Late fall to early winter is considered Vata Season according to Ayurveda and is dominated by subtle environmental qualities; dry, wind, varying temperatures, daylight savings, both subtle and sharp. Vata dosha represents the elements of air and ether and is most associated with cold and light attributes.
Ayurveda practices the art of balancing pairs of opposites. If you can get with the concept that cold needs warm, light needs heavy, sweet needs bitter, rough needs smooth etc. you can begin to understand the mindset of the practitioner.
These opposites require a delicate balancing act between the mind/body and spirit not to mention seasonal shifts, cultural expectations, and, in the USA it is the season of voting!
The primary focus of Ayurvedic living is to promote good health by virtue of living with the innate wisdom of nature. Modern life makes it more and more difficult to honor the changes of the seasons. It is up to us to create daily practices for connection, harmony and balance during Vata season. Here are some easy tools to stay on track.
The Season of Scorpio the Great Malefic Transformer in Greek Astrology has come upon us. Watch the leaves fall, the Sun fall and even your eyelids fall sooner this time of year. This is when we get to rectify the final wound in our humanity, symbolized by the number XIII in the Kabbalistic Major Arcana. In the tarot this is the Death Card. This is my season, born November 8th, I am part of this archetype God/Goddess of The Underworld as are all Scorpions born October 23rd – November 21st.
The Giant Angels of our ego take their fall in this season only to become food for germinating bacteria and compost required for the impending Spring, which feels centuries away. Seeds planted, tended to and hibernated upon will eventually breathe a visible light to Spring for months at the next vernal equinox but for now, all we have is an ending of one sort or another. A closure and completion of the year before.
Recently I have embarked on a 7-month intense Training and Development program where I am being skilled in the art of listening. My requirement for the program is to take each moment of my entire life as a point of listening into the world I am living in. Through conversations with other people and sharing with them, I have a real sense of what they are going through and empathy for another person’s Soul journey. This is also indicative of Scorpio as her zodiac sign means union, merging and blending with another. One can only know who one is by interacting with others.
Scorpio is the image of the transcending Phoenix, a mythical bird symbol represented by the middle world. November reminds me of middle school years, the forgotten years. Scary, confusing, uncertain, our steps are alive and uncomfortably rich with a statement of who we are yet to be.
My suggestion to all my Scorpio friends is to get out in the glorious color spectrum of Fall. Feel the crisp flavor and scents of juniper bushes and mossy oaks in the air. Peddle your bike or climb your mountain, enliven your strength with rooted vegetables, seasonal and occasional meats such as wild turkey, or wild Salmon and always include a dab of cinnamon in your tea.
This is it, your final preparation for winter and a time to slow into home and hearth is here.
Karen Barbarick-Collins is a Certified Ayurvedic Technician and Wellness Coach as well as a Registered Yoga Alliance Teacher. She is the founder of Bending Blade Healing Arts.