The Lunar New Year, also known as the Chinese New Year or Spring festival always occurs on the second new moon after the Winter Solstice. While the western Gregorian calendar is based on Earth’s orbit around the sun, most eastern cultures including Hindu and Chinese observe a lunar calendar which follows the moon’s orbit around planet Earth. A 15 day celebration, the 2014 Lunar New Year begins today and continues through the full moon on Valentines Day, February 14. This observance marks the year of the horse on the Chinese zodiac. The strong and free spirit of the horse can be used to help channel our ideas from seed to bloom... The new year intentions many of us created around the hustle and bustle of the holiday season while turning toward 2014 have gained a month to settle into the context of our lives. Those fresh new year visions which seemed so clear just a couple weeks ago often dwindle if we have not yet taken responsibility to plant our seed intentions with awareness. Time and again we ﬁnd ourselves back in familiar patterns, caught up in dated versions of ourselves. This concept of Samskara, described in Georg Feuerstein’s Encyclopedia of Yoga as the “imprints in the subconscious left behind by our daily experiences, weather conscious or unconscious, desirable or undesirable” is worth looking into at this time. The love and tenderness with which we set our foundation will affect our to capacity to evolve. The process of illumination takes strength, agility, perseverance and great tenderness. I am using this new moon to full moon cycle as a little star on my map, a time to check in with my own integration and alignment to the spheres. It is my aim to bring loving awareness into every action, no matter how simple or intricate. As I mature I realize more to honor the gift of life I must continually check in with the strength of my foundation so my offering to the world radiates from a centered, truthful place. Let us choose potent awareness to guide the wild and free-loving nature of our hearts this year of the horse!