A Candle Spell to Ring in the New Year

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I like to take the first few days of the New Year to think about the year ahead with goals for myself and wishes for my family. A wealth of tradition helps to usher in the new year, a time for new beginnings, and is an opportunity to ensure one’s luck for the year to come.

I came across this whimsical yet poignant so-called “candle spell”, which I felt captured what I wanted to focus on in these first days of January, 2014:

As I light this candle,
I bid the Old Year farewell,
With gratitude for milestones passed,
And memories cherished.
And I welcome the New Year in
With love and warmth and blessings.
That the quality of this new year be assured,
I now dedicate a moment to visioning
Some ways to make this year
A year of excellence,
A year of fortune.

Pause for a moment to envision the kind of year that you want to have and the kind of person that you want to be. Enhance these visualizations by imagining your objectives charged with energy and bathed in glowing light. Then continue:

And thus do my wishes for the year
take on their own life and purpose.
So does the year itself
take on a glowing life and power;
A bright year, a bold year,
a golden year, a year of magic!
So may this year bring luck,
and peace, and prosperity
to one and all.

You can allow the candle to burn continuously, or relight it every morning to reactivate the magic of your celebration. Whether the candle takes a few days or a few months to burn down, you can be satisfied that its flames will radiate your blessings to last the twelve months out. Kind of a sweet idea, right?

How are you starting off your New Year?

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