October’s theme is decay. As leaves turn from green to brown and fall to the sidewalk and crunch beneath our feet, we familiarize ourselves with the necessity of death with every step we take. The red orange yellow of autumn, the breakdown of chlorophyll, the precursor of demise – in this season, we find comfort in the assurance of death and decomposition. Through decay, we are nourished and reborn, come again to the light.
Before the light comes, however, there is much to be reaped in the sacred hours between dusk and dawn, prolonged by the tilt of the flying rock on which we reside. October is a time for retraction, falling into yourself to prepare for the re-becoming. As I curl up beneath my covers each night, I like to feel the beating and bleeding of my heart. There is beauty in the dark.