The new year has begun. We have swapped out our calendars from 2015 for those crisp pages of 2016 that hold so much promise. For me, January has always been the month of freshness surrounded by the fiery glow of potential. Year after year I find myself swelling with ideas that light me up and sweep me off toward that which I desire.
I usually have my list of tasks, daily practices and first-steps planned all ready for after The Ball drops and this year was no different…. But my entrance to 2016 was filled with a week of phlegm and cough syrup. Then catching up on personal Work. Then a trip out of state. Then a mild blizzard. I felt so unprepared for this whirlwind of activity without my resolutions in place. Without them (I thought) how could my horse of Willpower spring from it’s gate with full force?
New Years Resolutions have always been important to this witch. However, I have discovered a method that allows me to successfully create and commit to something for a full 365 days. Because let’s face it: the sensation of “OH SHINY” is not sustainable. It’s easy to become distracted by the myriad of desires swirling around us and inside of us all the time:
First Step: Calculate the Numerology
Using basic arithmetic, I am able to reduce the sum of my birth date plus the most recent year I celebrated a birthday to a number between 0 and 21. This number correlates with a Major Arcana in the tarot deck, which reveals the theme/energy of my year. Sometimes, there is more than one Arcana involved if the sum can be added together again to a single digit.
EXAMPLE: My most recent birthday was on December, 26 2015
12 + 26 + 2015 = 2053
2 + 0 + 5 + 3 = 10 (main energy)
1 + 0 = 1 (supporting energy)
My birthday falls very close to the New Year, so this calculation is a useful first step in generating an intention for myself. This year, I will be spun around the Wheel of Fortune (with the support of The Magician.)
Next Step: Assess the energy
I crack open my tarot books and read about each card. I browse the internet for images from other tarot decks. I feel the emotions and ponder the thoughts each one brings up in me. I ask myself questions: How would I react to this entity if I met them on the street? If this card could speak, what would it say? What are the motives of this entity and how would they carry those motives into the world? All of this. Over and over. Until I have a good grip on what that specific Arcana means to me at this time.
To me, The Wheel is about cycles, movement and Karma. The hand on the clock moves in one direction until it reaches the top and goes around again. Eternal. Spinning. The culmination of my Work and receiving what I have put out into the Universe (for better and for worse.) Immediate change. Gradual change. The Magician supports this energy by being an agent of manifestation. Things are HAPPENING. All necessary tools are available and ready to be used. A catalyst.
Last Step: Create a Mantra
Using the knowledge above, combined with where I am at this point of my life, I decide how I want to engage with that energy for an entire year and put it into words.
Recently, I have noticed that I often try to manage my surroundings as a way to feel safe and in control. I’ve found that I also tend to rush through most experiences and despise feeling stuck. I Know that I struggle with trust… Trusting myself, others and even the Universe is so difficult for me right now.
I have found mantras to be the most effective when they are: phrased as an “I” statement, in present tense and short (usually between two to six words.) They affirm something that I want to remind myself of when I feel frustrated, overwhelmed and/or want to stuff myself into a hole in the ground. They’re simple, yet potent.
Which leads us to VasalisaTheWitch’s mantra for 2016:
I SURRENDER TO THE FLOW
I (Vasalisa) + surrender (give up control/allow myself to trust) + to the flow (The Wheel/Will of the Universe). That’s it. A simple sentence serving as a reminder of what I have chosen to work on. It anchors my actions toward manifestation like a great ship settling into the port that is my desire. It is a core truth that I have pieced together to carry out in my daily life and it gives shine to the Mundane, where I have the ability to make this magic… even as I’m realizing that I’m late for work or receiving a generous cash tip from a grateful patron.
This post may seem a bit late in the month to be discussed, but I’m suddenly feeling grateful for waiting. It reminds me that there is always time to re-access my situation and check-in with my spirit that is constantly shifting it’s shape.
What do you want from your year?
My mantra for 2016 is this: Nothing to Guard Against. I am working on being vulnerable.
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