How Following the Cycles of the Year Supports Me and Perhaps Might also Support You

Eight years ago I made the transition from working in an office in one of the largest cities in the world (Shanghai), to living in barn on a stony farm track in rural Cornwall. This radical difference was something that was calling to me, not because I didn’t like Shanghai, I loved the city and it had the most amazing buzz and aliveness, but something in me wanted, needed and longed for the space, silence and peace to reconnect with me.

My intuition took me to Cornwall where I lived for 3 years and, of the it taught me many amazing things that it taught me, reconnecting with nature and the cycles of the year was one of them.

Because when you are surrounded by fields in springtime, you cannot stay asleep beyond the early morning chorus. When you are reliant on a wood burner for heat in winter, you can’t hide from the season changes as you can in central heated houses. When the full moon light floods your barn at night mystic dreams activate.

How Nature’s Cycles Changed Me

My non-human neighbours included the owls that hooted across the valley, the foxes who strolled through my garden and the rabbits in the fields. I noticed how I began to physically adapt to the seasons. I was awake much earlier and stayed up later in the summer. Whilst in winter I got up late and went to be early… initially my programming of being productive and having regular routines made me feel guilty or lazy in the winter. Then I realized that when I let go into these cycles I feel much more at peace and relaxed in myself. I wanted to ebb and flow with the cycles and seasons as nature did.

This changed how I lived physically, how I related to my physical needs and the changing physical landscape around me. However it also activated in me a feeling of awe and deep gratitude for the beauty in the changes and cycles I was seeing. My natural response was to honor the beauty and progression of the cycles.

Moon Ceremonies and Cycles

When there was a new moon, I honoured the darkness whilst standing looking into a starry sky or cloudy pitch blackness, or I would go to the ocean and notice how low the tide was over the new moon, recognizing the huge impact the moon has on earth’s, and my, waters. At these times, I asked to attune to the still point of the new moon and discover my own mystic centre.

With honoring the cycles I also discovered an instinctual, wild part of me that just knew how to engage with mystery. When there was a full moon, I laughed at my restlessness in the night, took my crystals outside on the deck and bathed them and myself in the translucent light. I would sometimes move my bed to the sofa so the moonlight would stay over me whilst I slept. I asked the light to infuse me, to share and merge its magical timeless knowing with mine.

Because I loved the natural connection I felt to the cycles I wanted to amplify and deepen it, so I started becoming aware of the seasonal markers and reclaiming them as my own. For example, Halloween always seemed a plaything for children, however as I explored Samhain (the festival of ancestors/death and new beginnings that is another name for ‘All hallows Eve’ – the cross quarter festival when the veil is thin) through poetry, creativity I felt a new connection. I burned incense, made an offering of respect to the land and for all that had been.

My conscious honouring of key markers in the year also tapped me into a deeper level of purpose and meaning in my life. I became curious and deepened my respect for my ancestors. I discovered my creativity and freedom of expression. I found that I was healing and growing with the seasons. Synchronicities seemed to happen more regularly and I recognized their meaning and significance. I was also studying many metaphysical texts, healing and energy work that I found I could make sense of and utlise with great effect through attuning to the cycles.

Overall I felt and knew the interconnectedness of everything. Since my awakening to ceremony with the year’s cycles, I’ve followed my intuitive calling to learn from elders and be guided to sacred sites on key dates and times for ceremony. I love gathering with others and sharing the magic of marking key points in the year.

Cycle of the year

Urban Living and Connecting to the Seasons

I now live in Bristol – a beautiful green city, but a city none the less; street lights, roads and cars, not so many owls, but still quite a few foxes. 🙂 It can be easy in the city to let the progressive, productive, “each Monday is another Monday” flow of time create your rhythm and become the dominant factor in your yearly landscape.

However, it does not have to be. Just beneath the surface there is another type of time, one that flows in cycles, one that feels different according to the moon, sun, earth and star cycles. These cycles are always available, wherever you live. Sometimes we might need a little reminder and support to connect again, however when you cultivate your connection to them your wild, instinctual, intuitive nature opens a mystical gateway into knowing yourself more deeply.

Ceremony with the cycles also connects your purpose to a greater universal purpose and flow of energy. If you want to feel supported in your soul work, connecting to these cycles is miracle work for transformation and feels sooo good.

So I hope I’ve inspired you to notice your placement in the cycles and perhaps ask where are you in the solar cycle? Where are you in the moon cycles as you read this? Have you noticed the blossoms and buds coming into bloom? What are the birds doing? Simple things… Let them connect with your heart and open you to your soul wisdom.

Eight years ago I made the transition from working in an office in one of the largest cities in the world (Shanghai), to living in barn on a stony farm track in rural Cornwall. This radical difference was something that was calling to me, not because I didn’t like Shanghai, I loved the city and it had the most amazing buzz and aliveness, but something in me wanted, needed and longed for the space, silence and peace to reconnect with me.

My intuition took me to Cornwall where I lived for 3 years and, of the it taught me many amazing things that it taught me, reconnecting with nature and the cycles of the year was one of them.

Because when you are surrounded by fields in springtime, you cannot stay asleep beyond the early morning chorus. When you are reliant on a wood burner for heat in winter, you can’t hide from the season changes as you can in central heated houses. When the full moon light floods your barn at night mystic dreams activate.

How Nature’s Cycles Changed Me

My non-human neighbours included the owls that hooted across the valley, the foxes who strolled through my garden and the rabbits in the fields. I noticed how I began to physically adapt to the seasons. I was awake much earlier and stayed up later in the summer. Whilst in winter I got up late and went to be early… initially my programming of being productive and having regular routines made me feel guilty or lazy in the winter. Then I realized that when I let go into these cycles I feel much more at peace and relaxed in myself. I wanted to ebb and flow with the cycles and seasons as nature did.

This changed how I lived physically, how I related to my physical needs and the changing physical landscape around me. However it also activated in me a feeling of awe and deep gratitude for the beauty in the changes and cycles I was seeing. My natural response was to honor the beauty and progression of the cycles.

Moon Ceremonies and Cycles

When there was a new moon, I honoured the darkness whilst standing looking into a starry sky or cloudy pitch blackness, or I would go to the ocean and notice how low the tide was over the new moon, recognizing the huge impact the moon has on earth’s, and my, waters. At these times, I asked to attune to the still point of the new moon and discover my own mystic centre.

With honoring the cycles I also discovered an instinctual, wild part of me that just knew how to engage with mystery. When there was a full moon, I laughed at my restlessness in the night, took my crystals outside on the deck and bathed them and myself in the translucent light. I would sometimes move my bed to the sofa so the moonlight would stay over me whilst I slept. I asked the light to infuse me, to share and merge its magical timeless knowing with mine.

Because I loved the natural connection I felt to the cycles I wanted to amplify and deepen it, so I started becoming aware of the seasonal markers and reclaiming them as my own. For example, Halloween always seemed a plaything for children, however as I explored Samhain (the festival of ancestors/death and new beginnings that is another name for ‘All hallows Eve’ – the cross quarter festival when the veil is thin) through poetry, creativity I felt a new connection. I burned incense, made an offering of respect to the land and for all that had been.

My conscious honouring of key markers in the year also tapped me into a deeper level of purpose and meaning in my life. I became curious and deepened my respect for my ancestors. I discovered my creativity and freedom of expression. I found that I was healing and growing with the seasons. Synchronicities seemed to happen more regularly and I recognized their meaning and significance. I was also studying many metaphysical texts, healing and energy work that I found I could make sense of and utlise with great effect through attuning to the cycles.

Overall I felt and knew the interconnectedness of everything. Since my awakening to ceremony with the year’s cycles, I’ve followed my intuitive calling to learn from elders and be guided to sacred sites on key dates and times for ceremony. I love gathering with others and sharing the magic of marking key points in the year.

Cycle of the year

Urban Living and Connecting to the Seasons

I now live in Bristol – a beautiful green city, but a city none the less; street lights, roads and cars, not so many owls, but still quite a few foxes. 🙂 It can be easy in the city to let the progressive, productive, “each Monday is another Monday” flow of time create your rhythm and become the dominant factor in your yearly landscape.

However, it does not have to be. Just beneath the surface there is another type of time, one that flows in cycles, one that feels different according to the moon, sun, earth and star cycles. These cycles are always available, wherever you live. Sometimes we might need a little reminder and support to connect again, however when you cultivate your connection to them your wild, instinctual, intuitive nature opens a mystical gateway into knowing yourself more deeply.

Ceremony with the cycles also connects your purpose to a greater universal purpose and flow of energy. If you want to feel supported in your soul work, connecting to these cycles is miracle work for transformation and feels sooo good.

So I hope I’ve inspired you to notice your placement in the cycles and perhaps ask where are you in the solar cycle? Where are you in the moon cycles as you read this? Have you noticed the blossoms and buds coming into bloom? What are the birds doing? Simple things… Let them connect with your heart and open you to your soul wisdom.