This year, I felt it important to sink deeply into the connection with the cycles and seasons of Earth. As I sit typing this, the thunder and lightning are going strong outside. I can hear the torrential rain hitting the roof, the gutters, and the already wet ground. ‘I do love this Tempestas’, I think to myself.
We are in the Season of the Seeds, that space where we are planting (or have planted) what we desire within a place of nourishment, the darkness of a place that supports the vision before the outer shell is completely annihilated. Why do you think we plant seeds when it is still so cold and so wet?
Photo by Şevval Karataş via Pexels -The Storms she brought Scipio earned her a Temple, but I know, for certain, we have held the capacity to be THE temple of her essence for ages.
The etymology and subsequent evolution of language is intriguing. From Harper, (n.d.), I found ‘tempest’ and found this lovely bit:
“Latin tempestas “a storm, commotion; weather, season; occasion, time,” related to tempus “time, season”…Latin sense evolution is from “period of time” to “period of weather,” to “bad weather” to “storm.” Words for “weather” originally were words for “time” in languages from Russia to Brittany. Figurative sense of “violent commotion” in English is recorded from early 14c.”
Tempestas, the Roman Goddess of Storms, seems quite striking all the way around if we know that she is for a period of time, one of commotion. Indeed, the storm outside my home agrees that she has arrived and she is preparing the seeds for us.
If you can gather storm water safely, this is a perfect time to do so. You see, storms have the capability to be destructive. They are also regenerative. After heavy rains the Earth may shift, move roads, remove homes, and displace a population. However, it creates an amazing opportunity for new growth, new ideas, and new plans. The Season of the Seeds is one of those times. Things are cold, wet, stormy, nothing seems to be alive – the trees are still showing their bones.
Under the surface though, the storm water is reaching the seeds and carrying nourishment to the roots of the trees. How could we use this water, the waters of Tempestas, to enrich or align her energy with ours for greater use? Stay tuned for more, as there is a full moon coming up soon!
Can’t collect storm water or have you run out? You can experiment with creating your own:
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Harper, D. (n.d.). Etymology of tempest. Online Etymology Dictionary. Retrieved January 3, 2023, from https://www.etymonline.com/word/tempest