As we move deeper into the fall season, we notice a shift in the natural cycle. Leaves are turning brilliant colors, annual plants are dying back, and animals are burrowing in their dens: all signs of something coming to end. No longer are we in the salad days of summer with plants growing and animals, including humans, scampering about, enjoying the long, warm days.
Autumn is the season which initiates death and decay, and as such, signals a time to release and to remember. To release that which is dying and no longer sustainable and to remember the gifts we received from the people and the events which have come to pass.
Letting go, or releasing, is a mixed bag. Sometimes we are relieved. We were ready to end the project, the relationship, or the affiliation. Other times letting go is fraught with fear, sadness, and pain. We are scared of what is next; we miss the person or the group; we ache for what is no more.
Acknowledging the end of something is a type of truth-telling. It requires seeing both the light and the shadow. If we only remember what we like, then we do not learn from what did not work. If we only remember the pain, then we do not remember the gifts we received. Acknowledgment transforms the loss of what was into the wonder of what is to come.
On October 22, the Sun moves into the sign of Scorpio, the heart of the fall season. As we move into the belly of autumn, I invite you to sit with the symbol of the season – the Scorpion. Over the course of her lifetime, a Scorpion molts six times. In other words, her container becomes too small for her, and she must shed her old form to transform.
As we approach this season of death and transformation, I invite you to sit with the following questions. Notice how you feel as you look for the answers. Then design a ritual for how you want to acknowledge the information you receive. You don’t have to know how, or if, you will transform, rather you only need to reflect on and to honor that which came before.
Questions for Scorpio Season:
- Where do I feel tight, constricted or otherwise hemmed in?
- What do I avoid or suppress feeling and thinking about?
- What am I holding onto tightly for fear of losing?
- Where do I seek change but don’t necessarily take action on?
Wishing you a beautiful week!
Kim Bushore-Maki is a soul-driven entrepreneur who understands the undeniable urge to create a business and a life filled with meaning and purpose. Her vision of opening a center where women could heal and grow led her to open Shakti in the Mountains in Johnson City, Tennessee: a place where the creative, feminine energy is nurtured and valued.
Five years later, Kim is still in the flow of supporting and building a healthy, vibrant community and now guides retreats, teaches yoga, and provides one-on-one services for women who want an immersion experience into the life-affirming, Shakti energy.
Kim’s training as a therapist and yoga teacher allows her to safely and compassionately guide women on a heart-centered journey to Self, where women re-connect with their beautiful, authentic spirit.