Today is Nowrooz, where light and dark are present equally. It is the one consistent celebration that has traveled with me from place to place, the one constant that traveled with my migratory family from place to place. It is in our bones and sings to us wherever we might be:: the irresistible call :: to sacred fire, to cleansing as the Fish depart from the zodiac, closing a cycle opening into new energy and rebirth, ancestral rites and heritage honored in gesture and spirit.
Nowrooz has been with me since my birth and lives by my side, inside, outside . . . some years I haven’t made a ‘sofreh’ (altar) others I have, but sofreh or no, Nowrooz has been celebrated sometimes with sprigs of wildflowers, an offering of watercress, an arrangement of rocks, or simply with the intention brought to the moment; it is the one thing of my heritage that is a consistent constant in our children’s evolving lives as we co-create together. In prepraytion:: we wash the windows the better to see through, we wash the floors to touch anew, we dust so we smell freshness, we give away and clear space to make room for changing tastes, we go inward and choose at this juncture how to dance forward listening with open ears, we tend a fire and leap over it releasing the pallor, the stale, the tasteless of the old year, in song given voice we ask the redness of flame to brighten us for the new year, and we create our sofreh with 7 items beginning with letter Seen (in farsi) along with other symbols of personal significance. This year I share a picture of our seven seen sofreh with you, along with what the items symbolize:::
apple for sweet beauty and love, garlic for health, sumac berries for the color of the lightbringer the sun, wine for age and patience, sprouts for rebirth and growth, hyacinth for scent and fragrance, and coins for prosperity and abundance:: those are the 7 Seens and they are all medicine.
I also included candles for illumination, oracle cards for divinatory insight, a mirror to reflect these symbols back amplified, the children brought a nest from the rose bush with a hawk feather, a butterfly, and a mineral heart, and in the pond the koi awaken from the warmth brought by Aries.
The number seven personifies aspects of temporal creation: fire, air, water, earth, plants, animals and human beings. It represents seven concepts: awareness and wisdom, excellence, self-reliance and sovereignty, peace, wholeness, perseverance, and purpose. It invokes seven undertakings: generosity of spirit, generosity of word, material generosity, support of relation (human, elemental, plant, animal) in need, inclusiveness, integrity, and remembrance. Seven aspires to affirming personal goals for the new year’s journey grounded in grace with renewed energy and a positive outlook toward relationships, health, nurturance, and keeping the eternal flame kindled.
The sofreh will be a focal point for thirteen days after which, on the full moon, the hyacinth bulbs and garlic shall be planted in lunar soaked soil where they will grow. The sumac berries are infusing the wine, which mixed with a bit of honey make an elixir to be savored. The coins shall be distributed amongst the children, the sprouts sent off in the flowing waters of the creek, and the apple given to the chickens. And with a bit of luck we may visit with friends too 🙂
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May this auspicious time expand you in new ways, may you be healed and made whole, may joy take root in your heart and flourish, may you walk in love with hope to hold your hand and spirit in your hearth, may your longings and dreams become songs, may this miraculous life be savored by you, and may the Universe be a better place for it; a very Happy Nowrooz to you!