The days grow shorter and the dark rises up from the land so early. Days and nights grow colder and the last of the autumn's harvest is stored for winter. We enter the between time, not yet winter not past fall.
Large pots of savory root and winter squash soup bubble on the stove. Wollens are pulled from closets and fires are built at dawn and in the evening for warmth. Baked treats fill the house with the smell of comfort and sweet spice. The last of the summer herbs are hanging to dry all around the house.
Our attention begins to turn inward. Our energies come home as colder days and nights keep us closer to the hearth. We are often more able to "go into the deep" at this time of the year. Access to other realms is startlingly easy. Dreams may be more vivid, we may seem to 'know' things without knowing how, we may be prone to day dreams, or we may hear the whispers or see shadows of dear departed loved ones.
October is my favorite month. There is a change in the air that marks a shift to more inward pursuits. The shadows get longer and everything seems to smell of damp earth.
This particular October, astrologically speaking, has been a potent one. Mercury went retrograde and we were blessed with a huge, full, blood moon. AND an eclipse of said moon!
As we turn more inward and we begin to wrap ourselves in wool and ignite our hearth fires (even if it is just replacing the filter and tuning up the furnace), it is an excellent time to pause and reignite our dreaming or visioning time. A time to reflect on and dream our lives.
Our hands are powerful conduits. They can convey so much about what we are thinking and feeling. They are the way we literally touch the world. Hands give and receive pleasure. Through the hands we connect with each other, feel each other and convey a whole lot of non verbal communication.
Our hands are our built in healing 'tools'. We know that touch produces Oxytocin (a hormone in the body) which relaxes us, reduces anxiety and helps us build trust with others.
Because of these sensitivities the hands are a beautiful and instinctive way to begin to work with healing energy for our selves and others.
Lark Fox is a Priestess, an herb wyfe, Seer, intuitive healer, writer and ceremonialist.
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