You may have heard of the January Blues, but have you ever experienced them?
Just a few days into the new year, despite our resolutions, and the celebration of a new start, the darkest days of the year can hit very hard and make us feel like we’re prisoners of our own lives.
Hitting the anti-climax after the Holiday Season, in terms of the weather, money depleted in our pockets, business being quiet because many people aren’t spending, and being assaulted by the various germs and viruses making the rounds, just add insult to injury. Where did all the lights, colour, and the jollity go?
I drew a tarot card, this morning and turned up The Hermit.
Just look at this picture. It sort of expresses what we are facing. Darkness, cold, and not being able to have something we want. Having to wrap up warm. Having to find light whenever, and however, we can. Loneliness. Feeling lost. In the dark.
The Hermit’s cave is bleak, it lacks comforts, warmth, and all the things often taken for granted.
The Hermit has some sage advice for us though: This is a good time to go into ourselves, take the time we have been given, to reconsider our goals and work out what amendments we need to make. To seek our inner light, and to tend it so it can shine all the brighter, and be a beacon for those around us who are also struggling.
To find a different perspective, perhaps.
The decorations have come down, but the fairy lights are replaced with sparkling frost and snow.
We may feel bereft of the excitement of the Holiday Season, but we are beginning to see Mother Earth magickly growing buds on trees, and pushing crocus leaves through the frozen earth – we are seeing real miracles at work.
And if it is quiet, we should remember to make the most of this time for ourselves. Long hot baths, or showers; sitting comfortably with a roof over our head and a hot drink in our hand (thankfully). That long dark hour or two, morning or night, that gives us a little bit of extra time to meditate, to just ‘be’, and to determine that nothing has really changed……..it’s just colder and darker in this January cave.
So, like The Hermit, let’s light a candle and rejoice in its dancing flame, light and warmth, and keep it burning for others to see. We have just awoken, that’s all. This is just the beginning, and we are getting ready to start moving.