I am trying to capture my waking thoughts as I felt impelled to write a post for the final closing of 2012. How arbitrary time is! Can we really measure that which is always swirling around us. In the last few days during the Third Quarter Moon we have released the cycle we have been engaged in over the last month.Today we enter the timeless space known as the Balsamic Moon. This is a place where the old has died and the new hasn’t quite commenced. It is a gap for dreaming; an opening between worlds; a vortex of attraction.
A headline on the news service caught my attention. ‘People stranded as roller coaster comes to a standstill’ It seems the ‘Green Lantern’ at Movie World lost power for a short while, leaving people high, mid-momentum. He he. I have been using the roller coaster as a metaphor for the wild ride through the birth canal we have experienced over this Sagittarian New Moon cycle, which will be completed in the next few days. It is the final closing of 2012 and has taken us through the much anticipated 21-12 date of the Mayan Calendar.
This period has taken me through many deep experiences, dramatic happenings and delightful celebrations. I have been so busy that I have learnt to stay present in the spacious moment. In the past, I have been guilty of criticising my Sagittarian comrades. They are always so excited about some amazing happening and use their boundless marketing skills to entice me to join them. When I enquire a week later, how that life altering event went, they look blankly at me, having completely forgotten. ‘Oh, that is old news!’ ‘Harrumph!’ I think to myself, ‘it is a good thing I didn’t enlist.’ Sagittarians are ruled by Jupiter, the Great Benefic, and are generally very fortunate. With their natural enthusiasm and their eye on the future, they were born to manifest using the Law of Attraction. They appear to fall on their feet every time. Now, as I have been exploring this energy over the current cycle I realise it is such a blessed place. I think inhabiting the moment fully and joyfully as one is rushing headlong into the next, is a perfect way to live life. I apologise for my negative opinion. Rush on and I will do my best to adopt this marvellous quality for myself. I have Saturn in Sagittarius opposite my Sun and tend to experience all that play as work and wonder where I will get the reserves of energy to manage it all.
Now, as we have moved into Capricorn, all that fire has indeed turned into work. My tiny island state of Tasmania has been on fire since last Friday. Many people have lost their homes. The wilderness is burning uncontrolled and over a 100,000 hectares of pristine land has been lost. My home and river valley has been thick with smoke, funnelled here from other places. The high temperatures have now ignited hundreds of fires on the Australian mainland which fire fighters are desperately trying to control, ahead of another week of extreme temperature and wild winds. Ironically the temperature has now dropped in Tasmania and there is snow on the mountains. Hopefully that inhibits the fires in our Heritage areas.
As this Moon cycle which started in 2012, finally draws to an end so does the energy of that year. This current pause point before the Capricorn New Moon on the 11-12 January is therefore a closing of the year, as well as the moon cycle.
It has been a wonderful year for me, full of expansion. I have emerged from a relatively reclusive period of my life and realised my dream of writing. Now I have a world wide audience. I have taken my inner space and shared it with outer space.
As a result my community of friends has expanded hugely. It is hard to believe most of the people in my life now weren’t there over a year ago. Again I experience the timeless quality. It does not feel as if I have found new friends, instead I have reconnected to those that were always there. I feel very grateful for my expanded family.
This connection is not just confined to the human species. My walks along the mighty Huon River connect me to the water and provides me with so many encounters of finned, furred and feathered friends that constantly open my heart. Since the Sweat Lodge I participated in earlier in the cycle, as the Sun moved into Capricorn, I make it my morning practice to sit in the Pine Grove on our property. I commune with the trees and feel the Mother under my feet. As I participate in the stillness, the thriving life around me emerge; plants, insects, birds and animals reveal themselves in the detail. Each day there are unique experiences and abundant gifts.
In 2012 I learnt to live deeper, wider, higher than I have ever done before. Here I am standing in the eye of the needle, straddling the pause point between worlds. I feel as if I am stepping into a vortex of potential that is 2013. I am excited and expectant that this new year will carry me to places I have yet to imagine. I am looking forward to meeting you all there.
Image: Red Pine #307 by Eugene Vandal