A NEW YEAR of OPPORTUNITY
From a Physical, Spiritual, Emotional and Cultural Perspective
(Reflections on the Past, Letting Go, Releasing, Turning over a new leaf, Change, Resolutions, Intentions,
The arc of new beginnings, both spiritual and cultural, resides in the winter night.
WE HAVE COME FULL CIRCLE
Last Thanksgiving: We gave thanks as we sifted out the good in our lives, looked at the world in a positive light.
Winter Solstice Past: This was our window of opportunity. As Mother Earth shifted from the longest, darkest night, we emerged into the light with opportunity for change. Let us seize the moment.
Just Completed, Christmas, Hanukkah, Quanzaa: We celebrated religious and cultural end-of-year traditions, festivals, observances.
Here We Are Again, Bringing in a New Year: We go from the Gregorian, Western New Year to the Chinese New Year of the Metal Tiger to new starts from other cultures, traditions, religions.
Forecasts for 2010: From the standpoint of Chinese Astrology and Numerology, things look a bit grim---not too different from 2009. However, we say hold on, stay positive and shine your light. We can always count on change.
WESTERN GREGORIAN CALENDAR
- First Were the Romans: They were busy. The New Year was originally on March 1st. Julius Caesar in 47 BC created ---guess what---the Julian calendar. Then came consul Mark Antony in 44 BC who modified it again. Finally, Augustus Caesar in 8 BC created his own version.
- Pope Gregory XIII in 1582 brought the Western calendar to its present day form with the new year beginning on January 1.
- Great Britain: Converted from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian in September 1752.
- Western Culture: As the influence of the West expanded to the rest of the world in the 20th century, January 1st became the universal New Year, even in countries with their own New Year Celebrations such as in China and India.
THE VERNAL EQUINOX NEW YEAR IS IN MARCH
A Time For New Beginnings Throughout History and Cultures
- A Circle Has No Beginning and No End: Where we begin or end the year is up to any culture’s belief system.
- Spring Equinox is a natural time to start the year with greening, rebirth and rejuvenation.
- Ancient Babylon: The New Year began with the first New Moon after the vernal equinox. The celebration lasted for 11 days..
- Exact Moment of the Vernal Equinox: The Iranian New Year called Nowruz, the Parasis in India and the Zoroastrians and Persians around the world celebrate New Years on the exact moment of the vernal equinox on the 20th or 21st of March.
- The Baha’i Calendar also begins on March 21 and is called Naw-Ruz.
- In Bali: The New Year, called Nyepi, is based on the Lunar Calendar. It is a Hindu holiday and most people in Bali celebrate it. Even tourists are not exempt. No one is allowed onto the beaches or streets, and the only airport in Bali remains closed for the entire day except for emergencies.
ROSH HASHANAH, THE JEWISH NEW YEAR
A High Holy Day
Jewish Year 5771: Sunset September 8, 2010 - Nightfall September 10, 2010
- In Hebrew, Rosh Hashanah means, literally, "head of the year" or "first of the year" and is the holiest day of the year complete with fasting and prayer. No work is allowed.
- It’s in the Seventh Month and Lasts One or Two days: Rosh Hashanah is actually in Tishri, the seventh month of the Jewish Calendar, but the time the year number increases. It’s length varies from one to two days.
- Jewish New Year is a time to begin introspection, looking back at the mistakes of the past year and planning the changes to make in the new year.
- Blowing the Shofar: This is a ram's horn which is blown like a trumpet. One of the most important observances of this holiday is hearing the sounding of the shofar in the synagogue. A total of 100 notes are sounded each day.
- Apples Dipped in Honey: This is a popular observance during this holiday and symbolizes the wish for a sweet new year.
NUMEROLOGY FOR 2010
Add 2+0+1+0 up and get THREE (3)
|Fleur De Lis
- Modern Numerology dates back to Antiquity: Its roots include Babylonia, Pythagoras of Greece, Early Christian Mysticism, early Gnostics, the Hebrew system of the Kabbalah, the Indian Vedas, the Chinese, the Egyptians.
- Divination, Luck, Forecasts: Numbers speak a universal truth, are “the universal language” according to Augustine of Hippo (A.D. 354–430).
- Three is the Number of the Year: We do things in threes so they will manifest in our physical realm. There are 3 wishes, the Trinity, 3 dimensions, the third dimension, the three sisters; the maiden, mother, wise woman; past, present, future; the Triad; the beginning, a middle and an end.
- Three is a Movement of Energy: Energy moving forward, overcoming duality, expression, manifestation and synthesis. Three is the first number to which the meaning "all" was given--- body, soul and spirit.
THE POWER OF THREE AND THE FORCAST FOR 2010
“A Call to Lead—Hang Tough”
- This Year's Greatest Obstacles: Represented by the number 1, which governs leadership. Expect competition between major world powers to increase.
- Drastic World Changes: Be prepared to see the U.S.'s central role in world affairs become more dialed-down; 2010 might play host to small skirmishes or even wars. There will also be chaotic changes not only in the economy, but in nature as well, as earthquakes and volcanoes become far more likely.
- Personally: Use your own leadership skills to help prevent conflict in your life. Be diplomatic, use tact and wisdom. A warm, positive attitude will inspire others and your own creativity.
- Stay Upbeat: December has a calming influence as we settle in to address issues surrounding family and personal responsibility.
CHINESE YEAR OF THE METAL TIGER—A FORCAST FOR 2010
February 14, 2010
A Tumultuous Year Where We Could Overcome the “Impossible”
- The Chinese Calendar/Zodiac has a different animal representing each year of a 12 year cycle before it begins anew. This year is the Tiger, the third sign of the Chinese Zodiac. (Rat was first and last year was Ox.)
- This Year is also Metal: There are 5 elements. A year can be either wood, fire, earth, metal or water.
- A Tiger is Wood: Each animal has its own nature or element. The element of the animal interacts with the dominant element for that year. This can be either a good or bad thing,
- Metal and Wood Don’t Mix: Tiger’s nature is the fixed element, Wood. But Metal has a destructive relationship with Wood. (Metal can chop and destroy wood.) Therefore, this causes a conflict of elements.
- Metal and Wood Could Be Good: The force of the two could bring about difficult changes. Blocks can be overcome! The impossible could happen.
- Let the Force Work For You: Accept challenge. Embrace change. Be careful.
Make a New Year Intention Collage. Bring out your inner arts and crafter and take this to a higher level. The idea is to cut out pictures of all the things you want to "manifest" in your life, glue it together and hang the finished product somewhere that you'll see it often. Repeat viewings will prompt, push, and magically create conditions for your desires to happen.
Another idea is to gather close friends and turn this into a group activity! What a powerful and meaningful way to use group energy to celebrate new beginnings!
- Make an Intention- Determine two or three primary goals for the new year
- Collect old pictures, calendars, magazines, words, photographs that represent your intention.
- Cut, paste, glue your intentions onto a poster board or large paper. Be artful and creative. Be kind to yourself. This is not going in an art gallery.
- Meditate on your intention as you cut and paste. Play inspiring music.
- Hang collage in prominent place.
- Allow the magic to begin.
Our January Newsletter is adapted from the following resources:
Exploring the Feminine Archetypes
Who Are You?
Sunday January 24, 2010
1 pm - 4:30 pm
Connect With Other Wise Women
Join In Ceremony with Drums and Rattles!
- Which Goddess resonates with you? Which culture?
- We will explore the Feminine; Goddess traditions from around the world.
- We will use ceremony and group energy to discover where you presently are on the ancient path of being a woman.
- The circle has been a natural way for women to gather since the beginning.
- BRING: A drum or rattle if you can. If not, we have extras.
Andrea Lord, Women’s Circle Facilitator, Reiki Practitioner
Rachel Lord, RN, CMT, Master Herbalist
Old Hampden Holistic Center, 3501 S. Corona St., #1, Englewood, CO 80113
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