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Happy New Year!

Take out, then take in
Bad luck will begin.
Take in, then take out
Good luck comes about.

As the most wonderful Priestess of Time , Waverly FitzGerald tells us, “Everything you do on this day has magical implications for the coming year. So don’t take anything out (not even the trash), and don’t lend money or pay bills. If you must carry something out, be sure to bring something else in first, preferably a coin concealed outside the previous night.”

Beware of sweeping the floors, lest you sweep away all your good fortune. And, as Waverly notes, “Because whatever you do on this day will be repeated throughout the year, I like to make New Year’s Day an ideal day, and do a little of all the things I most want to enjoy in the coming year.”

Here in North Carolina, I’ll be fixin’ up a mess of greens and Hoppin’ John, made with lucky black-eyed peas and rice. While I plan to do a little bit of work, like posting this on my website, that is all! That’s because it is good luck to do a little bit of work on the first day of the year, as long as you enjoy and are successful at whatever it is. But more than a token amount of work today is very unlucky.

Also, I will not be doing any laundry today, lest someone I love be ‘washed away’ (die) in the upcoming months. The more cautious warn against even washing dishes, which is just fine with me. Naturally, I will wear something new, to ensure that new clothes will be coming my way in the new year, and, just like my mama taught me, I will be speaking only sweet words.

This year brings us into the Tarot Year of the Wheel of Fortune, which I will be writing more about soon. But for now, I would ask that you spend some time today sending out your prayers and energy that this might be a pivotal year of positive change.

May we retreat swiftly and easily from the dangerous “tipping point” of ecological catastrophe, and may we make choices that bring peace and justice to all of our human family.

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  • January 2, 2008, 7:18 am Anonymous


    Here’s to you and Owl’s Wings. Have a Happy New Year and thanks so much for the magic you do each day on this website/blog.


  • January 2, 2008, 9:18 am Beth Owl's Daughter

    Thanks, love! It means a lot to read this from you.

    Blessings to you, too!

  • January 2, 2008, 10:27 am Autumn

    Oh my goodness, I wish I had read this post a bit sooner. I not only did laundry but dishes..Yikes. I love learning all the superstitions..Thanks for posting them, next year I will remember…
    Happy New Year to you.

  • January 3, 2008, 9:39 am Copper Asetemhat Stewart

    We anoint the door with raw wool dipped in olive oil, a Roman custom–the small piece of wool hangs by the door through the year.

    We also eat–it’s become traditional for us to have a guest and to serve fish, black-eyed peas, cabbage, carrot coins and champagne.

    But we DO sweep here–at midnight doors and windows are opened, pots and pans banged, rugs shaken out and floors swept with magical broom. Sweeping OUT the old year is traditional in many places.

    Reminds me of a “magical” conversation I overhead in the grocery store the other day between someone whose luck tradition required taking the tree down BEFORE Jan. 1, and another whose required taking it down only on Jan. 1. (When we have a tree, our custom is to keep it until Jan. 1).

    I love New Year’s, which gets more attention in our house than half the sabbats do…