January 7, 2020.  One week into this new year, new decade … one I have anticipated for its promise of transition in my personal life.  I go through a month-long process each December focusing forward and creating a mandala to guide the coming year.  I named 2020 Navigate Uncertainty given mid-year expectations.  Well … 2020 is showing its character up-front, in this first week!

We were camped at Lake Mineral Wells State Park  (west of Fort Worth TX) when 2020 arrived.  Image (from my Austin yard) is last night’s sunset in west … behind it a cloudless eastern sky dominated by a high bulging moon.






January 22, 2017.  Each year (for seven years now) I concentrate in Nov/Dec on connections, intentions, directions for the coming calendar year.  I do this in a group led by Janet Conner (janetconner.com) tagged “The Lotus and the Lily”.  Janet’s book by that title shows one of my earlier mandalas.  A multi-step process, each year revealing more. The mandala changes year to year, evolving to reflect both my growth and changing surrounding influences.   Initially termed intention mandalas, Janet now calls them invitation mandalas; I consider mine a contract with Spirit.

True to my SoulCollage(R) training, I rely primarily on imagery.  I won’t try to explain all the symbols here!  Just a little about the structure:

Background, a foot bridge into foggy unfamiliar territory: this is specific to 2017 US upheaval (beyond my control) – I will Step Forward across that bridge into the fog.

At center, a spiral “antenna” for receiving

Moving outward, my four commitments:  observe, create, trust, accept

Moving outward, my four challenges:  the Toltec Four Agreements

Moving outward, areas I rely on Spirit to help me sustain: harmony, resilience, open-heart hearing, sufficient resources … PLUS … acknowledgement that I need Spirit’s help in ways I cannot fathom: represented by golden footsteps