Being an Earth focused religion, we tend to focus on the cycles of the seasons and the wheel of the year. This year, my goal is to be more organized and focused. With that being said, I am attempting to take advantage of the energies correlated with the seasons. Let’s start with some associations:
When you cast a circle, you always start East and move clockwise. Closing, you start North and the progress counter-clockwise. With that being said,
- Air – Active energy, East, Dawn, Spring, Beginnings, The Manifestation of an Idea
- Fire – Active energy, South, Noon, Summer, Action, The Will to Drive the Idea
- Water – Receiving energy, West, Dusk, Autumn, Gestation of the Idea
- Earth – Receiving energy, North, Night, Winter, Birth/Rebirth The Physical Manifestation of the Idea/Foundation of the Idea
I’m sure you can see a pattern. For Witches, the New Year starts at Samhain (Halloween). We start in the dark months and progress into the light. Winter is always an introspective time for myself. It’s a time for me to think about what I want for myself and the year ahead. This Winter in particular has been painfully introspective on my part, but we get our revelations once we’ve looked inward. With the correspondence of the seasons in mind, I am going to look at the seasons individually this year and set my goals according to the season.
For example, I have taken advantage of this winter (especially during the Mercury retrograde), because I know that it is a time to look inward. I have done two solid months of some serious analyzing, trying to figure out what works for me and what I want for myself. It’s been really painful, but I have pulled out some serious realizations. One of my goals this year is to start an Etsy shop for Pagan altar tools. I want to save money and sell them at different Midwestern Pagan festivals over the Summer/Fall. I haven’t really had any creativity this last month, because I’ve just been in a depression due to my introspection.
We’ve just passed Imbolc (Feb 2nd), the Midwinter mark! It tells us that Spring (March 20) is ahead! The warm months are coming! Fruition and fertility is on its way. If you’re from the Midwest, you can agree that it has felt more like Spring than it has Winter. It was 62 degrees yesterday. Feeling the darkness passing has brought me ideas of what to make for my Pagan shop. I plan to start rolling out the clay these next few days and start making bulk products. Even though we are still in Winter, I feel the Manifestation of Spring. I feel the active energy to start making/creating.
Winter was the Foundation of the Idea for making an etsy shop. Spring is the time to make my items and have them ready for Summer. Summer will be the time for action; to go to my festivals and sell my products! Fall, a period of time to access what went well, what didn’t and what to make for next time.
The idea here, is to work on your project in phases; to give yourself a generous amount of time to get a project done. Think about something you want to work on and think about the representation of the seasons and how they can reflect on the process of your goal. Progress is slow. Things don’t happen over night. If you really want something, you have to takethe time to put your love into it. As a witch, I try to be actively attuned and conscious to the energies around me, taking them to their fullest advantage. The tools that I sell will be even more charged for it and more powerful for the buyer, because it was made with love and good intentions.
I hope that this gave you some ideas for the season ahead!
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