Posted by: Cathy | December 12, 2018

New Year Seal

Rather than create a vision board, I decided to try something new for 2019.

Not to knock vision boards; I’ve made some in the past and enjoyed the process. But I haven’t manifested the things I put on them, so I wanted to do something different.

This project was inspired by a post from Benebell Wen, who wrote about the Seal of Changes for activating the powers of the I Ching. I have not studied the I Ching, but I like the idea of an image to activate change. It makes me think too of a heraldic seal or coat of arms. So, to focus my intention, I made a personal seal to invoke the qualities I want in the new year.

Here is how I assembled it.

First I picked a spirit animal to represent me in the center. For the past few years, my primary spirit animal is a black bear.

Next I thought about some qualities and symbols to represent them. The qualities I wanted to include are art, writing, love, spirit, hope, and support. The symbols I chose are a paintbrush, pen, heart, wing, sun, and a few astrological glyphs (since that’s a tradition I’m comfortable with, rather than using the I Ching symbols).

Once I knew what I wanted in my seal, I doodled a main shape, which turned out to be a shield, and then an arrangement of my symbols, and this is what I came up with for my final seal for the new year.

I’ll print out a few copies of my seal and put them in places like my planner for the year, my bathroom mirror, my meditation altar, etc. to remind me of my intention and the qualities I want to embody this year.

Whether you try a seal or make a vision board, it’s important to pause and reflect on what changes we want to make for the new year or any period of time. The first step in creating change is to identify what isn’t satisfying you and what you would like to be different.

What do you want to be different in 2019?

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