And so to our new year’s resolutions.
I wonder what you’re all planning – you readers out there in your different corners of the world. What hopes and dreams you have for 2016, what you wish to release this year, what you want to welcome in to your life. I hope you’ll share in the comments below.
Me? The truth is, much as I love nothing more than a good old new year’s resolution, this year I haven’t taken the time to really think about what specifically I want to create from this year. At Christmas Narney – my grandma – told me that she never makes resolutions, but makes an ambitious to-do list. For her it’s not about changing herself, but about what she wants to achieve. And then she goes and does them! It wouldn’t be hard for me to make a list like that: learn Spanish, the accordion, herbalism. Finish the boat and sell it. Find a place to put down roots. Write and launch a second tarot course.
In reality, those things will happen if they happen. To-do lists work for me in terms of minutiae – weekly admin, favours promised, bits and bobs. The bigger stuff…it just happens when the time is right.
Em and I lay in bed the other night, talking, winding ourselves up and getting really excited about just how damn open life feels right now. She’s off down to Dorset next week, finishing up the final two months of a carpentry apprenticeship. After that, there are so many options, offers of work, places to go and projects to work on. There seems to be a sudden influx of opportunities around us at the moment in terms of where we could live, what we could do. Manchester has been fun, but we both know deep down that city life isn’t right for either of us. Who knows what 2016 will bring?
Reflecting on 2015, I see a year in which I achieved a lot, but haven’t felt brilliant. So many great things happened – especially here, within Little Red Tarot. It’s been exciting, but at the same time I’ve found myself becoming disconnected from my world – as I’ve written plenty before, I’m yearning to get away from the computer and out into the dirt.
To that end, as I wrote earlier, I’m off to the Isle of Skye, Scotland.
Just the one, for now: To live the life I want to live.
I don’t have an action plan – no steps to accomplishing this goal. This one is purely led by intuition. I know when I’m living the life I want to live, and I know when I’m not. 2015 felt like a year when I didn’t listen enough to that guiding voice, and this year I am resolved to hear it and work with it and let it guide me.
My tarot reading from new year’s eve, with cards from Dori Midnight’s Dirty Tarot:
Batter, Road Trip, Lucky Penny. Sounds good to me.
And here’s the collage I made last new moon, for the moon, for solstice, for new year, for me:
Over to you!
What’s your new year’s resolution, if you made one at all? What are your hopes for this year?
Note: For one week, I offered mini tarot readings for commenters on this post. This has now ended – though you are very welcome to continue sharing your resolutions and reflections! Big big thanks to everyone who helped make this an inspiring and encouraging open thread.
I’m a 30-something writer, artist, tarot reader, and perpetual explorer of the space between thought, feeling, and action.
I believe that spirituality and ritual are for everybody. I’m about the journey, in all of its messy, non-linear, chaotic iterations. I am excited by anticapitalist business and living with my whole entire self present. I use tarot cards to bring forth hidden truth, and ritual to affirm my commitment, over and over, to my ever-shifting path.