Starting a new year, we all want to feel fresh and let go of what might be holding us back. A new year marks a time to rekindle the desire for new beginnings and set new intentions… perhaps with a sacred ritual. The winter solstice of Dec 22 marking the shortest day of the year, also marks a kind of death of a cycle; an ending that sets the stage for a rebirth, or where seeds can be planted to grow into new directions.
I like to set an intention for my own personal goals and inspirations at these magical times of year when the solstice or equinox marks a shift in the earth energies. Although it is more powerful to do this on the energetic surge of the exact day and times of these calendar dates, a day before or after also holds the energy well too. And, when you miss that, do this whenever it feels right for you. It is always a powerful way of marking and holding a new intention or direction. It helps significantly to change an old habit if you can mark a new positive intention in a simple ritual. I find myself doing these a few times a year. Here is what I like to do and I thought it might be inspiring for some of you to try as well: