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October … We are in the Time of the Psychopomp. We have just been through the pause in time of the Autumnal Equinox, and the days are getting shorter, the veils are thinning, and we begin to focus inward. This is, of course, made stronger by Mercury Retrograde, which we are already feeling (it officially starts on October 4th), and the Eclipse cycle (there will be a solar and a lunar).
Let me back up. September is the crescendo of the year, the time when the things we have been working on this year become clearer, more intense, in order to give us a chance to resolve them. So, I ask you, how was your September? What did you learn? What came to a head? These don’t have to be negative or painful things, by the way. If September was about flow for you, then that was your theme for the year. Not everything has to be pain and suffering and drama.
As we glide into October, what transitions did September create for you? What realizations? We will be in Mercury Retrograde for most of the month, so take this as the break, the breathing room you are always asking the Universe for. Mercury Retrograde is only challenging when we resist its themes. Instead, why not stop, ground, breathe. Look at how you got here. Are there any loose ends that need to be tied up? Do that now. What sort of resolutions can you create? Look for closure, fulfilling obligations, and clarity of communication. In this time of slow down, you will be most comfortable if you take every action as consciously as possible. Don’t rush or look to cut corners, it will end poorly.
Eclipses bring epiphanies, revelations, insights, and changing circumstances. They will both be during the retrograde, so they are likely to be about your past or about closure. October 8th brings a total lunar eclipse (full moon in Aries), which will likely be internal or personal information. October 23rd (new moon in Scorpio) is a partial solar eclipse at the tail end of the retrograde, and will be more outwardly directed. Pay attention. Everything that happens during the retrograde cycle of Mercury is important. The energy has slowed down, it’s palpable and thick, so it’s a great time to manifest, heal, and work on things you would like to resolve once and for all.
With all this in mind, I am offering some unusual things in the next month. For the entire month of October, I am making Private-Group Singing Bowl Meditations available at a discount (see the sidebar). I have developed a new healing modality that is a powerful clearing and alignment tool, involving sound and light, that will be available for a limited time at the introductory rate of only $55 (email me to make an appointment). On October 29th, I am facilitating a workshop on healing your ancestral lineage. And on astrological Samhain, November 7th, I and Scott K Smith of The Sacred Other will be conducting a shamanic trance ritual to help people activate their receptors, so they can bring the Divine through and hear the wisdom of the ages.
May you be the Light of the World!