I put my Samhain ritual onto six days of slow burn this year as old skins were dropping like silk garments and a thousand spirits were guiding me with bright lanterns.
It was a pleasant change to the usual writhing and scratching off of one tight shed skin for the cycle while trying to connect with a single ancestral light hidden in a cupped-hand in a dark forest.
It was the anniversary of my best friend's suicide on the 3rd (18yrs) and I felt his presence as a calm sensation prompting me to slow down on the uptake of crap on the internet and to bring art, joy and creativity back into my life. Basically to stop feeding the drama goblins and find an outlet.
These sped-up growth periods can be bright and fizzy but can easily lead to exhaustion. Likewise, depressed episodes can make things feel heavy and stuck. Slow growth periods have so much value as long as the energy flows outwards and doesn't get grounded in frustration or impatience. Deep listening to the very subtlest of energies and really flexes your spiritual muscles and keeps you open to possibility in the dark.
Key learning: When things speed up, meet the energy with still awareness and when things slow down, meet the energy with poised curiosity. ⏳☯️