When Does Your Personal New Year Start?

New Year 2017

Even though on January 1 the calendar changes the year in which the whole world connects, all of us have many other staring points of annual renewal throughout the year.

Chinese New Year starts at the Aquarius New Moon which is sometime in mid February. Hebrew New Year starts on the New Moon in the month called “Tishrei, which usually is sometime during September. Islam relies on the sighting of the New Moon crescent to know when each month starts, therefore Islam New Year is also determined by a New Moon.

If you’re not feeling excited for a fresh start on this new year, then maybe your inner life has a different timetable than the calendar system that runs our outward daily lives.

Often people feel connected to the personal year which starts on their birthday.

If a few weeks prior to your birthday you usually feel a mixture of energized anticipation and reflection, then you’re naturally sensitive and highly connected to your personal calendar rhythm.

If this describes you, then instead of feeling frustrated or criticizing yourself on why you don’t feel more excitement about celebrating the January 1 New Year, accept whatever level of enthusiasm you feel and look forward to when the particular new year which does greatly excite you, will happen.

Someone with a birthday in February may prefer more than usual reflecting time on the year which is completing and to imagine plans for the birthday year soon to start.

A November or December birthday may be at full throttle of fresh energy from their annual dose of personal New Start.

See how your personal New Year cycle syncs with the calendar year. You may discover that whether or not you feel like partying or not, has more to do with your natural energy cycles specific to you than the reasons you’ve told yourself or been told by others.

I hope you will have a happy calendar New Year and personal New Year too!

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About Sherry Katz

Sherry Katz, LCSW is primarily a couples therapist who counsels partners and individuals of all adult ages, in relieving tension and unhappiness in their relationships. The spectrum of care in her practice includes recuperating from infidelity, clarifying and strengthening trust and communication, restoring and developing common ground for a relationship. Ms. Katz has a secondary practice interest in helping family members align themselves in response to caring for elderly parents, especially a parent who has Alzheimer's Disease.Old Stories, New Views Family Therapy

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