Hearthstone Column January 2017
Hope for 2017

[Author’s note: this was originally published in the Hearthstone Community Church newsletter, 01/2017.]

The end of the year can be laden with emotion, fraught with hope, possibly tinged with a hangover of too much food, or drink, or excitement. It’s good to have ways to ground and center to keep the good feelings going. 

When we lost Leonard Cohen this year, his song “Hallelujah” seemed to ring out from every channel, and it seemed a fitting anthem for a lot of news. 

My husband and I ended up discussing the lyrics one day when I found myself puzzled by the phrase, “…how to shoot at someone that outdrew you.” With all of my movie watching experience I figured that this was impossible. The gun slinger that draws first wins, right? My former Marine informed me that the way to shoot somebody who outdraws you is to stay calm.

A fast draw usually goes wild. If you can keep your head, your balance, and your focus, you can take your time and make the shot that counts. 

That’s the lesson I’m taking with me from 2016 to 2017. There are millions of problems to be solved, for certain, but there are only a few of them that I know how to solve, or even address. 

My focus is on what I can share. 

Did you know that the Irish for Winter Solstice is Grianstad an Gheimhridh (green-stahd uh yee-rig)?  How about this, did you know that one of the kennings for the Dagda is Great Father of Being, and that the same poem also names Him the Large-Lapped Farter? There’s a poem in Middle Irish that names the twelve different colors of the wind, based on the direction, and there’s a Colorado native plant that feeds butterflies, is great in tea, and can be carried as part of a love spell. 

These are the things I know, and I put them in to my calendar. 

If you went to one of our loyal metaphysical stores this year and picked up a copy, please check out my meet up group: https://www.meetup.com/Denver-Celtic-Womens-Circle-Events/

I’ll be hosting a class on how to use the calendar at Quantum Alchemy on 7 January 2017 (Saturday), and Celtic Full Moon Ceremonies throughout the year. Maybe I’ll see you at the Paths & Traditions Fair at Jefferson Unitarian Church on 14 January 2017! 

Maybe the Irish Tree Ogham or Colorado gem stones aren’t your thing. But I know you have something that is your thing. I hope that you remember it and use it, maybe share it. 

I hope that 2017 is the year when we remember how well we already know how to keep our head, our balance, and our focus. 

Today is the only day that matters. Today is the only day in which magic can be made. 

Peace of the mountains to you

© Paulie Rainbow 2013