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One year ends, another one begins

As we come to the end of the year, I'm looking back on what has been a rocky year. I've had problems at work and in the circle, making me question myself and if I'm qualified to do anything. Yes this sounds dramatic, but I guess that's how you feel when you react emotionally to things.

However, it's made me realise that I need to learn about control and discipline for myself - I need to learn how to let go when it's best to do this and when to focus my energies. I need to gain respect by proving myself rather than expecting it.

I think I have finally realised that I need to face my shadow side and really look at myself. Balancing the light and the shadow will be a major focus of 2015 for me.

So, this leads me to looking at things differently. I'd always stayed away from the Celtic Tree Calendar as it only lasts 28 days per month and I couldn't see the value in this since the waxing and waning cycle of the moon is 30 days (approx). My studies in astrology have shown me that it is a moon calendar, just not of the waxing and waning phases, but of the moon's journey around the zodiac.

As I focus more on shamanic elements to the craft, I'm finding the use of trees more important to me. The circle has begun to take on shamanic elements by calling on the world tree during ritual and I'd like to go further down this path.

The Birch Moon month runs from 24 December to 20 January and I will use this time to purifying and cleanse myself from the old year and make plans for 2015.

I hope everyone has a great New Year. See you in 2015.