It's that time again, time to embrace another new year...
Back at Samhain, we who walk The Wheel Of The Year first
began moving into the Shadow, something I like to refer to as The
Sacred Dark. The Sacred Dark is the place where mystery and magick reside, and it's an
integral part of the spiral dance in getting to know Who you truly are.
Sacred Dark is a time for letting go and cleansing all that no longer
serves as you move forward. It's a time for reflecting on what has
passed and for gathering the magickal gems of wisdom you have learned
along the way in order to help better embrace what is to come and what
you would like to see manifest in the new year.
Moving forward now, post-solstice, we begin again to move into the light...
At this point on The Wheel, you may have
already chosen your power words, created a vision board, chosen a Tarot
card for the new year ahead in addition to finding the right planner to
track all your goal setting. Whether you have done any or all of these, I
invite you now to also consider creating an altar of intention in order to
ground and tie it all together.
In my FREE ebook, Creating a Kitchen Altar, I describe how an altar is a sacred vessel. It's the
heart and soul of your hearth and home.
Creating a fresh vibrant altar now and one that is charged with intention is a deeply magickal practice that will not only set the tone for the year ahead but also keep your heart's desire front and center as the days move along...
★ 3 Reasons For Creating An Intentional Altar For The New Year :
intentional altar is a physical representation of your goals and
desires. It adds a visual element to any power words or core desired
feelings you may be working with in the year ahead and gives an
energetic voice to your thoughts and feelings.
2. Having an altar is
like having your very own world within a world, a place where you can
go to whenever you feel depleted or tired and need to ground. It is a
sacred place where you can connect to the Divine, a place to offer
gratitude, prayers and offerings or to just sit and meditate.
an altar adds beauty to your hearth and home. It lifts the vibrational
energy, adds color and scent and brings the natural world indoors.
case you'd like an example for how to bring your own altar to life with
intention this new year, here is a glimpse into my own personal
My theme for 2017 comes from three Power Words : Nourish. Receive. Entrepreneur.
And- here is how I might build a physical representation of this theme, adding elements to my altar that represent each word and the
feelings or emotions I want to create...
- Entrepreneur : My focal point might be a Goddess that I resonate with and that I feel connects with this word.
me, Goddess Lakshmi perfectly represents the kind of entrepreneur I
intend to be. She also represents the word “receive”, as in receiving
abundance, prosperity, money, etc.
crystals and stones such as citrine, clear quartz, peridot and jade would make a nice touch here too, as they are
wonderful for attracting prosperity.
- Nourish :
Once I've got my Goddess in place as a focal point for the kind of
entrepreneur I intend to be, it's time to add elements that reflect
how I will in turn nourish myself in the year ahead.
I could do that by adding a bowl of epsom or mineral salts to affirm the importance of scheduling “me” time.
would also include my pink Rhodochrosite mala beads as a prompt to sit,
reflect and connect to my Higher Self, the Goddess, my own heart.
- Receive : To express this word in a physical way I might place a picture of myself near my focal point- the Goddess.
note : for more years than I care to admit, I was not able to receive
even a compliment without questioning or pushing it aside.)
my picture next to the Goddess represents my willingness to receive the
Goddess’ love, the love of my family, friends, children and husband
In order to receive I must also give, so
scattered throughout my altar would be various coins from my piggy bank, as well as a written check to my favorite charitable cause.
grow in my entrepreneurship, nourish my body, mind and soul and open my
hand and heart to receive all the blessings and lessons that are given
to me, I can then better serve others and give more to what matters most
I am able to fill my cup to overflowing.
Set up an altar that will move and flow with you as you move and flow.
As the new year draws near, think about how you want to move in time with the rhythms of Nature and the turning of The Wheel, contemplate your intentions, tap into the creative voice of Nature and see what she has to tell you...
an intentional altar is giving a voice to your innermost desires
because it comes from a very deep, sacred part of your soul.
May you find peace in the new year ahead, may your soul be fulfilled and your intentions unfold in the most magickal way...
-Jennifer Seitzer, Confessions Of A Kitchen Witch
Do you ever feel like there's a gigantic gap between the way you're living now and the life of your dreams? Do you sometimes wish you could wave a magick wand and all of your problems would just disappear so that you could finally step into the kickass life you know you were meant to lead? I can't promise you that transformation is as easy as waving a magick wand, but I do have quite a few tricks up my sleeve and am more than happy to share them with you here. So, chin up, Gorgeous, stick around and, most importantly... BELIEVE!