Monday, December 31, 2012

Endings & Beginnings

Wow--I can't believe it is the end of another year. 2012 was a challenging one for many of us, but it had its fair share of blessings as well.

I could dwell on the negative: the physical and financial frustrations, the things that broke unexpectedly, the bad news, or the difficult weather. But frankly, there is no point in wasting your time or energy on regrets or complaints. I'd rather talk about what was wonderful about 2012.

I had a new book come out (Everyday Witch Book of Rituals), signed a contract for another one, and finished two novels, one of which is currently out on submission, and the other of which will be going out shortly. Things are going reasonably well at The Artisans' Guild, despite the crappy economy, and I still like my job most days. Samhain, the cat with chronic renal failure, is hanging in there (yay for stubborn cats!) and is just as feisty as ever, and the other cats are all doing well despite a few bumps in the road.

I got to visit with family this summer, when my sister and her kids came in from San Diego to spend some time with me and our other sister (and her hubby and kids) who lives in Schenectady. And my step-daughter is here from CA right now, so we can celebrate her New Year's birthday together for a change. I don't get to spend nearly as much time with my family as I like, so this is a great blessing indeed.

Blue Moon Circle celebrated another turn of the Wheel of the Year together, and as always, brought great joy to my life. And my friends, both actual and online, brought light where there was darkness, and laughter when there might otherwise have been tears.

I thank you all for sharing this journey with me, and I hope to see you often in the new year. Here's wishing you a fabulous, prosperous, healthy, joy-filled 2013. Here's a "New Beginnings" spell for those who want one, and I'd love to hear about the best things that happened to you in 2012!

Bless this new beginning
A gift from the gods
Which I accept with gratitude and appreciation
Let it be productive like the earth
And nurtured by the warmth of the sun
Let it flow smoothly like the water
And carry me in a positive direction
Like a seed blown on the winds
Bless this new beginning
That it may broaden my horizons
Strengthen and enlighten me
And help my spirit to grow and blossom
So mote it be


  1. May I just say, you rock! I enjoy your books and rituals, your writing is lovely, you have a great voice. I liked the class I took from you, although I'd have liked to have met you in person. But I live (relatively) nearby and hope to come by the collective someday. Your rituals are very centering and I have found them most helpful. All in all, you're a jewel and I'm glad I've found you. Thanks for all you do!

    2012: I began a self publishing career this year, changed jobs, took a cut in pay, survived, got a puppy and sent my youngest child off to college. I'm still single, which I find loathsome, but otherwise, life is good.

    1. Kar--
      Thanks, you're kinda awesome yourself! Sounds like a pretty amazing year. Hope 2013 brings you only good things.

  2. The best things that happened to me this year:

    I turned a corner late this summer or early in Autumn and am doing remarkably better.

    I finished the first draft of my first novel.

    With a personal organizer, i got my apartment organized.

    I started exercising every day. And I lost weight.

    I got to meet and spend time with two of my online friends and I became a closer friend to you.

    I got to share my abundance with a friend who needed it.

    I got to spend xmas with friends in Seattle again.

    As tough as 2012 was (unemployed most of the year), it had an awful lot of good stuff in it, too. Good idea, this!

    Hope your 2013 is everything you want and need it to be!

    1. You had a pretty good year, in the end! YAY! I can't wait to see what 2013 brings you; may it all be wonderful.

  3. Hear's to a great 2013 for us all.
    I'm writing this from New Zealand - 1st holiday for 4 years and spent today in Hobbiton!
    Great way to finish the old and start the new :)

    1. Wow! I've heard it is just gorgeous there. I hope you're having a wonderful time.

  4. Happy New Year, Deb.
    We had a family reunion for the first time in years and it was fun.

    1. Lovely! I'm having a mini-version, since my step-daughter is here (for her birthday, which is today) from CA. Yay for fun!

  5. Thank you so much for sharing this blessing with us!

    Best thing about 2012? Friends and love and laughter.

  6. Samhain is such an adorable cat!