A New Moon in Capricorn

Once again, just following my intuitive self, I stopped by a local arboretum on the way home from the dentist to walk some old pathways and visit some old friends – trees and grasses in their winter finery. It was sunny but very cold and breezy. The wind cut through my jeans and numbed my limbs. My upper body was scarfed and warm. I stumbled upon an area that I was not familiar with behind the old estate mansion and formal gardens. And there hidden amongst the trees was a labyrinth! Just what I was looking for without even knowing it. A welcoming sign advised a slow pace leaving behind old woes inward bound and setting new intentions on the outward loop. This coincided nicely with the new moon’s energy and my own spirit. The setting was perfect – round stones directing the flow at the top of a knoll overlooking brilliant sunshine on the aged wisdom-keepers of the woods – towering oaks and beeches conversing and fluttering their lantern-like leaves the entire time. The timing was perfect – there wasn’t another person in sight. I followed the instructions like a good Capricorn, paused with an inward breath, and released as I walked. There is a lot for me to let go including a need to know exactly what lies ahead. The labyrinth necklaces around and even though I saw where I would end up – I could not vision beyond a bit of winding ground in front of me. It actually frightened me a little, because I was no longer in control and not sure I was even doing this simple task right. I had to follow the path and surrender the known to the unknown on a very basic yet metaphorical walk. In spite of the fact that I knew the ending – I could not see it laid out fully in front of me and had to take one-step-at-a-time. As is often the case at times like this, my magical child emerges, looks up in wonder and says “of course.”

I’ve known of labyrinths and their use throughout history for prayer and quiet contemplation, but I never really experienced one until today. How simple and brilliant!

What a joy! What a gift! What a great public garden!

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Mindful Writing ~ 2014:30

Fragments

Chinese New Year
I peel my last 
pomegranate
ever so 
slowly

new moon
the white rosebuds
never open

awake
to snow dust –
it’s almost the end
of the first
month

football fever
mom does not want
to make wings

aquarian moon
Pete Seeger 
is remembered

ag ~ 2014:30

A New Moon – Mindful Writing #1

All new moons offer the opportunity to imagine and set fresh intentions.  We are gifted each month (and actually every dawn) to make a clean start. The new moon on January 1st 2014 however, somehow feels more significant, because it coincides simultaneously with a new month, the new year, and a-once-in-awhile-isn’t-this-important-moon reading.   Actually, this is noteworthy and relevant due to the Capricorn energy that supports grounding and building our resolutions and intentions.  Simply put, it’s a bit easier with the heavens’ energy to make resolutions and put them into practice at this time of the year.   It’s always up to us to do the rest.

That being said – it has come to my attention twice in the past couple of days that January is also a time to “let go of the past year to make room for all the new.”  January is the last month for The Year of the Snake, and it was also mentioned in an email from a dear friend, who got it from her sister, who got it from someone else, and so on…who wrote that she “got it from a guy in Chinatown” who told her “the more you shed your skin in this end of The Year of the Snake, the more you gallop forward with the Horse.”  The next year in the Chinese cycle is The Year of the Horse.  While we are at it, let’s set our intention and hope that the gallup coming up is more thrilling than jarring.  Amen.

So for all of my fellow Procrastinators – enjoy enjoy enjoy – the slower pace and beauty of January to clean out your literal and metaphorical closets, play catch-up and make ample room for the reviewed and new in yet another revolution of life on earth.

new moon
when did you ever
get old?

ag ~ 2014

Happy always New Year!