Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Beautiful and Mysterious

Frida Kahlo - Fruit of Life (1954)

The Gregorian calendar New Year is upon us.

Gratitude is a powerful engine, with its own source of clean, renewable energy.

Caring (and self-care) is a powerful engine, with its own source of clean, renewable energy.

Clarity of mind is an unerring map, comprehensive, and utterly exact in every detail (although it is always an empty bit of parchment until the next moment you consult it).

Harness the power of these mystical engines for your journey, and rely on this supernatural map as you proceed into the unknown.

Life is beautiful and mysterious. The more you open to the mystery, the more beautiful it becomes. The more you open to the beauty, the more mysterious it becomes.

And yes, in fits, and starts, and sometimes for insufferably extended episodes, life is also incredibly hard and truly terrifying.

But surely it is no surprise that such beauty and mystery demand an exacting price?

So celebrate this New Year, and declare your forward intention.

Remember that just behind comes Chinese New Year and Tibetan New Year (both in February), and Persian New Year (Spring Equinox), and Jewish New Year (October) and Celtic New Year (Samhain/Halloween), and others interspersed.

Remember also and especially to celebrate the eight great ancient ceremonies, the Equinoxes, the Solstices, and the four other cross-quarter days on the pagan great wheel.  And remember that as we celebrate one in the North, we celebrate its opposite in the South. So sublimely perfect.

Yes, and add in Bloomsday (June 16th) and Bastille Day (July 14) too. Blessed be.

Carpe deum! Carpe noctem!