Friday, November 4, 2011

The Pagan New Year - Starting over

Samhain has passed and like all other years we have talked with our ancestors and released what we have gathered over the year into the flames of the Samhain fire.

Now it is November and a new month and new turning of the Wheel.

Most of the world celebrates the new year on the calendar day of Janurary 1st.  But as pagans we see the new year as starting on November 1st.  I will admit that this concept took some time to grasp.  So now it celebrate two 'new' years.  One for my personal spirituality and one with the rest of the world.  Can't miss out on all the parties and watching amateur hour.

New Year's Resolutions.  Never been really big on them. Yea I used to make the occasional one about no junk food, quitting smoking (back when I smoked), all the usual stuff.  Did I ever stick to them...nope.  I think I actually quit smoking over about a week's time in July many years ago.  So yea, don't do resolutions.  I do however make plans for what I want to do in the upcoming time.  These plans can change of course based on any number of events that happen over the year but at least I have them down.

As far as my spirituality goes with the new year; I had a very interesting discussion with Hecate over Samhain.  With out going into too much detail, because it was between her and I, I need to focus on what I want and how I want it.  There is no right or wrong when it comes to your own path.  So that is what I am going to focus on this year.  Walk the path of my choosing, the way I want to walk it.  If I want to skip down it, fine.  If I want to stroll along and stop every so often to take in the scenery, that is fine too.  I will not be swayed by others who think I should 'walk this way' down MY path.  IF something blocks my path then I will remove it in my own way.  When a crossroads appears in MY path I will decide which path to take.

I will also be more cognizant of the gifts given me by the gods. Too often we trundle through our day and don't realize all that we are given. No matter how small.

Just this morning as I was beginning this post I looked out the large window next to the desk and a murder of crows passed by on their way to whatever a murder of crows does and saw more then a murder of crows.  I saw the goddess and I felt blessed.

This upcoming year I will pay more attention to these things as I believe everyone should.  The old gods haven't left, they just need to be remembered and honored and seen.

This new year we need to walk OUR paths, because it is OUR path.


  1. This new year I had a lovely experience with the tree spirits and received a powerful healing vision.

    I don't make resolutions per se any more either - I perfer to look back over lessons learned and have a plan for the path ahead (and of course be willing to change those plans as needed as life unfolds)

    bright blessings in the new year, Lady Rose

  2. So glad you were able to have that conversation, and that you were willing to share some of it with us. Always a pleasure to see you at PBP!