October brings with it the time of falling leaves, fun in leaf piles and a slowing down of things around us. In nature we see things strengthen and prepare for the cycle of sleep and renewal that is about to come. This time is also about introspection — the energy of the west. This is when we too can go inside and strengthen ourselves by using our inner resources for the solutions that we seek on our paths of purpose and personal growth. This is also a time of gratitude for all that we have accomplished in summertime, our “time in the sun”, and to use all that we gathered to sustain us through the coming winter months. We can use this time to turn ourselves to the more spiritual aspects of our lives. We can look back upon our accomplishments and gain power and resolved from all that was done. It need not be big grandiose things that we accomplished; for some simply getting from one day to the next was a great accomplishment. This is not to minimize or to create comparison, simply to celebrate what is was that we have done. This is also the time of winds, west winds, reminding us of the maturity that we have gained though this last cycle. It is the recognition of what we have learned that is important in this time. Now is the time to consolidate so that you have a clearer sense of direction and purpose. So like the plants and animals in nature, let them be our teachers. As they strengthen and go inside, let us do the same in positive introspection. Use your community and trusted mentors and friends to provide the strength and safety that you feel you need as you embrace this time.