Monthly Archives: December 2013

Reverb13: Gratitude

(For the past three years, I’ve used Reverb10 prompts for every day of December. It’s a great way to reflect on the year and set goals for the future. I’m not the only one who has held on to a project from 2010. This year I signed up for prompts from Project Reverb.)

Gratitude. How did you show gratitude this year?

This year, as an expression of gratitude for having a circle, I planned a ritual all by myself for Hecate’s night. It’s on November 16th and it’s always been a special night for me personally – I wanted to share it with the people who had meant so much to me this past year, who had taken that night from a solitary celebration to a communal one. It just so happened that we had a full moon gathering planned and no one had spoken up for the responsibility of the planning. Normally two people do it together, but I felt strongly that this was my chance to make something on my own, for the group.

I had bought a special tarot deck of dark / crone goddesses from one of my favorite artists and set it aside for use on the 16th. I made little envelopes for making charms, and stamped them with pretty emblems. I brought bowls of herbs, and all kinds of fabulous stuff to decorate the room.

In the end, the night didn’t go according to plan, but it went well. Really well. I had wonderful help from our more experienced leaders, but at the start I made it clear that this was my offering, my way of saying thank you to the universe for my new circle. I think it surprised some people, and others were really touched and everyone was surprised at the effort I’d gone to.

It felt really good to do that. And I have to say, the whole thing was less about me than I had imagined. A few years ago, my ego might have gotten in the way. But this was a gift to the divine and my group, and so I think it was the humility and gratitude that made everything work so well. In the end I learned a great deal about creating ritual.

Hecate’s night will remain my special night, but I’d offer to do it again in a heartbeat for the group if they asked.

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Reverb13: Appreciate

(For the past three years, I’ve used Reverb10 prompts for every day of December. It’s a great way to reflect on the year and set goals for the future. I’ve kept my favorite prompts, added a few from other sources, and created my own month of questions.)

Appreciate. What’s the one thing you have come to appreciate most in the past year?

I am rich.

I didn’t win the lottery. I don’t own five cars. But this year I have tried to pay attention to how incredibly wealthy I am in comparison to the rest of the world. I have a home. I have more than one bathroom. I have options and choices that other people, and especially women, don’t have.

I am ashamed to say that this has not made me get off my butt and do charity work. I have not donated gobs of money – the usual amount, but nothing more – and I have not lifted anyone out of poverty. But I try not to take it for granted. And deep down, something is stirring. All that … noticing … has started to have an impact. I don’t know what that impact is, but by this time next year I might have a clue.


Reverb13: Wear It Out

(For the past three years, I’ve used Reverb10 prompts for every day of December. It’s a great way to reflect on the year and set goals for the future. I’m not the only one who has held on to a project from 2010. This year I signed up for prompts from Project Reverb.)

Wear It Out. What piece of clothing did you wear again and again all through out the year?

I bought a ‘cozy’ this year, on a whim. It’s this huge sweater with long flaps for the cardigan front, designed by Donna Karan to be a thing you can wear about 12 different ways. I only wear it a couple ways, but I love it. It’s the perfect thing to wear the morning after a late night at class. It’s so comfy it feels like a robe. It’s also the perfect thing to wear on a plane, it’s a sweater and a scarf in one. I was sure it was going to be a purchase I regretted, as it was expensive, but I’d buy another one in a heartbeat.