In just a few short days, October 31st or Samhain will be upon us. For many, October 31st is simply known as Halloween, which is great fun in and of itself. Who doesn’t love a chance to dress up in costumes and go out in search of treats? Halloween is one of my favorite holidays just for that reason alone.
Samhain, like Halloween is considered to be the night of the year in which the veil between the living and the dead is at its thinnest. It is also considered to be the first night of Winter, the New Year in Celtic tradition, as well as being a day to honor and remember our ancestors. For many years I have seen this night as the night on which I wish to set my intentions and examine my goals for the upcoming year.
It makes sense to me that the dark part of the year is the perfect time to get in touch with ourselves at a deep level to figure out what is important. Sometimes it’s just good to look at where we are and consider whether our actions, activities, attitudes, and associations are in line with where we want to go. There are times during which we’ve lost touch with our sense of direction completely and need to redefine things. I find myself at one of these crossroads. One in which I need to really get in there and do the fine detail work.
Over the next few days, I’ll be spending time contemplating. I’ll also be choosing my word for the year. My word for the year which is just ending was “fearless”. In many ways, I feel as though I have lived up to that word and in others, not so much. Overall, I’m pleased with the way that I’ve stepped out of my old role of feeling obligated to live up to the expectations of others, and in the way that I’ve put myself and my work out there even when it felt scary to do so.
My time over the past few months has been pretty busy. I’ve been working on getting some things in order, as well as dealing with some ongoing health concerns, so I haven’t spent as much time on creative pursuits as I’d like to. I know that creativity and spirituality will be a big part of my focus in this upcoming year. I just need to better define it so that the Universe and myself have a clear understanding of exactly what it is that I am looking for.
How about you? What will you be working on?