The end of each year is almost always a time of evaluation, a pulling up of the account of gains and losses, progress, setbacks and a renewal of hope that the new year will be better. We reflect on the past and the future as if we had reached the end of a race and had to take a critical look at the path we have travelled, as well as organising ourselves to improve it at the next, limited opportunity.
But it is not necessary to reflect on the annual cycle at a date marked on the calendar, when we are subject to the commotions of the commemorative meetings and are led to think in a more emotional way. New Year’s Eve can take on a different and deeper meaning.
At the heart of the turn-of-the-year rituals is a chronological, determined time. From a cosmic point of view, after about 365 days we return to the starting point.
It was agreed to use the winter solstice of the planet’s northern hemisphere, 31 December, as the date of the turn of the year, after which a new count begins. In the southern hemisphere, the winter solstice occurs in July.
Winter is considered nature’s period of introspection, when seeds sleep underground and some animals hibernate. So when one spiritually interested seeks answers, he is symbolically in his winter. Then comes spring, when everything blossoms. It corresponds to when the seeker who has found his path sees a new cycle blossom within himself. After this, he will have his particular seasons of summer (fruit) and autumn (end of the cycle/return).
The great revolution
When the clock strikes midnight on 31 December, we exchange wishes with friends and relatives for a good journey in the coming year, with much happiness and blessings. However, there is nothing old or new starting.
The debut of a new calendar changes absolutely nothing in that sense. Every day we open a 365-day cycle. What do you do every day? Do you live each one as if it were a new beginning, an intelligent and vibrant realty?
Except for our hope, everything is always the same and will only change when we operate the great revolution in ourselves.
The Brazilian poet Carlos Drummond de Andrade brings us that:
To win a New Year
that deserves this name
you, my dear friend, have to deserve it,
you have to make it new, I know it’s not easy,
but attempt, try, consciously.
It’s inside you that the New Year
Naps and waits since ever.
New Year’s Eve only receives its true and deepest meaning when it means the definitive farewell of the being of time.
If time is a creation, it is revolutionary to free oneself from it, because the focus is on the triumph of eternity: non-time. This is a powerful, comprehensive, magical and transformative task.
First, one must reflect on the nature and essence of the process. Then, one must prepare oneself for the complete modification of the quality and nature of the microcosm, which will give it new strength.
When one takes the resolution to follow the path, one will celebrate its New Year’s Eve in this moment – and only once in a lifetime! Such a step is absolute and definitive, and marks the eve of the personal New Year.
This is the transition from the old to the New, through the great revolution.
Jan van Rijckenborgh; Catharose de Petri. A Grande Revolução [The Great Revolution], p. 149, 2nd edition, 2011, Publisher Lectorium Rosicrucianum, São Paulo – SP.
Carlos Drummond de Andrade. Receita de Ano Novo [New Year’s Recipe], p. 83, 1st edition, 2015, Editora Companhia das Letras, São Paulo -SP.