circle of life
A few days ago, I came across the remains of a hawk's dinner, presumably. I realize it's part of the circle of life and there's just no way around that for any of us, but still. So, in keeping with the practice of gathering feathers found in my path, these were slowly collected with silent thanks, leaving the wing clusters and the soft downy feathers. I thought some bird parents might use the soft ones for nest-building, but I don't know about that. These beautiful feathers have been placed in a round basket at the foot of a little spruce tree in honor of the one who once wore them.
This moonday finds itself in a waning, decreasing, mode under the influence of Capricorn. Later tonight, it moves into Aquarius. Capricorn rules the skin and the skeleton, with emphasis on the knees; it is serious and focused. Aquarius rules the lower legs, with emphasis on the ankles, making tonight and the next two days a good time to stay off your feet as much as possible if you have problems with varicose veins. Our minds may feel like they're going a mile a minute under Aquarius; intuition can be more pronounced, as well.
This last week of the moon's cycle fuels the desire to let go in order to lighten the load and create space. It feels very much like the nesting instinct where you do the work and then wait. It is worthwhile to prepare for a new moon and the new possibilities it brings -- like it is worthwhile (and smart) to prepare for the birth of a baby and all the new adventures she brings.
This is motivation enough to continue the work of the pledge to resolve unfinished projects. And, self, do you think possibly, maybe, the kitchen counter tops could be cleared off for a little while, just until the new moon?
food for thought
pledge work: this old project #2 is a rug-hooking kit that's, oh, about 12 years old and hasn't been touched since the summer it was begun.
primitive sunflower rug hook kit
The kit was designed and assembled by the instructor of a rug-hooking class. It was sort of a random choice of a class for me. I think I enjoyed the actual process but maybe didn't like the dark colors of this piece so avoided it thereafter.
On some level, there's a dilemma here -- to keep it together as the kit it is or break it up. Stash greed rears its head toward those soft, perfectly-cut wool strips. Yet a teaching in the Tao is to give something of value that you would like to keep. What does it say about me that I even have to think about it?
OK. I'm letting it go and envisioning it being held and appreciated in some happy hands. Sort of that circle of life thing.