Today is 12-12-12... what, for me, is the beginning of getting ready for a new way of life. I don't expect anything dramatic to happen on 12-21-12... at least not at first. Though we may be in a new astrological time, past the Mayan calendar, in a shift in consciousness... I imagine life is going to feel pretty much the same after 12-21-12. That's just my belief, and where I'm coming from here.
Anyway, I'm seeing 12-12-12 as a time to begin my own shift. From the life I've had... the alignments I've had... to a new way of living my life that's more satisfying. Just like I don't expect much to change in the "outside" world, I don't expect my inner shift to be all that dramatic either. I'm just ready to take the steps that need to happen for there to be less arguing and strife and drama in my life, and more enjoyable moments that feed me and my family.
With that in mind, I decided to align with butterfly for this season. She's beautiful... that butterfly... how she can transform her body and life from that of the caterpillar to that of the butterfly. Seemingly... it's a whole new animal... that eats different food, has a different mode of movement, a completely different body... and yet, is truly the same individual that she was before... her essence remains steady. Each of her cells contained the DNA that manifests one way (caterpillar)... or the other (butterfly)... and a shift happens in between... turning on things that had been dormant... and turning off some things that had been active. And the essence of her... it is on in both forms... her heart still beats... her digestion is still there... blood still flows.
So today, I did a ritual a bit like that. I made a paper cloak that I wrote old things on that I no longer want to be part of my life... judgment, resentment, shame...
...and I burned it. I released it to the power of fire to transmute.
Then, once it was released, I cleansed myself (my arms and face) to clean out the residues... to bring myself back to the essence of my center.
And then I sang and I danced... first in letting go and shedding... and then the other way... building my cocoon for the next 11 days.
I finished this ritual feeling hopeful and cleansed... open to what is building up to the equinox. I have plans for that day too... my family included. This cocoon thing... this is just for me... to be conscious of my own intentions for transformation, both within and without.
Blessings this transformational season!
Oh... and I had to leave this post to go get my kids from school... and I saw a rainbow! Wow... what an afternoon!