The Cosmic Story:
Sagittarius New Moon, December 5, 2010
December has always been a magical and holy time for me, as for many people. I can still feel the first snowflakes of Winter falling on my outstretched tongue as evening falls in Brooklyn. Pure Magic! And what about the sudden appearance of decorations in my home and on the streets and in the shops! Remember being three years old and experiencing that! As I got older, I learned about Baby Jesus being born at Christmas, and my heart grew even larger with wonder. God is here on Earth! What could be better? And then, of course, Santa came and I knew. J
Well, we can all still appreciate Santa for his generosity, but what happens when we finally realize we have enough? That there really isn't any material thing that we need to make us happy -" like those Star War men that made my kids ecstatic on Christmas morning. Is the magic lost because there is no surprise waiting for us under the tree? Is the awe and wonder lost because Christmas is so commercialized? Or are you just too busy to become immersed in the season?
I'd like to make my first Christmas wish: I hope that all of us reclaim our sense of wonder in this season of death and rebirth. The light is dying, the days are getting shorter as the nights grow longer. But with the Winter chill, the air is clearer and crisp winds blow away the unessential. It's a great time to walk in the night and see the stars shining brilliantly in the dark sky. It makes me wonder and fills me with wonder. Maybe that's the point of this time of year -" to go outside under the night sky and search for new answers after our Scorpionic death and rebirth.
Perhaps we will see with new eyes.
When I first started celebrating the Wheel of the Year, I enjoyed the ritual and the new old/ideas but I longed for the part of my Catholic upbringing that I loved the best. I wanted a STORY to touch my heart and imagination, so that I knew what it was I was celebrating. There were plenty of explanations of what each season symbolized but very few stories. And so, meditating on my experiences of each season, stories flowed through me until I had one for each turn of the Wheel. It was the Winter Solstice story about the return of the Light out of the Darkness that inspired me to write the other seven.
Sagittarius wants to teach us, through our philosophy and our beliefs, as well as through imagination and story, about the Cosmic Laws of Life. Once we release our old life and its underlying belief system, we step into a larger vision of our purpose and of Life itself. We will find that we keep some of our old beliefs if they can serve our new life -" if they offer us Truth. Then they will serve as the foundation of an enlarged perspective, a deeper knowledge and a longed-for Wisdom.
This season while we await the rebirth of the Light on Winter Solstice and Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, be awake in the world with wonder and delight. See with the eyes of a child, your inner divine child. And decide what you want to believe about this next phase of your life.
What are some of your core beliefs about this time of year? Do they fill you with awe and wonder, with reverence and quiet? If not, why not drop them? What do you have to lose? Go out and experience Hope again, even when things feel the darkest. Silent Night, Holy Night can be any night during December if you go out and claim it.
NEW MOON ON SUNDAY DECEMBER 5TH