The astrologer Kelly Beard included a beautiful image of Artemis, the Goddess of the Moon and the Hunt, in her recent email newsletter. Below the lovely depiction of this 'facet of the Divine Feminine', Kelly wrote of this being a 'sacred season' for releasing what isn't aligned with our true selves and hearts, and aligning with what is. Under the image of Artemis, she wrote:
"General sense of "search diligently" (for anything) as first recorded c.1200"
... as the Divine Feminine aims her magical arrow at her most precious dreams,
that both may connect, and bring something new and delicious to this 3-D realm.*
It's a beautiful way to describe the opportunities that are always present to lift the bow, take aim, and let the arrows of focused inspiration and intent take flight.
The more I acquaint myself with various wisdom traditions, and experience their wisdom in my own life and spiritual practice, the more I'm aware of the Universal truths and guidance that the various paths and traditions offer. The rituals and ways of wording may differ, and yet beneath and through them all runs a river of wisdom of which they are each potential tributaries.
In the case of Kelly's lovely reminder about Artemis and the power of the 'magical arrows' of our focused intent, we find it, too, in the various traditions of wisdom.
Most speak of the power of vision, imagination, thought, and feeling -- each contributing to an overall creative vibration that ripples outward from us into the world. Our experience often depicts the 'children' of these imaginings, thoughts, and feelings, whether individually or collectively. Wisdom reminds us to take care, to be more mindful, of our power in this regard.
In a time and culture where we're often drawn well outside of ourselves, into turbulence, anxiety, or fear, the reminder that there is within each one of us a magical pool of stillness, wisdom, rejuvenation, joy, and inspiration is always most welcome. There really is magic all around us.
Many of the Indigenous and wisdom traditions which I've had the great privilege of learning about and studying give guidance on releasing 'old energies' and 'old stories' so that our truest purpose, vision, and dreams might arise more spontaneously. In this 'sacred season', let's aim ourselves towards that, and open ourselves to the wisdom available to us - and within us.
Blessings on the Way,