Sunday, December 29, 2019
Plans for the New Year 2020
I mentioned in a previous post that I actually celebrate the beginning of the new year at the Winter Solstice because that's the start of a new solar return in the northern hemisphere. It's the Summer Solstice in the southern hemisphere and some ancient cultures celebrated it then. So, what do I do about the start of the new calendar year?
Well, I celebrate that as well in different ways. Some new habits began at the solstice, like finally sticking true to my paleo diet and lifestyle. Others will start at the beginning of the calendar year, like changing what I do regarding my daily draws with tarot. Why? Because those are something that I change monthly through the year as far as decks, and then major changes begin with the calendar year shift because that ends the month of December and begins the month of January.
It's also when the decorations have come down from Yule/Christmas since it's the one holiday we do decorate for specifically for the sake of my husband. He really gets into it, and I have to admit that I like it a little bit too, it's cheery. But this year we're taking it down December 31st as we begin to prepare for our epic move to NH starting January 1st. We have cleaning, packing, decluttering and all to do before we list our house in February of this year. Small preparations started at Yule as I felt that energy come in, but the big changes will start in a few days.
The other major preparation I'm doing this year is to suspend my daily card draw practice. I started doing a daily draw six and a half years ago when I started studying Lenormand, and continued it when I returned to tarot. I've focused the past two years on different systems, or dialects, of tarot and now I've changed my original plan for 2020 again to be a suspension of this practice because there will be huge periods of time that I just won't have time to do it, or doing so will be too much trouble. I'm too OCD to do daily draws parts of the year but not others, and I've been doing it long enough to have learned how tarot and Lenormand speak to me, so I feel comfortable just taking a break for a year instead.
The calendar new year starts a new numerological cycle, something I'll be exploring for this year in my next post, so it's also a time for shifts and changes and that's the other thing I recognize, the shift from a 12/3 year to a 4 year (2+0+2+0=2+2=4), and after the year of death and loss we went through that started in early January 2019 when we lost our two senior dogs within six days of each other, followed by the deaths of Steve's parents within three months of each other, I can't wait to put this year behind me and usher in a new one!