How many New Year’s do you celebrate? We just passed the Gregorian calendar's annual transition into 2022 on January 1st, but it's certainly not the only New Year! Recognizing and honoring the importance of each New Year helps us to work with the element of time. In modern magic, the aspect of time is one of the most underutilized magical properties.
Personal New Year
Everyone has a personal new year, also known as your birthday! Your new year is a great time to reset your mind, body, and spirit and check in with your personal life goals.
Your birthday is one of your powerful days on the calendar for magic and manifestation! Even ordinary people harness this magic by making a wish and blowing out birthday candles.
Astrological New Year
Aries, the Ram, rings in the Astrological New Year as it is the first house of the zodiac. The bold, go-getter energy of the spring Ram brings in a strong new year. It also corresponds with the Spring equinox, the time of year where the northern hemisphere turns towards the Sun, giving the impression of longer days.
The onset of the Astrological New Year is the perfect time for spring cleaning and clearing, removing anything physically or emotionally that is not serving your highest and best good. Taking time to ground and enjoy some self-care is a great way to celebrate.
Lunar New Year
While the Chinese New Year is the most commonly known Lunar New Year celebration, South Korea, Vietnam, among many other Asian cultures, celebrate this holiday, albeit each with its own set of unique foods, festivals, and customs. A moon-based calendar was used for thousands of years before introducing the Gregorian calendar.
Other Cultural New Years
Being Jewish, I’ve grown up celebrating Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, also based upon an ancient lunar calendar. The Jewish calendar honors four different New Years' celebrations in itself!
Many other cultures also use their own calendars, often dating from ancient times, including Mayan, Persian, Hindu, Buddhist, and Islamic calendars just to name a few. These cultural celebrations are a great time to connect with your ancestors, community, and family.
How many New Years celebrations do you honor over a year? Do you have different traditions for each one? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below!
Arielle is a best-selling author, holistic life coach and intuitive energy healer.