Ask Astrid Fridays ~ The Rabbit’s Corner: Navigating the Illusion of Loss
Last night while we headed out for our second wind of the night’s outings, just as we turned the bend at the tip of the forest, a raccoon caught my eye to the left. It was no more than a day or two ago that we were having a conversation with friends where Dave mentioned not ever seeing a raccoon, opossum, porcupine, etc. and I told him – “Oh they’re out there, they just don’t show up when you want, plus you’re usually asleep when they’re exploring about. They slip through the veils when needed.” And then she did.
When asking Astrid to think about what she wanted to share for today’s message of her blog, she told me to go ahead and go out first to enjoy the snow and more snow shoeing, while she thought about it and would send me her ideas while out in the forest. And, of course she did.
While out in the forest I received two messages from her. One, was the image of the raccoon and the second was some sadness – my own – and some words “illusion of loss.” I continued snow shoeing, wondering about the tie-in and why she wanted me to go out, but it then hit me while the snow was coming down all around us and all of the forest was deep in blankets of white.
Everything around me had changed pretty much overnight since the eve of Thanksgiving, going from Fall’s warm colors and brittle leaves, to a slumber where signs of life are dormant and the purity of snow infuses its own cleansing alchemy.
It might appear like life is no where to be found, but in fact it is never gone and is in process of deep renewal – the kind you believe in, but won’t answer to your hopes until you’ve all but forgotten your dreams.
Astrid reminds me that the holidays can be very beautiful and warm times because of the love in our hearts the magick kindles, but they are also full of nostalgia, memories, and in many cases – a sense of loss, emptiness, and loneliness.
These are times people reflect on dear ones who are no longer physically with us and Astrid knows that lately we’ve heard of many souls moving on, which makes it challenging for those of us left behind with our feelings that are magnified now.
She reminds me that I, too, am one of those souls who deeply misses my dear ones and she brings this up for me to impart a message from her she knows won’t immediately take away the pains any of us feel, but assures us can be the alchemy we desire.
She prompts me to share what I’ve learned through my “losses,” while she helps channel her message through my processing. And by “loss” she means, having experienced my dearest friends that resided on Earth in animal bodies with me, returning to the stars.
So I reflected on the snow, bitter wind, and the blankets of white draped over the once colorful landscape and the feelings that flow through watery tears and sometimes cast a frozen burn upon my heart. They are one and the same….an illusion of something we think we can’t see or touch anymore in the same way, but underneath it all, remains and is ever-renewing, expanding, and preparing to blossom again and again.
She reminds me how much I LOVE the snow and its magick, even though it can be harsh and even take lives away from the creatures of Earth when her presence is thick with icy illusion.
Yet, I have not thought of snow and Winter as wrong or hurtful. It simply is another form of beauty that transforms and kindles a spark of inspiration in my heart and brings me closer to pure grace of being.
The same is how I’ve experienced physical death – when I allow myself to go through the flow of icy tears and memories, I’ve arrived at the magick of pure and simple love that suddenly drops into the true experience of eternal spirit that inhabits the vortex of my heart.
The loss is no longer truth because the gain is far more permeable and returns me to essence.
Winter. Death. They are both passing cycles and they are both ironically beautiful. Inherent in the state of each, is a remarkable alchemy that draws forth the depths of our hearts to feel things we normally want to run from or put a coat over to keep the chill out. But if we run our fingers over an icicle, we can begin to feel the burn.
This is the flame of life – the fire that raises the ashes – the burn of Cosmic love – the inferno of eternity.
Astrid knows I go through this burning continuum every time waves of memories and winds of spirit flash through me of my loved ones gone. They are a merging of then, now, and beyond, and once I move through the reminders of then, inherent is the presence of now.
The bridge becomes the heart and we become One.
I am seeing eternity through the eyes of loss and death. Just as I am seeing promise and inspiration through the eyes of Winter’s veil.
And so, raccoon reveals herself.
No longer to be hidden away in the dark, striking behind the shadows.
I/we come face-to-face with the truth.
Raccoons are known as great shapeshifters and tricksters.
Some may even refer to them as thieves, stealing away or hiding things from you in the dark of night.
Caroline Myss has written about the thief archetype saying that he, “sheds light on the potential wealth within you that can never be stolen.”
Our dear ones, our dreams, the things we think we have lost and can’t touch or experience the way we used to love, were never truly taken from us.
The only thing we ever lost was our understanding of real love.
Love that truly sees.
Love that truly feels.
Love that truly is eternal.
Love that bridges all illusions and boundaries.
Love that knows the inherent beauty in all things.
Love that brings everything into the now.
Love that expands and renews, over and over again.
Astrid reminds us that we have the strength and courage, just like fearless raccoon, to see through any difficult situation with ingenuity, flexibility, and possibility.
Like Spring inevitably comes after Winter, it is also inherent in Winter’s embrace.
They aren’t a one-after-the-other experience, but part of each other right now.
You experience things as beautiful because inherently your spirit recognizes the totality of something even if your ego and conscious mind only sees one thing.
Just as Nature recognizes our true nature and hopes to remind and reflect back to us the totality of who we are at any given moment – every cycle, every experience, every emotion, and thought are all of who we are now.
Our loved ones are all of who we are now.
They are eternally here behind the veils we erect.
And when you catch those glimpses of their spirit moving through the wind, when you feel their breath send the hairs on your arm and back of your neck to stand on end, when you see a shadow and spark out of the corner of your eye, or simply when your heart swells with enormous floods of love…you’ve pulled down the veils, removed the masks of slumber and judgment, you’ve turned on the light in the dark, and opened a locked door.
Those we love are with us and in everything around us.
We’re ready to experience the multi-dimensionality of life and open to new potentials and great change.
Astrid walks between worlds…between being grounded and on Earth and far-off in the Cosmos and although she understands the challenge we have of grasping these concepts, it is her desire to help open the portals to our hearts so we can walk with her into the realms of possibility. When we see only half the story, we are choosing to keep our lives compartmentalized.
We are choosing to remain small and separate.
We are choosing to keep those we love away from us, rather than with us.
Creatures of the night, like raccoon, can help reveal the truth of the heart and bring us the gifts they’ve been hiding away – into the light.
And what was lost can now be found.
Those that left, we’ll discover just tucked themselves away in our hearts, revealing the greatest magick trick there is – the power of love to unlock everything.
Astrid sends her love to everyone and hopes the seeds within her words take root.
Posted on November 23, 2018, in Uncategorized and tagged ask astrid, astrid, dealing with loss, death, Illusion, lake tahoe, rabbits, raccoon symbolism, transformation, winter. Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.
Love this. And the idea that it’s a choice to be “small and separate “. The holidays are a trigger for me about loss – both for those who are no longer alive and those who are choosing to stay out of my life right now. This blog post was helpful. 💜
Thank you so so much Diana ❤️ we appreciate your sharing this and we’re glad this post had a supportive effect for all that you’re experiencing. It can be challenging to navigate our feelings. I go through the waves of sadness myself and use these perspectives to move me through them. It’s given me great comfort to open my heart more rather than close it, as it’s then that I experience their presence was never lost. I just couldn’t feel beyond the sadness to know it. Sending you lots of love and warm hugs. Astrid sends bunny snuggles too 💙🐇
I love your wonderland, love to you and Astrid ❤️😀
Thanks so much Simon! We send our love right back at ya 😉
Thank you Tania… You’re too kind 😉
Lovely musings on winter, loss, changes, and love. Thank you Tania.
You’re most welcome 💛 and thank you for your sweet words Brad. Wishing you a beautiful day of love and inspiration
That is Beautiful! Thank you, Tania and Astrid.
Much Love and Appreciation right back at you. ❤
We so appreciate that! Thank YOU 💙🙏 you’re welcome! Warm wishes and hugs. Hope you have a beautiful rest of your weekend
Reblogged this on Blue Dragon Journal.
Thank you Eliza. Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving 🧡
Rather timely topic. The FM in Gemini on the 23rd occurred close to my Ascendant (and thereby the Sun approaching my Descendant), and the day was the last time my family sat down for dinner at my grandmother’s 100+ year old farmhouse. Since she passed away a few a months ago at 95, the place will be closed up and probably be rented out and eventually sold, because everyone lives elsewhere. So it was bittersweet, and feels like a closing of an era, so the FM was rather fitting since that too is the ending of the lunar cycle. It even rose over the hills as we all left for the night, intending to come back the next day and clean out what remains of the house’s contents. Feels like Pluto, still a degree past my Cap NN, is slowly taking away a lot of constants in my life (opposite Cancer/home). I fear whatever else Pluto will take from me before he’s done, but what can I do but gracefully adapt? It’s not like one can say “no” to that powerhouse archetype!
lots of full circles taking place it seems. i’m sorry to hear of all the challenges that have hit after another. your approach to adapt as gracefully as possible is a great model for others. although not easy, i think remaining open to this kind of approach will bring forth the hidden gifts eventually. big hugs
So beautifully written Astrid and Tania. Thank you so much for sharing. Loss is only temporary, but not many realize or understand that.
thank you! we so appreciate your reflection of this. astrid is really active these days on deeper levels and asking of me to go deeper too. ❤ you're most welcome