“To go into the dark with a light is to know the light.
To know the dark, go dark. Go without sight,
And find that the dark, too, blooms and sings,
And is traveled by dark feet and dark wings.” Wendell Berry
The tiny purple Michaelmas daisies- named for the Feast of St Michael or Michaelmas- are blooming now in New England. For centuries the festival of Michaelmas has been celebrated at this time of year – on or near the Autumn Equinox – when the forces of light and darkness are in balance. Often a play is enacted at the festivals – a play depicting the peasant, George, defeating a dragon with the help of the Archangel Michael and a band of angels. The taming of the dragon symbolizes the facing and taming of fears -both inner and outer- by summoning courage.
With the waning of the Fall’s light, Michaelmas is a reminder to rekindle the inner fires of inspiration.
This week contains some very potent astrology. Pluto, the planet of transformation will station direct on Monday and Venus in Scorpio will station retrograde on Friday. Both of these placements have the ability to penetrate below the normal level of perception with laser like accuracy and bring to the surface information which has been hidden.
It bodes well to heed information that surfaces – through dreams, intuitions or everyday life occurrences which leads to more clarity about issues of the past and leads to a deeper understanding of self worth and self esteem.
One of the Sabian symbols for Pluto’s station is, “A hidden choir singing during a religious service.”
Sabian symbol reference from Lynda Hill