This week is the last of the long nights before the Wheel Turns, the Oak King wins, and the Goddess gives birth to the God. Or so it goes. Some Pagans, Wiccans, and Witches mark it as the spiritual new year (while others do so at Samhain). Personally, I think both days are appropriate, and the season in between is a time of reflection and sacrifice. It is the season of figuring out what you really want in life.
And after Yule, you have to figure out how you are going to achieve these goals. Some projects are small, like finally cleaning out the damned junk drawer. Others, like pursuing an education or finding a new romantic partner, take much more time, effort, and planning. The key is introspection, knowing exactly what you want. For me, having a strong relationship with my patron goddess and taking time for myself help give me clarity and direction.
If you have not taken the last few weeks to look at your life and choices, this week is your chance. My best advice to you is to get away for a bit. Turn off your laptop and put your phone in a drawer somewhere. If it’s warm, go to a park or your garden. The key is to listen to your heart.
© Ariadne Woods