when we observe Nature as an extension of ourselves, a lot of comforting realizations begin to sink in. there is a quiet and refined order to the cycles that we, a self-actualized isolated species, interpret as violent chaos. layers of heavy snow are not, in fact, suffocating the grass but are instead ushering in the final phases of death before the blades can revive themselves in the spring. there is actually not a lot that we “need” to do in order to do more than survive, but to thrive. february arrives at what seems like a period of desperation; many experience weathered energy by the end of january, and it is not uncommon for feelings of inadequacy, solemnness/melancholy and stress to dominate our lives. and when february rolls around, we don’t quite know what to make of the shortest and coldest month, but we’re certainly glad it’s here. this embrace of and gratitude for uncertainty permeates the entire energy of february.
around the planet and across cultures, february is celebrated for a number of reasons. among Aborisha, february 2nd marks the day of Yemaya’s feast, where eggplants and candles are abundant in the celebration of the warrior entity. Pagans and practitioners of Gaelic tradition honor that same day as Imbolc, the celebration of Saint Brigid, nearing illumination and the beginning of springtime preparation. and of course, sentiments of courage, bravery, and honor are celebrated through a month of ancestor reverence we like to call Black History Month. there is something extremely simplistic about all of these rituals and festivities. it is a simple recognition of our place within this grand scheme. change is the only constant in our lives, and celebrations around the changing of seasons is a testament to how we can invite more peace and abundance into our lives. it does not have to be that complicated, at all.
this february, frequent reminders and affirmations of our timelessness are available to us. we are present in our ancestors — the spirits, gods and embodied angels who came before us and understood the relationship between the physical and the energetic. and our divinity surges in the varied manifestations of what lies ahead of us, our “future” selves which are perhaps our “highest” selves.
february is a whirling vortex and cosmic storm, but our salvation and divine activation lies in the eye of this storm. it may be far easier this month to surrender to our ever-changing external environments, than to try an exert too much control or influence over what has always nudged us in the best direction. life surges when we let it alone, lives are worth living when both the physical and the spiritual are honored, celebrated and engaged with. there is a density that accompanies being overly present in the body. in the winter months, many of us have no choice but to draw our awareness inward, into the vessel. it’s cold out, I get it. a lot of us utilize the entire winter season as a deep reflection of the cycles passed and the immediate needs of the body. but as with all things that thrive and multiply, they call upon the energetic to materialize what is felt in the body. in order for us to move beyond body-awareness and denser experiences of fixation, compensation must take place in the form of engagement with the energetic. we are emerging sprouts in a field of fertile land; we are not alone in our growth, and if you have been feeling like you alone in your residence of the body, you are being asked to strengthen your connection to Spirit.
this month ultimately comes down to this: when we balance our physical and spiritual needs, we thrive. it is far too easy to sink into feelings and experiences that we oversimplify and attach our sense of reality to. what we think becomes our world. but there is always more. what we think can become our world, and there is no limit to what we can imagine. we are well on our way. on an intuitively felt level, february will certainly surprise and unsettle us in ways we may initially prove to be resistant to.
if the idea of a radical and transformative storm frightens you, it may be time to revisit the density of what you are holding on to. is that which you love so dense that its potency cannot be felt even if it is destroyed? life and death are two points on the same scepter; we will never experience one without the other. as we reflect on our first completed month of 2019, it is important to begin moving around the stagnant energy. cleansing your home and body, as well as disrupting cycles of reacting that may seem inevitable, are healthy ways to begin merging with the chaotic flow of february. this month is all about flow, movement and disruption in the name of birthing something far more potent.
from my Heart to yours, blessed venus day and happiest of februaries.