Here are my new year's resolutions for 2017. Rather than just making a single new year's resolution, I usually make a list of at least 10 things I want to achieve over the year ahead. I find that means I have a good chance of succeeding in at least some of them.
In 2016 I did about half of the things I planned at the start of the year. The main reason I didn't do more was that I got very busy editing a book called Every Day Magic: A Pagan Book of Days by the Moon Books community of authors and writers. It contains 366 spells, rituals, meditations, pagan prayers, recipes and craft projects among other things to do and gives an insight into different pagan paths and how each day of the month throughout the cycle of the seasons can be observed.
The book was a labour of love, because I will not be earning any royalties from it, neither will I or any of the other contributors be paid for any of the writing that went into it. However, it was a joy to work on and I am really looking forward to it being published towards the end of 2017.
Another thing that took up more of my time than I expected was running a series of workshops and talks on candle magic at Treadwell's, The Atlantis Bookshop and various pagan festivals.
I started 2016 knowing that I was doing one workshop to coincide with the launch of my book Pagan Portals - Candle Magic, but that quickly turned into a regular event and will be continuing this year. I am also running another workshop at Atlantis on scrying by candlelight.
Below is my list of new year resolutions for 2017. It includes some things I failed to do last year, some things that are inspired by stuff I did in 2016 and a new project or two that I'm keen to try out.
- The photo at the top shows a mandala I created from natural and found items, jewellery and trinkets that hold a personal meaning for me. I created it when I was exploring ideas for a cover image for Every Day Magic: A Pagan Book of Days. I enjoyed doing it and so this year I intend to create a mandala for each month, representing the changing seasons and including things from my own garden.
- Explore more of London on foot and write about aspects of the city I've not yet blogged about
- Visit at least one ancient pagan site that I haven't blogged about before
- Revisit the Museum of Witchcraft, in Cornwall
- Do something to raise money for a charity
- Learn to make a drum
- Learn the basics of blacksmithing in order to make my own athame
- Create a candle labyrinth
- Do a podcast or a video
- Start writing another book
Links and previous related posts
Pagan Portals - Candle Magic: A witch's guide to spells and rituals