Today may be looking bleak, my friends. Cold. Dark. Lonely.
However, I’m having a fabulously awakening experience. Perhaps because I’m aware of this transit and therefore embracing the divine perfection of what is? Who knows. It sounds good.
Old Father Time is catching the exposing brightness of the sun’s rays as the sun moves in for the annual conjunction, this year at 18° Sagittarius. It’s normal to feel a little chilly about it.
It’s the time of year to be exhausted. To feel heavy, old, or grumpy. Blah.
It’s always that time of year, in the northern hemisphere anyway, that nature turns in, prepares for the winter season, as our mythological archetypes tell us of Persephone being taken to the underworld with Hades.
It’s a time of year when it really hits home, hard, just how much work is still ahead of you on your path to that better you, that better job, that better place... and it’s so easy to feel overwhelmed. Frustrated. And vague.
For some of you, this time of year may hold a sort of romanticized longing, however bittersweet, memories frozen in time. Others, more realist, could be entrenched in defeat or hopelessness, wishing to be alone or somewhere else altogether. Others of you, still, would prefer a do-over. To make things right. To begin.
And begin we shall. For all endings are beginnings in disguise. Hibernating. Waiting for spring.
I’m looking in my rulership book, under Saturn, and right there, in between ’asceticism’ and ’asphalt’-- go figure- is ’aspen trees’.
Did you know that aspens have a completely complex underground root system? A dear friend of mine in Colorado explained this to me years ago...
One aspen tree, as we see it to be above ground, is actually just one tree of a much larger organism by way of the root system connected to each tree below the surface. These roots connect hundreds of trees together below ground within an area, up to an entire mountainside!
An entire frontier!
Further, one tree can grow up to 150 years-- no wonder.
On nationalforest.org, I found that "older than the massive Sequoias or the biblical Bristlecone Pines, the oldest known aspen clone has lived more than 80,000 years on Utah’s Fishlake National Forest. Not only is the clone the oldest living organism, weighing in at an estimated 6,600 tons, it is also the heaviest. Even if the trees of a stand are wiped out, it is very difficult to permanently extinguish an aspen’s root system due to the rapid rate in which it reproduces."
These are all very saturnine qualities; longest living, heaviest, difficult to stop, permanent, system, roots...
Aspens even grow in winter. Blessings through burden.
They simply will not-- possibly even can not- be stopped.
Consider the aspens tomorrow when you begin to feel blue. Activate the network within yourself to recharge, to grow, and to connect, just as the aspen does.
And be bold. If you look up the symbolism of the aspen, you’ll find that it symbolizes protection and overcoming fears. I think that rather appropriate.
Be fearless like an aspen.
Embrace what is ending or simply preparing for hibernation. And invite your new beginnings to begin, even if it’s cold outside.
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