When the planning gets tough, the tough get planning. It might just be me, but I am finding February a little hard going. Let me know if you are too, in the meantime, I’m listing things to work through my planner and journal malaise.
While I slept the New Moon traversed the night sky. This means that it is time for my New Moon Intentions ritual. A time when I step back and plan things for the next lunar cycle. The idea, as mentioned before, is to plan and prepare projects to be born when the full moon arrives. The next full moon is one of those special ones. It’s a Blue Moon, the second Full Moon to appear in the same calendar month.
Before the sun rose I was planning away. I want to build on the work I have done in the past couple of weeks. pLAnarchy and this blog are growing and need to be maintained in a way that allows for that growth.
I have a major decision on the near horizon and this New Moon prep will help with that. Things seem to be naturally slipping into place for the decision, but I need to push and see what else I can do.
I am aware that I have neglected my music. Therefore, getting around to dealing with how I share what I am doing needs addressing. Ideally, I want to use Patreon again, but I want to make it as easy as possible for people to hear and engage. Also, the day after the Blue Moon FAWM/February Album Writing Month begins. Yes, 14 songs in 28 days. I often say, No, I’m not going to attempt it. Then begin to attempt it on the second or third day and usually hit about 10 songs. I think it would be nice to plan for FAWM this year, so that’s on my additional New Moon list.
My main focus is now up on my board, above my desk. The plans and intentions are in place. The rest is down to me and any help the universe decides to throw my way.
I’d love to hear how you plan your goals? Let me know in the comments, what has worked for you and what hasn’t? And, may your plans run smoothly.
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I wasn’t sure if I wanted a word for 2018. I set out with the intention of choosing one. Then I hit the doubt wall. I got stuck in a focus loop. A word to focus on can bring focus. A word for 2018 would bring me focus for the year. I need to focus because I so often lack it. focus as a word is a bit of a cop-out though.
I almost went with transition, or its variant transit. In the end, I thought that was just a little too transient – sorry, couldn’t resist that.
There were others as well, balance, journey and many more of a similar nature. One very strong possibility was rewild. I am really inspired by George Monbiot’s Feral (Affiliate link). Going into 2018 I want to explore some of the ideas, or rather, the philosophies in the book with regard to my spiritual journey and how I approach journaling. For a while both of those words were potentials, but I felt they didn’t really encompass everything I wanted to do.
In 2017 I have done things I didn’t think I could do. I started in 2016, but a few hiccups made it an abortive process. I want to continue to achieve what I can. Doing new things, stepping out of my comfort zone and not putting off things ‘just because’ or losing … erm, well, focus.
So back to focus and my lack of. It is down to concentrating too much on the future. I dream of the future, I imagine what it could be like and I lose myself wondering how to get there. Basically, I struggle with the here and now, and yes there are a few of us out there. It’s far too easy to blame the writer in me, imagining unknown worlds and bringing them into being on the page. I wouldn’t mind if the writer was focused and didn’t put things off, but he does!
I want a word that captures the moment. I want a word that doesn’t sound like management speak. I want a word that speaks of enjoying and wanting and being part of the ‘moments’.
In the end, as my word for 2018, I chose…
I like the way it is warm and friendly toward everything I apply it too. It is a positive act. It is an extrovert type word (well, for me) and for this introvert that is good. It is a long way from management speak and, although a little liberal/hippie/Buddhist that’s no bad thing, and I think there is little better for me than to embrace the moment this next year.
So as I step into 2018 I can:
And, of course,
This past year I have taken chances and said yes instead of no. In 2018 I intend to take more and I will embrace each and every one.
Today marks the first Sunday of Advent. This is the beginning of the liturgical church year. A new year, a new start, but it begins by looking back. Advent is traditionally a time of penitence in the church year. A time to review actions to note the reason for the season; the coming of the Christ child. This has echoes in contemporary culture, have we been naughty or nice?
Advent – along with Mercury Retrograde and other significant dates this December – is prompting me to see this review in a deeper light.
Penitence, with its obvious link to sin and other religious connotations, can be seen as negative. Its dictionary meaning relates to feeling or showing sorrow and regret for doing wrong. One danger is our focus can be on the doing wrong instead of what our response is.
It can become far too easy to beat ourselves up instead of picking ourselves up. I don’t want to fall into that trap during this time.
Realising what we have done, both good and bad, can be beneficial. I have done wrong (whatever your definition of right and wrong is, I have mine), I have failed at things, I have made mistakes. I need to forgive and no doubt be forgiven. I have also done good, succeeded and begun walking down positive paths. I want to learn from these events. What I learn, I want to take with me.
One advantage of journaling, or keeping a diary, is that I can look back and be reminded of what has happened. I’m currently doing that. I’m sure it will bring up things I have forgotten, both happy and sad memories, but that is what a good review will do. As I kneel in penitence, I rise in stature. I take note of this year, so the next can be better – whatever I decide the definition of better to be for me.
As the sun sets on this day it is with a certain sense of irony that the full moon rises, a super full moon, to illuminate my thoughts during this time. Another deeper light, but more of that tomorrow…
Fools rush in where angels fear to tread
As I write this Mercury is just about, or has just gone, retrograde. Mercury Retrograde is an astronomical event that gives the impression that the planet Mercury is travelling back across the night sky. This happens due to the way the planet orbits and hangs out with the sun (or Sol, to be really with it).
Mercury Retrograde is also an astrological event, according to those of that ilk. It’s a time when one is advised not to embark on new projects, as various things might go awry. It is fine to plan and think and envision, but wait till Mercury goes back to the forward to implement things.
This is great for me. As I mentioned here, I am reviewing and planning. Far too often I jump straight into things. I don’t stop and think. Using Mercury Retrograde as a thing will be good for me.
Rituals, calendar events, myth, superstition – I am using them all over the next few weeks. Mercury Retrograde is seen as being a negative time by some, let’s see if I can use it to a positive end.