New year, new decade, new focus.

Making new year resolutions is not for me anymore. They just don't work at all. I'm lucky if I last one month, as demonstrated by my sad attempt at project 365 last year (which also translated to no blogging). It's discouraging to me so I have decided to just not do it.

Instead, I am trying something new- focusing on the word "natural" throughout the year. It may involve different aspects at different times of the year but will include things like eating more naturally, spending more time out in nature, learning more about natural healing/cleaning/beauty care, doing more to take care of the earth, etc. I plan on making some reminders- designing some kind of natural centered picture that I will print on canvas and hang in my kitchen, making or purchasing a necklace with the word natural on it, etc. Just incorporating "natural" into my life.

Speaking of natural, did you know there was a Blue Moon in December? Its not really blue of course, but it is the second full moon in one calendar month and only happen about every 2-3 years. Since it is rare, it is believed to hold mystical powers. Some believe it contains the knowledge of the Goddess and holds 3 times the energy. It's also a time of heightened or clearer communication between worlds.

Since this blue moon occurred on New Year's Eve I decided to once again dig out my Herbal Tarot cards. I really should use them more often and not just for special occasions but such is life. I shuffled and infused the cards with the energy of curiousness about the new year in connection with my "natural" focus. While thinking of this and being ready to shuffle a little longer, a certain card strongly called to me. It was The Sun card with the meaning of "Warmth. Openness. Friendliness. Happiness. Earthly joy and contentment." Symbolically used for "A cold, withdrawn person. Tendency to stay inside a lot, not exposing oneself to the light of the sun. An antisocial person who is withdrawn and morose."

What a completely perfect card to have drawn. While I don't associate with cold or morose (it actually more about shyness), withdrawn and having a tendency to stay inside is definitely an accurate description of me in the last couple years. A description that I'm not proud of, I might add. Spending more natural time is sure to help that and this card is surely enforcing the idea! I have always loved the sun. With my eyes closed and my face turned upwards, its energy is so warming and uplifting.

Wishes for a beautiful year full of joy and contentment to all beings.

*Info from paganspath.com