Did you know, there’s only 52 more sleeps until Christmas? Scary, I know. Even scarier is that there’s only 60 more days until 2016 ends and takes all the lovely nine energy with it, and only 60 more days for us to use that energy to make sure that 2017 is the best it can be.
I don’t know how much it’s come across so far, but I’m a bit of a geek.
Okay, more than a bit.
Okay, a lot of a geek.
I love comic books and fantasy and sci-fi movies and role-playing games.
But my first true, geeky love was for Harry Potter.
I was a bit of a Johnny-come-lately to it all. I saw the first movie, then walked out of the cinema and bought all the books that were released to that date. Then read them all in a day. People who love Harry Potter will point to the reasons they loved the books: the amazing world created by JK Rowling, the characters that ended up meaning so much to them, the story they didn’t want to see end.
The reason I loved Harry Potter so much was because of what it taught me. I say a lot that spiritual and life lessons can come from anywhere, if you’re open to them, and that includes works of fiction. Here’s five things I learnt from Harry Potter that ended up helping me spiritually.
In the Southern Hemisphere, where I am at the moment, Tuesday is the Winter Solstice. Yes, it’s Yule here in Australia and I’m very cold and want to hibernate under my blankets and not come out until I stop getting little snowflakes in my weather forecast. I know the snowflakes are just frost – we don’t get snow – but it’s still cold is what I’m saying.
That’s why Yule is smack-bang in the middle of winter. It’s a chance to celebrate life in a season that would have been a struggle, celebrate light in the darkness and just celebrate generally so grumpy people like me would have to get out from under their hibernation blanket fort.
Traditionally during the Winter Solstice we said goodbye to the winter and welcomed the summer, as the days started lengthening again. But in the Celtic tradition, Yule also marked the birthday of the Earth.
So, on her birthday, it seemed a good time to write about a few ways to connect to her energy.
I haven’t seen that movie ‘Yes Man’. Jim Carrey kind of lost me somewhere in there so I never sought it out, despite finding the premise interesting. But from what I understand the movie is about all the things we say no to in life – new experiences, new people, new opportunities. When we talk about yes and no this is the conversation most people will have, a talk about regretting the things we never tried.
Saying no, out of fear or perhaps a wish not to rock the boat, is absolutely a problem. But a bigger problem, I find, is saying yes.
I wasn’t sure what to write about this morning, so I grabbed my oracle cards and asked them for some guidance. I used Doreen Virtue’s Goddess Guidance deck, a beautiful collection of Goddesses with inspiring messages.
This morning it was Butterfly Maiden who appeared. Her message is ‘Transformation’ and I had to smile at the coincidence.