The September full moon is always so welcome in my life...
While Summer's warmth and open skies are bursting and bright with an unrestrained joy of movement, I yearn all season for the gathering clouds, the smell of leaf smoke, the valid excuse to wear all the layers and textures, the advent of soup season and slower bodies.
But more, I long for the time of containment that autumn so gracefully brings forth, trailing like brightly colored silk streamers behind her twig-crackling footsteps.
I long for the boundaries that are containers.
The nurturing safe-zone of quieter light and darker mornings that beckon me to write under warm blankets, read holy words by sacred sisters, and immerse myself into the weaving time of approaching winter.
When September's full moon arrives, I have become full, as well.
I am full, with harvest and the reaping of all I planted and watered the past year.
I am looking over what I have cultivated well, what I have let go of, and what I can cull for the next season's time of resting surface soil.
I view my yield, the fruits, the gatherings and gleanings of my plantings.
I've become a warm loaf of bread, and all my handwork is honeyed and dripping with the sweetness of sun-warmed labor, to be tasted slowly and with appreciation.
What needs to be turned over in my life requires a container of time and quiet that only the boundaries of this liminal autumn season allows and gifts to me.
Summer was the riotous blooms and gain and heft.
Winter will be for the underground making, the tunneling, the seeding.
Now, I am held between the weft and weave, the beginnings of dying light.
When the full moon of September crests and begins her weighted rise over our mountains and hills, traveling through limbs and leaves in her ascent, I can feel her turning my insides to a burning array of vibrant colors.
Golden amber, orange, burnt umber, brick red and cinnamon brown.
My body becomes a living spice cabinet, filled with the seasonings of brewings and simmering pots.
She moves my organs, settling them into place for the long night to come. She readies me, throws a light shawl over my shoulders and wraps melting arms across my chest.
She's untroubled; comforting.
One slow, steadying breath, and I've come home again to myself in the ancient way of falling moons and rising tides, cooling soil, the promise of candle glow and the middle light of equinox.