We are all familiar with the banter about our cups being half full or half empty. Many of us embrace the intention of expressing from a cup that overflows with love and abundance. This time of the year however, I embrace a beautiful but empty cup. It is symbolized on my altar by an upside down chalice with a votive candle burning on the base.
Long ago and far away in the land of my ancestors the Wheel of the Year had turned moving from Samhain toward the energy of Yule (Winter Solstice). It was the season when they purposefully paused from so much in the world DOing and focused more on BEing connected to their homes, their families and to themselves.
For those of us who still embrace a spiritual relationship to the seasons this is the time of the void (the empty chalice). It is the holy pause through which new life will be birthed from the divine spark of inspiration (the votive candle) during the season of Yule. It is a time for nurturing ourselves and waiting with a deep trust in what will surely come in due time.
I have a sense that one of the great losses in this modern world is the understanding that Nature herself and the changing seasons of the year model the sacred and purposeful steps for living a full and abundant life. Our bodies and emotions frequently tell us when something isn’t right. The inner voice is often amplified during this time of the year expressing thoughts and feelings of overwhelm, sadness, physical illness or pain. It is my belief that something deep within each of us may remember and long for the time when we aligned with and honored the beauty and wisdom of the seasonal cycles of Nature.
Reconnection to this wisdom is attainable. I don’t have to reach back to long ago and far away. I can take a step by choosing to again honor something not commonly embraced today. It is the empty chalice within each of us. It is a space that is not necessarily filled with love and abundance and does not require a perception of being at least half full. It is the vessel within intentionally emptied and held as void and in waiting for the right time to begin to DO again….in due time. When I embrace this concept, what comes with time are inspiration, love and abundance.
In this season of between Samhain and Yule I allow my chalice to rest and I light a candle to represent the spark of inspiration that comes to me without fail in due time. I trust the holy pause as a place to BE, and I celebrate the fullness of an abundant life.
May all of the seasons of your year be consciously experienced and honored. And if you so choose, may your holy chalice be in rest awaiting the time to be filled with a spark of true inspiration.