Though calendars are a human creation and differ throughout the world, the cycle of life is a constant and New Year is a powerful time to say goodbye to what has been and set our intentions for what is to come. Here is a Wiccan New Year ritual with which we give thanks for what we have and steer our lives towards what we want. Samhain is traditionally known as the Wiccan New Year, so you can perform this ritual in the days or nights leading up to either Samhain or your calendar New Year’s Eve. What you need for the Wicca New Year ritual: Pen and paper Incense (preferably sage or citronella) A black candle A chalice and water A quartz crystal (or a small orgonite if you have it) A small jar Sit or stand somewhere quiet and comfortable where you can create a holy space to perform this new year ritual, or by your altar if you have one. Focus on your breathing, calm your mind and soul, and when you feel relaxed and at peace, you may begin. Write on the piece of paper briefly what you intend for the coming new year. Are you looking for love, financial stability, friendship, joy, adventure? Write briefly and generally – the Universe will bring what is best for you, so it is best not to focus too much on specifics, but it is a good sign if when you write it you get a warm, fuzzy feeling of excitement inside! Then let us begin the ritual. We engage the elements one by one. Air: Light incense, ideally sage (for cleansing) or citronella (for cleansing and healing). Say: “God and Goddess, Mother and Father I give my thanks for all that I have With air I cleanse the past To prepare for a prosperous new year For the highest good So be it” Let the incense fill the air as you allow any negativity or heaviness leave your energy field. Visualise a bright rainbow around you, growing ever brighter and more colourful with every breath. “Thank you.” Fire: Light a black candle (made from beeswax if possible). In candle magick black absorbs negativity and destroys it, connects with self-control and resilience, and offers strength and support in manifestation work. It is also a colour of Samhain. As you light the candle, contemplate what you have been through in the past year, and focus on releasing any energy baggage you may be carrying, disintegrating it through the transforming fire; then visualise the fire bringing energy and spark to your future. Say: “God and Goddess, Mother and Father I give my thanks for all that I have With fire I ignite the future To prepare for a prosperous new year For the highest good So be it” Leave the candle burning until you have finished the ritual. “Thank you.” Water: Take the chalice and fill it with water. Cup your hands around the chalice and sit with it, allowing your energies to merge and blend with those of the water. Fill your heart with gratitude for water, its purifying and life-giving properties. Raise the chalice and say: “God and Goddess, Mother and Father I give my thanks for all that I have With water I vitalise the future To prepare for a prosperous new year For the highest good So be it” Drink the water. Pay close attention to the feeling of it in your body, cleansing, reviving, energising. “Thank you.” Earth: Take the piece of paper and wrap it around the quartz, which will assist in manifesting your wishes. Hold it in your hands and say: “God and Goddess, Mother and Father I give my thanks for all that I have With earth I manifest my wishes To welcome a prosperous new year For the highest good So be it” Place it in the jar and keep somewhere safe and undisturbed. “Thank you.” Now thank the elements for their presence and assistance, and send them on their way by patting the floor/ground three times. Spend some time visualising already having manifested your wishes on the piece of paper. Feel the butterflies of joy or the calm of satisfaction fill you. Hold on to that feeling as you close the ritual and move into the new year.