“Dread Lord of death and Resurrection life and the giver of life, Lord within ourselves, whose name is Mystery of Mysteries, encourage our hearts. Let the light crystallize in our blood, fulfilling us of resurrection, for there is no part of us that is not of the Gods.”
—-The Book of Shadows (1949), Gerald Gardner
Getting all your ducks in a row should be the order of this day if you want to bring in all the fortune and luck this New Year can hold. And if you lived in Southeast Asia you’d be literally doing that exact thing right now. One of the New Year’s traditions indigenous to those people is to garner a great deal of fortune, luck and opportunity by releasing a bird or even a turtle on New Year’s Day. However, if your menagerie is strictly glass, then you might want to take a gander at other ways to bring the fortune and the luck. The Japanese hang a straw rope in front of their homes to invite health, happiness and prosperity to live with them during the coming New Year, and to help keep evil and negativity at bay. The Japanese also believe that the very first thing everyone should do the moment the New Year begins (even before kissing your date) is to laugh. This guarantees that worry won’t hang around your house for the whole of the upcoming year, and that good humor, good luck and plenty of happy opportunity will bless you and yours. I guess the laugh is on them. And then, apparently, so is the luck. Try to get a giggle going as the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve and then see if the next year doesn’t bring you tons to smile about. Go ahead and let those same wishes sprout wings and fly!
By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com
PRAYER TO LILITH
Hail to Lilith, Lady of the night!
Your long hair flows outward,
Melding into the shadows
And your black eyes are ancient,
Deep with magic and secrets.
You are powerful and free,
No other being is your master.
You fly upon the wings of night,
And the owl carries your messages.
Since beginning times, you were there.
No man can tame you,
For why should you be tamed?
To be your own ruler is your nature.
The weak ones of mankind
Were afraid of you and called you Evil
Every inner demon
And dark shadow in the night
Has been ascribed to you, Goddess.
But your power and wild beauty
Teach me to be unafraid,
To feel power singing in my veins.
Help me to face and balance
The shadows in my nature,
And to be proud of my sexuality.
Protect me from the shadows
And the darkness that would harm me,
And help me to understand
The shadows that will not.
I thank you, Dark Lady.
Beth Clare Johnson