In my 30's and 40's I bought into the whole New Year, New Me idea. I believed the beginning of a new year was the significant event that would change my life. New Years, new moons, new trends, they come and go. The only real shifts that happen happen on the inside. And they can happen even when everything in the outside world stays the same.
I also pay attention to the cosmic weather that astrology points to. I wasn't always a believer. Remember I was born and raised in India so I was swimming in the deep seas of astrology from the moment I arrived on the earth plane. But I was an astro rebel through most of my young adulthood years because I didn't get it.
Now I'm in a different place. I understand and appreciate that we're made of stars. That we're intimately connected with the cosmos, with what's happening in the sky. That planetary shifts affect us deeply.
I'm no astrologer but I listen and pay attention to the experts.
Mars (the planet of action) and Mercury (the planet of communication) are both currently in retrograde and will be until well into the third week of Jan. 2023.
If you're wondering what on earth this means, they're waaaay slowed down on their trajectory. Everything that has to do with action-taking and communication is slowed down. The invitation is for us to do the same.
We're being encouraged to slow down and move gently into 2023.
Retrogrades are periods of review and reflection. It is a time to re-vision and re-imagine our lives. Instead of flooring the gas pedal, it's much more beneficial to look into the rearview mirror and engage in self-inquiry.
- What do I need to change about the way I live?
- How do I want to show up for my life moving forward?
- What can I choose to let go of?
Here are some ways in which I'm gently easing into 2023:
Clearing clutter: I'm emptying drawers of unnecessary and forgotten junk. I'm deleting old emails and thinning my inbox. I'm shredding old receipts, bills, and paper I no longer have any use for.
Journaling: I love to journal. It's a useful exercise for me to ask my Soul what I need to see, where I need to course-correct, who and how I wish to serve.
Time in nature: My daily walks are medicine. They feel deeply meditative. Being by the river and among old trees reminds me there's a gentle flow to everything. I don't need to rush.
Reading: I begin my day with a few pages of inspirational reading. It is an act of sacred anchoring into what's real and what I need to pay attention to.
How are you easing into 2023? How do you seek to bring more meaning and purpose into your life?
2023 is all about the Self. For the next three years we'll move deeper into the realms of self-inquiry and the questions Who am I and What did I come here to do will take centerstage in our lives.