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Right about now the Eleusinian Mysteries would be taking place in Greece. These ancient rituals celebrate the myth of Persephone and her journey into the underworld and the subsequent coming of winter, but as with all myths, there’s a deep psychological reflection to be told too.
Living on earth right now is pretty hectic I’m sure you’ll agree, and more than ever we need something to get us through this crazy dark night of our soul. Which is why we could do with taking a leaf out of the modern mystic’s manuscript to get us back on track to feeling calm, fulfilled and full of zest.
Alchemy is a pretty loaded word. For many it brings up images of the dark ages; wizened old men trying to turn lead into gold, but this is just one part of a multi-faceted spiritual truth that has become murky and irrelevant, yet alchemy is just as important a tool to modern life as it was centuries ago, and it holds the secret of our own liberation from suffering – what’s not to love?
Are you a fiery intuitive or an airy over-thinker? Do you have the weight of the earth on your steadfast shoulders or do your feelings flow like water? The diverse energy of the elements can be read in our astrological charts, helping us to recognise any imbalances that keep us from wholeness.
Our dreams can tell us a lot about our waking life. My fave psychoanalyst, Carl Jung, believed that dreams were a way of tapping into our unconscious and that while most dreams are very personal, some have a more mythical, symbolic quality that can only be explained through knowledge of the collective unconscious.