Samhain…Celtic New Year

A good friend and I were talking today about Samhain (Halloween) and how neither of us was aware of it being the beginning of the Celtic new year until we were both into adulthood. It isn’t surprising that neither of us were aware of this fact being that neither of us were raised in the British Isles where more awareness of Celtic history and tradition is present, nor were we raised in Pagan households. Interestingly enough, both of us have always found our minds tended to go more towards goal setting and planning at this time of year than in January when the new year is typically celebrated.

Now strictly speaking for myself, I find it fortunate that I found myself identifying way more with pagan thoughts and beliefs and with my Celtic roots of the British Isles more than my American Christian (if that’s what you want to call it) background. Even more interesting to me is that another part of my heritage comes from northern Italy, as well as the Czech Republic which I wasn’t aware also have/had a large Celtic influence. So, it really comes as no surprise to me then to find myself identifying so easily with Celtic traditions.

For the past several years I’ve been doing my major goal setting for the upcoming year on October 31 instead of January 1 because it comes more naturally to me. I finally sat down this afternoon and made my list for this upcoming year and thought that I’d share it with you. I’m sure that there will be additions and revisions as the year goes by, but these are my priorities for the time being.

I’ll start with my personal goals:

  • Finish my first blanket (it’s 2/3 of the way done now)
  • Make several knit bags and scarves and offer them for sale
  • Write one post a week for this blog
  • Get the Pull Up A Toadstool weebly site up and running
  • Do more sketching and painting
  • More art journaling
  • Keep walking, doing tai chi, and yoga
  • Start spending time at the library researching and making notes for future projects
  • Get more active with writing short stories and poetry

And for the Sisters In The Shadows project:

  • Focus on Shadow Work
  • Write articles and produce workshops both in printed form and video
  • Work on a series of tree portraits (yes that’s what we’re calling them)
  • Create artwork and poetry specifically related to Shadow Work

Sound ambitious? It does to me too, but all of the above listed work and ideas are very important to me both personally and for my future. I look forward to sharing all of this with you and hope that some of you will join my friend TabithaΒ and I for the Sisters In The Shadows project. We have a lot of work to do and content to produce to get it ready. There’s already a little bit up on all of the sites and I’m sure that we’ll add more before January, which is when we desire to have it completely in full swing.

I wish all of you a very healthy, joyous, and prosperous year to come!

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