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NEW YEARS MYTH MAGIC & CUSTOM

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  • sevenafricanpowers7
    Got this from the Hoodoo group and had to post it here. Seven New Year s Eve - Out with the old and in with the new. Before midnight, sweep and clean your
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      Got this from the Hoodoo group and had to post it here. Seven


      New Year's Eve - Out with the old and in with the new. Before
      midnight,
      sweep and clean your house and take out all the trash because you
      don't
      want to sweep tomorrow (you will sweep the good luck away) or take
      anything out of the house (you only want to bring new things in to
      insure
      abundance during the coming year). Be sure you finish any work you
      have
      in hand for a task carried over will never prosper.

      Everything you do on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day is freighted
      with significance. The American custom of spending the night with
      the one
      you love and kissing them at midnight insures that the relationship
      will flourish during the coming year. In Vienna, the pig is the
      symbol of
      good luck. Pigs are let loose in restaurants and everyone tries to
      touch it as it runs by for luck. In private homes, a marzipan pig,
      with a
      gold piece in its mouth, is suspended from a ribbon and touched
      instead.
      In Sarasota Springs, New York, it's a peppermint pig that brings
      good
      luck and good health for the coming year. The pig is cracked with a
      hammer after a holiday meal and shared among the guests.

      The first person to cross your threshold after midnight brings luck
      into the house. In medieval Britain, the best possible first-footer
      was a
      tall dark-haired handsome man, who brought gifts of whisky, bread, a
      piece of coal or firewood and a silver coin. He entered in silence
      and no
      one spoke to him until he put the coal on the fire, poured a glass
      for
      the head of the house and wished everyone a Happy New Year. If this
      concept doesn't work for you, figure out what would and make sure it
      happens.

      One popular method of divination, used to determine your future in
      the
      new year, is to prick a newly-laid egg at the smaller end with a
      pin,
      and let three drops of the egg white fall into a bowl of water.
      Interpret the designs it makes to get a glimpse of what will happen
      to you in
      the new year. Another traditional method of divination is to open a
      Bible at midnight and interpret the passage beneath your finger.
      Kightly,
      Charles, The Perpetual Almanack of Folklore, Thames & Hudson 1987
      Spicer, Dorothy Gladys, The Book of Festivals, The Womans Press 1937

      Let's celebrate! - In Denmark the New Year is brought in with even
      more noise than in most countries. Young people go around pounding
      on
      their friends' front doors. To raise the New Year spirit even more,
      they
      throw shards of pottery, collected throughout
      the previous year, against the sides of houses. And we thought we
      had
      it loud!

      Greece: On New Year's Eve [St Basil's Eve] children sing kalanda,
      from
      door to door; they carry an apple, an orange,
      a paper ship, a paper star and a green rod cut from a cornel-tree.
      They
      tap the family members on the back with the
      rod for luck. The householders give them treats. On New Year's day
      this
      continues, sometimes with customary acts
      such as stoking the fire and sprinkling wheat in the yard.

      In many parts of the world the New Year is greeted with a lot of
      noise,
      sometimes made by church bells. Originally this was to frighten away
      evil spirits that might try to sneak into the New Year and try to
      spoil
      it. People in the Northern Hemisphere sometimes lit bonfires for the
      same reason.

      New Year is celebrated at different times according to various
      calendars, eg Jewish, Chinese, Muslim, Buddhist and Hindu.

      We have records from 4,000 years ago in Babylon of resolutions, as
      part
      of their New Year festivities. Often these were made publicly. To
      make
      good any outstanding debts and return anything borrowed were the
      most
      common. Today to lose weight and give up smoking are the most
      common,
      followed by - making good any outstanding debts and returning
      borrowed
      goods.

      The ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans all had the tradition of
      parading the first babies born in the year. In the 14th century the
      custom
      of showing a baby with a banner of the New Year around it began, in
      Germany.

      In Germany prowling demons & spirits of darkness must be routed this
      night by mummery & lots of noise. People used to dress in straw
      clothing
      with deerskin masks of animals & run through the streets, clanging &
      dragging chains (Birt?).
      Mobile, Alabama: COWBELLION HERD ESCAPADE & REVEL honors Michael
      Krafft, who founded mystic society, "Cowbellion de Rakin" in 1830,
      first of
      all the mystic societies & crewes which stage the Mardi gras
      extravaganza in Mobile & New Orleans.

      Japan: NAMAHAGE. Men dressed as devils go door-to-door screaming,


      St Silvester's Eve - Austrians consider this a rauchnacht or
      smoke-night when all rooms and animals must be purified with the
      smoke of incense
      and holy water, a purification ritual.

      In The Winter Solstice, Matthews describes another Austrian custom,
      involving a masked figure called the Sylvester (from the Latin
      sylvan,
      meaning "from the woods"), a sort of Green Man who hides in the
      corner at
      inns throughout Austria and leaps out when a young man or woman
      passes
      to give them a kiss. The Sylvester wears a wreath of mistletoe,
      perhaps
      an emblem of fertility which he bestows with the kisses. When
      midnight
      comes, he is driven out of the room as a representative of the old
      year.
      Matthews, John, The Winter Solstice, Quest 1998


      Yemaya - Yemaya-Olokun, the Mother of the Sea, is honored on New
      Year's
      Eve. In Brazil, people dress in white, go down to the ocean, light
      candles in the sand and throw white flowers into the waves for
      Yemaya. Alma
      Guillermoprieto, the author of Samba, asked an older woman how she
      should pray and the woman suggested she say something like this:

      Yemanja, our Mother, please make [this year] a better year than
      [last
      year]. Not that [last year] was a bad year; don't get me wrong; I
      received many benefits, many good things happened to me and I'm not
      complaining. But now, thinking over everything that's happened, I
      would like to
      ask you for something from the bottom of my heart:: please bring me
      twice the amount of good things and take away half the number of
      bad. [p.
      123] Luisah Teish provides suggestions for a beautiful Yemaya ritual
      in
      her book Carnival of the Spirit, along with good ideas for a New
      Year's
      ritual. Guillermoprieto, Alma, Samba, Vintage 1990
      Teish, Luisah, Carnival of the Spirit: Seasonal Celebrations and
      Rites
      of Passage, Harper San Francisco 1994

      Vesta - This day is set aside for honoring the Roman goddess of the
      hearth (see Hertha, Dec 21). As Hestia, the Greek goddess of the
      hearth,
      she was credited with the art of building houses (since every home
      was
      built around the sacred central fire).

      Robert Graves speculates that the archaic white aniconic image of
      the
      Great Goddess found throughout the Eastern Mediterranean represents
      a
      heap of glowing charcoal, kept alive by a covering of white ash. It
      was
      tended by the woman of the house and was the center of family life
      and
      clan gatherings. He also mentions the Pythoness who induced trance
      by
      burning hemp, laurel and barley over an oil lamp in an enclosed
      space,
      and suggests that burning the same herbs over hot ashes would be
      just as
      effective for producing visions because of their narcotic fumes.
      Graves, Robert, The Greek Myths, Penguin 1955

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