Most of the time, these shifting energies can highlight our hopes & best efforts – celebrating, sharing, being generous with our resources, and embracing the fullness of our gratitude for all we have & all we have overcome. However, these energies also have a darker side.
The darker side to these energies gives us a deep-down dive into our hearts & minds – possibly highlighting griefs or disappointments, fears, jealousies, and despair. The benefit of going within during the winter months and stoking our internal fires of Life is that we can dissolve all this darkness. We can evaluate the changes, strengths, & lessons we have gleaned from our disappointments and challenges – the things that didn’t go our way. We can appreciate the self-knowledge and value our selves when we recognize our insecurities juxtaposed to our desires & intentions. This is a great opportunity to say, “Emotions don’t have to last forever. I can toss out the old & worn-out stuff, repurpose & rejuvenate the still-useful stuff, and make space for new stuff.”
When we can re-evaluate the past year, the present circumstance, and our vision for the coming year with this healing & cleansing perspective, we are pulling out limiting & false beliefs, rewiring how we look at ourselves & circumstances, and making ourselves unstoppable creators of our lives.
Trace another hand-tree using your right hand on a separate sheet of paper. This one will be like the Evergreen Tree remaining full during winter. Take plenty of time considering what you will place on this tree – just naming goals for each finger-bough, or making several ornaments & balls of light as if decorating it for the holidays.
Fill this tree with up to 5 goals you have for the coming year (maybe reinvented from last year's), your strengths & gifts, things you’re grateful for & things that bring joy to your heart.
Finally, take the first tree diagram featuring what you are releasing or letting go, and tear it up or safely burn it in the fire-pit. Dispose of it in whatever way you see fit, and realize that this process of disposal is a significant act of releasing the old stuff and letting go of whatever could be holding you back or whatever changed in a challenging way.
Wishing you & yours peace, blessings, & joy to last the winter and all year long!