My break from the blogosphere and time for rest is coming to an end. The New Moon in Virgo (in Tropical/Western Astrology, Leo in Sidereal/Vedic Astrology) occurs this coming Wednesday evening or Thursday morning depending on where on the planet you are. New Moons symbolize new beginnings, a time for fresh starts, rebirths, and even new perspectives on old goals, wishes, and dreams. It is a time for us to express gratitude for the past and to set our intentions for the next phase in our lives. As the moon begins to grow, or wax, we too can grow, especially our emotional, intuitive, and unconscious selves, and work towards manifesting our dreams.
Beginning this month of September as part of my own new growth phase, I am going to begin working through my book, Butterfly Journal, Monthly Contemplations for Spiritual Metamorphosis, and will post some of my entries, if not all, here on Through the Peacock’s Eyes. If you are not familiar with it, Butterfly Journal is an interactive journal I created to guide and assist others through both personal and spiritual growth. If you’d like to join me on this journey, you can purchase Butterfly Journal from Amazon, or Barnes & Noble. Though it is a monthly journal, it can be begun at any time of the year.
Here is the Introduction to Butterfly Journal:
Butterflies are one of Nature’s most beautiful and amazing creatures. They flutter about like free spirits, but only after having gone through a long metamorphic process of growth and change. They are the only known living being capable of changing its DNA entirely during its metamorphosis from caterpillar, or larva, to the adult butterfly. That is, they go through a total transformation. You could even call it a rebirth.
Spiritual transformation, like the physical metamorphosis of the butterfly, is a very difficult and often painful process. Transformation requires growth and change, and so for our souls to fly free, we must embrace the growing pains. Many of us fear change. Change is scary because the outcome is usually unknown, but it is only by stepping into this darkness, like a caterpillar inside the cocoon, that we can in time grow, change, and emerge to fly into the light. Living, healing, and growing physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually require change and transformation.
To be reborn like the beautiful butterfly emerging from its burial shroud-like cocoon, our souls need to break free from the illusions of the ego and free ourselves from attachment to the physical body and the material world. When we break free of this mental cocoon, we can spread our beautiful wings and fly free.
The Ancient Greeks’ word for butterfly was ψυχη, psyche. They equated these free spirits with life, breath, and the soul itself. Across Shamanistic cultures the butterfly represents:
- Courage to make change
- Mental clarity
- Freedom of the Soul from the Ego
These small delicate creatures have inspired people across the globe to face their own challenges and obstacles and to have the faith and courage to take on the growing pains of spiritually transforming from the inside out. May the butterfly be an inspiration for personal and spiritual growth for all!