Earth Magic: Winter Solstice (Reflection)
The Artist's Way (How): Think Magic
Mudra: Hakini Mudra - Gesture of the Goddess Hakini
When I looked at this spread again, 12 months after having drawn it, I was in awe. Obviously to pick Winter Solstice for the month of December is pretty amazing in general. However, the Martyr in the context of a cancer diagnosis is surreal. And this Martyr is floating, heart first in the ethers on the power of love. If that wasn't enough, the mudra for this month has the core quality of integration, "All the facets of my being are integrated as a seamless unity." The I in the GRIT course I'd been writing stands for Integrity and Integration.
And finally, the "how" - Think Magic from the Artist's way says, "Think magic. Think delight. Think fun. Do not think duty. Do not do what you should do - spiritual sit-ups like reading a dull but recommended critical text. Do what intrigues you, explore what interests you; think mystery, not mastery." In November's blog, I talked about the paradox of serving with a free and open heart leading to what I want only if I don't expect to go there. I feel like that's in this card as well. I must focus on the mystery and that may lead to mastery only if I don't expect it to.
Moving into 2019
This reflective December has led me to understand that my focus for 2019 is on writing my daughter into existence with love, magic, and mystery. I can let go of expectation and shoulds, enoying the journey as the magical, mystery ride that it is and allowing the destination to take care of itself.
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After burning out from a long career as a middle school/high school reading/math/science teacher, I returned to school to study massage, hypnotherapy, mindfulness, aromatherapy, and yoga.