The Winter Solstice arrives on December 21st; the day when the earth begins its return to the sun in the Northern Hemisphere and the Southern Hemisphere swings in the opposite direction.
In ancient times, tribes gathered and held ceremonies to ensure that the light would return to the earth. Our ancestors were afraid the darkness would overwhelm the daylight and the earth would be plunged into everlasting night.
Now, we celebrate the Solstice knowing it is a natural phenomenon of the cycle of the earth moving around the sun in a regular progression.
When we approach the Solstice, the time has come to review the year and see what 2018 has held for us—its gifts and challenges. According to numerology, 2018 is an 11 year (2+0+1+8=11). 11 is a master number and the most intuitive of all numbers. It is instinctual, charismatic, dynamic and capable. When focus is not applied toward a goal, 11 can be extremely self-defeating. I always say about the number 11: “When it’s good, it’s very good. When it’s bad, it’s awful.”
Has your year been very good or awful, or as always, a healthy mix of both?
Every year carries its own energy. At this end of year celebration time, we need to assess how our plans, dreams, and accomplishments flowed.
Acknowledge the Achievements:
Often, we forget to stop to look back and recognize those dreams we have fulfilled. We have made plans, set goals, readjusted our strategies when needed, and completed what we set out to do. Many times we keep charging ahead without taking the time to bask in the energy of the positive conclusion of the action. Even if others acknowledge us, we need to take time to approve of all the work, energy and dedication we put into the achievements we made this last year.
If we don’t take credit for our work internally, we will feel constantly unfulfilled, anxious, and dissatisfied. When we know we have done a good job, and take the time to breathe in and celebrate the success, we are ready for the next project with new vigor. We increase our confidence, self-esteem and self-worth. We learn to value ourselves.
Reflect on the Shortcomings:
No one’s year is ever perfect. The first four months of the year, I was feeling stuck with my health, my writing, and in my personal life. My eldest sister died around Thanksgiving in 2017. My beloved 18-year old cat, Puck then crossed over before Christmas. I was feeling their losses profoundly.
I had the outline for my new book done and my publisher had kindly given me an extension on the deadline to submit it. Somehow, I just couldn’t get motivated to write. I was feeling pretty helpless.
So, the beginning of the year felt like a wasteland for me. I kept meditating and holding myself in love and compassion, knowing that this situation would end eventually, even though some days it felt like forever. I called on friends, family, and healers for support.
Then, my life turned around. I started a new food plan of no sugar, no flour, and no eating between meals. I physically felt better and began losing weight.
I adopted a new rescue cat, my Gigi.She has been a blessing in my life. She is five years old. Apparently, she was lost but had a family before since she is well trained and loves people.
I began to write and finished the book I have been discussing in this newsletter for the last several months. It made the Amazon best-seller list on its launch date.
I have a appeared on several podcasts—of which you will hear more about in the future—and I am feeling confident about my future.
Clearly, the first part of the year was challenging. I took action when the time came and turned around my life. The two elements necessary for the change were 1. Right timing and 2. Support. I had to wait until I had healed my grief to have enough energy to put into my work and life. I asked for help and support from the people I loved when I needed it.
When life is not on track for you, reach out. Those who love you, want you to do well and will gladly assist you.
Then, let go and release the old energy that no longer serves you. Move into the new energy that is propelling you forward to fulfill your dreams and plans. Today is always a new beginning.
As we reach the end of this solar year, look back with clear eyes and a happy heart. Be proud of your achievements. Let go of the less-than-perfect times. Look forward to the new year with new eyes, an open mind, and a happy heart. Dreams can come true. The Divine loves you.
Blessings for Health, Prosperity, Peace, Love, and Happiness,