The golden light lingered endlessly on across the over ripe grass, barely noticing the clouds brewing themselves into a hug black bruise. Silently the dark energy gathered, a whisper rolling in unseen from the edges.
The angry clouds blustered in triumph across the sky, and the summer sun was suddenly gone. In swept the wild cold wind of the storm, and trees bowed in surrender as the land was lashed. All through the night she was relentless stripping branches of their summer rags, snapping limbs and plucking tiles from innocent roofs. In a final act of revenge she whipped random objects up into her swirling cape, never to be seen again on earth.
Happy with her work she sighed out, and let the golden sunbeams peep through her dark clothes in little pools. The air came to rest once more, but winter had left her calling card loud and clear. She was back, and biding her time….
Can you enjoy the wild energy of the storm, or does your mind drag you out of the moment and forward into the days to come? Autumn seems to be a time when many struggle with the thoughts of the winter and the darkness to come. Yet we don’t really know what winter will bring us. It’s a time for turning inwards, a time to slow down a little and reconnect with ourselves and our inner world…..but perhaps that where the real struggle lies.
Try connecting with the wild winds sweeping across the land today. Stand with your arms outstretched and feel its energy tugging at your clothes and hair. Watch it swirling and rippling through the trees and grass. Feel it’s insistence that you stay right here in the present moment, just for a little while at least, amazed by its energy and power. She’s a wild woman the Cailleach of Winter, but she’s full of surprising wisdom and beauty.