On Friday, December 7th, at 8:20 am CEST (2:20 am EST) the next New Moon awaits us.
It is the darkest time of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, the days are getting shorter and we are only two weeks away from the Winter Solstice, the darkest day of the year. Having a New Moon gives us a glimpse towards that moment.
On Friday, the Sun will be in the fire sign of Sagittarius, and the Moon lines up with the Sun in this sign of action. This might feel familiar because, in modern life, this time of year has become the busiest of the entire year. We are preparing for the holidays at home, arranging presents for loved ones, and in the workplace the yearbooks are closing, causing everybody to speed up and close tickets, finish projects, and reach goals that remain from the entire year in the three weeks before Christmas. Can I just say… that’s insane and completely against our nature.
Think about the fire energy of Sagittarius as the moment to point your arrow at the horizon, to aim at your goal, to get a feeling of where you will be heading after the Sun returns in the new year, but not shooting already. Sagittarius is about freedom, constantly looking for new things, wisdom, and inspiration. This is a time of reflection, pivoting, re-assessment, and expansion. Not a time of doing.
To close of the year in a balanced and nurturing way, we need to reflect in stillness. Visualize the serene peace of frozen lakes, snowflakes falling softly on the ground, the tingling of little bells in the distance. That's the energy we want to move into now.
Try to fit in as many of those moments as you possibly can, between the busyness and the hustle, to prevent extreme holiday stress and crashing down with the flu (or winter depression) during or after the holidays.
You could find some inspiration in the Advent tradition, where four candles are lit consecutively, starting with the first one this week, adding another one, every Sunday until Christmas. My children love to light the candles (or tea lights, it doesn't matter) every evening at dinner time. It gives us an organic moment of reverence for the Light.
Build in moments of meditation daily, albeit only one minute at a time, and repeat as often as you can during the day without making it another thing on the to-do list.
Ask yourself: what did I learn this year? What was working for me and what wasn’t? What do I need to let go of in the new year to create the life I truly long for?
Try to fit in a journaling session to find your answers. Five minutes every day will do. Start your morning with it. Do it on the train. Journal before breakfast. Skip the coffee break at work and write instead of connecting with stressed-out co-workers. You can use these prompts or free writing. Only five minutes. That’s not a lot and it will help you tremendously.
When you are like an Archer aiming at a new target, having your eyes on the prize and the bow ready is not enough. Momentum is created by releasing the muscles that stretch the bow just before shooting it. Only when the tension is taken away the bow for a moment and then put back on, the target can be hit with force. When the bow is continuously stretched, the Archer’s muscles will become fatigued and the momentum of the arrow will wane.
Remember that when you are constantly stressed, you will not create momentum. To start off the year with renewed energy after the holidays, take off the tension and release the bow. The holidays will be more joyful, peaceful, and harmonious, and you can recharge and receive the visions and insight you need for another year ahead.