First, can I just start with how excited I am to finally have my own website! I have been building this all week and while it isn’t completely finished, I think it’s good enough to go live for now while I finish building some of the smaller components.
I decided to build a whole blog/website because I get asked a log of questions and I don’t feel like I can ever cover enough ground via Instagram. The platform has been great for sharing my photos but not really for sharing information. I hope that this avenue will allow more information to find more people.
Every year, I have an end of the year/beginning the new year ritual. They vary slightly but key components stay the same. I always have 15 candles, flowers, tarot cards, and a paper to write down to goals/what I want to manifest in the new year. Please note, this is a manifestation ritual and not a spell.
The 15 Pillars of Candle Manifestation
Why 15 candles? Its oddly specific, but its for a reason: 12 candles for each month of the new year + 2 taper candles (one to symbolize the year you are in and one to symbolize the year you are moving into or just came out of) + 1 white candle to release any baggage hanging on from the old year = 15 candles. The colors are not important except for the white candle to symbolize purification from past energy and clarity coming into the new year.
As for flowers, I always have 24 roses on my New Years altar. One for each month of the year we move out of and one for each month of the year ahead. I personally use roses because they are easy for me to come by, but it really doesn’t matter what type of flower you use. What will matter though, is keeping these flowers. After my new years ritual I keep the flowers on my altar for a few days and then hang them up to dry. I use these flowers in every spell and ritual I do throughout the year to add my original manifestations to whatever I am building on top of them.
How to Manifest your New YOU for the New Year
You should have 12 papers, one for each month. As a side note, you should also have something to write on these with. This is a key part of the ritual so it is very important to take your time on this. This is not a petition to a god or a prayer for them to do something for you. This manifestation is about doing these things for yourself. On each of the papers, write down one word, phrase, sentence, or sigil that represents the specific thing you want to manifest. Visualize yourself living and receiving what you are asking for. This is KEY. You MUST believe these things can be yours.
For example, if you wanted to manifest love, you may see yourself on a date. You may also see yourself falling back in love with your partner, or even see YOU choosing to put your well-being above self harm. Visualize yourself in this new space. How does it feel? What are you doing and how can you keep it? This is the biggest and most important part of this ritual so take your time and don’t feel rushed.
When the time comes and you have written and visualized your new life, burn the paper. As it burns, visualize letting go of the past ways and welcoming the new ones into your life. You need to believe these things will be yours for this to work. Any doubt and you will sabotage yourself from manifesting these thigns.
A Year Ahead in Tarot
The very last thing you will do in this ritual will be the year ahead reading. Tarot cards will be used to do a year ahead spread. This MUST come after your manifestation ritual because it will be used to guide you through them. For each month draw a card. These cards dont predict what WILL happen, they are a guide to help you avoid things or go with them to stay on the path to fulfilling your desires.
Ready to see how its done?
This year I used all red candles, but again do what you are called to do. You could use birthday candles or taper candles, it really doesn’t matter as long as your intention is there. This year I did set a salt/alcohol fire in my cauldron that was used to burn the bay leaves. I used bay leaves for my manifestations instead of paper to give it a little extra boost.
For those of you wondering, I do not cast circles or anything like that. It gets in the way of what I do and I also genuinely feel fake when I try to do them. I work in front of me, in front of a window and call upon my ancestors to help guide me through the new year.
At the end of the day, this is how *I* preform this manifestation ritual. Yours could look so different and that’s ok. This is just a template for you to see that witchcraft is all different and it really does embody the person preforming it. Don’t try and copy everyone else, forge your own path. Have a great new year y’all!
Temperance Alden is an Occultist, Folk Witch, and Author of Year of the Witch (2020). She is based out of South Florida.