“You must do something to make the world beautiful.” …Miss Rumphius, Puffin Books
Here on Mothership Earth, humanity hoists our sails, while soaring with the spirited winds at our backs as yang (masculine, light) energy is rising. In our brightening luminosity, we reach the peak of sunlight in the Northern Hemisphere on the forthcoming Summer Equinox on June 20th. Aye, isn’t it the question, rather than the answer that drives us to press on? Energetically, summer is a season when Life abounds, while celebrating and nurturing our growth and prosperity. At this natural junction, specifically around the Solstice, summer is particularly a hot time to have a fire ritual to express gratitude for what is and state our intentions for manifestation on the year's horizon.
As we gaze Westward, picturing a jaguar and meditating on her medicine, she teaches us to "walk the line" by staying True to our Selves by reclaiming our power while facing our fears head on. Moreover, jaguar helps us awaken our Selves to the heroic quest by stoking the blowtorch of Chi within by allowing the light to illuminate the shadows. In this process, we become the change we want to see in the world. In much the same way as in the story of Dionysus, jaguar's energy facilitates the dismemberment process of saying good-bye to the old self, while pouncing on who we are becoming. Whether climbing, swimming and/or running, jaguar's medicine assists us in effectively navigating through the jungle of Life. Can't you hear the thunderous earworm of the original Guns 'n Roses band rocking, Where Do We Go Now?
When one is journeying into the dark, jaguar's beautiful blackness helps us see beyond Life's crises and peer into the realm of Infinity, where possibilities and opportunities are revealed. When invoking jaguar's archetypal energy, we release stale, toxic and negative energies no longer serving us by composting, transmutation and ultimately breathing in transcendence by healing polarity when accepting paradoxical tension of opposites.
Paradoxically, jaguar's darkness illuminates Master Yoda's light by reminding us to let go of the fear of loss and just let it be. Moreover, I remember my little green friend's wisdom asserting that a Jedi's strength flows from the Force (Chi)… But beware of the dark side… Anger, fear, aggression, the dark side of the Force are they… easily they flow… Once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny, consume you it will… A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defense, never attack. Given the intensity of this time of year, I couldn't agree with him more. I sincerely hope that the phat cats that sit on the top of the pyramid heed Yoda's wisdom when pounding their chests and war drums, while justifying the corporate propaganda that pushes drug addictions of violence, maximum economic profit and rampant consumerism that pillages our planet.
Personally, I will be giving thanks for the blessing of being allowed to travel in my human vessel while visiting Mothership Earth and igniting a greater sense of inner peace to share with the rest of our Universe while I’m still breathing. Soaring yangward, we are cultivating projects already germinating in us from last winter that will allow us to spring into summer with a cat's leap. Whether feeling nostalgic while listening to Will Smith's "Summertime" at a family BBQ, exploring cultural festivals galore, visiting a community garden, soaking up the sun with toes in the sand at a public beach—it's a great time of year to leave behind and branch out of the creature comforts of familiar woodpiles and connect with folks in the greater community at large. And if it gets too hot, please consider picturing a waterfall while taking a deep breath through your nose and then slowly exhale through nearly closed, pursed lips. When picturing a figure 8, we step into the realm of Infinity and co-create Heaven on Earth—one step, one moment and one breath at a time.