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.