Enter the (water) dragon

Happy lunar new year!

Today in the last day of the New Moon in Aquarius window, we celebrate the first day of the year of the water dragon. According to a post on 2012dragon.com: “The Dragon is in fact the major symbol of good fortune in Chinese Astrology. The Dragon constellation, for example, is accorded the honor of being the guardian of the Eastern sky. According to tradition the Dragon brings in the Four Blessings of the East: wealth, virtue, harmony and longevity.

“Indeed, of the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac the Dragon is the most special, as it is a mystical being rather than an earthly animal. It is sometimes called a karmic sign. In this context that means we can expect grand things this year. Bigger than life is very much a Dragon thing.”

What a powerful metaphor as we step into the last half of winter, which in the bay area, is when the first signs of spring are everywhere. Now if you’re not a crazy New Yorker transplant like me, you might not be so springtime alert. But me, I’m the one who walked the icy slushy streets of New York in February, the cruelest month, year after year, squealing “Look at the buds on the trees!” “See the tips of the crocuses and snowdrops poking up in the cracks in the sidewalks!” And yes my friends rolled their collective eyes at me. (What else is new?) So yeah, it may be cold and rainy and rainy and cold, but I’m seeing the buds fatten up on the trees. I’ve seen two, count ’em, two, magnolia trees with blossoms on them, high up, where the winter sun can catch a few branches.

Time for a parenthetical rant.

I have never put this in writing, but my friends all know that I still, after nearly 20 years in California, fail to understand what happened to seasons here, as they pertain to magnolias. Where I come from (Brooklyn y’all), the magnolias bloom around Easter, when it’s almost always mild enough weather so that the perfume of the magnolias wafts in the air and you can smell ’em (on a pleasant day) even before you see ’em. But here in California? Seriously? The magnolias start to blossom in January, and peak in February, when it’s almost always gray cold and rainy. The aroma? Jam your face into a cold and damp blossom and if you’re lucky and take a very deep breath, you can get a whiff of what should be a delicious cloud of scent surrounding you.

I’ve learned to (almost completely) love the magnolias when they arrive here, because they are the first opening in the door to springtime and gardening, and new life everywhere. They coincide with Imbolc, the marker of the midpoint between winter and spring and the herald of quickening, instead of landing about a month after the spring equinox. I have almost entirely learned to cope. Okay, rant over. Where was I? Oh yeah. Happy lunar new year. Seatbelts fastened, change may come fast and furious!


Teleclass: Write a Love Letter to Yourself from Spirit, 2/13/12, 1:30 pm Pacific

Good news! You can still sign up. It’s going to be so much fun. Here are the details: In celebration of International Self-Love Day on February 13, let’s get together to celebrate the love you can feel for yourself so strongly when you’re connected to Spirit, to Source. This is a love that will hold you in its soft embrace as you envision and act on all the audacious goals you’ve set for yourself in this new year. (Don’t worry if you haven’t set or completed your goals yet, on this call I will be guiding you to your own clear vision of what’s next for you, in all areas of your life.) In the class you will write a love letter to yourself from Spirit (the Goddess, God, nature…) congratulating you on all the awesome actions you will have taken and goals you will have achieved by the time 2012 comes to a close.

Bonus! Your love letter mailed back to you.

As a special bonus for attending this class, if you send me your love letter with a stamped and self-addressed envelope by March 20th, I’ll hold it in a sacred place in my house until December 21st, when I’ll send it back to you. You’ll get your very own love letter from Spirit in the mail! How fun—and powerful—is that?

Date: Monday, February 13, 2012 Time: 1:30–2:30pm Pacific, 10:30–11:30am Eastern.

Can’t make the call live? No worries, there will be a recording that I can email to you. To get your call-in details for the Love Letter from Spirit teleclass, all you need to do is RSVP here, on my Facebook event page. If you’re not on Facebook, send me a note, or a message on Twitter, or send smoke signals. We’ll get you on the call!

Cost: Open contribution.

That’s right! I want to fully share this work with you, from my own loving heart, and if you feel full and complete and grateful, and want to give back at the end, then I will invite you to make a contribution to me and my work, so that I can continue doing what I am meant to do. Please relax into this open contribution idea. Toward the end of the call, I will help you work out the right amount for you to donate. For now, please enjoy this beautiful self-loving process we will be sharing together. Love and blessings!  


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  1. I am glad I’m not the only one confused by when the magnolias bloom. It has seemed early to me, but I’m not really a green thumb sort of girl so I figured I was being crazy.

    Oh, California, you and your whacky seasons.

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