If you've been playing along at home for any length of time, you will know I delight in disrupting systems and ideas around time and years. For the last few years there has been a pull toward something new -- and while I can say I didn't know what it was, I actually did. The problem (if one is prone to looking for obstacles to justify not changing!) was the new year calling to me had no real proximity to the new year.
The new year calling to me was the Vernal Equinox but something inside me could not justify the shift.
It turns out the disrupter prefers not venture too far from the shore. From the known.
Then 2022 happened.
THE EPIC LOW TIDE MARK
On the 1st February, the beginning of the Year of the Black Tiger, I was so exhausted, the tide was so far out, I felt out-of-bounds. A few days later, when the energy wasn't shifting off the low tide mark, I knew I wasn't in the delineated liminal zone of the "month between years". I was -- well, who the fuck knows where I was. I certainly didn't. All I knew was I was lost out on the epic low tide mark with no energy to find a way forward.
But being so far from the logical concept of a new year, freed me. It let me follow the call to start my year with the Vernal Equinox.
Just in case I needed one last blessing for the decision, last night, when I flipped my calendar from February to March (if that's any indication of just how out of flow I've been with everything) I saw the 21st was not just equinox and the astrological new year but also the Persian New Year --nowruz (which roughly translates as new day).
One of the practices I've been doing in this out-of-bounds space was working with my copy of Hafiz, Christina's process of pulling a question from the poem and doing a black-out-poem based on the question.
Having already decided on a year with a Persian mystic-poet...well, to discover the Persian New Year... let's just say, I have zero doubts this is the perfect-for-me start. I know that when I'm on an aligned path, synchronicities light up reality like a asteroid shower.
And woah -- yeah -- I can actually feel the rise of the energy this morning. It doesn't matter that today marks the start of Autumn and the turning inward. As an Aries rising soul, it feels fitting to actually start here. The more I venture into the world, on my own terms, the more I feel as though I function best from that Aries placement.