Today marks the beginning of Lent. Originally this religious feast was the time when Christians, or Catechumens, prepared for Easter. In the past they would learn the stuff and become good little Catechumens, before getting baptised at Easter. Part of this preparation involved fasting, or giving up. I have oversimplified things, but that’s why we get the whole giving things up for Lent ritual.
Today, there is a New Moon. For those who have followed my social journey, you’ll have seen my on/off attempts at using the New Moon cycle as a time of personal development, ritual and habit-forming process. Another over-simplification:
And Mercury is going, or has just gone (it depends on what calendar I look at), retrograde. I’m not up with all the astrological details (I totally understand the astronomical side of things), but essentially Mercury retrograde is a time when you might need to pay more attention than usual. It is a time to double check things, communications and tech stuff – all good advice anytime, but, hey I’m trying to make a point. So, another gross simplification born from my ignorance of astrology: it is a good time to prepare.
A strict, empirical mind might dismiss coincidences. It would suggest that what I see is simply me making connections where I want them to be. Well, yes I am. And as I like rituals, symbols and events, I am happy to be doing this.
Therefore, as these three events align, I feel it only right and proper to pause and prepare.
But pause from what and prepare for what?
The prepare is easy to answer. I have a long list of goals that I am working toward. I have projects on the go and some interesting things I will be sharing soon. Lots to prepare and plenty to do.
Perhaps, as I see these symbolic moments align, what I am being told is… don’t forget to pause.
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