time to change your year

It’s a time of change.

Solstice, Full Moon and New Year are all coming in the span of a couple of weeks.

It’s a time of transition from one year to another. I like to mark big events, like the changing of the year, with a ritual.

I don’t mean a celebration, like the whole New Year’s Eve bash with bubbles and caviar, or crowds of people and loud music.

I much prefer a quiet ritual, involving quiet, darkness, a candle or a fire, maybe some humming and drawing. I’d rather be intentional and observe what’s coming and what’s going.

Over the past few years, I’ve developed my New Year ritual. I spend some time thinking about the year that is ending. What did I do? What did I learn? What did I love about it? If I feel like it, I might make a journal entry or two. I ask myself what I want to leave behind, what can the old year take with it?

Then I think about what I want to make sure I take with me into the new year…what do I want to make sure I remember? And while I’m at it, is there something I want to begin?

After I’ve done that, I usually indulge in a card pull. I’m looking for the one word that stands out, my word for the coming year.

Then in the evening, usually on New Year’s Eve, I light a fire in the chiminea and sit outside on the back porch and paint a rock with the word, and any decorations I want to add. That rock will sit on my desk throughout the year, reminding me of my word.

Later on in January I also usually do a vision board. It’s fun to look at last year’s board when I look back at the year. How did those dreams play out? Most of the time the results are obvious, even if they look a little different than I initially imagined.

Every year, I look forward to these quiet, reflective little rituals.

Do you have a year-end ritual? Please share in the comments or send me an email if you do!

In the meantime, remember these things: You are loved. We are all loved. Let’s all be kind. And in all things – progress, not perfection!

Love, and light in the pages,

Maggie

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