Here we are! Spring 2017 gave way to Summer and now, a fresh new year and already one month has passed. Hello February 2018 and hello my long neglected but never forgotten friends!!!
This week sees us back in the swing of our school routine and me mapping out my current deadlines, while deep in reflection over the year that was and the year that is to come. I know I'm not alone when I reveal that, for me, 2017 kinda sucked! But a good kind of 'sucked' if there ever was such a thing.
Astrologist heralded it as a 'Number 1 year', with years moving in 9 year cycles. I've not ever studied Astrology (or Astronomy) so I really don't know the ins and outs of it all, but I value the teachings and certainly believe that our cosmos holds a special influence over us. I've never doubted the power of the Moon and Her magnetic charge over Earth, so of course it is only natural that I would be open to the powers of all things galactic.
A 'Number 1 year' is about planting seeds and building foundations. It's about letting go, transitioning and diving deeply into the discomfort and messiness of all that that holds, including embracing the unknown. I haven't blogged all that much over the past 12 months mostly because my inner and outer world proved to be an absolute perfect reflection of what it meant to ride the wave of a '1 year'. As the year opened, I had no clue of what lay ahead for me, I simply set my intention for the year around the theme of WORTH and went about my merry way.
It wasn't really until we hit mid-Winter, six months in, and there was an energetic window between 2 Eclipses that brought me smack bang into the centre of what that '1 year' really meant for me, and as it turned out, it was perfectly connected to my word of intention. Without going into all the nitty gritty I will simply share that I've now nicknamed it, my Trifecta of 2017!
Right during that time, mid-Winter, 2 Eclipses, July/August, was when three big things in my world met the junction of the Astrologic '1 year' and my personal intention for WORTH.
- I hit burnout within my career which brought on the realisation that I'd veered onto another track that was not as authentic or honouring to who I truly am. It took burnout and some deep unplugged time before I could clear my scramble, refocus and redirect myself to get back on track.
- We changed schools and are now head over heels in love with the Bush School and community of which we are are part. It was a huge and terrifying decision but one that was completely intuitively directed and six months later, has had a profoundly positive effect upon all 3 of us! And the final piece within that trifecta...
- A romance and the difficult (but right) decision for us to go our separate ways.
So, three major turning points all mushed into one and each carrying the theme of WORTH, plus those energies of a '1 year'!
It was a year that pushed me in very unexpected ways. A year that for the most part, was so deeply uncomfortable and held so much learning! Yet also, was deeply empowering and I finally feel like my big-girl boots are now firmly upon my feet.
It was a year for which I am immensely grateful. For without that discomfort and without that learning, I wouldn't be where I am now. When Tuck died, I was forced into a metamorphosis and ironically, this online space use to be called The Conscious Caterpillar. One of my earliest articles, published in the U.S. mag Mabel, was titled 'Metamorphosis' and my words offered insight to what this very process meant for me during those very early days. I had no clue as to who I was. I don't mean in the sense of my name and date of birth. I mean my essence, my identity as a woman. I knew I could no longer be the person I was when I was with him because he was no longer here to be with. And I knew I could not return to the person I was seventeen years earlier before I had met him, because I was 21 years old then, not the 40 year old I turned on my first birthday after Tuck had died. So the caterpillar had to start creating a cocoon for itself and three years later, I have now emerged from that cocoon and while I test out my new wings and am stepping into who I wish to be and feeling stronger, clearer and more empowered than I have in a long long time. Perhaps even ever! So 2017 felt like it was a year of emergence, one that is to shape the years to come.
Which brings me to here, 2018. A 'Number 2 year'! Growth, patience, balance and collaborations, that is the essence of a 'Number 2' year and I can't help but be curious as to how those things will play out for me over the months to come. Certainly some seeds were sown throughout the year gone by and I am excited to nurture them as they grow, but more than anything, there is this clarity and sense of direction that has eluded me the past few years.
I think it's going to be a fun year! No doubt there will be a few more lessons to learn and adventures to be had, but mixing those up with enthusiasm and love will surely make for a wild, wild ride. From here I can tell you for certain that my year ahead holds some overseas travel, some interstate travel, a weekend filled with inspiration at the very first Soul Craft Festival - that's the brand new baby of Fel's, creator of The Craft Sessions - some new ink upon my skin - tweaking the final design this weekend - and some new super exciting work, part of which is my involvement with Nature Play SA. I'll be sharing loads more about them, their new membership packages and brand new print mag, Wild Ones, in a post very very soon! Promise it won't be another 4 months away!!!
Oh, and how's the timing of this blog post, eh? Crazy that these words have spilled out of me right when we are in the wake of yet another cosmic event... the energies of this most recent super charged, super Moon - a full Moon Eclipse and a Blue Moon to boot - are profound! If you are here in Australia, did you stay up to watch it last night? Here where we are in the Adelaide Hills, it was cloudy right up until the moment of action and then the clouds broke apart to reveal the magic!
Happy Days lovely people, let's rock this '2 year'!!!!