My daughter picked up this lovely little book with re-fillable pages from a fellow vendor at Polyface Farms market a few years back and gifted it to me on my birthday. I’ve used it as an omen journal, and just cut fresh papers to replenish as it has come to a close again. In case you are wondering what an omen journal is, it’s a place to jot down omens as part of a 12 Days of Omens practice that I first came across in the writings of master cartomancer, Camelia Elias, about five years ago and have since tailored for myself.
In its simplest form, the way I practice this ritual, each day beginning on December 20th, you make a practice of listening for and seeing what lands with you at midnight and/or noon and make a note of it (in say, an omen journal). It’s interesting to discover what happens at the same time of day for twelve days when you are actively involved in omen finding! These pages then simmer over the last days of the year.
The following year, on the first day, take out your omen journal and read the first one; it lays down a thread for the month warped on a day the year before. Upon this, the month’s threads are wefted, then repeated every month until at the end of the year a weaving comes through.
While we weave our lives yearly with or without making note of omens, I enjoy participating with my life journey this way. Discovering relationships between the last twelve days of the previous year spiraling into the next based on what I’m choosing to make note of from what is offered and beheld sharpens my awareness of how we are collaborating with Creation at every moment. Sometimes I’ll pull a tarot card from my Crowley deck on the first day of the month and combine that with the omen as a directive or focal point that may help with clarity, but you don’t have to have cards to try this . . . a pair of eyes, a pen, and a few pieces of paper (unless you have a super-retentive memory) are a starting point from where to begin this practice, discover how you’ve set your compass, then go from there.
I’m looking forward to inking the fresh pages held by the morel etched cover of this wee book once again. Try it for yourself and see what it sparks or share it with a friend and do it together. Being curious, I have to ask . . . do you have an end of year practice? I’d love to learn from you if you’d like to share.