9TH DEC 2016
HOW COULD YOU ATTRACT BETTER LUCK FOR THE NEW YEAR?
BY J.S. VON DACRE
The end of the year is nigh. Again, time crawls nearer to mark all that has been, and to welcome all things new that are to come. Superstitions and traditions have ricocheted for centuries around the globe, making this time of the year special and unique.
A custom in Japan, which, according to speculation, started in the 13th or 14th century, is to slurp soba noodles as the temple bells chime 108 times. The long noodles are said to symbolise longevity.
The Spanish celebrate the midnight hour by eating twelve grapes as the clock strikes twelve times. Legend has it that if you can eat all the grapes before the last toll, you will have good fortune for the rest of the year.
Hogmanay is what the Scottish call the last day of the year. Their way of celebrating, a custom called “first-footing”, has its deep-rooted meaning linked to the time of the Vikings. It is believed that the first person who enters your front door, will determine what sort of luck will be attracted in the new year. Ideally, it should be a dark-haired male, as fair hair was a too synonymous with the Viking invasion.
In Denmark, the locals literally “leap” out of the old year and into the new one. People jump off chairs at midnight in a belief that it would banish old spirits and start the year fresh.
A Russian tradition sees many write a special wish on paper. It is then burnt and the ashes placed in a glass of champagne. If you are able to drink it all before the last strike at midnight, your wish is said to come through.
With many contemplating New Year resolutions, it is the perfect time to attract better beginnings, changes and a more positive you. Setting some time to focus on the year that has passed can do this. Recognise all that has happened and make peace with letting things go. Everything–both the good and bad, would have given new life lessons. Focus on the goals and achievements you want for the coming year.
Since ancient times, crystals were used for their powerful energies. Crystals are wonderful additions when setting intentions for the New Year. There are many, and the choices are limitless. You can trust your own guidance and pick one the feels right, or perhaps you have your favourite ones you already use.
A perfect all-rounder for this time of year is turquoise, which is one of the oldest stones. For thousands of years, it was used in amulets for protection and good fortune, and especially favoured by the ancient Egyptians and Native Americans. It is said to bring protection, peace, luck, love, healing and dispel negativity. If you already have something made with turquoise, be sure to tap into its amazing energy for your new year.
Whatever you do at midnight–whether it is eating grapes, jumping off chairs, celebrating Hogmanay, eating noodles, or drinking your wishes from glasses of champagne, everyone here at Merola, wishes you all that you wish for yourself in 2017.