today I pulled an angel card called “truth.” I sat for a minute and reflected on what that angelic message means in my life right now. To be real, authentic, and truthful, takes courage and trust. I closed my eyes and asked inside to honestly know what area or aspect of myself needs to be brought into the light for healing and true transparency, both with myself and with others. The word “sparkle” came. It was then that I realized that today, rather than feeling like my inner light is dazzling and bright, I was feeling a little dull.
The month of October always invites my imagination to conjure up a new Halloween costume. I tend to stick to the light and happy costumes like angel, fairy or butterfly. I’ve never liked scary movies, haunted houses or ghoulish costumes. Yet, at this time of year, the darker side of life is summoned to emerge and find its expression. Perhaps there is some metaphysical meaning in the cultural habit of expressing the shadow side by embodying skeletons, werewolves, and other dark characters for one night in the year. On Halloween, some people don costumes of warriors, ghosts and demons as if to say “Look how powerful I am”. The dark costumes honor the aspect of death, destruction and fear. While, on the other hand, there will be many super heroes, ballerinas and kitties to represent the lighter side of life. I believe there is an existential battle we all fight between our loving higher selves and our fearful selfish selves that gets portrayed in the Halloween parades and fairs. When we learn and come to terms with the idea that perhaps we are all saints and villains in different circumstances, then we can embrace the darker side of Halloween. Our higher selves know that love is the most powerful force in the universe and does not cow down to negative or fearful energies. So enjoy the interplay between the dark and light this Halloween as you keep your focus on love.
Mercury, the planet associated with communication, went retrograde on Aug 31. This can often mean that plans get changed, or that technical devices used for transmitting electronic information can have glitches. Computers, recording devices and phones can be challenging during this period. For me, when I know that Mercury is retrograde for a 3 week period, I remind myself to be flexible and to be willing to adapt to schedule changes. I also try to be extra patient with myself if I double book someone or mix up an appointment time. Usually, I remember that there is a divine perfection in the universe, and if I can flow with unexpected changes, then I can maintain peace amidst the temporary chaos. A dear friend reminded me to stay positive during Mercury retrograde and to “Use the energies as best we can.” Oftentimes when something goes wacky with a piece of electronic equipment during a Mercury retrograde period, the device will fix itself when Mercury goes direct. The trick for me is to not panic when a necessary piece of equipment malfunctions. I am humbly reminded that there are big universal energies way larger than my small outlook on life that influence me and my world. What a blessing it is to get older and less reactive to Mercury's whimsical and mischievous energies!