Today is Michaelmas, the feast day of Saint Michael. In Waldorf tradition it is the day when we light our inner light, our heart light, to offer to a darkening world. Summer is done, autumn is upon us and the days grow shorter with the darkness filling the void. The world becomes quiet and still. Summer's bounty is dying. The color is leaving, preparing for its final hurrah as the leaves blast ablaze, speaking their own eulogy, then fall to the earth, spent and brown. By this influence of nature alone, we are tempted to go into our caves.
So, it is a time to find our courage, be brave, be light, and trust that it is a season, a passing thing, and that the light will come full circle again. It is a time to hold our family and friends close and pay attention. Listen. It is a time to celebrate the element of fire as often as we can. Enjoy candlelight and the warmth of a roaring fire. It is the time to put on the flannel sheets again, simmer soups and stews on the stove and knit after dinner. It is the time for children to hear how much your love them in the mere gesture of buttoning their coats a little higher and tying their caps under their chins...
Let's make the most of what we know from our own experiences.
For me there are these three main lessons:
Bottom line there are two emotions: love and fear.
Family is the most important thing in life.
You can go home again.
Nature will always heal whatever ails you.
Bundle up, walk outdoors, be still and listen.
Happy Michaelmas! May you find love and warmth and beautiful days ahead.