Lessons from 2018

As I begin embracing this new year, and this new number (2019! Wow! It's so hard to believe!), I find myself reflecting back on the previous year, and the lessons that I learned in those 12 powerful, magickal months. Even when I didn't achieve my goals exactly how I envisioned I still made some huge strides, and I thought I might reminisce about what some of those lessons were.

During the first 2-3 months or so of 2018, my area of the world experienced a higher than usual snowfall, and it meant that I ended up spending a lot of time inside with my kids, as schools were sometimes closed due to bad road conditions and ice. I discovered some of the ways that my kids could really set each other off, but I also was able to appreciate the love they have for each other, and how sweet they could really be. It was a trying some days, but also really rewarding. I vowed as I watched my kids get along to try to make opportunities for more moments like that, and to weather the tiffs and fights they got into with more patience.

In the spring I really felt the call of the goddess to get out into nature more, and embrace walks outside as part of my spiritual practice in a much bigger way. I started walking the dog more, going for bike rides, and trying to get back in shape a little bit. Unfortunately, by the end of the spring I found myself inexplicably exhausted, and without any real reasons as to why. At first I thought I was fighting a virus, but by the third week of barely being able to stay away during the day, I finally took myself into the doctor and discovered that I was severely anemic, and needed iron shots. I found I was going to have to spend the rest of my summer resting as much as I could, and recovering my iron levels and strength. By the time I went on vacation with my family towards the end of August I was nearly back to myself, but it was a long and difficult road to get there.

2018 was also the year I tried to branch out from just doing tarot and oracle card readings, and writing the occasional e-book. I tried my hand at making prayer beads and tarot-card themed incense blends. While the prayer beads have been received with a fair amount of enthusiasm, the incense blends were a bit of a flop. I'm glad I tried it though, and they were fun to make. They may be something I make again in the future, but for now, I'll leave the herb-blending to others. 

I did a lot, and I mean a lot of knitting this year too! Since Emelie has grown up a fair bit, I've been able to get back into making some things that took more concentration, commitment, and were more delicate or involved than a pair of socks. Here's a sampling of some of the things I made this year with my sticks and string.

But most of all, 2018 was about the people that I connected with. Friends of old and new were very important to me, and the time that I spent with all of them touched me in many ways this year. It's also the year of new life, as my cousin welcomed a baby boy into this world who is so positively sweet and adorable that it's almost impossible to express!

Thank you to everyone who went along for the ride with me this year, I am so grateful to have had all of you join me in such wonderful, memorable times! I learned so many things, but most of all, I learned the value and wonder of family and friends, and it's something I will never forget!

Best of luck in 2019 to all of you,
Jess, Stellar Tarot 


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