Like a great and beautiful bird returned to the wild with a lift into the wind, I am letting go of January.
This month of ebb and flow; of space and time; of a return to my self.
I think I will do Winter this way again. I'm staying quiet during February having promised myself I could play, rest and listen until Spring brings different gifts. I cannot say that I have been hibernating - life goes on and I have my family and my work, my blog and my Pinterest boards, my home and the Daily Stuff to attend to - but I have been calmer, less reactive. I cleared a space and just waited. I am still waiting. Watching to see who and what wanders into the empty clearing. I have had some wonderful encounters this far. I think this new kind of Winter will mean a new kind of Spring. I look forward to it.
And here we are, with the new moon just a day away. The darkness that I have learnt to love and respect this month will be there for us to feel and treasure. A return to the beginning. The empty sky before the return of the light. Speak your dreams now and watch as the waxing moon draws them into visibility. I am lifting my experience of this month into the air and, with huge love and gratitude, setting it free.
According to the Druid Animal Oracle, Hawk is who you need if you're letting things go. Seabhac (She-vug) will give you fresh perspective, free you of 'baggage' and help connect you to your ancestral roots. Hawk - as the European Buzzard - is very dear to me and a special companion when I journey as part of my shamanic practise. As we celebrate new moon, lunar new year, Imbolc and Brigid's Day over the end of this week, I am asking her to help with my letting go.
This post is part of the Let it Go Project: a collection of stories leading up to a beautiful releasing ritual, hosted by Sas Petherick on the 30th of January. All the details for this free event are here. And you can take part! Be inspired by other posts in this project, and share what you are ready to let of of on the Let it Go Project Community Page!