Reading and Re-reading: The Thunderhorse

The Thunderhorse

It has actually been a very long time since I’ve read this myth and as I was looking at the ones I still have to write about, I kept coming back to this one because I just couldn’t remember it!

The Thunderhorse is a short myth about the Dierne–the Boy Before Stars–and the Thunderhorse, “made from lightning and thunder and the rich earth of the Orchard. Each fall of his hooves sounded like the sky splitting open and the ground crackled and split beneath him”.

While out riding the Thunderhorse past the forest of aspens next to the West, the Boy became captivated by the spirit of the forest and after being bucked from the horse, he followed it deep into the woods.

Where he wakes, after some unknown amount of time–a day or a decade–has passed, with the aspen spirit digging its fingers into him and feeding off of his blood. But when it seemed as though he would be trapped there until he died, the Thunderhorse thundered into the forest, rescued the boy, and returned to the West.

And this, boys, is why you don’t go wandering into the aspen forestsĀ alone.

I see this being, generally, a cautionary tale on nature–literally, don’t go wandering into the woods/a forest/a mountain/any wilderness setting by yourself. Bad things can and will happen to you and you will have no one to help you. Which is really, really important–and something my parents have hammered into me during numerous camping and hiking trips. Don’t go off on your own.

This story also describes the relationship between the Dierne and the Thunderhorse. Most people have difficulty riding the Thunderhorse, but for the Dierne it is easy–ride well together and they like riding together. His negligence when he gets distracted by the spirit still causes him to get thrown from the horse, but the Thunderhorse is made from thunder and lightning and soil–and nature has its own whims.

Along with describing that relationship, we are also generally introduced to the Thunderhorse spirit. I don’t believe the Thunderhorse is featured heavily in our current mythology, but I think the horse is also in Ava at the Gate?

Horses are generally associated with travel into and out of the otherworlds, as an animal companion who can aid you as your spirit travels. Similar to this pattern, the Thunderhorse rescues the Boy from the Aspens and takes him out of a hostile situation and back to the relative safety of the West.


It’s been forever since I’ve done a myth post! I guess time has gotten away from me, because it’s always in the back of my mind but I usually tell myself I’ll do it tomorrow, or on the weekend, or when the quarter is done…but that hasn’t worked out very well. Fortunately, I’m finding myself with more free time since I embraced organization and planning this year; my classes are also not requiring as much work and I’ve been better about doing what I need to do.

So with this free time, I have found myself wanting to finish up this series of posts on the Otherfaith mythology. I still have quite a few myths, and most of them are the ones that will be more difficult for me to interpret, but it’s not supposed to be easy. I am going to try to get back to weekly-ish updates for the myths.

I’ve got some new pagan books on the way and I would love to do reading & re-reading posts on them, so that’s part of the motivation for finishing the Otherfaith posts, but I’ve also been doing this series forever and I really need to finish it! I might work on them at the same time, but my priority will be finishing the Otherfaith myths.

Hope everyone has been well! I can’t believe it’s almost spring? And that it’s raining heavily in California at the moment? We’ve got storms for the whole week so that’s awesome.

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False Spring [2016]

In my personal practices, I don’t really call any of the Wheel of the Year holidays by their typical names, except for Samhain and Yule. But I pretty much celebrate a holiday at the same time as the Wheel of the Year holidays–just a more localized version focused on what is actually happening in our seasonal cycle.

So Imbolc for me is False Spring, the time at the end of January & beginning of February when the weather warms up before returning to cooler temperatures and (hopefully) rainy weather for a few months. All the flowers come up, trees start to grow their leaves back (if they dropped leaves over winter), the birds go wild for a week, and it’s just all kinds of fun warm weather.

False Spring for me is a mix of things. It’s a little bit of a celebration–the warm, sunny weather is really nice in the middle of winter. It makes me eager for spring, and I always start to prep my garden beds around this time of year, and work on my garden plan. But it’s also the time when I pray for weather to be regular, or at least the regular that we are used to in California. I pray for rain and storms. Just a regular year of rain would be amazing–and so far, this year has been great. It’s rained a lot during January, I think almost at normal levels.

Water in California is so complex. We’ve created a huge agricultural system in the Central Valley that requires a lot of water, but drought weather in California is just as normal as rainy weather. There’s a lot of evidence that California has had droughts that lasted for over a hundred years (we talked extensively about this in my Climate Change class, it was really interesting) and that drought weather is normal and the “average” weather we’ve been recording in California for 150-ish years is actually atypical.

There are a lot of people in California, and a lot of wasteful people in California. Los Angeles pumps in water from all over the fucking place to sustain their huge overpopulation, but up in Northern California we waste a lot of water too. I’m tired of people bitching about not watering their lawns. I’m tired of driving around my city at night and seeing them water the lawns in the parks multiple times a week. I’m also tired of water bottle companies bottling water in California–please leave my state and never come back.

But anyways, my ranting about the drought is slightly off topic. At Imbolc, during False Spring, I pray to the Goddess and God and the spirits of the earth that I live on that we will have rain. I pray for the health and success of my garden. Sometimes I bless my seeds during this ritual, but usually not. If not now, then I do it at the Vernal Equinox–the start of spring. That’s also typically when I plant my garden, depending on the weather.

I take this time of year as a time to prep for the rest of the year and consider where I’m at, and where I want to go. False Spring is winter, but it brings the very first stirrings on spring and the anticipation of summer, and for me it’s a time of beginnings, fresh starts, etc. I’ve settled into my school/work schedule for this quarter, and while graduation is looming over me–it’s still far away.

This isn’t really a holiday for me so much as a seasonal observation. I usually do a very simple little ritual–not much more than some meditation, an offering, and praying to my gods. But really, that’s the core of most of my rituals and anything else is just for added effect. I don’t like to celebrate this time of year because it could 100% stop raining and continue to be like this until summer starts. But I like to acknowledge it and take the time to pray for the weather that we need to sustain ourselves in California.

What are you guys up to this time of year?

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Adventures in Crafting: Shampoo!!!

Last week I made my own shampoo for the first time and I’ve been using it since then. This is something I’ve been wanting to try for a long time and I’m happy with the results so far so I thought I’d blog a little bit about it! Here’s the basic ingredients I used:

  • castille soap–I used Dr. Bronner’s lavender-hemp liquid castille soap because that’s what I happened to have (it’s great for traveling because you can use it as shampoo and soap and you can shave with it and you can wash your clothes with it!)
  • water infused with soapnuts–soapnuts smell disgusting as they simmer in the water, just so everyone knows. Like, disgusting.
  • peppermint essential oil–vital for covering up that disgusting smell from the soapnuts, also good for your hair (not too much, though)
  • jojoba oil–my new favorite thing. You can literally just put this on your skin and it feels amazing, and it’s good for your hair. Not too much of this either.

You pretty much just mix these things all together and put in a bottle! I made about 8 ounces (1 cup-ish) because I wasn’t sure how long it would keep or if I would even like it. Also, my recipe was a combination of the little recipe in this blog post (which, no, I am not experiencing hair loss, I’m just trying to take better care of my hair) and the shampoo recipe in Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health.

Anyways, here’s my thoughts:

  • 8 oz of this shampoo lasted my parents and I one week so that’s a good amount. It only takes about a half hour total to make this shampoo (and that’s mostly to infuse the soapnuts. The rest is just mixing & pouring) so I don’t mind making it once a week or so.
  • The first day I used it, it made my hair feel super delicious and amazing.
  • Since then, my hair has gotten oilier (I haven’t been using conditioner with it) but I think that’s a natural reaction to using a gentler shampoo.
  • My hair has so much body and volume though. Like, it’s all over the place. I love it.
  • I need to experiment with length of time between shampooing because I wash my hair a lot but that may be making it more oily? Tomorrow when I shower I’ll just scrub out my scalp and see how it feels.
  • I will probably also try with different essential oils in it, though they are a little bit expensive so I don’t want to buy a whole bunch of them.
  • If oiliness persists even with an altered shampoo schedule, I may alternate between homemade shampoo and store-bought.
  • My preferred store-bought shampoo is Yes-to-Carrots, it made my hair feel really nice and healthy again. I like Burt’s Bees but it’s heavier on my hair. I’d like to also try EO.
  • I would also like to try a vinegar rinse after shampooing (also from Rosemary Gladstar’s book, it may also help with the extra oiliness and is supposed to make your hair really shiny)
  • I’m also going to try to do a hot oil treatment on a somewhat-regular basis. Once a week might be too much, so maybe just every few weeks. I have coconut oil which I often just put on my hair after I shower, and I want to try the jojoba oil now that I have it.
  • But overall, my hair does feel really healthy and thick and nice. It’s got a lot of body and doesn’t look oily, but I can feel it when I touch my hair (I touch my hair all the time. It’s literally down to my butt and I need to keep it managed so I am always fussing with it.)
  • (literally, my hair reaches my butt. My last haircut was literally two and half years ago. I like long hair…though I probably am going to get it trimmed about 6 inches or so. My friend is getting married in October and she loved my hair long so I can’t cut it too much, but it’s getting a little difficult to manage)

So the shampoo is going to be an ongoing experiment and I’ll be posting periodic updates on it–new variations, what’s working and what isn’t, etc. Hair is really important to me and I am trying to be very conscious of what I put on my body–especially on my hair. I don’t use any styling products, I just wash & condition, brush it, and let it go crazy. People are always complimenting me on my hair so I guess I’m doing something right?

Anyone else ever tried making shampoo? If not, what are your favorite shampoo/conditioner brands or hair treatments?

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Earth-centered vs. the actual Earth

I am taking a class this quarter called Climate Change. It’s a challenging class, and while we haven’t gotten into the change part of climate change yet, we have learned a lot about climate in the first three weeks and it has gotten me thinking about Earth-centered paganism.

Sometimes people define all forms of paganism as being Earth-centered, but that is incorrect. While there is a large focus on the Earth, not all pagan religions are Earth-centered. And Earth-worship…seems to be lacking an important thing, in this day and age, and that thing would be an actual understanding of the Earth, local climate, seasonal shifts, etc.

I think science should very much be a part of paganism, especially paganism that focuses heavily on the Earth. Learning more about the actual reasons why seasonal shifts occur, why storms come in the winter in California, how and why the height of the sun in the sky shifts throughout the year, how winds work and how clouds are formed, etc, has made me sit back and reanalyze everything I have ever done as an ‘Earth-worshiping’ pagan. Because to be honest…what I was doing before really had nothing to do with things that were happening on the Earth. Or rather, they were based only on the very shallowest understanding of climate & seasonality.

I wasn’t ignorant of how seasons work. As the Earth orbits the sun, the Northern Hemisphere gets direct sun in our summer and it gets less direct sun in the winter, because the Southern Hemisphere is getting all the direct sun.

But then we learned in my class that pretty much our entire climate is driven by the fact that it is hot at the equator (direct sunlight) and cold at the poles (indirect sunlight), so at the equator the air rises up because it’s warm, and that rising air falls down eventually at the subtropical high (high pressure from falling air–clouds can’t form when air is sinking so these areas are deserts) and that pushes air out and then it comes up against the air being pushed out from the north poles at the subpolar low, which creates rising air, so clouds can form at that particular band of latitude.

That’s like, super fascinating. And as the Earth orbits the sun the location of these things shifts, and the differences in temperature & air pressure described above drive winds, along with the relative temperatures of the continents vs. the oceans, and because of all that California’s oceans are cold in the summer because the water is coming from up by Alaska and the reason our drought was so bad in the past 4 years was because the stormtrack was skipping over California so the storms were just literally following it up to Alaska so we got very little rain, but now it’s back where it needs to be for us to get rain, which is awesome.

And all of this information is 100% going to affect my symbolism during seasonal rituals because now not only do I know what our typical seasonal weather is (I’ve lived in CA for my entire life so I am familiar with all of our weird weather patterns), I actually understand why these things are happening and I am going to keep gaining a deeper understanding as this class progresses.

And so I think it’s really important that we start incorporating some actual science into paganism, because basing our seasonal celebrations (the Wheel of the Year mostly) on a weird mix of British festivals and festivals that never existed in history is outdated and inaccurate for pretty much everyone and brews a misunderstanding of the incredibly nuanced nature of the atmosphere and climate and the Earth and seasons. But we could be learning about these things and putting them into pagan books (and breaking them down because climate is very complex) and incorporating them into rituals and worldview and seasonal celebrations, and put a deeper understanding of the Earth into paganism.

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A Poem + Thoughts on Poetry

your fingers, long and cold
wrapping around my heart
it has not belonged to me
not ever my own.

blood on your hands,
smile on our faces.
our hearts together
in the crimson on the floor.

my heart, your fingers,
red like my dress,
your lips,
your eyes,
our everything.

my heart.

Poem by me. Vaguely divinely inspired; don’t ask me specifically what it’s about. It’s rough and needs more work but I like the roughness. I was getting Laethic feels while writing it, so I think there’s a story there, along with all the complicated emotions behind this poem.

I mentioned in my last post that I’ve been wanting to read more poetry and I feel like I was blessed by the poetry gods when I pulled Uyen Hua’s a/s/l off the shelf at the bookstore and decided to buy it. If you like weird poetry and pop culture-ish references then you really need to read it. It’s weird. It’s weird as fuck, and I love it. This book is my life right now.

Like, to be honest, I’m going to have to re-read this book a bunch of times before I finally start to understand what is being conveyed. I’m cool with that. This is my first reading (I still have a few poems to read before I’m done) and I’m having the fucking time of my life experiencing these poems for the first time. The fact that I don’t fully grasp them isn’t important.

But there will occasionally be a very lucid line that just like punches me in the face and I sit there and read it like 10 times and whisper it out loud to myself and write it down somewhere so I can ponder it more later and just kind of stare off into space wondering how a person managed to create a perfect sentence.

One of the lines that has really struck me and that I will probably be quoting forever is:

Your version of reality is still dependent on everything you hate.

[across the street, a sign] by Uyen Hua

Maybe you guys are just reading that and thinking that it’s a totally normal and non-effective sentence and that I’m some sort of weirdo (you probably already think that) for being obsessed with it. I don’t know why but I can’t get it out of my head.

And to be honest, after reading Uyen Hua’s poetry, I’m just thinking back to high school and the fact that all I got to read was Robert Frost, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, William Cullen Bryant, Ralph Waldo Emerson and probably other (white) Romantic poets that I don’t remember. And I mean, I like Frost and Whitman and Dickinson, but reading a modern poet would really do wonders in a high school classroom. I always wanted to like poetry but I was really bored by a lot of the old poets. We also read a little Audre Lorde and maybe some other African-American poets, so that was cool.

But that’s a little off topic. The other day, I also bought a little poetry book by Lucille Clifton, so I’m excited about that. I’ve got a list of poets that I want to check out but I didn’t have luck at Half Price Books so I’ll have to go to a different bookstore or buy their books online. The list is mostly women (aside from John Keats, whom I adore for multiple reasons, mostly because he was a character in the Hyperion series by Dan Simmons and I love those books) and maybe half of them are women of color? It’s a place to start, at least.

Also, apparently a/s/l is super expensive on amazon for some reason??? So if you ever see it in a bookstore you should buy it. It’s a tiny little book with maybe 30 poems in it but it is 100% worth it.

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Some thoughts on progress

It seems crazy to me that I’ve been pagan for almost 5 years. That’s like, a long time. That’s a little less than one quarter of my life (I’m 21). I can still see myself, at 16, copying stuff out of beginner Wicca books and imagining myself in 5 years as some super talented, educated witch & pagan who totally has her shit together and has some amazing beautiful practice.

Ha, yeah, 16 year old me was a dreamer. 21 year old me most definitely is not some super talented educated witch/pagan, and I totally do not have my shit together and I definitely do not have a super amazing practice.

But that’s not to say I haven’t made any progress.

I have learned so much during these first 5 years as a pagan and witch. I’ve been on pagan tumblr pretty much since I decided I wanted to be pagan and despite all the drama and weird shit that happens there, it was a major source of education for me. My first two years on pagan tumblr were probably the most helpful, education-wise. And unfortunately, because of various drama on that particular area of tumblr, the people who were super influential to me when I was a beginner have since deleted their blogs or stopped blogging publicly about witchcraft and paganism. I still think about them from time to time, and I’ve got bits and pieces of their wisdom in my grimoire and in my head and probably way back in the depths of my tumblr (I have an ungodly number of posts).

Probably the main thing I learned on tumblr, or rather unlearned, was the misinformation that pagan books are filled with. Fortunately, I was on tumblr pretty much from the start of my serious studies of witchcraft and paganism, though I did have some stuff in my head from when I first learned about them. Namely, “ancient goddess religion” and “unbroken lineage all the way back throughout matriarchal history” which I quickly learned were incorrect–half through people telling me, and half through common sense. But I unlearned all that crap that unfortunately fills beginner books, and I learned things that were correct about history and social issues and such things.

I think I’ve also moved past my ‘beginner’ phase into more of an ‘intermediate’ phase of witchcraft and paganism. Which isn’t to say I’m some really awesome witch who does all kinds of spells–I really don’t do very many. But it’s more the mindset that makes a person a beginner, as well as the practical knowledge. I’ve accumulated a decent amount of knowledge of witchcraft during the past few years (still have a huuuuge amount to learn, you never stop learning) but it’s enough that I wouldn’t say I’m a beginner.

As for the mindset, I’ve gotten over the need for everything to be perfect. I don’t have a problem crossing things out in my grimoire and making edits and writing all over it. I think I’ve come to a good place mentally in my craft, where I really feel like I’m ready to start a more meaningful practice without second-guessing myself or wondering if I’m doing it correctly (which I’m sure I’ll still do occasionally but not every time I do a spell). Maybe it would be better to say that I’m right at the very end of being a beginner, and ready to move into intermediate levels of witchcraft. Which is a different things for everyone, of course. I can’t even say for sure what it means for me. It’s just a feeling.

I have also (somehow) read a decent number of books on paganism and witchcraft! Not as many as I would have liked to have read, but it was no small amount either. Quite a few are in the 101 area, of course, but I still find them helpful and it’s always inspirational to re-read Scott Cunningham. And I feel like I’m in a place where I don’t really need how-to books anymore; I’m more interested in books that either are:

  • historically important for witchcraft & paganism
    • so books by authors like Dion Fortune, Gerald Gardner, the Farrars, the Andersons, etc. I’ve read some Starhawk and Valiente, but I think it’s very important to understand the history of a tradition
  • focused on herbalism
    • magical, medical, cosmetics, etc. I have quite a few but I always want more.
  • collections of poetry
    • I find poetry to be really inspiring. I don’t read a lot of poetry but I do have a few poets who I really love, and I like to use it for devotional purposes or for spells or even just read during ritual.
    • though I am interested in reading poetry that is more focused on religion, too. Like Victor Anderson’s poetry books would be cool, those are high priority on my to-buy list.
  • and then a handful of newer books on paganism and witchcraft, mostly by authors whom I like
    • I really am fond of Scott Cunningham, I’ve got his two beginner Wicca books and pdfs of Spell Crafts and Wicca in the Kitchen, but I’d like to also have his earth magic books and his herbalism books. For reference and inspiration.
    • if not obvious from my interest in the Andersons, I am interested in the Feri tradition so I’d like to read T. Thorn Coyle’s books (forever mad at myself for not buying Kissing the Limitless when it was at Half Price Books…it was definitely gone the next time I went. uGH)
    • Sable Aradia’s book the Witch’s Eight Paths of Power seems really good and has really good reviews so that’s also a priority
    • I am weirdly interested in Ellen Dugan’s books? they are always on and off my to-buy list. I can never decide if I really want them. Mostly I want Garden Witchery and the Garden Witch’s Herbal, but all of her books just seem so cozy. They sometimes have them at Half Price Books but I never buy them.

If you guys can’t tell, I really like books. I have always had a really long list of witchcraft & pagan books to buy (it only grows longer). Every once in a while I’ll go through it and remove books and add more books on, but it’s never been a small list.

And on a more superficial note…I have a lot of tools? I’ve got ritual knives and wands (given to me), a ton of tarot decks (mostly bought them myself but some were given to me), a few handfuls of crystals, candles, incense. Though I don’t really use most of these things, but I do have them. I use tarot regularly for normal readings and the crystals for spells and energy stuff, but the other tools are all mostly for ritual. And I don’t even use all those things in ritual! Like wands and knives make me feel awkward while I’m designating sacred space, and I always feel like I am going to hurt myself when I’m using a knife, like I’ll drop it on my foot or something. My family doesn’t like incense so I never get to burn it.

And that’s been a really long rambly post about myself so I’ll stop here. Occasionally I like to sort of look at where I started and look at where I am now and give myself a pat on the back for progress. If you read all that, I salute you, because that was probably way more than you ever wanted/needed to know about my practices, and because it’s super chaotically written. Hope the start of January has been good for people!

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Reunion: Looking Back & Looking Ahead

With Reunion coming to an end, I feel a sense of peace and calm settling over me. And even though I try not to put too much into New Years–preferring to stay aware of the fact that earth is just flying through space around the sun and that years and simply a human invention to mark time–I inevitably find myself thinking back on the previous year, and wondering what the next year will bring me.

2015 was an interesting year. I can’t say that anything particularly exceptional happened–in fact, it seems like I should still be back in 2014. I remember (vividly) last year’s holiday season and it seems like barely any time has passed. I went to school. I went to work. I got an internship. Summer passed–I went out of town a couple of times, and to the beach–and school started again, and I did well in my classes and at my internship.

I guess one notable thing was that I had way more of a social life this year. I hung out with the girls from dance, and with people from school. I’m an introvert and I am very (very) happy staying a home, in my room, in pajamas, reading or watching netflix or playing video games. I could do that for a month straight, without seeing anybody, and be very happy still. When my life gets bogged down with too many social obligations (hint hint, this holiday break. Wayyy too much time spent away from my house) I lose all energy and I get stressed out. But still, there are certain people who I always like to hang out with, so it’s good that I got to spend time with them.

Moving into 2016, I don’t really know what to expect. I’m hoping for a little more excitement (but not too much more) but I really don’t know what’s going to happen after June when I (hopefully) graduate. My big goals for the year are to graduate (deadline to file for spring graduation is January 19th) and to get a job. If at all possible, I would like to move out towards the end of 2016–but that’s a long time away, and as I said, I have no idea where my life is going after graduation. But I have some connections–my internship supervisor for sustainability-related jobs, my professors for mathematics/industry jobs. But I’m leaning towards something related to sustainability, it’s really where my passion is. Which will be interesting, having a degree in math, but hey, I’ll make it work.

Spiritually, I feel like I’m also in sort of a weird place (if I didn’t make it clear above, I’m at a weird place in my life) but I would like to refocus on simpler things in 2016. Not that I do anything particularly complex, but I feel like I get sort of caught up in this weird artificial idea of what I should be doing and it prevents me from ever actually doing anything so I want to stop doing that and just focus on simple things. If I could develop a steady yoga & meditation habit, that would be awesome.

As for Otherfaith-specific goals–write more stories about the gods and spirits. I’ve got some ideas that I’ll flesh out with divination. Really actually get back into daily prayers. Finish all those series of posts that I started, maybe start some new ones.

I don’t know why, but I was also sort of daydreaming about what Reunion would be like if we ever can have an in-person gathering. Like, if we somehow end up close enough that we could meet in person, what would we do for Reunion?

I think the big gatherings would be at the start and end of Reunion. Probably on the 23rd for the beginning, or whatever day is convenient (I celebrate Christmas but I don’t know about my fellow Otherpeople, so as with all things it would just depend) but I don’t think it would be like a ritual or a typical neopagan gathering. We would do some sort of religious holiday observance–prayers, maybe a ritualized activity but not a big thing–but I mostly see it as being just a nice gathering of people with food and socialization, all in the name of our gods. And pretty much the same for the end of Reunion, I think.

Throughout the week, I think we would mostly just do our own thing (as mentioned above, introvert-Jenn does not enjoy to hang with people every day of the week), maybe meet in smaller groups just to get coffee or do Reunion themed activities (…like bake cookies in Otherfaith shapes??? omg, project for next year: REUNION COOKIES. In flavors associated with the gods, of course. Maybe just like an entire Reunion related meal? Would there be different foods at the start and end of Reunion? Seasonal foods? But then it would need to differ from typical Christmas foods which are seasonal-ish [cranberry sauce is a must, though] so maybe incorporating foods from other cultures? A dish for each god??? What alcohol would be appropriate??? I am literally going to spend 2016 planning Reunion meals for next year, oh my god. I am so excited. Why didn’t I think of this like 2 weeks ago???)

So anyways, I’m looking forward to the new year. It always feels so fresh at the beginning. I’m planning on not doing very much tomorrow–I’ll take a really long, relaxing bath, and then read or watch movies or something similarly relaxing. I will probably also do some morning yoga to start off the new year on the right foot, and eat a good breakfast (some kind of jazzed up oatmeal), but mostly I just want to relax.

I hope everyone has had a good week! Happy Reunion, and Happy New Year!

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