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2018 – The Best Year Ever!

January 9, 2018

New Year’s Day is well known as the time that people make resolutions about how they will change or what they will change in the coming year. Did you know the practice of making new year’s resolutions dates back 4,000 years to the ancient Babylon? That early civilization celebrated a 12-day festival called Akitu, which was held in mid-March, their new year. Babylonians made promises to the gods to pay their debts and return objects they had borrowed.

Most people who make New Year’s resolutions drop them almost immediately. It takes at least 21 days to change a habit (some people say up to 500 days!), and for a lot of people, that’s just too hard to maintain. At least the Babylonians had promised the gods, which might have caused them to take their resolutions a little more seriously.

New Year’s resolutions fit in well with Hands of Change’s theme for 2018: Manifesting Our Destinies. As a group, Hands of Change members have been working since Samhain (our new year) on making our dreams, wishes and desires a reality. We’ve been meeting monthly as a coven and using the book Eby Pam Grout as our primer to work on our magickal skills and to create our own reality. The book is a compilation of energy exercises that prove we create what we believe.

This week, at our business meeting, coven members unanimously decided to bring what we’ve been learning to our community at large, both in terms of manifesting our dreams and also by encouraging people to share their gifts and talents with each other. Sometimes we don’t even realize what our Path is, but as we move along it, others See us and Know what we were meant to do here on our beloved Earth. By working together in community on manifesting our destinies, we can support and encourage each other to be, do, and have all that we were always meant to.

I hear so many people not wanting to “jinx” themselves by saying what they want. Not “daring to hope” for the best outcome – thinking they don’t deserve happiness, love, money, you name it. The Universe is an abundant and strangely accommodating place, so sayeth Pam Grout. I say, let us all shout to the heavens and dare to be all we’ve always wanted to be. And so we will!


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