In the myths of the cultures we sprang from, new light is on its way. The days are short and the nights long; the cold keeps us indoors and it’s all too easy to fall into brooding and retrospect. The wheel of the year is winding down, turning toward its end. And though we throw wide the East Gate soon to let in new light, that time is not yet here.
This space of darkness and reflection has its own value. With each year, we gather to ourselves more memories, more experiences, more feelings. Some joyous, some sad. We learn, we grow, we change. And as we fill the pages of this year’s book, the sorrows and challenges can weigh heavy on our spirit.
The last new moon of the year is fast approaching. It falls on Thursday, December 13th, this year. Why is that important? The transition of darkness to light in the lunar cycle is a good time for releasing. As the final cycle of its kind of 2012, this upcoming new moon offers us a unique opportunity.
What do you carry that no longer serves? What injuries have you taken on this year? What relationships have become toxic? You have a chance to release those dark pieces into the endless night and begin the coming year with a blank slate.
This can be as simple as offering up your burdens in prayer, writing them on a piece of paper and setting that paper alight, or performing a full-fledged releasing ritual. You can take this opportunity to purify your home, releasing the gathered energies of the last year. You can also use this new moon to further your work on changes already underway.
I am working on releasing guilt. I struggle with feelings that I am not good enough, that I don’t do enough, help enough, work hard enough. I fight against my humanity and the finite nature of my time and energy. I beat myself up for not meeting the unrealistic ideal I carry within me. And I am trying to change that behavior. As part of my own releasing, I will be getting a tattoo that symbolizes allowing my true nature, imperfections and all, to be what it is without self-punishment.
There is a Navajo word, ‘hozro’ that translates, roughly, to ‘moving with the current flow of energy.’ Rather than struggle in this season, allow the energetic current to carry you. You can travel this river into the night and back out again. You can release the burdens you no longer wish to carry into those dark waters and turn to face the dawn lighter and more ready for the adventures to come.
May the flow find you, may it bear you up, and may it carry us all into the light of the coming year renewed.