The Language of Weather
I’ve returned to her simple reminder over and over again. No matter how tumultuous or desperate my life may feel, blue skies and a bright sun wait just behind behind the clouds. The storm will eventually pass and I’ll feel the warmth and clarity of a new day again. This image has brought me much comfort.
The changing weather patterns - cycles of storms and sunshine - offer a constant reminder of how our inner and outer worlds are continually shifting and transforming. Each hour is different. Every day brings something new. Just when we’ve gotten used to basking in the light, a downpour interrupts our calm. And when we start to believe that our emotional turmoil will never end, a ray of sun pierces through the clouds and brings us hope for a new beginning.
There are so many profound metaphors in the natural world, it seems that every time we go to the forest we are shown some sort of wisdom to enrich our lives. The tree that is too rigid breaks in the strong wind, while the supple tree bows to it and regains composure when the wind has passed - a nice reminder to be flexible in the face of adversity. What is old must die and decompose, fertilizing the ground to make way for new life. This observation can help us not fear death but instead embrace it as part of the natural cycle of life.
The language of the weather, and of all of the natural world, can enrich our understanding of our selves and the changes that flutter and blow into our lives.
- Fire relates to the spark of new ideas, the flow of vitality and creativity, and the capacity to focus our energy and transform our lives. It encompasses the archetypes of the guardian who can open the way or block your path, and the king who imparts justice.
- Earth represents the physical world and our way of being it, our state of physical health and relationships to others. Earth archetypes include the healer who understands the source of illness and imbalance, the seeker or hunter who pursues his objective but only takes what he needs, and the wise elders who hold great compassion for our earthly suffering.
- Water is the realm of the emotions, tenderness, nurturing, and fertility. Our waters can flow freely, cleanly, and effortlessly, or they can become muddied and stagnant. Here we find the archetypes of the loving mother, the nurturing grandmother, and the goddess of love.
- Air is our consciousness, our ideas, the way we understand ourselves - our past, our present, our future, and our soul. As the winds blow through us, they shift our ideas and bring us new insights and wisdom. The archetypes of air include the gypsy who lives purely through the heart, the clairvoyant who sees beyond time, and the sage.
When the four elements are balanced, they maintain a state of peaceful movement. When out of balance, they manifest as the destructive forces of extreme weather: Large fires, earthquakes, floods, or tornadoes.
Just a few days before my parents announced their separation, I had a dream. I was playing in the backyard. The birds were singing, flowers were blooming, and all was peaceful. Then the sky turned a greenish hue - the telltale omen of a tornado - a warning sign I knew well, having grown up in the Midwest. The birds stopped singing and I knew I needed to run for cover.The whipping of violent winds drew closer and suddenly a huge passenger train came bellowing through the alley behind our house. I knew something was about to change dramatically in my life, but at the time of the dream I had no idea what it was.
When I think back to those tumultuous years, I feel immense gratitude toward my grandmother. She said only a few words to help me address a challenging time, but they were poignant and profound. The image she gifted me with continues to serve as a reminder to look toward the sky for insight and inspiration.
Next time you venture into nature, heed the wisdom the weather might be offering to you through the blowing winds, refreshing rains, or shifting clouds.
The influence of the four elements on our lives is a constant, polishing us with the ebb and flow of continually changing circumstances. But the sun is always shining brightly behind the clouds.
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