The leaves are starting to change and there is a chill in the air this week. It seems Autumn has arrived. As I was driving today, I noticed the colours of the leaves and was reminded of a documentary about trees. It spoke about how the tree shuts down the production of chlorophyll causing the leaves to turn and fall in preparation for hibernation. It is a little death of sorts.
Death and transition are central topics at the moment. So many people in my social sphere are saying goodbye to loved ones. As I am typing, my Sister's Mother in law is in the ICU transitioning from this life.
As we approach Halloween or Samhain (depending on where you are in the world), We see images of spooks, spiders and shadowy things. Cobwebs are in every corner of the house it seems, Spiders have reached full size by Autumn and are more visible. Eight legged beasts sitting in their web is a favourite image associated with haunted houses when in fact it is the turn of the season and the natural order of things.
Images of ghosts and the otherworldly decorate retail shelves and greeting cards. This too is the natural order of things. The old ways honour the Wheel of the Year, As the wheel turns we see an opening of a permeable "doorway" around May 1 and October 31. It is believed the veil between the worlds thins, making it easier for beings of all kinds to move between them. May 1st we associate with the land of Fairy and on October 31 the land of the dead and our ancestors.
I can't deny the heightening of awareness to presences not seen. Catching things out of the corner of my eye is a regular occurrence of late. Even my sceptic partner has been doing some double takes and saying "I thought I just saw".... I just smile. I have experienced it enough to know it is a truth... for me.
I have also noticed over the years, these two periods are often accompanied by announcements of deaths. It is as if the transition is easier because the veil is so thin. The train rolls into the station and everyone hops on. They can cross over into the other realms with greater ease because it is "just there." The beloved dead and ancestors can move into our realm to assist in the crossing of the living to the dead. Is it no wonder this time is associated with spectres and ghosts?
My older Sister had a vision of my Uncle the night before our Dad's funeral. Our Uncle died five years prior and they were best friends in life. Our Uncle appeared to my Sister, in clear solid form while our Dad stood behind him transparent. "I've got him" was the message. He was safe on the other side and in familiar, loving hands.
So as the wheel turns I am reminded of how precious life is and how the cycles of death and re-birth are all around us. So live well, love fiercely and never underestimate how important you are in this world...and the next.