|My Cycle of Celebrations Calendar|
Hover over the months and listed items and click, to be taken to posts with info on each. There is so much more that I could have added. These are 'stories' I've found meaningful. See below for my Circular Calendar I created. Though this is laid out rather linearly, think of it as perpetual. Every year we can revisit stories that are part of a Larger Story - what I see as God's. The stage of HisStory is large and we have a great heritage, call it 'Cloud of Witnesses'. Instead of living day-to-day existence in my small story, I can live EXTRAordinary days in the Larger Story. I found God-in-our-midst stories everywhere, and so many are connected to the calendar. By revisiting the stories and remembering, and seeing that God was there for them, maybe we'll live better trusting that God is in our midst today, and will be there for us too.
I drew up a circular calendar visually showing the rhythmical, seasonal living, for my remembering. I added the seasonal progression with colors of the rainbow around the circle. As nature has its seasons and moods, I too have internal seasons reflecting the path of my soul. I call it soul breathing.
Summer Solstice is a breathing out time as nature is the exhale of the earth with the leafing out and bright colors. Summer has lot of growth and external activity. But internally it seems I kind of fall asleep, I'm in this dreamy summer state.
Fall absorbs the summer activity back into the earth. With fall we 'come down to earth'. We wake from our dreamy state. Autumn's 'trial by fire' with its fall colors brings an inner fire, bringing a warmth for the darkness of winter ahead. The clarity of my mind restores in the fall and along with it a new internal vigor and freshness.
Spring and Fall equinoxes are a balance of light and dark and seem to bring more busyness. From Winter's rest Spring brings new life, warmth and color. Winter is a breathing in, both externally and internally. As the natural world withdraws into the earth, we draw into the warmth of the house. Inwardly I'm very active with thinking, reading, pondering and creativity. It feels like a time of rest.