I look for things that particularly catch my eye and spark my curiosity, using my intuition to work out what they might mean. On January 1st this year I found a curious pebble. It had a golden centre surrounded by blacker stone. You can see it pictured below on this post. It looked to me like seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, and made me feel that this year we will at least start to see better things ahead.
Now, I realise you aren't supposed to remove stones from beaches. Although most councils turn a blind eye to people who just take one or two, it isn't great to reduce the sea defences. So, I don't permanently remove stones or shells. I take them back later. Another of my New Year customs is to return shells and pebbles I've borrowed in the past year. Before finding my new stone, I threw a handful of shells back into the waves, thanking the Goddess for them and asking for a new sign of things to come. I also try to do a bit of a beach clean, removing plastic and any other man-made rubbish I see.
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