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Autumnal Equinox 2020 – Descent of the Dark . by Alice B. Clagett

Written and published on 22 September 2020

Dear Ones,

Today is the day of the Autumnal Equinox 2020. On this day each year Darkness seeks the Light. Darkness would carry the Light down into his kingdom ..

Image: “The Abduction of Proserpina,” by Rembrandt, circa 1631, in Wikimedia Commons … https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rembrandt_-_The_Rape_of_Proserpine_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg … public domain … COMMENT: See how the Lord of the Underworld rides a chariot fashioned like a snarling golden lion? Is it not often the case that o’erarching desire for gold … for what is aptly termed ‘filthy lucre’ … carries us from the realms of Light to Darkness and Soul woe? I feel that to be so often true. Money, of itself, is neither good nor bad, I feel. Just as unbridled greed may torment our Souls, so may the wise use of money for the good of all, for philanthropic purposes, help us rise up the godly qualities that are our Soul’s nature.

Image: “The Abduction of Proserpina,” by Rembrandt, circa 1631, in Wikimedia Commons … https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rembrandt_-_The_Rape_of_Proserpine_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg … public domain …

COMMENT: See how the Lord of the Underworld rides a chariot fashioned like a snarling golden lion? Is it not often the case that o’erarching desire for gold … for what is aptly termed ‘filthy lucre’ …. carries us from the realms of Light to Darkness and Soul woe? I feel that to be so often true. Money, of itself, is neither good nor bad, I feel. Just as unbridled greed may torment our Souls, so may the wise use of money for the good of all, for philanthropic purposes, help us rise up the godly qualities that are our Soul’s nature.

But again, on the Vernal Equinox, near the end of March next year, the Light will rise back up from the Dark to bless our great Mother Earth …

Image: “The Return of Persephone,” by Frederick Leighton, 1st Baron Leighton, 1891, a mythological painting, in Wikimedia Commons … https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Frederic_Leighton_-_The_Return_of_Persephone_(1891).jpg … This work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author’s life plus 100 years or less … DESCRIPTION: Leighton depicts Hermes helping Persephone to return to her mother Demeter after Zeus forced Hades to return Persepone … CREDIT: LMG100045 The Return of Persephone, c.1891 (oil on canvas) by Leighton, Frederic (1830-96); 203×152 cm; Leeds Museums and Galleries (City Art Gallery) U.K.; English, out of copyright.

Image: “The Return of Persephone,” by Frederick Leighton, 1st Baron Leighton, 1891, a mythological painting, in Wikimedia Commons … https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Frederic_Leighton_-_The_Return_of_Persephone_(1891).jpg … This work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author’s life plus 100 years or less … DESCRIPTION: Leighton depicts Hermes helping Persephone to return to her mother Demeter after Zeus forced Hades to return Persepone … CREDIT: LMG100045 The Return of Persephone, c.1891 (oil on canvas) by Leighton, Frederic (1830-96); 203×152 cm; Leeds Museums and Galleries (City Art Gallery) U.K.; English, out of copyright.

This great truth of the waves of Darkness and Light that flow forth across our Earth, of their rising and falling, and of their twice-yearly moment of balance, is ably portrayed in the myth of Persephone (Proserpine), whom the Lord of Darkness abducted and carried down to his kingdom in the underworld, and whose mother finally gained permission for her return to her family in the human world.

In the same way, our own Souls pass on into the Dark Realms, abide for a time, and then, through God’s grace and very great blessing, return to the realm of human endeavor in a new incarnation.

Thus God’s message to us, his children is: Ever new hope, though one life be lost, that another may be gained, either by His side or amongst humankind; ever new hope that though the Dark envelope us for the nonce, and triumph in December on the day of Winter Solstice, the moment of greatest Darkness each year, yet will we be ‘right as rain’ once more, as the Vernal Equinox arrives, and the point of balance of Dark and Light is once more enjoyed by our Earth Mother and all her beings.

Today, at the point of Autumn Equinox, my hope is that our social order here on Earth, of late so fraught with social unrest and sedition, will find within its deepest truth … a sense of balance, of order, of looking to the common good rather than the diverse, particulate interests …

In this regard I am reminded of Ruth Ginsberg, whose work in the world I so admire, and whose passing but a few days ago I, with all our nation, mourn …

Image: “Ruth Bader Ginsburg 2016 Portrait,” 5 January 2016, in Wikimedia Commons … https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ruth_Bader_Ginsburg_2016_portrait.jpg … public domain

Image: “Ruth Bader Ginsburg 2016 Portrait,” 5 January 2016, in Wikimedia Commons … https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ruth_Bader_Ginsburg_2016_portrait.jpg … public domain

Despite our country’s loss of this great lady, my hope is that another may rise up to fill her shoes and shoulder her responsibilities as ably as did she. My hope is that, through walking the straight path of truth and justice, we may right social wrongs and bring our country back to a stable government and economy.

My prayer is that today will be that day of balance; but should we err and fail in this today, yet I pray that the Vernal Equinox will see that restoration of social order and social good to all beings everywhere on this beautiful planet.

Image: “Roundel with an Allegory of Justice,” by Raphael (1483-1520), in Wikimedia Commons … https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Stanza_della_Segnatura_Iustitia_roundel.jpg … public domain

Image: “Roundel with an Allegory of Justice,” by Raphael (1483-1520), in Wikimedia Commons … https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Stanza_della_Segnatura_Iustitia_roundel.jpg … public domain

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In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

See also … Link: “Persephone and Hades: A Dance of Shadow and Light,” by C. Ara Campbell …  https://thegoddesscircle.net/persephone-hades-a-dance-of-shadow-light/?fbclid=IwAR0X_sz_qVD3xvpwJJtNLgkpE1NgoFuGtrlOA4Z9OzY2hNN48To2N8MrauI ..

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