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Planning the year to come

For me the first step to planning my year to come from a spiritual and craft point of view is to find out when certain events are due to happen.

Our way of craving up the year into months and weeks is an effort to put some shape on the year which makes sense in a linear way but, the solar system mocks our feeble attempts to do so.

It’s not just handy to know when the next 12 full moons will be but also when the solstices and equinoxes are for they often appear to move about the calendar,
but well the calendar attempts to use maths rounding down on the number of days it takes the Earth to orbit the Sun and so is flawed from the start.

For nearly 15 years I have used a small program to aid me, it’s sat in my toolbar
in many versions of windows and may it do so for another 15+ to come.

It is called Lunabar:


For thousands of years, people have observed, been fascinated by, and even worshipped the moon. Helping to bring the art of the almanack into the next millennium, Infra-Azure Labs (formerly Clysmic Software) presents Lunabar, the Digital Lunar Almanack.

The Lunabar application will put a lunar almanack in your taskbar. It accurately shows the current phase of the moon, the times of moonrise, moon southing, and moonset, and the zodiacal constellation and sign. The phase, constellation or zodiacal sign is shown in a tooltip window when your mouse hovers over the icon, and a full lunar almanack is just a click away. There are many graphical features, such as selectable fonts and “themes.” There is a full installation and uninstallation program and a help file.

Lunabar can display many full moon name ‘traditions.’ It can display moon phases in astronomical or astrological format, appealing to a wide range of users. There also are many popup features: moonlight hours window, position in constellation/sign.
Lunabar shows sunrise and sunset, the constellation and sign of the Sun, and the current Planetary Hour.

For international users, Lunabar uses your Windows system’s settings for time zone, daylight savings time, and time display format. Also there’s full support for southern hemisphere users.

Lunabar is freeware, that means it is free to download, install and use and it has no ads or pop ups and has not time limit on the use of it.

You can find and install it from www.softpedia.com
which certifies that it is free from ads or add ons or nasty trackers or viruses.

Here is a button to take you directly to where you can get it.

Snake Dreams

The wake of the new year brought with it bouts of insomnia and then finally as the skies were graced with the first new moon of the year my sleeping pattern settled down and I began to have Snake dreams.

It’s not the first time I’ve had snake dreams, the last time was in the run up to my Saturn’s return and boy did my life get interesting. That time it was more to do with Kundalini energies and swallowing snakes.

This time I was having dreams of shedding my skin and being more ‘me’ afterwards and
my colours and attributes being clearer. The snake is said to be a symbol of transformation and healing, and well the two weeks after the dreams started have certainly started down that path.

Oddly enough this Chinese new year, which is the 10th of febuary, is that of the Snake, so maybe this will be a year of transformation and healing for me.
I also found this under my bed when I was tidying.

It was a present from a friend long ago and I think I will keep him on my desk to remind me to keep active and doing the things I need to over the year to come.

Last Full Moon of the year.

This evening is not just the last Friday of 2012 but the last full moon of the year.


And what a year it has been; I have learned more about myself then what I expected and took on challenges that a few years previous I would have hidden from.

So as the Sun starts it’s journey back, bringing us out of the dark part of the year, it’s time to start dreaming of the year to come.
Of what we might learn, of what we may bring to it and how we will face the challenges to come.

Time to look back and take stock of lessons learned and plan to make ready for more wishes to come true. What dreams to you wish to come through for the next 6 months as the Sun reaches it’s high point? Will you be ready for them when they knock on your door?

There is still many days of winter left, time enough to clear away the old so that we may nurture our new shoots when spring comes.

Every cycle has it’s point of rest and reflection and I think we do ourselves a disservice by not making the best of them.
Time to dream in the dark for a while.