Welcome January 2016!
The Great Blue Heron represents opportunity. Great Blue can manage on the marsh, on the river, in a natural or an urban environment. Great Blue might find his meal right in your fishpond in the backyard, or in a forgotten corner of a city river park.
In this beginning of Year 2016, take a moment to hold in the mind’s eye all the opportunities and possibilities this New Year brings. I am sitting with knowing some of the options, and yet not having to choose, not yet, not for a little while longer. Which means sitting with not-knowing, just being open to what is out there. Being curious as to what the New Year might bring.
This prehistoric reptilian creature’s ancestors first emerged 250 million years ago, and continue to survive and thrive today. The Alligator emerged in the Pleistocene epoch, which simply means “Most New Epoch”. Our Epoch, the Holocene, translates to Wholly New.
Trembling in the belly…
Thus the Alligator may be symbolic of newness growing from previous sowing of seeds. I instinctively chose the Alligator for February, the time of Imbolc. Imbolc acknowledges the trembling of the Earth as the seeds in her belly turn to make ready for Spring.
What seeds tremble in your belly? What practice moves you towards a new level of mastery this February? What kind of garden in your life awaits Spring, ready to flourish?
You are invited to choose…
The lotus bloomed in March….
The time of the Spring Equinox, which heralds longer sunlit days and shorter nights, the warmth of the sun rolling into summer heat, and the blossoming, birthing, renewal of growth in the Earth.
Even the Earth is not immune…
… to the Yin and Yang of darkness and light. On the opposite hemisphere, the Equinox marks Autumn, with shorter, cooler days, and longer, darker nights. One side of Earth awakens and blooms, the other sheds its leaves and sleeps.
Nourished by murky waters…
the lotus blossoms, seemingly untouched by the mud that holds its roots. Yet the white lotus blossom floating above could not survive with out the black mud deep below.
A symbol of spiritual awakening,
the lotus reminds me I only awoke because of the long dark night I passed through. It reminds me I can trust that each darkness has light at the end, even if I can’t see it.
I can only feel joy…
…if my senses have been honed by grief. I can only awaken fully each morning after a nourishing night’s sleep. I can only find buried treasures I am willing to dig deep.
I would like to offer you buried treasure…
- 14 Artist Notecards
- Created for year 2016
- Black and White images on the front
- Title, Month, Year, and Artist description on back
- Blank inside