A little over four months ago I took off down the road from my new home and had myself a solo lunch date. This is something that I have often loved to do, book and dog in hand I have no problem enjoying my own company. I wrote on this day that too often we wait, for the guy or the gig, or the something before we do the things we want to do. Go in with a full deck I said for when you do meet that someone, inspired by an afternoon reading articles by wordsmith Alex Franzen I was reminded of her post on online dating … and the seed was planted.
Fear we are often told is something that we need to get the better of, we need to conquer and be in charge of and sometimes this might be true. Liz Gilbert has a wonderful conversation with fear here. But what if occasionally when we feel fear taking hold we sat down and had a chat and listened to this very primal instinct. What might we say to make it listen and quiet down?
Oh wow. I agonised for at least an hour over that heading. I really wanted to call it “not everyone in the transit lounge is coming on the plane with you” but google wasn’t understanding the metaphor! It hurts to even read that title. But it doesn’t have to.
Here we are heading for the half way mark of the year, and I’m wondering how your going with all those New Year goals?
Did you pick a word for the year? It might have been shine, or something around being visible, speaking up, owning your truth, being the best version of yourself and all of this sounds pretty good doesn’t it?
How has that been unfolding for you?
(and so much other crap that compromises keeping our hearts strong and open)
Now that I’ve got your attention with that incredibly dramatic title, let me just say
I love love. All of it.
I mean, I love romance and flirtation and devotion.
I love that feeling when you first meet someone that you like, that feeling that you get when you haven’t even met someone but you’re just finally OPEN to it. Like yeah… I can go there.
I almost, ALMOST even like that feeling when you have just broken up with someone you truly deeply loved. Like you know even though the air around you hurts you did something real and magical there.
I love lusty, and sensual. I love that feeling when you are truly inhabiting yourself and people stop and look when you walk by. Even though you haven’t brushed your hair and your wearing clothes the dog slept on (or maybe they can tell.. who knows)
But you get my point.
I love feeling connected; with myself, with the world around me, with potentially a pretty hot human.
And then there is Valentines Day.
And it’s just not fucking helpful.
I don’t know about you, but I’m not sure even at this early stage in the year if I can recall how exactly I got here.
And it’s only February!
The first month of the year named after the God of doorways and new beginnings, Janus, passes in a flurry of New Year’s intentions and recovering from either the year that was, a very indulgent festive holiday or a little bit of both.
Well I’m offering you a ‘do over’ on the Eve of the first New Moon of the Year which symbolises the Chinese New Year.
This also happens to be either Imbolc if your in the northern hemisphere or Lammas if your with us down under, both pivotal festivals and turning points in the year. Its a seasonal pause where we reflect on what we’re reaping in the first harvest of the summer or looking at what we are intending to sow with the coming of the light after the cold of the winter.
This is the year of the Fire Monkey and before the passionate and fast paced year is upon us I want to offer you an opportunity if one has escaped you so far to reflect on the year that was, and set yourself up for a magical and intentionally crafted new year.
To take yourself on an Elemental Journey moving through Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood follow the link to receive my New Year Elemental Journey PDF designed to guide you through the Five Elements and into the year ahead.
This New Year is the year of the Fire Monkey symbolised by Fire over Metal.
Now, fire can melt metal, but it can also forge an even stronger Metal.
*For this year ahead think hot fiery and fast. This is great for making decisions on the run, and being flexible and fluid. What this means is though that we need to keep our nourishment at peak levels to remain able to keep up and to not frizzle in the heat!
*Be careful of overspending financially and energetically.
*You will bounce back quickly though in this energetic climate as long as you pay attention!
* Its a year for passion and creativity optimism and playfulness
*Keep your calm centre to avoid falling into anxiety and frustration in this fast paced year and it has the potential to be super fun!
The New Moon is always a wonderful time to set an intention. Simplify it into a word or a feeling and see it grow with the waxing moon throughout the month.
I’d love to hear any questions you have. Comment below or zip me an email.
With blessings for a Magical New Year ahead.
PS. And that link again is Here..