“Autumn is the eternal corrective. It is ripeness and color and a time of maturity;
but it is also breadth, and depth, and distance. What man [or woman] can stand with Autumn on a hilltop and fail to see the span of the world and the meaning of the rolling hills that reach to the far horizon?”

Hal Borland

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We get a lot of questions at Dance of the Spirit regarding how best to develop one’s intuition or overall sense of the mystical—how best to attune to the natural mystery of the world, the MAGIC that surrounds us within any Moment of Now.

My best answer: Begin by enhancing your attunement to the natural world. Do this with quiet deliberation.

Autumn is the best time to attune to Nature. Why? Because the Fall season brings with it a special energetic vibration. Have you ever heard the following expression?
“The veil between the worlds is thinnest on (or near) Halloween.”

My home backs up to a National Forest and I adore the seasonal Autumn Equinox in my neck of the woods. A couple of years ago, on that momentous day, the weather was beautiful, as near-perfect as one gets to experience in a lifetime.

As I sat on my patio, mid-morning, facing the tree-laden hillside, I noticed that a half-moon silently hovered in the azure sky. It was then that my attention was drawn to a beautiful, sun-illuminated spider-web, delicately but securely attached to the trunk of a nearby tree, rocking to and fro in the gentle breeze.

What impressed me most was the fact that a long piece of silken thread also secured this web to another nearby tree; the span between the two trees was approximately eight feet!

The spider is a fundamental dream symbol, the meaning of which we think we know, at least in one sense, as “the weaver of dreams”. The spider is also a respected representative of the creative force behind the Golden Web — that which connects and binds us as a Cosmic Family to one another.

The famous psychologist, Carl Jung, felt that a Spider’s Web is the perfect symbol for such wholeness due to its formation (its circular shape), construction and complexity. He also called similar types of circular symbols “mandalas” and said that they hold valuable meaning.

Symbolically, the spider and her web may represent an integration of the kinds of ideas that lead to greater self-awareness, resulting in feelings of completeness. It follows then that such webs are profoundly spiritual archetypes, encouraging greater self-understanding—even while we derive meaning and satisfaction from the intricate framework and interplay of our own interwoven and complex lives.

On that magical autumn day, as I continued to marvel at the engineering feat that manifested as the outdoor spider’s web, my husband joined me. We sat together, in awe, while we studied its shimmering magnificence.

How had the spider managed the incredible span from one tree to another?

“It must have ridden the wind,” I heard my husband softly observe. I knew at once that he was right. This arachnid Creature of Nature, pure and radiant, rode the wind to accomplish its lofty goal. No matter how impossible or outrageous its intent might have appeared from the outset, it simply surrendered to the glorious seasonal breezes—giving another, profound meaning to the phrase “let nature take its course”.

So I asked myself: What’s keeping me from doing the same thing? And I answered my own, provocative question: I can and will “ride the glorious, seasonal winds of life” toward each and every goal I can conjure, trusting in divine breezes to carry me to my final destination.

I cannot physically “see” every magical web embedded in the forest near my home; the distance (and the light-play) doesn’t allow me to see them all. However, the TRUTH was shown to me and now I know that they are there.

It is such a personal, secret, sacred thing, such KNOWING. From now until the end of time, within any moment of NOW, I can look in the direction of  a particular (long-gone) autumnal shining web and see it with my heart.

A master wordsmith, the British poet, John Dryden summed it up best when he wrote: “Our souls sit close and silently within, And their own webs from their own entrails spin; And when eyes meet far off, our sense is such, That, spider-like, we feel the tenderest touch.”

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[As the Executive Editor of Dance of the Spirit, SANDRA CLINE holds a basic belief about the wonder of life: that there is no sensation more magical or mystical than the surprise of loving and being loved. In the working world, Sandra transitioned from a successful career in radio broadcasting to that of freelance writer; she is also the author of Pug Sheridan, a critically-acclaimed novel.

When Sandra decided to write Pug Sheridan, a story about the indestructible soul of female friendship, she found that her formative years (while growing up in Alabama) had forged an undeniable truth, one that she found lodged within her heart—that EVERYONE, without exception, is tied to the land and to each other, across the world and beyond. If you are interested in reading Sandra’s novel, QUICK CLICK here.]