The first month of the new year is almost to a close!
In the Chinese astrology, 2016 is the year of the fire monkey - which means productivity, creativity, and inspiration on all fronts! It’s major theme brings about endurance and patience for all, and it’s a perfect time to receive invigorating energies. 2015 was the year of the earth sheep and was a turbulent year for some. The year of the sheep generally stirs up some old challenges, and brings them to the forefront of our personal development so we can acknowledge them and go deeper into the people who we want to evolve into. We still see some remnants of this as we end the month of January and begin the month of February.
January tends to have a "New Year" theme based off of the Gregorian (or Western) calendar. It's the completion of a cycle and the beginning of a new one, which forces us to evaluate the past year. New Year’s is traditionally a time when we recognize patterns, evaluating things on a larger scale - and seeing where these trends take us. At times, we recognize unhealthy patterns and we develop an awareness that we need to change something. Take a look at this article on the differences between Change and Transformation as I dive more into detail why some people’s New Year's resolutions don't stick.
How do we prepare for this coming year as we begin to finish purging what was left of 2015? Lemongrass is a very powerful herb as well as essential oil that can help with this. Lemongrass is a great scent that is strongly correlated with the solar plexus chakra (our power center). It helps one purge emotionally and detoxifies on a physical level. This is the perfect oil to diffuse when snowed in and you want to clean the house or get rid of things. Sometimes when we become attached to the past, it's hard for us to let go of things - Lemongrass helps with the process of letting go. In order for us to invite new and exciting things into our life, we must be willing to let go and make room for them.
As we enter in February, we give thanks for the coming of Spring as many are still digging themselves out of the snow of the season. Blessed Imbolc for those that celebrate and for others - happy halfway point between the darkest of Winter and beginning of Spring!