As Samhain approaches, we begin our descent into the dark part of the year. The harvest is in and we can reflect on the things we put forth last year. I find apples to be a good metaphor here. They are one of the last fruits of the season and they are complete in themselves. They hold both what has been, and the potential for what will be.
Like the peeling of the apple, we can unravel history. What has failed, what has come to fruition? As we move inward through the flesh we see the juicy beginnings of life that our seeding dreams helped to nurture until the light once again began to grow. The seedling those dreams became, with the help of sun and rain. The fruit develops or fails, depending on so many things. Did we fully cultivate and pollenate our dreams? What did we do correctly and what did we fail at? What is the take away from our failure? And finally, we come to the core. This is where it all started. It holds the hopes for the coming season. Take the knowledge that you’ve gleaned from this season and nurture your seeds with intent. We learn more from our failures than we do from our successes, if we allow ourselves to. While every year won’t provide a bumper crop, every lesson will improve the next season’s opportunities. Rekindle your inner fire with these dreams, and you will make it through the darkest winter, to emerge vibrant and reinvigorated for life; for we are as much a part of the cycle as the apple, the sun, or the bees.