Sunday, January 31, 2021

How do we plan for success?


Folklore has always been a rich source of reminders for us about how to succeed in life. Take a look at the traditions of this month. Together, when we look, we see an emphasis on partnerships of all kinds.

The reason Groundhog day emerged is that our ancestors were looking for signs that would tell them when it would be a good time for planting. Our ancestors who were farmers and gardeners would be sorting their seeds at this time of year so that when the ground is awakening from the winter slumber, which is other parts of the country would be Spring Equinox, and here it is more like Mother's Day, still, a thoughtful gardener spends some time thinking about what they want to plant this year and where they want to plant it.

That is us right now. Thinking ahead. Planning. Looking ahead to what we will nurture into existence.

Groundhog Day is also known as Candlemas because this was the time when people would bring their candles to the church to be blessed. Celtic people often called it Imbolc or Imbolg which is midway between the Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox and Brigid who was a goddess in the Celtic tradition, later became a Christian saint. Brigid was a patron or home and family as well as arts and crafts plus blacksmithing and poetry.

So what are we celebrating about our home base, our family and friends, and what would we like to do or change in this area of our life?

Coming in next on the calendar is Valentine's Day which these days has evolved into a big sales event for chocolates, flowers and greeting cards. But way back before that, the holiday was called Lupercalia and it was a bawdy celebration of fertility and sexuality.

Now that aspect of relationship is always a major focus for people, because what we are going to do for a living and who we are going to love are two of the biggest questions we ever face.

How am I ever going to meet someone new in this environment where so much has been shut down? This is a question that many people are puzzling over. My best advice on that is to put more attention on the things you really want to do and with you letting your spirit guides know that you are open to someone new, you can still meet people. Remember that when you are doing things that you really like, that is one way to meet others who have common interests.

Do not forget that even long term relationships can have a fresh burst of growth and energy if we tend to them, so if that is your situation, think about ways that can work for you.

One thing that can happen on social media is that you can find yourself in a discussion group and meet a like minded person that way, which can lead to an in person meeting. Another simple way to meet people is to chat with people you meet while you are out walking. Every time I take the dogs for a walk, I meet someone, chat with someone. And shopping at a nursery or garden store is certainly a place to strike up a conversation with another gardener as you think about what you want to plant.

So you see, the energies at work at this time are perfectly aligned to create new energies in all ways. We are thinking ahead about what we want to be planting in the coming months and who we want to be with, focusing on two important subject areas that will always be pertinent. It is always pertinent because even those who are not gardening are still planting seeds. And even if you don't have a dog, taking a walk is something healthy that we can all do just for the sheer pleasure of good simple exercise and fresh air.

One of the good offshoots of the shutdowns that people took up in bigger numbers than ever are gardening, cooking and dogs. More people than ever are planting, record numbers of dogs got adapted and so these activities will keep on going and we can use these as ways to connect. After all, when people take up baking for a hobby, they like to offer you a taste and breaking bread with people has always been a way to make friends.

Plus the Chinese New Year kicks in right before Valentines Day, and that Ox energy will reward hard work and help us nurture relationships so all these different folk roots and traditions for this time of year are very supportive for these key actions we want to take in our lives.

So look at the flow of energies we are in. We can use this time well to plan ahead and engage in activities that nurture us. When the weather gets warmer then, we can spring into action with our plans to guide us.

The door is open to partnerships of all kinds. We have partners in our love life, our business, our food, through gardening and cooking, and walking the dog. This is the perfect time to set intentions and put them into motion, from thought to word to action.

The constant factor that you need to keep in mind is to focus on the result that you want to get at each of these occasions, and state clearly and powerfully your spirit guides your intentions and desired results. Each step of the way, you not only dare to dream, you also form a partnership with your spirit guides to get this done.

I always love hearing from you, so if you feel like sending me a note, calling or coming to see me, please do!

Have a wonderful day!

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