Happy New Year!
Yes, you read that right!
I wrote last week about Samhain, the point in the Celtic calendar which marks the end of the growing year…and which makes this week the start of a new one😉.
The Celtic calendar recognises that renewal starts with root energy. From now, the roots go deep and draw on the minerals and nutrients they need to grow strong.
As in the garden, so in life…
We too can embrace the idea that our next growth cycle starts in the darkness.
Now is traditionally seen as the time of year when the veil with the spirit world is at its thinnest. All Soul’s Day (also celebrated in Mexico as Day of the Dead) falls on 2nd November, when those who have died are remembered. If you’ve seen the lovely Pixar movie Coco you’ll know what I mean!
Glennie Kindred writes how, at this time of the ‘thin veil’,
We can push the wild edges of our perceptions and assumptions, to seek out what truths this may hold for us.
(Glennie Kindred, Letting In The Wild Edges)
It’s a time to dream, reflect and assimilate.
This week I’ve been noticing new ideas coming thick and fast.
The change of clocks here in the UK last weekend is turning out to be rather handy. I’m waking at 5am rather than my usual 6am, and using this as journalling time to capture ideas.✍️✍️✍️
How could you capture your ideas?🤔
Remember, it doesn’t have to involve 5am! Ditch any ‘comparisonitis’ and go with what works for you.
Trust the cycle of the year.
At lunch with a friend this week, we talked about letting our ideas sit for a while.
Capture your dreams now, then pause (hibernate💤) over the festive period, and let the darkness work its magic. You’ll be ready to grow them on come early February.
What would it look like for you to trust the cycle of the year?🤔
BTW, did you know that here in the UK we even have fireworks to mark this ‘new year’? Okay, so Guy Fawkes night on 5th November, is meant to commemorate the failed Gunpowder plot of 1605 and the survival of the king…but I have rebranded it for myself!🤣 I attended an early display yesterday evening with my daughter and felt such joy watching the sky light up.💗
I hope you too can find ways to enjoy the darkness.
Let’s flourish together!
Arlene Francey Lyne
Coach, writer, mama, raving fan of Mother Earth.
Life a work in progress; like a garden, it’s never finished!
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