In Traditional Chinese Medicine, this time of transition is a call to breathe deep and uphold boundaries.
3rd Ritual

Onto a Vast Plain

By Rainer Maria Rilke


Summer was like your house: you know
where each thing stood.
Now you must go out into your heart
as onto a vast plain. Now
the immense loneliness begins.

The days go numb, the wind
sucks the world from your senses like withered leaves.

Through the empty branches, the sky remains.
It is what you have.
Be earth now, and evensong.
Be the ground lying under that sky.
Be modest now, like a thing
ripened until it is real,
so that [the one] who began it all
can feel you when [they] reach for you.

BEL
3rd Ritual
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