A king wearing flowing robes sits upon an upholstered throne with luxurious rounded edges. The curves of the throne correspond to the flowing emotions of this ruler’s heart. He holds a scepter (power) in one hand and a golden cup (emotions) in the other. His throne is perfectly balanced on the wavy sea where ships and fish appear in the distance. This week an older man of authority (boss, father, teacher) will show you the value of ruling with the information gained from the heart. Or perhaps you will bring this emotional intelligence into your own way of handling your affairs. The egg harkens to the mystery of new beginnings and the frog reminds us how to live in and out of the water so we never become completely submerged.
One of my favorite holiday traditions is attending a New Year’s Eve party where we participate in a ritual of letting go and letting in. After some time of mingling, drinking, eating and making merry, the hosts pass out little pieces of paper and pens and we are instructed to write on one side what we choose to let go of in the new year and on the other side what we choose to let in during the new year. Then we are instructed to place the piece of paper in a big copper bowl. The papers are mixed around and then the bowl is passed from one person to the next; we are sitting in a circle at this point. Each person picks out a piece of paper, reads out loud each side (in 2019 I choose to release…and in 2019 I choose to let in…). After reading the words out loud, we pass the paper back to the host who lights a flame and sends the intention into the air as the paper burns out in the bowl.
I’ve been doing some thinking as I ready myself for tonight’s festivities. This year I did a lot of letting go–some relationships that were no longer serving my higher purpose, patterns of behavior which blocked my spiritual growth. At the same time I let in some truly wonderful people, awesome practices such as tarot and crystals which helped me connect to my intuition and step onto the heart path. In keeping with these I decided to pull two cards for tonight’s intention. And here they are.
Tonight I will be letting go of intolerance, the critic and a combative nature and letting in heart, flow, compassion and acceptance. Blessings to all. And Happy New Year!