Light Up The Dark With Symbolic Irish Winter Solstice Jewelry
Growing up in Ireland my family celebrated and honored some of the New Year’s traditions believed to bring good fortune in the coming year.
On New Year’s Eve we did a thorough cleaning to begin the year with a spotless house. A clean house symbolises a fresh start.
An unusual tradition involves making Christmas bread that is then used for banging on the walls and doors of the house. This is to chase away bad luck and invite good spirits into the home. It is also a way to encourage the spirits to provide plenty of bread to the family for the months ahead.
The New Year’s Day tradition of who was the first through the door was widely observed. It is believed that the first person to enter the house after the clock strike’s midnight represents the household’s luck for the following year.
If a dark-haired man is first through the door it is considered to signify good luck. Efforts are made to have a dark-haired man waiting outside the door just before midnight to then be the first to enter.
(Well we can dream too – right?)
On New Year’s Day, visiting morning guests are expected to eat and drink before making their departure with the belief that the first thing you eat in the morning of New Year’s Day will cure you throughout the year if you fall sick.
An enduring superstition involves which direction the wind blows on January 1. If the wind is blowing from the west it will be a good year. If the wind is blowing from the east it will be a bad year for Ireland and a good year for Britain.
A favorite tradition of mine was the gathering of family and neighbors to play sports and games for all age groups. The game of Charades was always a family favourite.
Trust In The Power And Magic Of Irish Symbols
Spring clean –
Start your year with a clean slate. Clean out what is weighing you down.
Grab a pen and paper and write down ideas that come to you. List habits that you want to work on in 2021.
Clear out the negative to make space for the positive. Declutter your life. Create your clarity.
Winds of change
Trust in the magic and power of Irish symbols. Each symbol carries a message and a meaning.
Symbols help us understand our history allowing us to tap into our personal power and inner wisdom. They give me a sense of belonging no matter where I am and have the ability to steady me during times of change.
Access the ancient wisdom of the Irish ancestors to guide you as the winds change and the new year begins.
Know Your Strengths
We each have natural gifts and talents to offer to the world. Take inventory of your gifts and find ways to share them with the world.
For me, knowing my areas of strength and weakness allows me to identify and explore the areas that I wish to improve.
In this new year may we each recognize our value and help others to see theirs.
Renew Your Spirit
Tap into your inner bliss through the power of laughter. Irish people are known to have a great sense of humor and sharp wit. They have long valued humor and laughter to work through struggles and pain.
Sharing exaggerated tales and stories passed down from generation to generation they amuse us and themselves with legends, poems, songs, folklore, stories and Irish proverbs.
An Old Irish Blessing To Begin Your New Year
May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life’s passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours!