The leaves begin to change colour and the air gets crisp and cool. The last of our garden's bounty is offered to our hands that have laboured these long summer month in the soils. We bow and give thanks to the Earth that nurtures us, the Sun who gives us strength, the rains that grow us and the air that breathes life into us.
Something about the 'old ways' wakes me up to the ways that I, and many others, move towards naturally.
October 11th-17th of 'Hunting' or 'October', the 'Full Moon of Winter' (even though the Moon will be New on the 12th) or 'WinterNights' marks the beginning of the Winter months. We begin to prepare for the last Harvest October 31st. We take the time to commune with the dead, to speak with our ancestors as the veils between this world and the next thins.
It's symbolic as we watch the Earth deliver the last of its' bounty. It's symbolic as her children of growth who have laboured all Spring and Summer are getting ready for the long dark sleep of winter, the death, the dying of this time reminds us of what comes to all in this life.
Our ancestors, of all nations, throughout the world, regardless of colour, race, or creed. told beautiful stories to connect us to the living natural world which we are a great part of. So that we may remember that we are always connected to the Earth and to each other. As much as we are connected to the Moon, the Stars and the Sun.
Our family has chosen to grow with the Earth and her ways rather than go against her. We revive the stories of old to better connect us to our natural states of being. Our blood remembers the ways.
We bid you a joyous and bountiful WinterNights as we prepare with our family for the long, cold sleep ahead. While others celebrate a sort of 'thanksgiving' this weekend in the North, we have chosen a different way of the same flavour with what we see as more substance and less commercialism.
Whatever you celebrate, make it heartfelt and real. Make sure it connects you to the Great Mysteries of this life and the next.
Cornucopias: Did You Know?
Part of my Recipe is to understand where we come from and why we behave as we do.
Whatever you are celebrating today, tomorrow, or ever. Take the commercial out of the idea and get back to the natural way of life.
Be grateful for the harvest of your lives. Be humbled by the greatness that is this world and the majesty of the Seasons. Let go of the things not serving you and remember the things that have.
Above I shared about stories and our ancestors. Let's expand on that with one of the symbols of this time.
The Cornucopia is also known as the Horn of Plenty. Its name comes directly from Latin -- Cornu (horn) Copiae (abundance, plenty). It is the combination of both the masculine and the feminine.
Most say the tale goes back to Zeus, but we as a species have forgotten the older traditions of our many peoples.
Truly before the gods of Olympus were thought up to teach and perhaps control, there was a much simpler and less egoic way of understanding our world. Perhaps we should call it 'animism' for there were no vengeful and stubborn gods demanding our love.
In truth, the end of the 'horn' symbolizing an animal's horn, is phallic, while the receptacle bearing the fruit is a cup overflowing and is feminine. Is it about androgyny? Not at all. Simply about the union and work that occurs between the pairing of man and woman, the bounty from this pairing just as the Sun to the Earth. A love affair that bears fruit and nurtures us.
So what we are truly celebrating is the Divine Union of the feminine and masculine which provided us the bounty we have before us. We're celebrating this bounty and preparing for the long winter ahead. It's not the same when you're getting all of your food from aisle 4. Those who tend to a garden might be a little more apt to see this as it is.
Am I pushing belief or religion here? Truly, that is not my intention. I'm showing symbology...getting back to the basics to maybe understand why we do what we do...why it's stuck as long as it has and maybe showing what our true spirits crave. It's in us to celebrate in our designated celebratory times. We must ask ourselves is why? For what purpose? And maybe, how can we make this more true to who we are at the core of our being?
The Cornucopia....our way of honoring the masculine and feminine and their offspring on this earth and being thankful in kind.
Happy Season of Harvest and Gratitude friends!
Author: Cari-Lee Miller
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