Endings and Beginnings: Progressing Unencumbered
As we’re all aware, life is accelerating. In the past several weeks alone, we’ve had Leap Day, a total solar eclipse in Pisces, and watched the Downton Abbey finale (sniff 🙁 ). Though these may seem unrelated, I consider all three examples of endings and beginnings.
I love the idea of Leap Day – once every four years, we have an extra day devoted exclusively to moving forward! The timing was perfect for it to occur this year, while we’ve been stepping beyond our previous mode of healing wounds/releasing the past to creating our new reality. I’m reminded of an astrology reading suggesting that instead of deciding what to take from the rubble of my past, I simply turn around and step into my future. That seems true for us all: time to remember how to leap forward into our custom-designed lives.
The solar eclipse in Pisces on March 8th represented another doorway to our future selves. In a total solar eclipse, the sun, moon and earth align, with the moon between the earth and the sun. This temporary blockage of the sun is a time of transition, of facing and integrating our shadow side so we can proceed beyond the limited experiences of our past into greater wholeness. We may feel snapped into awareness of situations that previously felt acceptable but are no longer. We may be inspired to create objects or opportunities that better express our inner truth. I took the above picture of a Hallmark bag slogan, which is very much the message of the eclipse. Let bygones be bygones! Keep your focus in the NOW, which we’re creating as we speak.
As a devoted fan of Downton Abbey, I relished the final episode. However sanitized a representation of early 20th century British aristocracy, I enjoyed the empowered female characters, the embrace of modernized social structure and the triumph of love in healthy, balanced relationships. (Minor spoiler alert for those who haven’t seen the finale!) The final scene at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve following an a-cappella rendition of “Auld Lang Syne” captured the idea of standing at the threshold. I share Granny and Isobel Crawley’s high hopes for the future: “Whatever it may bring … We’re going forward into the future, not back into the past.”