New Year Ritual

Despite the fact that there are toys and various carpet stains around here I still like to try and clean around New Year’s.

My husband has to work every year but we will have to see when he gets home. We are making blue moon cookies for tonight and dancing and listening to music. Bedtime will probably be about 9 p.m.

One of my circle sisters shared this with us from when her kids were all young and at home.

She would do this with them before dinner. It came from a Pagan newspaper from years
ago.

To make it safer for the kids, place the votives into individual shallow
candle dishes with water and add some gold glitter!

Ritual to Welcome in the New Year

1 large white pillar-type candle
1 white taper candle
1 white votive candle for each participant

Invoke the Goddess, lighting the large white candle. Light the taper candle (but
not from the Goddess candle).

Sit quietly and recall all of the good things that have happened in the past
year. Taking turns, go around the circle and share aloud those gifts which you
have been blessed with during the old year. As each person speaks, she lights
her votive candle with the taper.

When everyone has spoken, sit quietly again, reflecting on all the things that
didn’t go so well in the past year, perhaps the loss of a job, of a loved one,
something which you attempted to do but did not succeed. As with the happy, good
things that have come to us, so too, we should honor those things which may
have caused disappointment or pain. They have a place in our lives, often
teaching us valuable lessons about ourselves and our world. While we take their
lessons forward, we must release and leave the hurt they have caused where it
belongs….in the past. Focus all the energy from these disappointments and
regrets into the lit candle.

Again, going around the circle, share what it is you want to release, and as you
finish, extinguish the candle. Those feelings are now forever in the past, not
to be spoken of again. If you do not wish to share your thoughts aloud, when it
is your turn, sit quietly, focusing the energy into the candle and then
extinguish it.

Extinguish the votive candle.

When everyone has extinguished their candles, the HP lights the taper candle
from the Goddess candle, acknowledging that this is the New Year, and with it
comes new possibilities for love, growth, and success. The taper is then passed
around to each participant to light her votive.

As you light your candle, consider what it is you would like to see happen in
this brand new year. Focus this energy into this candle whose flame shares the
light and fire of the Goddess candle. Do not share these thoughts, as to speak
aloud will only take away their energy.

Place the votives in a safe place where they may burn out.

Hope you have a Happy New Year! It has to be better than last year I figure. 🙂

Nut loaf

I just made this for the first time and it is super yummy. Wanted to share the recipe.

Amy’s Nut loaf

1 ½ c. chopped nuts (I used about 1/4 c. cashews and 1/4 c. walnuts and ½ cup almonds but use what you have. Just chop really fine — I used the food processor)
½ cup or less of onion, finely chopped
garlic (2 or 3 cloves) (I put this with the onion in the food processor so my non-onion fan wouldn’t know).
3 eggs, beaten
1/2 c. wheat germ
2 c. cooked brown rice
2 tbsp..soy sauce
rosemary, sage, thyme, celery seed

Mix everything together in a large bowl. Put in an oiled loaf pan, bake at 350F for 40 minutes or so, let sit for 10 minutes, slice and serve.  I made a gravy to go with it from some soup I had in the fridge with leek, potato and herbs in it. I drained off the broth which had milk in it and butter and then added some butter and some flour while whisking over high heat. It thickened up nicely and is super tasty!

Buy Happiness?

I thought that you couldn’t really buy happiness and that it comes from inside. This is true but also false to a certain extent after I thought about it. I never have very much money and so I am not able to buy too many art supplies. I ended up spending the money on my two sales this past year on art supplies, new paint I think. This is a good idea in theory but I usually am so experimental and don’t know what I am doing that it seems like I need to buy more things to try out. This can of course get expensive. I don’t sell what I make for the most part and so I think in the back of my head I shouldn’t spend any money on the supplies to make anything else. This is a really bad way to approach it I realized and so now I buy paint and brushes and canvas whenever I am able.

I am happy with paint and some nice sunshine and maybe even some music playing. You can’t really buy happiness but you can buy the tools to create it in my world. 🙂