Now is the time for the New Moon to dance through Sagittarius, the archer, the wounded healer, the wise teacher, the free spirit.
This New Moon usually occurs around the holidays, with all of the pressure to buy more and be more places. My son’s teacher pulled out a Gumby figure and stretched it in different directions to show how they would have to be from now until Winter break – flexible like Gumby, going with the flow, allowing their normal routine (they are five year olds) to be interrupted. When she told me that, I thought: hey, I need that lesson too! As do we all.
Join me in considering: where do I find freedom? I have one of many answers for you:
We find freedom in the ever-unbroken.
Students of yoga, pilates and other rigorous exercise regimes know that what allows us to stretch out and stretch farther is developing a solid center or strong core.
In the realm of soulful seeking, one of the hindrances to freedom of movement – what clouds our perception, limits our understanding of real alternatives – is a subtle and debilitating anxiety that freezes heart and mind alike.
In Spinning Gold one of the figures that we work with is the Baba Yaga in her older-than-old first forest. What we find there is fear but/and also the deepest part of self that is solid, and that remains ever intact, whole, holy, and healthy. What follows is a prayer for that place.
A Blessing for the Ever Un-Broken
Blessed ones in whom we live and move and have our being, today we ask for aid in remembering the ever-unbroken within us.
For we know and have heard, we have told the stories of the many sacred scars received throughout our journey and how those scars, many of them, are much more than skin-deep.
And we know and have heard about the many aspects of self and psyche; the functions and the dysfunctions, the pathologies and the anomalies too.
Let there be deeper remembering illuminated by wisdom, led by love.
Let there be deeper remembering that returns us to first self, true self, the fixed point at center around which the stars of our life revolve.
Let there be deeper remembering that returns us to core self, original self, fully intact self, where there are no marks or scars, no impressions or wounds.
Let there be deeper remembering that returns us to deepest soul self that has been and will be and holds within it all of our lineage as well as our legacy.
So that when we are hurt we can remember that there is a place over and above, underneath and beyond the wound.
So that when the wheel of fortune seems to spin faster and faster we can remember that there is a fixed and solid point upon which to stand.
So that when we feel our most broken we can remember that there is vast territory within each of us that is ever-unbroken, and that it is in that place that we make our stand and in that place that we make our home.
May it be so.