On the Shortest Day of the Year…


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Today is Winter Solstice…in this hemisphere, the shortest day of the year.

This year, it is also the occasion of a new moon.

According to a notice I received in my mail this morning, “this is truly a divinely designed day to imbue your new year’s intentions with magic.”

This is the time to dream big, to set intentions for the New Year and to let go of anything – from grudges and resentments to bad habits and clutter – that could drag those big dreams down.

I love fresh starts!

I especially love the idea of setting down my highest hopes. “Hopes” and “dreams” and “intentions” sound much friendlier than “resolutions,” don’t they? And, I love the idea of getting a head-start. By the time 2015 rolls around, I’ll already be ten days in to my new year!

The plan, thanks to Kari Samuels at Numerologist.com is simple.

First, light a white candle to represent the return of the light and new beginnings. Say the following (or some variation thereof that feels comfortable and works with your own beliefs):

“I call forth my angels and divine helpers to guide me, protect me, and release me from all that no longer serves me. I ask for my heart to be filled with wisdom, joy, compassion and love. May the light within me grow more bright, so I may be a light for others for the highest and best of all. Thank you!”

Now sit quietly with eyes closed, breathe deeply and feel the connection. Bring awareness to the heart and keep the focus there. Open your eyes. Do the following:

  1. Write down all the wonderful things you’ve experienced this year, the blessings you’ve had, and the many great things you’ve accomplished. Take a moment to celebrate yourself.
  2. Write down all the people you are holding resentment for, including yourself, and why. Release each one with love.
  3. Write down any impressions about what you would like to create in your future. Don’t limit yourself to what seems practical or realistic. Dream big!
  4. Visualize yourself in your future until it feels real to you. Imagine yourself happy, confident and radiant, filled with love while surrounded by loved ones.
  5. Thank the Universe for already creating this reality for you.

What do you think?

I’m a bit skeptical, myself. It sounds a little too New Age-y, and quite a bit too easy for my German constitution. Shouldn’t all success be painfully hard, after all? Shouldn’t all change be riddled with angst?

Still, I can’t claim much success in many years of strict resolutions, either…and it is the Winter Solstice, after all…and the New Moon…

I brought home one white candle today…because I like the magical idea of manifesting happiness.

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About cindyricksgers

I am an artist. I live on an island in northern Lake Michigan, USA. I have two grown daughters, four strong, smart and handsome grandsons and one beautiful, intelligent and charming granddaughter. I live with two spoiled dogs. I love walking in the woods around my home, reading, writing and playing in my studio.

6 responses »

  1. New beginnings might call for new techniques. I say, try whatever you want until you find something that works. I hope you realize your hopes and dreams in 2015!

  2. Ahhh, fresh starts. Lovely read, Cindy. I was just in FB and going over to say Merry Christmas to you and then saw this blog and had to come read. Solstice is the most wonderful time. I feel the magic of so many new possibilities. Happy Holy-days to you, my friend.

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