The month of October is going to be… interesting! A fabled Chinese curse says, “May you live in interesting times.” Is October a curse or a cure? Many of this month’s cards indicate “new beginnings,” implying that we have come to the end of a cycle. Things unfold rapidly now, and in ways that many would prefer to avoid.
I find it “interesting” that we have the Turtle card, which loves to move slowly. It is the Divine Earth Mother attempting to get our attention — just like Hurricane Ian, wreaking havoc as it moved slowly, like a turtle, across the Florida peninsula.
The intensity of daily life is simply overwhelming, making it increasingly hard to find shelter from the storm—because there are simply too many storms occurring at once to make any shelter last long enough to fully catch our breath and replenish depleted reserves. A friend described our situation as a “still life of an explosion.” Each day feels as if we’re caught in a new Big Bang event, giving birth to a brave new world, except nothing is moving and the suspension in space is mind-bending.
“What is our personal practice of return? How do we come back to what is central, to what is real, to what is sacred, when the ups and downs of life knock us away from it? We all have to have a toolbox that we personalize to help us come back to what matters.”
— Mark Nepo