I spent New Year’s Eve the way I do every year, doing magick and journeying all night to gain guidance from my Gods, Ancestors and Allies. I look back on the past year to remember the lessons and the moments of profound joy and the moments of understanding. I seek to hear the voices of those who guide me to discover what they would have me do, where I should focus my attention and efforts.
This year I am in the process of doing the work to accomplish my third degree initiation. This year They have given me more than guidance, this year They have given me specific imperatives. In every area of my life there are specific things that I must accomplish if I would follow ALL that they require of me.
I must be writing every day. I must be actively crafting poetry and create at least one poem each month. I must write at least one chapter of the novel and one short story each month. I must journal every day; I must post to the Journeys of the Runes and Stories from the Cauldron each month. I must post to Exploring the Other Side of the Looking Glass each week and I must post to this blog for the Pagan Experience each week. I must finish the book and submit it to a publisher before the year is out. I must read my poetry in a public forum.
I must find opportunities to connect with my local community. I must engage in broader community and with family and friends each month. I must begin to engage in opportunities to teach. I must begin to read the Runes for others and improve my ability to communicate the things they tell me so that others may understand what they have to say to them. I must complete the first year of Shamanic training that I have committed to for the next two years.
I must spend time outdoors each week and I must journey each week. I must continue my daily practice and adapt it when necessary. I must visit the Sweat Lodge and make use of the opportunities that my astrological transits present to me to grow. I must complete my staff and I must strengthen my relationship with fire by learning new skills and engaging with the element directly.
I must care for my mundane life by being diligent in doing the things that are necessary. By saving for retirement and keeping food in the house and seeing my chiropractor and getting a massage more often.
There are many things that I have hoped to do over the past years, and some I have accomplished and some I have not. But imperatives from those who guide me are not to be left to chance, they are vows of intent and naming them on this blog is the equivalent to stating intention in sacred space because for me this is sacred space. And words said in sacred space hold power over us until they have come to pass. I will accomplish those things my Gods, Ancestors and Allies have given to me to accomplish in this coming year by diligently applying myself to my commitments day by day. So Mote it Be.