There is an Inuit tale about the Skeleton Woman. Clarissa Pinkola Estes well-known book, Women Who Run with the Wolves, introduced the Western world to this beautiful tale. And many psychologists, analysts and spiritual teachers have worked with these beautiful metaphors and stories of embodiment.
If I may share some things from an astrological perspective, as Pluto is wrapping up its time in Capricorn, right in the heart of Saturn’s world, we are going through some interesting times right now! Right?! Ooph! I should say, I am wishing everyone well, as (at least among my friends and clients) many people are struggling with Covid fears, lack of sunlight (here in the northern hemisphere), cold weather and snow / ice and more!
With regard to Pluto in Saturn’s realm… I am wondering how long several things will continue. First of all, the disparity between the uber billionaires and the poorest people, even here in the United States is staggering! Socioeconomic inequity is terrible right now (and it seems like the mainstream media is doing a decent job of distracting people from that fact). That would be another one of Saturn’s deceptions – if things look fine of the surface, they must be okay… If I just work a little harder… If I can save another $1,000… and for what? What is the end goal?
The stock market always seems to go up. Yes, there are a few days here and there when investors are concerned by unemployment claims or the jobs market, but for the most part, wealthy people have been doing very well for themselves! How long can this continue? The housing market, post-Covid-2020 is bizarre! In the course of 6 months, at least here in Central Virginia, the price of a house jumped up by 40%! What?! I am curious about this current housing bubble. And praying it doesn’t pop like it did back in 2008.
Working with Pluto can also be a very rewarding time for doing inner personal growth type work. Sometimes it is best to work with someone on these types of goals. I offer long distance sessions if you are interested (let me know!). You can go to http://www.mkirbymoore.com and click the schedule a session button. I do have free 25 min consults for new prospective clients.
For me personally, I am planning to use 2022 as a time to answer some difficult questions. Some of these questions come from the Skeleton Woman story. You should go out and read it btw if you haven’t already. It is moving! You can find the tale and some interpretation (by a Jungian analyst) here: https://apjq.org/en/Lecture%20-%20The%20Skeleton%20Woman%20-%20Final%20version%20-%20Nov%202011.pdf
Here are some of the tough questions I am pondering:
What needs to die, so I can live more fully?
How can I connect with nature every single day?
What wants to live within me now? That I have not been giving enough life to?
I want to make time to feel my authentic yearning. What is it my heart desires? Can I make space for that?
And then, understanding my yearnings, can I ask for that? Can I appropriately go out and meet some of those needs?
I have established a potent baseline around embodiment, embodied wisdom and spiritual awareness (nothing too special tho). Can I pat myself on the back and be with the amount of work I have already done? Saying, “Good job, good job!” And then notice if there is a part of me being hard on myself. Having compassion and tenderness for any “should’s” or “I-need-to-be-doing’s” type of inner dialogues.
What if I have already established a state of harmony, comfort and inner peace? What if I am already there? Then these “tapes” of old messages are just weeds growing in my garden. I need to realize that I might already be there. My spiritual practice is becoming more subtle, more refined. Know that, what do I do with that information? I need to check in with my heart teacher, my root Lama (as a Tibetan Buddhist).
Yes, more good company. More virtuous conduct. Continue treating bodywork and trauma clients – and dedicate the positive energy which that generates! (Dedicate the merit.)
Thank you for joining me on this journey,