North East Shield

We’re coming into the Beginning of the Year. The North East shield marks the true beginning. Doing the math, 12 months divided by 8 shields would take us to about 45 days after The North Shield at Winter Solstice to The NE. So by about February 4th we’ll be completing the last cycle and beginning anew. Creativity and Mystery are the hallmarks of this time. The realm of the complete unknown. Can you feel that pregnant winter with the unborn spring? It must be a ripe feeling for those of us in coastal BC with the Snow Drops starting to sprout. We even saw one tiny white flower this morning.

An old mentor of mine shared some of his insights of this powerful time that relate to village building in the Acorn model of the 8 shields.

  • Emotional Well Being
  • Ceremonial Leadership
  • Keeping a positive attitude
  • smudging
  • releasing grief
  • creativity
  • facilitators of awareness
  • ceremonies.

Somehow it doesn’t come as a surprise that there are those stirrings inside me to hold space around fire and the simplicity of awareness in nature at this time with my family and close ones.