The New Year lies before you, like a spotless track of snow…Be careful how you tread on it, for every mark will show…
2014 has arrived, the Year of the Seed of Life and we are given boundless opportunities to step forward. For me the New Year always begins on December 22nd following the turning of the cosmic wheel at the time of the Solstice, as I follow the old ways and the Earth Religion. This year on New Years Day, it was however the first new moon of the new year, and I awoke to a beautiful day while visiting family. As I stepped outside I could feel a gentle breeze, the winds of change and promise of something new, rustled through the sycamore and oak tress that grace my sister and brother-in-laws magnificent land.
Since early childhood my strong connection with the animal kingdom and the natural world, has developed into a lifelong relationship with these animal allies that serve as guardians and messengers. I watched as the winds blew the remaining leaves of the past from the sycamore trees. I could hear the soulful call of a magnificent hawk who made sure I saw her soar above me, as she circled three times before landing in one of the standing tall ones.
Hawk is the ultimate messenger. It gifts us with visionary power and guardianship, teaching us to be observant and to pay attention to what we may overlook. This could mean a talent we don’t use because we are afraid to step forward, a blessing for which we haven’t expressed gratitude, or a message from Divine Spirit that we continue to ignore. The hawk has keen eyesight, and comes to remind us to open our eyes and see that which is there to guide us. If we connect with the spirit of this animal ally it awakens vision and inspires a creative life purpose.
My sister in laws property is on ancient Indian land and the spirit of the first nation people could be felt that morning very clearly. When one takes the time to sit with the Great Standing Tall Ones a beautiful exchange can take place that fills your heart with hope and a knowingness that there is so much more than what we in the human world see.
I could feel the song of the Hawk move through me and the seed I carry inside my heart began to pulsate with life. I felt alive, I felt joyful. There was no doubt in my mind that this was going to be a powerful year. A new beginning for each of us. An opportunity to create a new way to experience the world and remember whom we are and why we have come to this water planet. It will be easy though to be pulled back into the past and into the drama, so we each must make the effort to commit to change and then step forward. There will be ups and downs and we must remember this is a planet of duality. We are however weavers of our own destiny which is of our choosing.
We carry the dream of Spider Woman inside our heart. The dream she wove into our spirit is the seed we carry. I have often been accused by others of being a dreamer and not living in the real world. I am the first to agree. I AM a dreamer because of my close connection to the cosmic spider web that weaves us together. I choose to each day dream a new dream and live in my own reality. This requires not getting caught up in the news. I rarely listen to it and if there is anything I need to know I have plenty of people who share it with me. I choose to be awake and it takes a lot of effort to do so, but it is who I AM and the reason I AM here.
If you feel yourself being pulled into the drama of another say the following…”I DO NOT DO DRAMA.” I can create enough of my own, why would I want to participate in the drama of someone else. It’s amazing how easy it is to be dragged into the drama if we are not alert. There is far too much beauty to be shared in nature, too many people to meet, new relationships to form, new things to experience for me to waste my time on someone else’s drama. This doesn’t mean you can’t offer loving support, but I have found that I can be of greater service to another if I am holding the space for them to have their journey. Another mantra I have shared before that I use daily and I offer as a tool to you is the following…… “I give myself permission to allow others to have their journey so that I may have mine”. You will be surprised how this instantly shifts one from being attached to another.
On the morning of the New Moon, I felt a stirring in my gypsy blood and knew the call of the hawk was once again guiding my path. I informed my husband the journey had begun and I was on the move. He rolled his eyes as I shared with him where WE were being called to journey to as weavers of the web. I heard the ever familiar reply….”Ask again.”
“No need”, I responded, “I know exactly where we are going”. I will be sending further details in the near future as I am guided to return to the source of the Cosmic Spider Web known as Spider Rock in Canyon de Chellys. The place where Spider Woman lives and a place of remembrance of our soul purpose. A place to activate the dream we carry. Sacred to the Native American Indians, those from all nations would journey to this sacred place when they felt they had lost their way. It is the source of our beginning and a place to remember our connection to everything and everyone. Here we find the source of the golden web that weaves us together as one nation, one world and our deep connection to the earth mother. Other upcoming journeys in 2014 will be in New Zealand, Australia, Isle of Iona and Assisi.
With the turning of the cosmic wheel, the path ahead is clear. Be careful how you tread for every mark will show, every thought you have will be imprinted into the cosmic spider web. Dream the new dream and together we WILL create a new reality. Dream big it is a lucky year for those who dare to dream.
For those who wish to follow the ways of the Goddess this coming year through ritual and ceremony we have a few remaining books from the second printing of the 2014 Moon Cycle and Sabbat Ritual Books.
Wishing you the fulfillment of your heart’s true dream.
Love and golden dreams from Mount Shasta, Robbyne
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