Commitment. Honor. Truth. Strength. Compassion. Commitment.
I call this pentacle many things, most often the Pentacle of Autonomy, though I wrote about it in Kissing the Limitless as the Warrior’s Pentacle. It is also a Healer’s Pentacle. An Activist’s Pentacle. A Parent’s Pentacle…
I use this cycle as a way to assess my commitments and examine my relationship to them. What am I willing and able to commit to? How do I honor that commitment? How does honoring that commitment help me to live more truly, in greater alignment? How does that alignment give me strength? In what ways does increased strength deepen my compassion? How does compassion flow back into my commitment?
Going through this cycle, measuring, weighing, ascertaining how I am doing in living out my commitments helps me to see where I’m slacking, where I’ve grown accustomed to things and doing them by rote. It shows me where I may be sleepwalking through patterns and assumptions rather than choosing my commitments anymore.
Does keeping this commitment still feel honorable and true, or is keeping this commitment draining my energy and time?
Looking at my commitments from the position of autonomy enables me to re-commit fully, and with honor. It also enables me to honorably break commitments that have served their usefulness.
What do you need to re-commit your energy and attention to?
What has become a slow drain on your energy, letting you know it may be time to cut your ties and walk away?
What is the honorable choice, and what are you going to do about it?