Greetings friends and welcome to the season of summer!
Last Sunday the Sun crossed the equator moving into the Northern Hemisphere. This astronomical event is called a solstice and literally means “the sun is standing still.” In the Northern Hemisphere, the June solstice initiates summer. In the Southern Hemisphere, the June solstice initiates fall.
The June solstice also means the Sun entered the sign of Cancer: the cardinal water sign represented by the crab.
The crab is a funny little creature. It traverses the world with a sideways scuttle and carries its home on its back. When sensing danger, the crab quickly pulls into its shell and burrows itself into the sand or the reef until the danger has passed.
Crabs molt annually in order to create a shell to accommodate their growth. As you may imagine, crabs are at their most vulnerable during molting: no exterior armor to protect them from predators. Since there is no hard shell to get in the way, most crabs mate during molting.
A crab’s primary function is to clean. They remove debris that would otherwise cause coral reefs to sicken and die. Crabs also serve as food for other animals, including humans. Crabs clearly are a necessary and contributing part to a thriving ecosystem.
Since we are officially in Cancer season, I invite you to sit with the lessons shared by the crab.
If you are fortunate enough to live near water which houses crabs, then consider observing crabs in their natural habitat. (The rest of us can watch a video.)
As you observe or ponder the nature of crabs, sit with the following questions:
- What constituents home for me? What do I carry from home as I move about in the world?
- Where are places in my life where I benefit from moving sideways? Where do I not benefit?
- When do I feel most vulnerable? What is open to me when I allow the vulnerability to be present?
- Where do I feel drawn to remove debris? (Debris could be literal – like trash on the side of the road – or debris could be intangible such as hurtful words.)
This exercise is a very feminine approach to navigating the world. It invites us to stay curious, to observe our responses, and to learn from the natural world. The feminine way of being recognizes humans are a part of larger ecosystem, and as such, humans are impacted by and impact the world in which we live.
If you are interested in being part of a group of women who are tuning into the natural world and who are committed to aligning their inner landscapes with their choices and actions, then consider registering for the Summer Season of Journey with the Moon, which begins on July 8, 2021.
In the meantime, I would love to hear what you are feeling and noticing about the new season. Please send me a note!
I wish all of 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.