In the mystical movie, Chocolat, Vianne Rocher, a young mother, arrives in the French village of Lansquenet-sous-Tannes with her six-year-old daughter, Anouk. Set, in what seems to be the 1950’s, the people of the village are expected to act a certain way, and none are supposed to be different from the next. It’s a place where the slightest stray from Church doctrine and decorum is considered a sin of God
Vianne, a free spirit, opens La Céleste Praline, a small chocolaterie, and her confections quickly begin to change the lives of the townspeople through their magical properties. Vianne’s mission is to spread the ancient remedies of chocolate, whether to heal the slightest stomach ache, mend a passionless love life, or even just to make one feel happy. With her chocolate concoctions, she has what the village craves—a sense of freedom and pleasure. The shop is owned by a mean old landlady, Armande, and even she grows to love the chocolate shop. Vianne’s success with her remedies causes the ire of Church elders who try to close the shop down but find they eventually fall prey to the spell and lure of chocolate themselves.
Vianne comes from a long line of nomadic French women who move from village to village to spread their chocolate remedies infused with the magic of love. The movie ends where it began—with the call of the North Wind. When the North Wind blows, it’s a signal they must move on.
When summer turns to fall, it always reminds me of the movie Chocolat. Like a breath of fresh air, the last week of August is blowing through my screened windows, reminding me that change is in the air. There’s something about the approaching fall season that calls upon the spirit to renew itself.
This summer seemed to creep by at a snails pace, without any movement in my work or relationships. Some would say that summer is supposed to be a time of rest, drinking in the natural beauty of flowers and oceans, and sitting out on the porch to read and dream and consider what our spirit would like to do next with the remaining minutes of life. As we enjoy the last week of August, the call to move in a new direction becomes stronger.
In some ways, September is really the start of a new year more so than January. For at least twelve years of our childhood with an additional four to six years if you attended college, the fall always signaled a time of new beginnings. It always brought new friends, new teachers, new clothes and new books to read. It’s always been an exciting time for starting with a clean slate and writing a new story.
Like Vianne in Chocolat, I believe the North Wind is beckoning our spirit to move on to experience something new and magical in our lives—perhaps time to put in place the dreams we had while sipping iced tea on the porch, day dreaming while watching the ocean waves, or staring at the ripples as we sat lazily by the lake.
Where would you like your spirit to take you next? A new village? A new relationship? A new job? The North Wind is blowing. It’s time for a change.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
R. Ann Rousseau writes about metaphysical, spiritual and astrology topics on her blog Explore Beyond the Usual. She is author of the new novel Portsmouth, A Love Story.
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