Storms of Balance: Part II

March 21st, 2008

storm.jpgYesterday was Ostara, the Vernal Equinox. It was a very strange and eventful day, reminding me of a previous article I wrote last year about the Equinox, “Storms of Balance“.

It was a day of 7-9 inches of wet snowfall here in Aberdeen (after many days with the temperature in the 40s and 50s). The weather is extremely volatile during this time, showing how the warmth of summer is fighting against the cold of winter, the two evenly matched. The story of the Oak and Holly Kings is at its suspenseful climax, when the outcome appears uncertain.

We also received a call from a member of our group. He is going through a period of great difficulty. A good friend of his recently passed away. He just found out his uncle has a terminal condition. And he is having problems with his fiance, among other things. I stopped by his place and helped him with a ritual for peace and solace. During the ritual, I learned some new insights from the Gods present about conflict and equilibrium.

There is conflict everywhere and at all levels. Opposing forces are what hold the universe together. If you are sitting in a chair, you appear to be in a balanced, stable condition because the force exerted upward by the chair and the downward force of gravity are equal to each other, with you stuck in the middle. This is well-documented in the laws of physics. In the realm of metaphysics, similar forces apply.

As I said in my previous “Storms of Balance” article, it is through conflict and hardship in our lives that we grow. We are pulled in many directions at once. There are times that this pressure is lower, which becomes a period of stagnation. When the pressure is high, great changes are able to happen.

The challenges in working through such tumultuous times and keeping yourself in balance during them are multiple. You need to pay attention to what is going on in your life. You cannot simply shut it out and wish it to go away. It may appear to go away for a while, but the universe and the Gods will not let you keep your head in the sand forever, lest you suffocate.

While seeing what is going on in your life and being an active part of it, you also need to keep in mind that this is simply a difficult time and not the “End.” It may appear that all is collapsing around you, but your faith in yourself and in the Gods will get you through. Focus on increasing this faith. Have faith that you are strong and courageous enough to face the suffering head-on. Have faith that the Gods are there with you, especially when Their presence seems very weak or non-existent.

Unfortunately, most people fail this test. They refuse to face their fears and doubts. They give in to the temptation to escape, either through drugs, alcohol or any other addiction. As a result, they do not grow from the experience. They whither and stagnate instead, focusing their energy on keeping the darkness away instead of fighting it with their light. They will continue to waste their energy on hiding from the darkness until either they decide to change and face it, or they die. Some people sadly hide from the darkness their whole life.

The Equinox teaches us about this. It teaches us that the struggle is a passing phase in our life; the storms will subside and summer will come. It teaches us that we must weather the suffering and use it to grow, just as the plants must struggle against the extreme temperature changes and the heavy, wet snow that threatens to crush them. It teaches us that not only can we weather the storms, but we can harness their power to further ourselves in our growth.

And it teaches us that we are stronger and more courageous than we like to think. We have been through hardships and spiritual tests before, and we will get through them in the future. We only need to have faith in ourselves and in the Gods and remember that summer is coming.

5 Responses to “Storms of Balance: Part II”

  1. mama kelly Says:

    A beautiful and powerful post. It made me stop and think because I have been doing just what you talk about … trying to keep the darkness away instead of simply turning on my own inner light.

    Thank you for saying what I needed to hear

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  3. Morninghawk Says:

    You are very welcome. I’m glad you found it helpful.

  4. onelittlepagan Says:

    Interesting. It’s so easy to see the Sabbats (or any other such markers) as still points, but the wheel never stops moving. Everything is in motion, in conflict (as you say) — and that is what leads to growth and beauty. I shall have to remember that. Thank you!

  5. Morninghawk Says:

    I agree, it is easy to think of them as stationary. Transition is a matter of degrees that is always changing. Like you said, the wheel is always turning.

    Thanks for the comment.

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