The week that follows the Christmas Chaos and precedes the Champagne Popping of a New Year is one of my favourite times of the calendar. It’s a calm after the storm week, when the gatherings and togetherings subside and a wave of reflection and the sparkle of potential begins to gather on the “Bridge of In-between”, as I prepare to bid Goodbye to 2016, and roll out the welcome mat of 2017.
I’m a big fan of reflection over resolutions. Of acknowledging what worked, and what didn’t and bowing in gratitude for the awareness, and the lessons of it all. I get clear on what I want to manifest and then I channel my inner Unicorn. Because sometimes, life takes a Village, and sometimes it takes a Universe. As a token to share the illumination of what I’ve learned and the Gold of what I’m living, here’s a little glimpse inside the particulars of my “Bridge” week.
Clear The Feed:
What spring-cleaning is for decluttering and the ridding of dust bunnies; Saging/Cleansing/Blessing/Smudging is akin to a sacred cleaning for your soul and space.
Burning sage is an outstanding way to clear an energetic slate for yourself and your home in readiness for heralding the good juju to enter in. Illness, disharmony, negativity, drama, and general BSness be gone! I grow 3 types of sage in my garden (white California, Cleveland & Purple Rain) for their epic fragrant potency, and harvest clippings under a full moon to make bundles that I use for personal and client use. You’ll want to open windows prior to clearing, and adorn yourself with a grateful, graceful heart. Light the end of a bundle of dried sage, and gently tamp out the flames so you’re left with the fragrant smoldering smoke. Use a heat resistant bowl (an abalone shell representing water element is my personal favourite) to catch falling embers, and mindfully walk through each room in your home (getting into the all the corners) and allowing the smoke to clear the energy. Personally, I like to set the stage for what I’d like to invite into each room as I go through this process (for example, I might welcome primo health into the medicine cabinet, delightful gatherings at the dining table, memory making with Golden Boy in the kitchen, and passion & deep rest in the bedroom, etc.) I also like to sage my altar, crystals, decks and any other sacred tools to keep them cleansed and charged.
The “Year Ahead” Spread:
I’m a long-time collaborator with the mystery of the unseen, and frequently call upon the wisdom of ancient Archetypes, animal guides, Goddesses and Q&A sessions with my own intuition to channel messages and affirmations from the Cosmos. New Years Eve is my day to perform a bumper year-ahead reading of what the Universe has in store for me. A total of 13 cards make up the orbital spread (each card representing each month, January through December) with the center card anchoring the overall theme of the coming year). This year, I plan to pair two of my favorite oracle decks (Animal Sprit & Goddesses), & adorn the layout with crystals, flowers & earthly treasures.
Throughout the lunar calendar, I harness the power of the moon to sit and chitchat with the Universe and set intentions. The same applies for my annual intention setting. There’s just something rather magical & sacred about sitting beneath a blanket of stars under the illumination of a beauty full moon. To me, intentions are shout-outs to my future self. How I’m growing. Who I’m becoming. How I want to feel, think, speak, and act in the name of making my dreams, desires & passions become my reality. If I want to see more Love, more Kindness, more Joy in the world, this is an opportunity for me to reflect on where I can create that for myself. I can’t “save” the world, but I can “serve” the world by being the very best version of myself. We all can. Intentions are the bedrock of awareness & manifestation.
Conspire with Crystals.
Not merely pretty rocks; crystals are rather magical vibrating tools that can enhance and elevate our own vibe, harmonize our imbalances, clean up energetic blocks, facilitate healing, & promote wellbeing, in addition to being supportive tools for attracting positive change in our lives. As energetic beings, our vibration varies with the ebbs and flows of our daily life. Crystals however, hold a unique consistently high vibration, making them highly charged Trojans for assisting in upleveling our mood, focus, creativity, healing and overall harmony. Crystals are tucked into the everyday of my life; be it on my nightstand, slipped into a pocket, tucked under my pillow, adorning an oracle reading, and making guest appearances in the creation of all things magical. My go-to Crystals are Rose Quartz (the Universal stone of Love), Moonstone (which aids communication with higher self, psychic abilities & manifestation), Ametrine (promoter of self-esteem, prosperity, harnessing intuition, inspiration & releasing negativity), Smoky Quartz (to enhance positive energy, grounding & healing past hurts) and finally Clear Quartz (aka the Master Healer, that works as an amplifier when partnered with other crystals and provides clearing and protection).
For me, the Golden Rule to manifesting is to keep it simple, and by getting very clear on what it is that I truly want. Then it’s a matter of inviting the Universe to the party. I ask only for that which serves my best self and the highest good of all concerned, and then firmly aligning what I want within the crosshairs of intention and attention (meaning I truly imagine it, see it, feel it and own it as though it has already happened). For me, manifestation is not just about the dream, but about the energy that underpins them. I've learned that this is where the true power resides, in the why, the deep desire, the perspective, & the bigger picture. I ask for “this or something greater” (as I always want to get out of my own way if the Universe has something bigger and better in mind for me). As in all situations related to asking for help and support, I bow in gratitude. Then, I get to work on hustling my dreams.
So however you choose to mark the Goodbye of 2016, and prepare for the Hello of 2017; my hope is that these rituals inspire you to tap into the magical benevolence of the Universe that’s within you, and all around you; to create a year and a life of LOVE, Light & Delight. May all your beautiful dreams come true.
My Current Love – The giant "loudspeaker" Clear Quartz crystal from Santa
My Current Light Bulb – That I want more of "less".
My Current Delight – This playdate with my Cosmic Crew.
My Current Gratitude – For the yumminess of bridges.