I was going to pull a tarot card for this week’s forecast, but as I was getting ready to write this message, I pulled a card from my favourite oracle deck, Nature-Speak by Ted Andrews, and felt that this was instead the basis from which I wanted to connect with you today.
I’ve been using this oracle deck since April. There are 60 cards in the deck. I’ve used it week after week for myself and keep pulling the same few cards over and over again. Messages are stubborn. They will keep showing up until they been heard and implemented.
This is the card I’ve been pulling consistently since October. “Be still and go within,” it says, and every time I see these words I realize that yes – this is exactly what I need right now but of course, putting it into practice is another matter entirely.
We don’t live in a world that encourages stillness. This is evident in how under-valued sleep and silence are. In many cities, the noise by-law is enforced only between 11pm and 7am, as though we are all meant to live on the same schedules and at the same pace.
But what happens if we don’t take time to tune out throughout the day? It’s so easy now to be constantly stimulated. From the moment we wake up there are distractions at hand. The pull to check email and media is right there for many of us.
There’s the morning news, the radio, music to get the day going. We might listen to music or podcasts or audio books the whole way to work or school and as the day unfolds, we can find ourselves filling every second of it with something: A click, a swipe, a song, a phone call, chores, errands, TV shows.
The noise can be non-stop. But what’s it tuning? What inner thoughts or feelings are having trouble being heard above the din?
At this time of year it can become especially hard to tune everything out because the pressure of the holidays can really add to it all. And yet as we get closer to the first day of winter, there is an instinctual pull towards silence. It’s within our nature to slow down, to turn inward, to be more deliberate with our time rather than reacting to all that’s around us.
And this quieter season – a darker season – is made for stillness because a big part of its rhythm is about setting intentions and letting go.
I always find December to be a very gentle month, if you allow for it to be that way, and often imagine myself as crawling into its arms and laying down everything I don’t want to carry forward into the new year. Once I’m out of its embrace, I’m lighter, feeling clear in what I do want to continue with.
Recently I was at an event where December was described as a threshold, a time of year where the light and dark are working together and if we allow ourselves the luxury of a pause then we can hear what it is we need to know. I can’t help but wonder if, collectively, we have filled December with so much activity as a way to shut out the darkness.
What truths continue to stay buried when we stay too busy? What do we avoid admitting to ourselves, or what do avoid, period, when we choose distractions over downtime?
For me personally, 2015 has been a year of intense and unexpected transition that started right at the beginning of January. For the first time in a long time, I was forced to understand the concepts of surrender, trust, and blind faith in whole new ways. It’s also been a year where I’ve had to get honest about things that weren’t working for me, and also open up to areas of my life that I haven’t given adequate time to in the past.
For example, after years of striving with my writing career – pushing and pushing at doors that sometimes opened, and sometimes didn’t – I’ve found myself needing to really look at what impact the business side of it all has had on me.
My work ethic is intense, but I’ve had to learn that it also has a limit, and that I can’t prioritize it at the expense of my health, my relationships, my spirituality, or my happiness year after year, which is what I was doing before. I’ve had to start to let go of my all-or-nothing mentality and while it’s a hard habit to break, I’ve also realized how necessary it has been.
There are places now where I need to be still, for if I’ve come to put my creativity at risk of burnout otherwise. It’s not an easy place to be, but it’s an honest place, and as December unfolds I will continue to sit with it and find the best way forward, even if it means being still for a while.
What has changed for you this year? Where have your transitions occurred, and how are they transforming you?
This week brings an ideal time to understand what is still in process, while bringing an energetic reboot with the new moon in Sagittarius on Thursday, December 11. But with the moon still waning for the first half of the week, we’ll all be ushered in gently into the final new moon of 2015.
This waning phase is perfect for daydreaming, brainstorming, and introspection. Dreams and intuition can become heightened at this time of year as well, and the soft influence of this waning moon is perfect for slowing down. Draw a bath and sit back with a book. Get into bed and do some journaling. Do a meditation in the morning upon waking, or jot down your dreams.
Pay attention to any thoughts or feelings that come up around what you don’t want in your life anymore, or what you know it’s time to stop doing.
Sagittarius is a sign of freedom – physical, mental, and emotional – and it will bring in the chance for a clean slate on Thursday.
This is the energy of an eternal seeker, and one that brings a fierce sense of optimism. Sagittarian energy encourages us to put our sense of happiness and adventure ahead of the mundane and status quo, making this new moon the perfect to set intentions around what is really going to make you happy in the year-ahead.
This isn’t about doing what you think you should be doing. It’s not about taking the safest route possible. There is a fearlessness to this new moon.
Sagittarius is about expanding towards our highest purpose. It’s a visionary energy that encourages big thinking and pushes us towards the things we feel called to do, but does so with a sense of liberation rather than pressure.
New moons are often thought of as times of action. But Sagittarius’ energy can happen on a mental and emotional level, hence the importance of stillness early in the week. Yes, this new moon can absolutely support a new initiative that you want to start, but you can also harness this energy through your emotions, decisions, and philosophies.
Remember that callings are not always about careers. We can feel called to change something about ourselves or our lives in any aspect. This week is one where the balance between the dark – your downtime – and the light of the new moon are working in tandem. It’s a time to decide what you want to believe in for yourself, and where you want to see yourself succeed and grow.
This is the final reboot of 2015, the perfect time to set some intentions that can help guide you throughout the new year.
What are you ready to create for yourself? If you’re not clear on that yet, the mantra I’m sending out this week is borrowed from Ted Andrews:
“Be still and go within.”
And if you have a tarot deck of your own and want to connect with the cards for this new moon, here’s a spread I’ve put together for you to try:
1. What do I need to hear right now?
2. How can I reconnect with myself?
3. How can now I bring a greater sense of freedom into my life?
4. Where can I expand my vision for 2016?
As always, I would love to hear from anyone who gives this spread a try: email@example.com
Happy new moon.
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