The Calyx

Summer Solstice

20th June 2016

22:35 GMT


A magical thing, the calyx: if you open it up intrusively, before the flower is formed, it seems to be an empty green space. Given a bit more time you may see an embryonic green flower. Give it its own time and the calyx opens of itself to reveal a beautiful, colourful blossom. It’s nothing short of miraculous. The calyx is the tangible space of creation or manifestation. The word ‘calyx’ shares its root with ‘chalice’, the sacred cup, symbol of feminine power: receptive, holding, creative and manifesting. Ruskin wrote, ‘The calyx is nothing but the swaddling clothes of the flower.’ But a baby is placed into swaddling clothes; it does not magically appear inside of them. The calyx is more rightly the womb, the cauldron of the mother. Continue reading The Calyx


In the dark…

Winter Solstice 2015

22nd December 2015, 4:49 GMT

The descent is over. We have reached the deepest, darkest time of the year. Here we are held in stasis: darkness, limitation and restrictedness. The dive towards this moment began in the hot and heady moment of the Summer Solstice when the forces of growth were at their zenith. Now they are at their nadir. The lifeforce is contracted, withdrawn to the roots, and we are in the midst of the die-back. Continue reading In the dark…

Finding Balance: Autumn Equinox 2015

Autumn Equinox 2015

23rd September 08:22 GMT

Why do you stay in prison

when the door is so wide open?

Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking.

Live in silence.

Flow down and down in always

widening rings of Being.


The Sun’s entry into the sign of Libra marks the moment of the autumn equinox, point of balance, as day and night are of equal length all over the globe: a remarkable shared experience for the global human community. In this way, at this moment, we are united. We can choose to bring conscious awareness to this moment of balance and unity, tuning in to the energy of Libra which signifies balance, harmony, justice and relationship. Balance. Balance is what holds everything together. Continue reading Finding Balance: Autumn Equinox 2015

Summer Solstice 2015

At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless;

Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is,

But neither arrest nor movement. And do not call it fixity,

Where past and future are gathered. Neither movement from nor towards,

Neither ascent nor decline. Except for the point, the still point,

There would be no dance, and there is only the dance.’

(from T. S. Eliot, ‘Burnt Norton’ II, The Four Quartets)

Except for the still point, there would be no dance… The summer dance is a full-swung thing. We are drawn towards flowering and fruiting and activity; teased and extended into opening and revealing all that was seeded in the chill stillness of the winter solstice’s midnight moment. Midsummer is the zenith, a time of burgeoning growth, as the Sun reaches the peak of its powers. Its light and building warmth call us to wakefulness and vividness. Come alive! Continue reading Summer Solstice 2015

Gemini: The Integrating Principle

Gemini rules the lungs and the bodily process of respiration. Respiration is, of course, the interchange between without and within, the self and the not-self, that is absolutely fundamental to life. The first breath of life taken by the newborn marks the moment of the soul’s incarnation into form (the movement from the state of total dependence to independence of the mother’s body). Breath reveals, paradoxically, both independence and interdependence; it defines the very parameters of self and not-self by crossing the thresholds of the individual body. Continue reading Gemini: The Integrating Principle

Taurus: Refining Desire

Astrologically, Taurus rules the throat and the throat chakra, vishuddha, which is the etheric counterpart of the thyroid gland. Taurus is ruled by Venus, which represents the principle of attraction. In orthodox astrology Taurus and the second house of the natal chart describe the values and resources of the individual, whereas Libra and the seventh house describe partnership. Venus in Taurus pertains much more to what (and how) one likes, loves, desires and attributes value to; while Venus in Libra suggests how these things are embodied in ‘other’ and encountered in relationship. Taurus, belonging to the earthy triplicity, reveals appetites and modes of sensuality and how these are expressed materially. It refers to our self-expression as well as to how we engage, sensually and practically, with our environments. Libra (belonging to air) is more social than sensual in character, and shows how we interact with others one to one, and with whom we choose to interact. Continue reading Taurus: Refining Desire