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I have a very special relationship to a certain water dragon, I wrote about it all here, and I am inspired to dive into the water and journey with this awesome creature again this year. Sometimes all we need is a powerful symbol or nighttime dream to catalyse our movement again. There will a be a lot of motion, water flows uninhibited this year, and I for one am stoked for the wild ride.
Today I plan on cleaning up some old business to make way for the new. I will be freshening up the sacred spaces in my heart and my home to make room for my dreams to move in with their stunning surprises. I don't know just what they will look like but I want to welcome them all the same. Below are some ways you can follow along with the celebration yourself.
Special thanks to my dreaming friend Anna who reminded me of this important celebration of Losar, the Tibetan Buddhist new year on February 22 which ushers in the Year of the Water Dragon. Traditional (Tibetan) celebrations begin on February 19 and end two weeks after February 22.
The Year of the Water Dragon is a time when powerful forces will culminate to transform our reality. We can use this time to make great changes, dismanteling destructive habit patterns in order to estabish greater virtue and wellbeing. Or, if we are not prepared, the forces may overwhelm us and create chaos and upheaval. Tibetan astrology offers great insight into the forces at work as well as the elemental forces at play.
February 19 is dedicated to cleaning the house, in particular one's personal shrine or altar. This is the time to clean out the clutter in one's home, get rid of things one does not need, and especially giving one's shrine a thorough cleaning. Removing any last vestiges of the old year's residue, making way for renewed energy and potential.
February 20 - performing rituals to cleanse negativity
February 21 - decorating and beautifying one's house, preparing goodies to eat and drink.
February 22 - celebrating with friends.
The first two weeks of the new year - known as the moon's rising time - are considered especially auspicious for undertaking any new activity, particularly practice and retreat. New business ventures, marriages, travel, etc., etc., are favored at this time.
Will you be celebrating Losar? How will you clean house to make way for the Year of the Water Dragon? Let me know in the comments!