The last page of my 2017 Moleskine weekly pocket planner.
We're alive, and our children are healthy.
Another year has gone by, and it was rough, but things got better, as I hope that they will continue to do.
I'm not a big New Year's Eve person. I've only stayed up a handful of times. Mostly I like to sleep right through. Come to think of it, I've never even had a midnight kiss. I'm a weirdo like that, I prefer my peace and quiet.
Right now it's brutally cold outside. People keep asking me if I go to Times Square. No. Real New Yorkers know better than to stand out there in the freezing cold. My health and safety is worth more than that. There are too many drunk idiots, tourists, and pick pockets out there.
I also get asked what my New Years resolution is. Last year I promised to live with less and not have a stash of yarn like I used to, and also to utilize the library instead of purchasing books. Well, I did very well at all those things.
Here are the numbers:
I read 37 books this year all borrowed from the library and some I received free from the Bryant Park Reading Room program.
I knit 34 objects. And currently have no yarn left.
I am currently reading Ronald Hutton's The Witch (this book warrants an entire post all by itself), and will finish knitting a sweater for myself. Both of which I had hoped to finish by the end of this year, but I'll just finish in the next week or so.
So as for 2018's resolution, I will continue to do what I've done all year because it was easy, saved me money and is absolutely no problem continuing. To that I will add reading more serious texts on witchcraft and continuing to get healthy. I've been unwell for almost three years and quite frankly, I've had enough. Therefore, I'll continue to be wheat and dairy free and try and add more herbal supplements to my daily regimen of turmeric, devil's claw, multi vitamin and 50K of vitamin D a week.
Ultimately I hope to expand on my Magickal and holistic path and see where that takes me. There are so many things I haven't explored and it's high time I delve into all that. I would like to read up on Kabbalah and Traditional British Witchcraft. I want to explore Ceremonial Magick or High Magick and how it relates to Masonry and The Order of the Golden Dawn. This may take reading some of the original texts from the 1200's and on, but I'm game. Finally it's about damn time I take Aleister Crowley by the hand and read his books, possibly even his novels.
In the past I've only ever skimmed or glanced at these topics. Most of my background is in Wicca and Hellenism. But thanks to questions from seekers on Google+, I feel I need to be better equipped to answer these. I am the Mother, but to these teens, I am the Crone.
Now for Shadow, I'm writing this for him:
Shadow has been unwell after his accident, and of course wants to get better too. That is a given, however his main resolution for this year is his self image. He wants to look like the person he wants to be, dress nicer and style his hair.
Having to wear sneakers and walk with his walker gives off this image of a defeated man, and that's just not who he is. Yes, he used to be the gruff muscular construction worker, but he can't do that job anymore. Often people joke and say he looks more like he belongs on Game of Thrones than walking down the streets of Manhattan. He actually owns a wolf head cane, so on his better days he can use that. I've considered getting him a wooden staff or an authentic shillelagh. He certainly has that old Irish look about him.
Shadow also wants to start on his jewelry making again since he has been getting so many questions about it. He hasn't been able to make anything in over a year so that will be good for him.
And... that's about it.
Out with the old, in with the new!
We both wish our readers the absolute Brightest of Blessings for your new year!
💖 Shadow and Spiral