Declare Yourself Anew

Declare Yourself Anew By Jan Engels-Smith

The long dark days of winter are upon us. Winter Solstice is the longest night and shortest day of the year. December 20-21 marks the death period, the turning point from darkness to light. Traditionally this is a time for deep reflection, story telling, and evaluation. In medicine wheel teachings it is the time of the North or the death process. Not a physical death, but a symbolic death of a behavior, habit, belief, or fear. This dark time is indicative of a time to release, to let go of the old self, and to prepare for new beginnings, the new growth of the spring.

Rituals are performed in order to enact this time of release. Rituals help us to feel the experience, to have an actual tangible event locked into our memory. Rituals also help us to focus our intention and with focused intention, miracles happen.

One of my favorite rituals is that of creating a Talisman. A Talisman is an object that is created that holds a belief of an individual. Many people are trying to rid themselves of a belief, an attitude, a characteristic, a behavior, or even a feeling about another person that has burdened them, making their life less than perfect. From a shamanic perspective, the making of a Talisman is a powerful procedure to perpetuate the release process. In fact the Talisman becomes the object of release. This is the incredible power of the Talisman; it isn’t just a symbol of an attitude or belief, but it becomes the attitude or belief. This all comes about through focused intent, and learning how to imbue power into an object.

This is a perfect time of year to let go of the old and to bring in the new. Regardless if it is winter solstice, the first of the year, or any time during the cold winter months, the time is right for the psyche to respond to a releasing/reclaiming ceremony. For those of you in the Portland area, you are invited to attend a ritual of release and reclaim on January 1st. For more information about attending, visit Talisman Ceremony.

For those of you not in the Portland area, go to the link above and you can pull the information that I have written and do the ritual yourself or with friends.

The important part of a ritual is the intent. Intent with emotion and an element such as fire makes for a huge statement to the universe. Let go and declare yourself anew.