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Samhain - The Witches' New Year

As mentioned in yesterday's blog, Samhain is also known as The Witches' New Year. This is a great time to look back over the last 12 months and assess all things.If you're a business owner, you probably do this already with your business. You can take that same practice into your personal life. Here are some tips to get you started.

I love notebooks so I always have a few hanging around waiting to be filled. I find writing out what I am ready to release and what I would like to bring into my life to be more effective than typing it on my MacBook but, if typing is the only way you'll do this, open up your favorite way to take notes and let's get to it.

Here's what we're focusing on, details for each point are below.

  1. Start by looking back on the past 12 months - write it all down

  2. Celebrate your wins

  3. Take stock of what stayed the same

  4. Identify what didn't serve you

  5. Determine what you want for the next 12 months

You want start by looking back on the last 12 months. This is a not a place for judgement, so try to avoid the "should haves, could haves, and would haves." We're just interested in how the year went. Write it all down. Where did you grow? What has changed? How does life look different than it did last October? How is it the same?

If you haven't been in the habit of tracking what you're working on, this may be a herculean effort trying to remember everything, it's okay, whatever comes to you is perfect. Don't stress yourself out, this is a kind practice.

We're going to celebrate those wins. Read over the things you feel good about, allow that feeling to sink in. Really feel it. Draw circles or hearts around these items, highlight them in a fun color, do something that makes them stand out. I wrote a blog last month about celebrating wins, if you need some help figuring out just how to celebrate, you can check it out here.

What stayed the same? Very often we're made to feel that if we aren't constantly changing in all ways, we're not progressing, not successful...etc. but, that's not always true. Sometimes, maintaining something is a HUGE win, or is exactly what we needed in order to grow in other ways. Take a look at those things and appreciate them for what they brought to or allowed into your life as well.

What didn't serve you? Where can you see that something held you back? Where did you experience resistance? Just like with the exercise of getting it all out, this is not a space for judgement. Guilt rarely propels anyone to make a shift, feel the feelings you're having around each thing you've identified with the intention to release it. Remember the burning ritual I talked about in my first Samhain blog? These items are great options for that practice. You may also wish to use the Violet Flame meditation to release.

Where do you want to go, who do you want to be in the next 12 months? Take some time to journal on this. Coupling what you've learned about yourself with what you would like to see/bring into your life going forward will give you a powerful plan to move forward. Do you already have a process to inspire your actions going forward? A vision board? Journaling? Meditation? A combo of things?

How do you get ready for the New Year? Did this practice resonate with you? Tell me in the comments!


Just want to share some more info about my upcoming Samhain Healing Circle at 8pm ET on Sunday, 10/30. I'll be pulling a card for each attendee for the upcoming year, we'll do a powerful visualization followed by the Violet Flame meditation, ending with distance Angelic Reiki. There will, of course, be time for questions and to chat about what comes up (for those who want to share.) Healing Circles are always on Zoom. I'd love to see you there, you can sign up here.

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