There are different kinds of darkness.

Sometimes we head out into darkness to go on a journey—there might be fear or nervousness, but also excitement and curiosity. What glittering stars might guide our way? What might we see once our eyes adjust?

Then there is the type of darkness that envelops us when we experience a dark night of the soul, the kind that might, if we’re lucky, be part of some mysterious transformation or initiation.

And then there is the darkness that appears when the greatest horrors of the world show their face—the kind of darkness that must be stamped out, the kind that no one should ever have to face.

In this week’s Gathering Gold episode, Victoria and I are talking about the tools that help us meet darkness, and dispel it, if only for a moment.

We share some of the practices and objects that help us summon light and fortify ourselves when the sun goes down and night stretches on.

Here’s an audio clip:


We also loved exploring some juicy questions from our Patrons in our bonus episode on “Preparing for the Holidays.” You can listen to a clip here:


Finally, we’re very much looking forward to gathering with our Patrons near the Winter/Summer Solstice in a couple of weeks to engage in a ritual to help us shed grief, fear, old patterns and anything else that needs to be shed before shifting into the second half of the yearly cycle. Patrons: Keep an eye out for a special pre-Solstice video to help you prepare for our gathering!

And if you would like to join our very special Patreon community, you can learn more here.

Sending love and light to all of you, as always.

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