by Diane Ronngren
I hope you have enjoyed the New Year so far, and getting started on your individual plans. Even so, it’s a good idea to continue to celebrate the New Year for a bit longer!
Customarily we celebrate New Year’s Eve on December 31st, and New Year’s Day on January 1st (starting at 12:00:01 A.M.). This is the welcomed traditional celebration in many Western countries–including ours–but there is no astrological or ancient cultural tie-in with this date. Rather our forefathers celebrated Yule at the time of the Solstice on December 21st; and for more than 1500 years Christians have celebrated the birth of Jesus and the beginning of the new age in December. Many astrologers believe that the Christian Jesus was born in March or April. I have heard of several dates that are popular. However It’s good to be aware some Christians–Greek Orthodox, Coptic, Russian Orthodox for example–celebrate Christmas and/or New Year on other dates.
Astrologically we mark the Winter Solstice as the shortest day of the year, and this is the “birthdate” for the Zodiac New Year from the perspective of the Earth quality (Capricorn). Many other religions than Christianity celebrate their New Year at different times during the year, there is a Jewish New Year, a Muslim New Year, and a Chinese or Eastern New Year among others.
And, after much study and observation, I have come to the conclusion that each individual celebrates what I call their Personal New Year (or Solar Return) at the time of their birthday each year. If I am consulting with someone about their life path at the time, I include information about their personal numerology. And each year/month/date can be evaluated in a numerological context as well.
Winter Solstice, Solar Return, and January 1st are a celebration of Solar Energy. We greet them with a sense of purpose, and start planning where we need to focus our attention–what do we need to do? What action do we need to take? Are we satisfied with the direction of our life? We focus often on actions we need to take on behalf of our physical and monetary or practical interests. People also think about making lists of worldly desires and quantifiable resolutions which often involve measurements or results or outcomes.
The Eastern celebration of New Year is lunar in essence and astrologically based. For instance, the Chinese lunar calendar is the longest chronological record in history and dates from 2637 B.C. Chinese New Year is celebrated at the time of the on the New Moon between January 21 and February 20th. This year Chinese Year of the Earth Dog falls on February 16th, and will be celebrated all of February but especially for a couple of weeks until the following Full Moon (in 2018 this will take place at the beginning of March 2018).
Often it is the custom for families to gather for an annual “reunion dinner” in the evening preceding Lunar New Year’s Day; people thoroughly clean their houses in order to sweep away any ill-fortune, and to make way for incoming good luck.Windows and doors are decorated with red color, and people wish each other “Good Fortune” or “Happiness!” along with wealth, good health and longevity. This is one of the world’s most prominent and celebrated festivals each year, with the largest annual mass human migration in the world (according to Wikipedia).
These are the reasons I celebrate New Year first in the Western manner: I like to focus on the practical matters of interest to me. And I celebrate the Lunar New Year by focusing on my more personal hopes, dreams, vision-work and relationships–spiritual aspects of my life during the time of the Eastern “New Year”.
Happy New Year!
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Diane Ronngren, C.A., Level IV, NCGR-PAA