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Heartwings Love Notes 861 - Heartwings Love Notes 861 New Beginnings

Heartwings says, "A New Year means a new beginning for all."

Whether or not you make New Year resolutions, there is still a new year to be enjoyed. Remember when we were kids and as we left for school vacation we always said "See you next year?" Even when we were young there was something special about the change of the date from one year to the next. In days long ago when most people still believed in magic, there were a number of what is now called superstitions and they called rituals, connected with the celebration.

Many of them related to whom a person might marry in the next year. Marriage was on the minds of most young women who weren't as yet married. Today there are so many more options for young women to explore. In those days too There were rituals to be performed that had to do with generating good health and good fortune. As well, there were many for foretelling the future. As a young child I remember my parents melting lead in a ladle over a fire in the fireplace. The ladle was then tipped into a cup of cold water. The shape that was thus formed would be interpreted to foretell the future for the year to come.

At the new year today it may be more appropriate to make plans rather than resolutions or predictions. Toward that end I remind myself that the name January is derived from the Roman god Janus. He is an interesting figure with two faces. One looks forward and the other backward. He's sometimes known as the gate keeper or guardian of the doorways. The new year is a kind of doorway, I pass through to what, as yet I do not know. What better time to think about what I would like to accomplish than the beginning of a brand new year?

It is said that mistakes are helpful because they are how we learn how not to do things. Providing we do learn, of course. Often it may take a few of them to hammer home the lessons we need to learn. There is also a saying that those who do not remember past mistakes are doomed to repeat them. Glancing backward as we begin to move forward seems to be a good idea. That way I can be observant of where I'm going, and as well I'll be less likely to repeat any errors of the past.

May you go forward into the new year with confidence and optimism.

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Tasha Halpert
 

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