In 2014 we begin the year with a new moon, new moons historically are an energetically dynamic time to set intention for the coming month and or year. Our ancestors would take this time to set resolutions.
Nowadays the tradition most people are aware of is that of setting new years resolutions we do this for January 1st the beginning of a new year.
Our ancestors set their resolutions at the Winter Solstice, the shortest day 21 December, the time when the new Sun is born and they looked forward to a brighter warmer future as the days got longer and warmer.
I’ve been thinking about the so called spirit of Christmas, nowadays this seems to be all about spending money, sending cards, eating and drinking too much. Christmas seems to be all about over indulging.
Although maybe one benefit of the materialistic gift giving Christmastime is that we begin to think about what we want.
Maybe one of the benefits of all of the material gift-giving that Christmastime brings is that we turn our attention to the question of what do we want. It's crucial to be self aware, to know what you want, to truly think about it and consider new possibilities. I've learned over the years that this isn't by default a selfish or greedy state of being but a skill that we all need to have. It's an exercise I do every now and again, to just check in with my true self and see if I have what I need, if I'm moving toward getting the things I need in my life.
For example, lately I've been very attracted to all the lovely bath bombs, bubble bars and wonderful lotions and potions. I believe this desire for more lovely smelly bath things is really a manifestation of my desire to make time to take more baths. I love baths in enables my to indulge, relax and clear my mind.
Similarly, perhaps a desire for sparkly jewelry is simply an example of a desire to add a bit of sparkle and pizzazz to life overall.
The lesson is that what we want, even small material gifts, can often point towards what our souls are truly longing for - and all we have to do is listen.
In winter, in the Dark Time I am reminded that I am walking through the world alone, as a single entity. That I am, you are, and each of us is a whole person, a single being, whether we are in a partnership or not. And that if I am in a partnership, I have chosen to be. Happy with it or not, it's a choice that I have made, and one that I have the control to unmake. Am I happy? What do I want? Am I heading in that direction or did I somehow get off my path? These are the questions that come up in the darkness, when we feel alone.
This new moon falling on New Years Day has extra potential as this is the time when many do set resolutions for the new year. What will your resolutions be for 2014?
What do you want to change in your life. Some I’m sure will be looking to stop smoking, drinking, sort out their finances, gain more confidence whatever your resolution is get I touch to find out how I can help you achieve your goals for 2014.