Today is Samhain, beginning and end of the Celtic New Year. A time where the veil between the “seen world of matter and the unseen world of spirit” (Glennie Kindred) is at its thinnest. It is a time for our Ancestors to step forward from the land of shadows and sit with us once again in the circle of light; a time to honour all those who have gone before us – those that once were here in body and now are gone beyond our Earthly reach. We name them and we remember them, for it is in this naming and remembering that they remain alive to us always.
As has been tradition in our home for a few years now, it is also the time where we all choose new Medicine Cards. Medicine for us to muse on for the coming year. Medicine that may help to shine a light on those places that may be hiding from us in our own shadows.
For me, this year is for the Black Panther, whose medicine is Embracing The Unknown.
If the Black Panther has appeared today, it may be telling you not to worry about the future. Trust that you are not supposed to mentally “figure it out” at this time. You may need to confront fears of the unknown, of being less than you truly are, or an inability to simply BE. Let go of fears that appear as obstacles or barriers. Embrace the unknown and flow with the mystery that is unfolding in your life. The next step may be leaping empty-handed into the void with implicit trust.
Medicine Cards, The Discovery of Power Through The Ways of Animals Jamie Sams & David Carson
In many ways, Black Panther tells me nothing I do not already know. And… the words I read today allow me to peel back yet another layer of the mystery that continues to unfold before me. Indeed, Black Panther’s medicine speaks to me LOUD and CLEAR. This Entering the Stillness and Embracing the Unknown are journeys I am very familiar with. Words such as ‘trust’, ‘acceptance’, ‘void’, ‘stillness’ are ones that echo around and around me with faithful repetition on a daily, sometimes hourly, basis.
And so… on I go…
Knowing that the Black Panther is just there behind me, though, waiting patiently in the shadows, gives me comfort beyond words and a new found confidence in my ongoing journey…