Sunday, January 03, 2010

Happy New Year!

A blue moon shining down on us on New Year’s Eve, blue moon with a partial eclipse, it has to have powerful mojo, extra special energy to bring in the New Year. Auspicious in every way.

We all made little banners to take out to the circle before supper, banners to flutter in the wind and carry the energy of our New Year’s intention from old year into the new.

Some of us wrote single words, others wrote a whole screed of intentions, resolutions, inscribed, decorated and from the heart.

Mine were single word intentions, words that I want to grow with me through the next year:

Expand – to grow from internal thinking towards outward action, to expand horizons and think bigger.
Balance – to keep balanced between family and work, myself and others, an even keel.
Joy – to remember to enjoy life as it unfurls, allow joy to come into every day and let go of the anxiety that clouds it.

Our banners fluttered in the wind around the sticks of our circle, surrounded by the flags and windmills left from our Summer festival, as we left the sand pit to go and tend to the roast lamb and roast potatoes, the whole family joining us for a late supper.

A perfect leg of lamb and two big bowls of roast potatoes, buttered leeks from the garden, baked butternut and broccoli, a feast indeed; but the moon rose with a resounding glow and had us all rushing outside to admire it amid the last pink glow on the horizon, leaving hardly touched plates of food on the table. The food pulled us back inside to the table but after that we kept a careful eye on the moon through the window to spot the eclipse: a mere nibble from the side of it in the end but enough to see with the naked eye.

The kids had their pudding first and then were despatched to bed, so that we could sit over ours and try to stretch the meal as late as possible. With coffee, chocolate and nuts we made it to 10.30, but then the others retired home to their beds, while my mother, my husband and I stalwartly kept going, with the help of our books, till midnight to welcome in the New Year.

I confess to nodding off with the sparkle of Christmas tree lights and tinsel blurring together as my eyes closed, but a firework roused me and we rushed out to admire our neighbour’s fireworks (illegal in our dry climate but pretty anyway). The dogs rushed in to hide away from the noise and after a last salute to the moon we went to bed too.

New Year's Day was spent by the pool with full on summer weather at last.

Wishing you all a wonderful 2010 full of joy and positive energy!


  1. I love the concept of your circle and writing intentions sounds like a more positive way to start the New Year! Wishing you and your family a year filled with joy and happiness! Under that beautiful moon - how could it not be?

  2. What a beautiful post! I felt like I was there with you, looking at the baby in the moon. Wish I could've had some of that pudding, too...

    Did you know (you probably do) that the Tibetan Buddhists put prayer flags out in the wind to carry the message heavenward? I love that you had your kids do their own, hand drawn flags.

    May all your good intentions come to fruition this year!

  3. What a beautiful sounding New Year's Eve. You and your family do know how to celebrate, in the finest sense of the word.

  4. Sounds like you had a wonderful time--it must be a very different experience to have a New Year occur in a summer season.

  5. What a glorious account of a glorious celebration! I love the idea of the written resolutions flapping in the wind - doesn't realyl have the same resonance in suburban London though ;-) I think next year we might write them up and burn them in the firepot in the garden? And although we were continents apart on NYE, at least we shared the same wonderful blue moon! Wishing you a 2010 full of joy :)

  6. the tradition of the flags with intentions is one that we should take over... we have amassed traditions over the years, but nothing as ceremonious as this! wonderful...

  7. Pssssssst.... hey, Kit. Are you planning to leave this post up until NEXT New Year's? We won't be fooled, you know...


  8. That's wonderful -- and what glorious photos!


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