“KUNG HEI FAT CHOY” which translates to “Congratulations and To Be Prosperous” in the coming year.
Year of the Bunny!
Happy Chinese New Year! Happy Imbolq! Happy New Moon!
Everything begins on the New Moon – tomorrow – February 2nd – or tonight at midnight if you like. There is so much magic for change in the air – it is BIG!
Tommorow is Imbolq (the day that marks mid-winter), the New Moon is in Aquarius, and it is Chinese New Year. NEW ENERGY – and billions of people are celebrating. Go with the flow and use the wave to help push you along. Winter is half-way over and we’re noticing the days are getting longer. The Sun – Fire – is coming back into our lives. (Daylight is waxing!) The New Moon is always a good time to bring new things into your life. Aquarius is always about newness – radical and strange and wonderful newness.
Now is the time – if you’ve wanted to do something, but were afraid because it seems too strange, or “out there”, or impossible, use the energy of Aquarius, the Chinese New Year, St Brigid (the Goddess of Imbolq), and FIRE to give you strength.
Before you begin calling in all the things that you’d like in your life (or perhaps that one BIG THING) – take some time to release stuff that’s built up. Sometimes our energy gets stagnant in the winter. We get cold, we hold onto things to stay warm, only later to realize that those things that once helped us are now weighing us down.
So, tonight, or tomorrow, make a list of what you no longer need. List everything you can possibly think of. As you do this, let yourself go deep. What don’t you want anymore? What don’t you need? Are there any grudges you can let go of? Any fears? What about negative self-talk or complaining? Let it go! What about your environment?
After you’ve written everything you can think of, allow yourself to feel a deep willingness to let these things leave your life. Read over your list out loud and for each item on your list give thanks for its service in your life and declare you are now letting it go. Light a fire in a fire proof container (or anywhere that fire won’t be a hazard) and burn your list.
Maybe you’ve got a bunch of clothing or books you no longer need. (Don’t burn them! ) Perhaps allow those to be a part of your ritual, too. Bring them to the Good Will or a homeless shelter. Let them go to serve someone else.
Let yourself feel the release of what you’ve been hanging on to. You may feel lighter and happier, or, you may need to cry. Sometimes, feelings may come up later. There is no wrong way to feel.
After all that releasing – think about the things you’d like to bring into your life. Maybe you have that BIG IDEA! Go with it. Again, don’t worry if your ideas seem radical or far out. Aquarius gets us thinking BIG! Maybe your dream is the thing that will help humanity. Think beyond yourself (knowing that ultimately that is what your Self wants). Use this time to give yourself affirmations, forgive yourself and others – if you’ve been complaining about something, what would you do to change? What would you do if you stopped complaining?
Of course, you can also add things, too. (I certainly would love and need a new car, even though I love cycling. Okay, something Hybrid would be cool . . . )
There are a few ways you could draw things to you. Right now, the earth is beginning to pulse underground with life. Plants are starting to come back to life, too – the world is waking up. Symbolically, putting your intentions, wishes, and dreams into seeds and then planting them would be wonderful. As the days grow longer, your seeds, your dreams, will grow. Or, you might try writing your wishes on paper and then bury the paper in the earth, or place them in the dirt where your houseplants grow.
Imbolq is also known as St. Brigid’s Day or Candlemas. Light is returning! Instead of “planting” your wishes, you may want to carve your wishes into candles. After you carve your wishes in the candles, perhaps pour oil like vetiver or sandalwood over the candles before lighting them.
Whether you carve your wishes into candles or not, a candle at this time would be a wonderful symbol of the returning of light and warmth to the world – and of course, a celebration! Make it part of your ritual.
Remember to give thanks as you put your intentions out there. As a matter of fact, when you write your dreams and wishes, start out with, “I give thanks now for . . . ”
Then, play some music and dance or hoot and holler as if everything you’ve ever dreamed of has already happened. If you live in NYC or a city with a Chinatown, try to get down there and enjoy some fire works, crackers, and dancing.
If you don’t get everything done by tomorrow, don’t worry! Chinese New Year is a 15 day celebration! Have fun!
Sunday, 10:30, Dorlee’s
Yoga is starting up again next week. Sunday Yoga will be at Dorlee’s at 10:30.
I hope you can make it!
Please bring a mat and if you have blankets and blocks or straps, that would be great, too. I have a few blankets and some blocks to share.
I’m asking for an $8.00 donation for regular yoga classes.
If you have any questions, feel free to call me at 928.380.3019 or email email@example.com. (Email is generally the best way to get me).
Matagi is a Viola Award Nominee!
I’m so excited!
The Viola Awards is an annual arts award celebration in Flagstaff. It’s put on by the Coconino Center for the Arts.
Matagi is going to be updating a new website soon, but you can see his work here atsorensensilver.com for now.
I am really excited for him. His dedication to being an artist is inspiring to me. And not only that, but he is a super cool boyfriend!
“Journey through the Chakras” on sale
I am raising money to fund some new art projects (and pay some bills) – so if you haven’t checked out my cd, now would be a great time to do it! (feel free to share with friends)
Journey through the Chakras is now only $7.00 – or get the downloadable version at Digstation for less than $5.00 by clicking on Virtual Journey.
“It’s good to be smart; it’s better to grow corn.” ~Winona La Duke
PS: It’s always good to hear from you! Do you do any rituals to signify the passing of time? How do you celebrate sacred space?