The Earth offers abundant gifts. One I cherish most is late Winter hiking in the Sonoran desert. I love the silence, the invigorating air, and the spectacularly hardy flora. From the bold Cholla to the humble, mosslike Resurrection Plant. But most of all I love the Light.
Light. It’s everywhere. Penetrating. Surrounding. Embracing. Pouring from the sun. Radiating from the prickly palette of vibrant arid browns and greens. Inviting exploration. Immersion. Meditation. Healing.
For four days at January’s end my Mom and I hiked our favorite Southern Arizona landscapes. Mount Wasson, rising from an expansive saguaro sea. Madera Canyon’s progression from riparian woodlands to absorbing views of Mount Wrightson’s snow drenched peaks. Sabino Canyon with its back country trails and gushing tannin-stained stream.
I had encountered a difficult loss and some rigorous professional challenges in the preceding week. The luminous meeting of earth, sun and spreading sky evaporated my concerns and melted my sorrow, creating space. Where a phrase associated with Capricorn: Lost am I in Light Supernal, yet on that Light I turn my back arose for contemplation. In my heart. And mind.
My understanding of astrology and astronomy levels in at basic. But certain aspects, such as this Capricorn keynote, have experiential appeal to me. The desert beckoned me into its Light and invited me into the enveloping Luminosity of my greatest hopes and interlacing dreams for the Earth, the human family, my friends, family, and myself. This Light renewed my strength and prepared me to return to the Ozarks and my everyday responsibilities with refreshed initiative, optimism, courage, and creativity.
(Note: Capricorn in late January? No, according to current mainstream astrology. Yes, in the view of astronomically-based “real time” astrology which looks at the sun’s transit of the ecliptic in relation to the constellations, as they appear in the night sky. Click here for more information about this system).