Temple cats and humans alike are bound to Nature’s program of cycles. The progression of spring, summer, fall into winter can be found in our relationship to our jobs, friendships & partnerships, and our bodies as we age. We are contracted to the time space continuum known as the Wheel of Karma and so Change is ever present.
In the Tarot, card 14 is Death, the diviner of change, endings and therefore beginnings. The western mythological archetype is Hades, lord of the underworld sometimes understood as Pluto, who we encounter every time we are in transition. This is where ritual can be powerfully instrumental in ferrying us through a great change which becomes a rite of passage. The grace of ritual is the acknowledgement of what is now past and consciously setting forth intention as we look forward with trust and hope to the next cycle of life.
In each of our lives there are challenges that are difficult assigned to destiny and karma. Then there are triumphs and accomplishments in our lives that affirm our divine nature as creators of our reality. And finally there are desires and dreams unfulfilled that propel us forward seeking their fulfillment even into the next life according to the Vedas.
New Year’s Day is a time to review and reflect on what has occurred in a cycle and to renew our focus and dare to dream … to once again go beyond our self-imposed limitations to create the kind of life we want.
Blessings to all creatures great and small!
Loka samastah sukhino bhavantu
May all the beings in all the worlds be happy!