Starting the New Year Off Right
I hope everyone had happy new year celebrations. We were kept pretty busy right up until the moment the year turned, but in positive ways. There are certain things that we always do in my household to herald in the New Year. Firstly, we clean physically – it’s a good way of getting rid of any extant stagnant or polluting energy so everyone does their part. Then we make offerings at all the shrines along with attendant prayers. About a half hour before the new year proper, we do a small ritual to our threshold Gods: Hermes, Cardea, Janus, Forculus and Limentius (it’s the one Roman digression in our otherwise Norse yule season).
This year we then watched the ball drop (though we all turned the sound off before that. New York celebrations in Times Square included the song “Imagine” and I can think of no more impious piece. None of us wanted to start the new year with that utter crap. We just turned the sound off until the song was over and uncorked a bottle of wine instead). After calls to relatives we all shared out something sweet (that our new year may be filled with sweetness) then we sat down and prayed for the better part of an hour, working through our household prayer book. We wanted the first significant words out of our mouths in the new year to be praises of our Gods. After that, we did personal divination for each other, a rather intense type of northern tradition system called a ‘soul map.’ At most, I only do this twice a year for clients and I prefer to only do it once a year. It’s not something to be done lightly and in our household we only do it for each other at New Year’s.
There’s more divination to be done for the coming year, including to see which Deities govern our house for 2020 but that will wait until tomorrow. In the meantime, I prepped soup from scratch (it’s simmering in the crockpot now) because I like one of the first things that I do in the new year to be something that connects me to my ancestors, which for me, is either cooking or needlework of some sort (my paternal line likes the former, my maternal the latter). That is about it for the evening. It’s close to four am now and I’m about ready to call it a night.
I wish you all the best for 2020.