November has no chill.

Today is December 1st and the weather has fluctuated between mid-thirties to mid-seventies for the past week or so. It’s been a wild ride all over the place.

My card for November was Transformation, and hoo boy did it deliver. In the final hours of October, I received the gift of identity: art kid. I’d spent the first thirty years of my life with only the slightest idea of who I was, independent of the people around me. As a result, I’ve lived as any number of chameleon shades, fitting in with conservative Christians, anime nerds, goths, military folks, and now pagans. It wasn’t until this past Halloween that I finally took off my masks and looked at the person underneath.

November has been a month of digging through this new treasure trove of information: I’ve started writing poetry and obsessing over the concept of Art and where it fits into society. We also had a disastrous presidential election that helped my husband and I really settle on where we wanted to go and what kind of home we wanted to build in the world. I am absolutely not the same person I was coming into November, and I am thrilled with the changes.

December’s card, the final card for 2016, is Bond. Now that I’m starting to understand who I am, it’s time to take an honest look at where I fit into the web of relationships around me. I’m starting to make friends with a lot of really excellent people, but I’m also making plans to leave the state and establish myself in a new location where I don’t know anyone at all. Finding ways to strengthen bonds I want to keep and letting go of those that don’t need to be stretched that far will be the theme of the last month of this year.

I will be drawing a new set of cards on January 1st, to see what 2017 will look like. See you then!

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Frigga devotee, Dedicant of Ar nDraiocht Fein

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