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Finding Purpose & Inspiration in the In Between Times

Life Lessons, Nature, Rituals, Spiritual SignificanceChloë Rain
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O, wind, if winter comes, can spring be far behind?
— Percy Bysshe Shelley

In the Northern Hemisphere we are about to transition into Spring. I know it might seem that we are in the midst of winter, and on the surface things seem dormant and dead, but under the ground the energy of the earth is stirring, the life force is awakening. 

February 1st is symbolically celebrated as Ground Hog's Day, Saint Brigit's Day, or Imbolc, one of the four major fire festivals that mark the spaces in between the Equinoxes and the Solstices. (The other three festivals on the Celtic calendar are Beltane, Lughnasadh, and Samhain.)

Wherever you may find yourself, today can be a good day of reflection engaging with nature and the cycles of life. By acknowledging this transition we are symbolically honoring the space between the seasons.

In this way, we may honor the experiences within our own lives and timelines, the spaces in between. Where things seem dead and dormant on the surface; they may actually be the times when underneath things are stirring and the life force of new things are awakening within us.

The great writer Andrew Solomon famously said, "the opposite of depression is not happiness. The opposite of depression is vitality."

In the spaces of in between, there may feel an emptiness or loneliness, because what once was, is now gone, but what will be has yet to fully manifest or arrive.

This is a beautiful and necessary space for growth. In the spaces in between, all possibilities exist, and none have been chosen.

There’s a power that lives in the space ‘between,’ that subtle instant when something ends, and what follows next hasn’t yet begun.

Next week will come a Full Moon which represents another period of completion where we may lay down the old and empty ourselves for the new that is coming.

In order to make room in ourselves for the miraculous to take root, most of us need to uncover, examine and ultimately leave behind a deeply rooted fundamental insistence on a life of limitation. May you know your worthiness at the deepest level, today and every day, and feel your connection to the greater cycles of life that we are a part of. 

If you have any questions about engaging the cycles of nature, the moon cycles and how you can harness their influence, or anything about the work that I do, please write me at chloe@exploredeeply.com.

Brighid was an Irish-Celtic goddess and later a Christian Saint. The Saint and the Goddess continue to intermingle into the present dayRead more about Imbolc and the prayer of St Brigid.


Look, the trees
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