a handful of flowers
from a warm spring field
and seeks their seeds within.
willingly or not,
with Hades deep below the earth,
owl-led each year
to the place where seeds are born.
And so Persephone finds the seeds of one potential:
ice caps melting, tides flooding,
refugees moving, oceans choked with plastic,
animals dying, a dying planet,
And travels owl-led
ever deeper into the underworld
seeking seeds for better potential,
and in the darkest underworld
she finds a ripened pomegranate,
the Ur seed of new beginnings
from earth’s deep womb,
bursting with the smallest
red seeds of potential
ready to sprout.
~ Mary Petiet
The autumn dark descends earlier each twilight, but that doesn’t have to leave you cold.
Now is the time for deep interior work. The early dark signals the great turning within, the ancestral soul-seeking, the ancient memory tugging at the edge of the psyche as the afternoon fades and the moon peeks over the clouds.
Brew your tea. Cast your spells, sit within your quiet, and choose your focus, for what you focus on will surely grow.
Where I am in the Netherlands the dark comes early indeed. But the Dutch have a tradition of keeping things cozy, so the night is lit with flickering candles and met with warmth inside. It is time to reflect and take stock, and as we face increasingly challenging times ahead, it is time to care for ourselves and each other.
The descent is necessary so the return can happen.
In descending, find your ripest, most potent pomegranate seeds, and bring them back safely to plant them in fertile soil that they may flourish. Our job right now is to find the seeds, our mission to plant them well, and our goal to see them grow.
What seeds are you planting?