And so, whoosh, here we are in 2013!
I know for lots of people come January 1 it’s all about moving forward. Guiding words have been chosen, intentions set, business plans formulated and now it’s time to hit the ground running.
And I certainly feel the shift and the call of the new, but truthfully I’m always a bit slower and I like to honor my own rhythm. I like to savor my transition times a bit longer. And I certainly like paying tribute to January as the month of Janus, the Roman god of gates and doors who looked both backwards and forwards.
For several years I followed a practice suggested by Waverly Fitzgerald of Twelve Days – a time to review the past year and create visions for the year ahead. And last year I ended up creating a little book on Blurb with highlights of the 2011. I’m kind of a technophobe, and frankly I really like creating handmade journals, so using Blurb was a bit of a stretch for me. But it was surprisingly easy and fun and I highly recommend it.
One of the things I really enjoy about reflection at the time of transition is the opportunity to see how the past informs the future, which of course why the symbol of Janus with the backward and forward faces is so appealing. And I like the moment of standing at the threshold. Havi Brooks of The Fluent Self has a lovely expression that I often use intentionally when crossing thresholds: “Enter as you wish to be in it. Exit as you wish to continue.”
And so that’s the intentional attention I like to use as well as I exit one year and enter the new.
I have lots of fun preparing for the new year’s journey. I like to start off with a map of sorts. As in hand-drawn- written-in-code (and other secret languages as well) treasure map. One of the markings on my map is my guiding star for the year; and for 2013 Devotion has selected me. Associated symbols invoking my guiding energy include an upward facing triangle, fiery energy and the color Chinese Red. Goddess Maeve is a marker on the map, and she’s inviting me into greater sovereignty and authority, and there’s an Earth Dragon who will be a traveling companion as well. There are other markings and guides as well, but it’s best to remember they’ll pop up to guide, help and inspire; the actual path is mine to choose. This isn’t a step-by-step guide to rote pattern movement; it’s a journey into creative self-expression on the path of life. No way to predict the twists and turns and unexpected that will turn up, nor measure the bounty of blessings that will of course be delivered. And that’s the fun of each New Year.
I like my little Janus creation posted above. I think it has a bit of a jester look about it, and that in turn reminds me of the tarot’s Fool. That always seems like the perfect place and energy to embark upon a new journey. Let’s invite the beginner’s mind and call in the fun.
So where are you? Has your Janus moment passed, or are you still enjoying looking both ways? What’s your guiding word for the year? Any other markers on your map? Do tell.