After the solstice wave, the sacred moment
It is the rest after the peak! After the solstice, nature is in full bloom and we can contemplate its refinement. Lying under the foliage, the fine complexity of nature appears. To our open eyes, the multiple interactions that unite plants, insects, animals, fungi and bacteria to sustain life are revealed better than at any other time of the year!
The period following 21 June is the exact opposite of Christmas : these are two very special moments in the sun’s cycle, when, after a minimum or a maximum, there is a kind of suspension : for a few days, the duration of sunshine stops increasing or decreasing.
These two times are like breaths, sighs of openness to sacred moments.
The Christmas period marks the beginning of the year’s cycle. The present time is the middle of it… In alchemy, it is the moment when Gold appears.
There has been the mysterious work of spring which seems to start from nothing, which opens up all possibilities on the mineral foundations of winter… there has been the hesitation of successful or aborted flowerings, the new distribution of life in ecosystems, a new expansion.
Now everything is here.
The rest of the year is devoted to rejoicing, harvesting, gathering.
The hands and wrists and the archetype of the Weaver
The Weaver is so named for many reasons.
Firstly, because it is located at this point in the cycle of alchemy: it is the last archetype of the emotional sphere before moving on to the whole sphere of the head, linked to the world above, to knowledge and elevation. It is a point of passage, therefore, where all earthly, instinctive experience and human, emotional experience can be offered to a greater good, reach a cosmic dimension, a dimension of offering.
It is indeed the function of the hands to offer! A function that we are almost the only ones in the animal kingdom to be able to accomplish because of our uprightness which frees our hands.
Then, like the whole length of the arms, it is part of the sensual family, whose function is to link, and is the most refined aspect of it, the most connected to heaven. Refinement and delicacy which are well represented by the complexity of her anatomy, of the many small bones which constitute our hands and wrists, like a real lace. She is therefore the weaver thanks to whom the web of our relationships, known or unknown, visible or invisible, exists and holds in place.
The central teaching of the Weaver
This is about the great power of finesse.
Hands are not soft delicacy. Hands can strike, slice, kill… and create, knead, caress… but also press, scratch, touch.
All these varied functions of the hands are variants of the multiplicity of links that make the web of life alive, colourful… in time and space… and not dull and monotonous!
The weaver teaches that we all carry a sacred dimension, a capacity to sacralise… and that this is worthy, strong, active in the world, necessary. We all have a “sacred servant” within us, which is not evanescent.
And these hands, so unique in the animal kingdom, also invite us to re-honour this gift that we humans have, as the privilege of being upright beings on earth…
Pathologies of the hands and wrists
The first meaning that symptoms of the hand or wrist can have is that of the link: is the link that I maintain with others fine, delicate, intelligent enough?
If there is a fracture, it may be that there is a rupture.
If there is numbness, sprain, or sclerosis, it may be that there is gloom in my relationships
The other meaning is linked to alchemy: perhaps I am having difficulty “transforming” a situation, moving on, or passing a stage in life… perhaps the dimension of the sacred is not present enough?
The message of the Weaver
The Weaver invites us, whatever the season, to question ourselves on what is at the heart of our lives as relational humans: the balance between myself, others, and the sacred.
This can be translated into questions like:
“Are you honouring what you have accomplished? “
“Is there enough delicacy in your life and in your relationships? “
“Are you ready to celebrate? “