(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.