It’s a time of change.
Solstice, Full Moon and New Year are all coming in the span of a couple of weeks.
It’s a time of transition from one year to another. I like to mark big events, like the changing of the year, with a ritual.
I don’t mean a celebration, like the whole New Year’s Eve bash with bubbles and caviar, or crowds of people and loud music.
I much prefer a quiet ritual, involving quiet, darkness, a candle or a fire, maybe some humming and drawing. I’d rather be intentional and observe what’s coming and what’s going.
Over the past few years, I’ve developed my New Year ritual. I spend some time thinking about the year that is ending. What did I do? What did I learn? What did I love about it? If I feel like it, I might make a journal entry or two. I ask myself what I want to leave behind, what can the old year take with it?
Then I think about what I want to make sure I take with me into the new year…what do I want to make sure I remember? And while I’m at it, is there something I want to begin?
After I’ve done that, I usually indulge in a card pull. I’m looking for the one word that stands out, my word for the coming year.
Then in the evening, usually on New Year’s Eve, I light a fire in the chiminea and sit outside on the back porch and paint a rock with the word, and any decorations I want to add. That rock will sit on my desk throughout the year, reminding me of my word.
Later on in January I also usually do a vision board. It’s fun to look at last year’s board when I look back at the year. How did those dreams play out? Most of the time the results are obvious, even if they look a little different than I initially imagined.
Every year, I look forward to these quiet, reflective little rituals.
Do you have a year-end ritual? Please share in the comments or send me an email if you do!
In the meantime, remember these things: You are loved. We are all loved. Let’s all be kind. And in all things – progress, not perfection!
Love, and light in the pages,