The first day of November and the celebration of Beltane began with clouds and rain! How was I going to get my Beltane Tree painted and ready for the healing ceremony of this day? Thankfully, the weather cleared by midday and I was able to complete the painting and decoration of my sacred tree. The weather was quite muggy today by the afternoon, yet the temperature did not exceed 28 degrees.
Throughout my garden, I noticed that the Jacarandas and the Hibiscus are in bloom. I’m excited and anticipative! Is that a word? lol
Overcast and cool enough today that I needed sleeves to cover my arms. I feel an inner urge to focus on my health again and to ensure that my meditation and reflection time is scheduled firmly in my day. As I drove into town today, I saw Flame Trees in bloom ~ their rednesss and vibrancy reminded me that the energy of the earth is flowing from the soil into the plants renewing them and giving them new life.
As I am departing for Melbourne in two days, I have this sense of urgency. Although this is manifesting in the physical, I truly feel that it comes from within. A deep sense that my own personal renewal is about to get some fertilizer! J Although my observations will be from a different state, I feel that they will be worthwhile to contribute as it reflects the environment that I am within!
Muggy and hot. Australian weather in its ‘normal’ state. I thought it might rain. The ants were active enough and the kookaburra laughed but the clouds on the D’Aguilar Range were not dense enough to signify anything. Time to water the garden and my vegie patch. The lettuce, silverbeet, peanuts have all done very well in sprouting. The beetroot, sweet potato and carrots are not fairing as well. The tomatoes are almost ready to harvest as are the gooseberries.
Visiting a friend, who only lives 15 mins away, I was taken aback by the vibrancy and colour of the bougainvillea. I am also pleased to notice that the clover is thick and lush within our own yard. My father, a beekeeper, was always excited when the clover grew as it meant a good crop of honey this season. To see the bees working this clover is just magical. Firstly, it means that someone has hives within a kilometre radius of our house. Secondly, it means that our predominantly organic approach to gardening is paying off!
Awoke to drizzle and mugginess, although as the day progressed it was quite difficult to know what was actually happening outside in the natural world. A day spent in air-conditioned trains, planes and automobiles has made me feel quite disconnected and tired. It’s amazing to see the pallor in the faces of the people around me. Sunshine is such a vital part of our makeup. We were meant to be amongst the trees and the natural environment. Instead, we have developed an avid desire to be secluded and holed up within our own four walls. Has technology really led us to believe that the connection we achieve through our technological devices will somehow eclipse our genetic makeup? We need to stand in the sun, feel the breeze on our face, hear the song of the earth through our feet, our blood and our skin.
Our counterparts in the Northern Hemisphere are entering the season where many develop a disorder called SAD ~ Seasonal Affective Disorder. Isn’t it interesting that our scientists have needed to come up with a fancy name to describe our need for sunshine?
Located on the other end of our beautiful country, I feel almost a fraud for attempting to narrate the effects of a different climate and geographical location in terms of my Natural Year. That said, this has been incredibly interesting to interpret. Although 2000 km away, I feel my ‘home’ through the mountains located behind the Hotel. These mountains, The Dandenongs, are a part of the Great Dividing Range. The Great Divide travels along the Eastern side of Australia and can be seen a stones throw from my own home in Queensland. Magic! <3
The flora is different yet the types are similar ~ the tiniest of daisies may be seen located throughout the grass and clover that coats the ground. Agapanthus are beginning to flower at the front of the Hotel’s grounds. I note that the eucalypts here have glossier and deeper green leaves..just waiting to blossom (and aggravating people’s sinus too!).
The Soul Activation series began today with the base chakra. The thrum of the earth was strong beneath our feet. Surprisingly, Melbourne had uncharacteristically hot weather! The sun warmed my skin. ~ the activation begins within and without. With the full moon rising in 5 nights, the energy of the people within the Hotel is already Luna-aligning due to the displacement from their own grounding source of home (my hypothesis anyway!).
Emotions were high within the Soul Activation Series and in the local area. The weather turned overcast ~ intermittent drizzle, heat and sunshine. It reminded me of emotional highs and lows. The focus for this day was on Re-creating our lives. My mandala incorporated Celtic knotwork and the four directions. The colours represented balance ~ night and day; work and play; masculine and feminine.
Morrigan’s magic was evident in the number of crows flying around today. Crow speaks to me of trusting my own intuition and by always acting with personal integrity. When I see Crow, I know that a situation is present where my ACTIONS must match my SPEECH and THOUGHT. How perfect on a day of creation!
This day within the Soul Activation Series focused on the solar plexus chakra. It is a chakra that I use regularly but rarely focus my healing intention within. The Temple of Balance Healers led us through an activation of this chakra and I was reminded of Harry Potter’s patronus. We can manifest our personal power and project the strength of ourselves through this chakra at any time.
Once again, Melbourne’s weather reflected the chakra through intense heat and sunshine today! The crow was once again out and about. During the day, I pulled the following cards from different decks ~ Bridging Heart and Throat; Regret; Deeper Look and Magic!
I feel that these cards reflected the manifestation of this chakra today: through regret for my past, I am able to acknowledge and release those emotions to create a bridge from my heart to throat chakras.