New Year’s Resolutions

I celebrate my New Year now, when the sap is rising in the trees and everything is growing. It seems better to me to do it now rather than in the Winter when a lot of plants are dead and there is snow on the ground.

I’ve found that resolutions are best when they’re made for the person you want to become. For example, one of my resolutions a few years ago was to make a new recipe each month as I wanted to be able to cook a large range of recipes. Because of that resolution I can now cook a large range of recipes.

Unfortunately I haven’t been able to complete many of my resolutions for last year, so I’m only going to make one this year as I think I’ve been making too many for me to cope with.

I have a list of tasks to do which started when we moved in to this house a few years ago and has been getting smaller. My goal is to get rid of this list this year.

Spring Equinox

The purpose of this ritual was for fertility and a baby, so before I started I spent five minutes weeding so I would have earth under my fingernails.

I then went into the garden naked and I anointed myself three times with water from the rain butt. I cast the circle as normal, except for the fact that the candles kept going out, so I had to visualise them lit instead.

I had a packet of seeds, some of which I put in my hair (several of them ended up in my post-ritual bath) and cast some to the earth as an offering for a child, while stating my desire.
I then gave thanks for the Spring and wound the ritual down.

I had placed a chocolate nest which I had cooked prior to the ritual as an offering in the circle and was going to leave it there, but I was told to eat it, so I did. Chocolate nests are comprised of cornflakes coated in chocolate with chocolate mini-eggs in the middle.

Writing a Spring Equinox Ritual

As I said in my last post, one of the things I have to do is write my ritual for the Spring Equinox.

The equinoxes and solstices are always difficult to write for as there is nothing in the texts to say that the Irish celebrated these festivals, so I do not have a starting point to write from.
Some Celtic pagans do not celebrate the solstices and equinoxes because there is nothing in the texts, but since various archaeological monuments in Ireland are aligned with equinoxes or solstices I celebrate them.

Things to do

The trouble with paganism is that there’s always a lot to do and not enough time to do it in.

At the top of my list is to write the Spring Equinox ritual, research into water in Irish myths, finish the deity work I mentioned in a post earlier and write a bunch of spells which are neither urgent nor important so I haven’t done them yet. I would also like to start carving wands.

Then there’s the list of books to read. If I won the lottery I could happily spend the rest of my life immersed in witchcraft and paganism.

The Rogues’ Dice by Y.T. Scott

This book outlines the beginning principles of dice divination. It’s a really good book that I would recommend to anyone interested in divination. As the writer says, dice can be carried about on your person and rolled at any time, so if you’re worried about how you’re looking while doing divination, this is the system for you.

This book is very entertaining and the writer urges his readers to take the various systems further than he has and do some work on this, which is a refreshing and novel outlook from an occult writer.

Phases of Spells

The sort of spells I seem to write go in phases. When I started out I wrote a lot of curses; now I mainly write blessing spells. I have just written one to make plants grow in my garden and hopefully it will only make the plants grow and not the weeds! I plan to do this spell when we put up our Green Man figurines.

I have always written protection spells, the first one was just after the cat got ringworm, which cost £100 at the vets and I had to shampoo her ear. Not wanting to do that ever again I wrote a spell. So far she has not been ill again and that was nearly ten years ago.