Identity and Time

Posted on October 21, 2010
Filed Under Definitions & Labels, identity, Taylor Ellwood | 3 Comments

Each year on my birthday I do an elemental magic switchover to a new element for the next year. Last year I switched from Emptiness to Time. This year, however, I’m not going to switch from Time. Part of it is because astrologically Saturn is a significant influence over the next year and I think I should capitalize on it, but part of it also is because while I did some work with time, I ended up actually working a lot more with the element of Identity.

It makes sense actually because when I finished with the element of Emptiness, I felt like my life was a blank slate. And in January of 2010, I was divorced. Needless to say that was also a big change in identity for me, and I felt like much of this year has been an exploration of who I am and what I want and need.

Even getting involved in a new relationship has brought identity changes. I identify myself as childfree, but my partner has children and that’s involved some adjustment to how I think about children and my identity in relationship to them. This entire year has been less about time and more about identity, discovering and claiming my identity, as well as claiming boundaries for that identity. I actually think that’s one of the more magical acts I’ve done this year. It’s helped me understand the role of identity in magical work, and it’s also helped me identify the parts of my identity that I’ve wanted to change.

This year has been one of the best years of my life. Instead of holding on to the past, I’ve let go and embraced the present as an opportunity to explore who I can be, and in turn allow that realization to manifest in the universe and in my life. The previous years of internal work have paid off, and my life has come into a lot more focus as I’ve really reshaped my contractual agreement with the universe into an agreement I can really be behind. And it’s going to keep getting better from here.

My work with the element of time is something I’m going to continue with. But today I’m going to celebrate my holy day.

Happy birthday to me

Comments

3 comments
Leni
Leni

happy birthday! missing you on LJ, but love what you've been writing.

Pallas Renatus
Pallas Renatus

Happy birthday to you, indeed!

And it's refreshing to see someone working with more abstract elements as you speak of. It's so common to see people never move beyond the traditional elements and planets. Good luck to you in the coming year!

I've worked with sound, Emptiness, and love, as well as water and Earth on given years. It's part of a process I developed which uses different elements to balance one's life.