As a practising Wiccan, I’ve always turned to nature to help hold me together. I hadn’t the space to work through the Full Moon rites of November and December, nor was I able to hold my usual ritual to mark the Winter Solstice. These are things I’ve done for quite some time now. They hold me to the Earth, to all of time and space, and to what I recognise as Spirit. Gutted by grief as I am right now, I decided to do a simple mandala representing the four elements– earth, air, fire, water– and the Spirit that binds them all together. I’m sharing that mandala here in hopes that some of you who are also feeling adrift these days can use it to focus your minds or simply to meditate on the image. This is something my therapist taught me. The process is to put on music that does not have an emotional attachment and just let your mind wander where it will as you gaze at the image. It’s actually neurobiological at its base, but it does wonders (in my experience) for the soul.
Wishing everyone peace for now and in to the New Year.