Day Two of my 12-day ritual was devoted to recalling the blessings of this year. Ah, this is always on of my favorite things! I truly believe that a gratitude practice is hugely important, and I have absolutely no trouble saying I am blessed beyond measure. But devoting a day to this recounting was even more delightful than I expected. I’m sure I went around much of the day with a silly grin pasted to my face. Even the difficult things and periods are strewn with blessings and this was a helpful way to remember that.
In addition, I spent time today looking at my year through the lens of the fifth through eighth astrological houses.
The fifth house, aka “the Fun Box”, is about self-expression, creativity, playing, how we create our lives. The 6th house is “Everyday Work and Duty Box” – and it’s the place to look at both the daily work we do to be of service, and also the house associated with health and physical systems. The seventh house is the “Partner Box” and is the container for intimate partnerships, but additionally business and legal partnerships as well. Another piece that’s always interesting to look at when examining this is the question: What I feel I don’t have, and therefore look to another person to supply me with. Examining this box is always a call for deep honesty. The eight house is the “Deep Merging Box”. Death, sex, taxes, hidden things. I believe it’s the astrologer Caroline Casey who reminds us that everything in this house was once sacred, but nowadays our society treats it as taboo. One of things to look at here is how people react when you reveal your depths. The question isn’t really about them, but more about what it says about you and what you hope to transform in relationship with them with your revealing.
I found lots of interesting things to mine from today’s four boxes, but I can’t say they were exactly the most easy to look at. And there were definitely some surprises. I think that’s one of the reasons I really like this kind of work – it’s always interesting when surprising stuff turns up. It appeals to the detective part of me who likes stringing the clues together to solve the mystery.
And while there are a number of things for me to consider, one thing for sure is that I’m probably going to want to crank up the fun dial for 2010 and also put more effort in connection. But for now, I’m still in the gathering information phase. Plenty more of that to do before I decide what I’m going to actually do with what I’ve discovered.
Tomorrow, day three which will also include a review of the final four astrological houses. In the meantime, have you discovered something glaring that requires a course adjustment for you in 2010?