Winter Solstice – Out with the old and in with the new.

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As I look out of my window I see not the world descending into fire and brimstone, not do I see rogue planets crashing into us. Not even alien saviours or horsemen of the apocalypse. Just rain.

The world has not literally ended. However, in my house on the winter solstice, I always like to remember what, in my book, this time of year is really all about. What our actual ancestors in this country did to mark this time of year (although midwinter rites are practiced all over the world in every country), and where many many Christmas traditions originate from.

Yuletide was about communities not being certain they would live through the winter, and certainly not that their animals and crops – their livelihood – would survive either. With the winter solstice being the longest night, marking this time by making offerings and being thankful when the dawn broke, marking the beginning of a new cycle of lengthening days, and light returning was an important point in the year. Many people starved between January and April so the Midwinter feast was about observances connected to giving thanks, hoping for regeneration, life-death-rebirth cycles.

So being as I am not believing in a Christian God, I see 25th December as a time to gather with my family and friends and let them know how much I love them. But it is the 21st December that I like to sit down and write a list of all the things I am happy to let go from the year, and all the things I want to achieve, change or gather to me in the following one.

When I look back at 2012, in many ways it was the most personally challenging year I can remember. I won’t list all the difficulties here but it has at times felt like one more bloody thing after another. But on the other hand I have had amazing gifts and opportunities.

As far as Mother Eagle is concerned, this has been 12 (13 really) months since giving up full time work and within that time I have refined and honed my style; Defined who I am as an artist, what my creative voice sounds like (still working on that though); Mother Eagle sprang forth from her magic tree as a fictional muse and creative narrative running through all my work and always inspiring me; I’ve stopped and restarted fresh; I’ve made new friends real and virtual (sometimes the same thing); I’ve made some money doing what I love; I’ve spent more money doing what I love; I’ve rested; I’ve stopped waking up with the weight of stress and fear on my chest; I’ve become closer to my family and deepened my friendships; adopted two beautiful, funny, sweet, naughty little Bengal kittens.

Life is good.

So here’s my list of things I will be striving for in 2013:

  1. Feel more confident to share my work with other people

  2. Make the national press – 1 craft related, 1 fashion related

  3. Have my collections stocked in 1 shop

  4. Have my work in 1 art show

  5. Create a great new studio

  6. Learn to ride a bike (really)

  7. Finish the year making a profit (or just breaking even)

  8. Create 2 new jewellery collections

  9. Do at least one course (maybe RCN)

  10. Rediscover my interest in cooking and do more exercise! (everyone says that don’t they?)

What are you reaching for next year?

 

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