Easter in the southern hemisphere is a time for turning within, and going into darkness. Once again, St Matthews in the City has created a labyrinth out of river stones, and has opened it to the public.
Walking the labyrinth has become an annual pilgrimage for me. The cathedral was quiet this afternoon, with Gregorian chanting playing. The pillars have been decorated with palm leaves, and the afternoon sun was illuminating the stained glass windows.
‘The labyrinth acts like a mirror or teacher,’ says the pamphlet. I took time to form my question, and to write it down. Then, removing my shoes and socks, I entered the labyrinth bare-footed, walking slowly, and flowing into the rhythm of the journey.
The stones were beautiful, and reminded me of river beds where I had sat, or crossed, or camped.
‘Enjoy the turns as they can help you to accept change in your life and support you with moving on,’ says the pamphlet.
‘Turns on the labyrinth can show us many things . . . it is important to trust and move forward’. As I make my turns, the answer to my question emerges. It is not what I expected. That’s the nature of the labyrinth; it reveals what has been hidden.
I light a candle after emerging. I have shed some tears. I give thanks for what has been revealed.
In the northern hemisphere, Easter is about resurrection and the joy of spring.
Here in the southern hemisphere, Easter is about the journey into darkness.