This month is a wonderful opportunity for looking back on the past year while moving with confidence and enthusiasm into the new one
Six pages of the latest news, views and ideas from the alternative realm
1 GIVE THANKS TO JANUS
Janus, who many believe January is named after, is the Roman god of beginnings and endings. He is usually depicted with two faces, one looking to the future and one to the past. He represents the first step on a journey. This month, call upon Janus for assistance in your life’s journey and to help you shed unnecessary issues from the past.
2 RECOGNISE HIDDEN POWER
During the winter, the first flowers of spring are underground, ready to push their way up to the light. The same is true inside of you. Allow yourself quiet moments to recognise this power within and harness it as you move into the new year.
3 KA MUA, KA MURI
This Maori proverb is based on the idea of someone walking backwards into the future. The past is clearly visible but the future isn’t. Because of this, we should look back to what has gone before, in order to find clues to a happy path forward. What can you learn from past generations, those living and in Spirit? And what can you learn from your mistakes, achievements or relationships of the past year?
4 EMBRACE THE NEW MOON
Use the power of the new moon cycle this month to clear away the things that have held you back or caused you pain. Say a prayer of thanks for these things and ask for them to be cleansed from your life. With the emergence of the new moon, you can start afresh.
5 WISE RESOLUTIONS
It’s tempting to tailor your resolutions to tangible things you can see clearly, for instance, losing weight, changing job or moving home. All of these things are valid but what about making resolutions that aid your spiritual growth? Try focusing on gratitude, peacefulness, inner calm and wellbeing.
6 LISTEN TO JANUARY’S GUARDIAN ANGELS
This month there are seven guardian angels watching you. Nemamiah brings intuition and foresight, Yeialel promotes intellectual development, Harahel inspires you to access knowledge, Mitzrael encourages you to recognise your mistakes, Umabel helps you unveil your true self, Iahhel brings wisdom to those who deserve it and Anauel helps restore unity.
7 MAKE FRIENDS WITH GARNET
The name of January’s birth stone comes from a Latin word meaning seed-like, making it a fitting stone to signify new beginnings at the start of the year. In ancient times, garnet was believed to protect the wearer and encourage healing, too. Garnet is said to open the heart chakra and give courage for the year ahead.