Hello September. Hello New Moon. Hello Eclipse Season, ushered in by today’s solar eclipse. Energetically speaking we’re in for a power-packed month, and I’m looking forward to seeing how we navigate this. Armed with great self-care, extra doses of compassion, and a readiness to pay attention, I think we’ll come out of this adventure changed, hopefully in some extraordinarily wonderful ways.
I think some of the most exciting changes are those where we become clarified – more pure, true versions of ourselves. Like the extraneous bits have fallen away, leaving us not less, but rather more intensely us. And those pieces we expand into are such heart delights that they fit us like a missing piece of the puzzle.
There’s a quote from Pierre Teilhard de Chardin that I’ve been musing about, turning it over and over again, digging deeply into it and pondering:
“Every person, in the course of his life, must build – starting with the natural territory of his own self – a work, an opus, into which something enters from all the elements of the earth. He makes his own soul throughout all his earthly days: and at the same time he collaborates in another work, in another opus, which infinitely transcends, while at the same time it narrowly determines, the perspectives of his individual achievement: the completing of the world.”
Somehow that feels so apropos right now. Don’t you feel caught in the magic of becoming more you, and at the same time called to contribute more to the world – and knowing the paradox that they’re really the same?
As I was thinking about this and feeling the powerful expansive energies of today, which feel so full of possibility, I remembered September 1 is celebrated as my name day.
I sort of remember hearing about name days as child, and vaguely associated it with a Catholic practice of those being named after a saint celebrating a feast day of their particular namesake. But actually the tradition is observed in many countries and not necessarily connected to a religious observation. And I find it kind of interesting to think that there’s a day celebrating all the Deborah’s in the world. When I discovered this, the date mentioned was September 1st, although since then I’ve seen other dates suggested as well. However, I’m sticking with today.
Undoubtedly I’ve mentioned it a million times because it delights me so much – Deborah means bee.
It also delights me that my first and last name anagrams into things I love. I am “Wore Herb Bead” – and I can attest to that fact. I love making herbal beads and wearing them. I am also “Adore Herb Web.” Yes I do. I think of the botanical world as a beautiful web of flowers and herbs and trees and all manner of magic, and I love it all. And finally I am “Hoard Bee Brew.” It’s true I love honey – I only hoard it in the sense I love having it around. I’m happy to share. But I also like thinking of this moniker as an admonition to be mellifluous, which has as one of its original definitions “filled with something that sweetens.” I’d like my life’s contribution to be that.
It’s a perfect day to muse about who am I? And my new favorite question – who am I becoming?
What about you? What are you celebrating today? What are you musing about? Ever anagram your name and delight at the results? Do tell – you know I love to hear.