So we’re going to be having the third new moon of the year this weekend. Unlike last year, hopefully the transition to daylight savings time won’t be the headache it was last year (remember–the full moon, time change, followed by Friday the 13th, and then the global lock down due to the SARS-CoV2 virus?).

Therefore it is time to look at the goals that I set for the Aquarius new moon and see how I did with each of them before looking ahead to the Pisces new moon.

So what were the goals that I set for the Aquarius new moon? They included:

Sorting, and editing the large number of digital photos on the computer.

Go through the large amounts of shirts and see what currently fits and what should be set aside (semi-clothing challenge)

Set up my Wiccan/pagan altar

Continue working on my evolving vision of my future

So how did I do with each of them?

I’m slowly sorting through the large number of digital photos that I have on the computer. While the long-term goal is to cut the number in half, it will take a while to go through over 10 years of pictures and decide which to keep and which to get rid of. I am happy to say that I’ve ‘recovered’ over a GB of space so far on the computer. Though I still have quite a ways to go to get it to ‘half’–currently I have almost 99GB of memory going for pictures–the goal is half, which means 49.5GB of memory. I’m now aiming at trying to recover between 1 & 3GB of memory every two weeks–which means it will probably take me another four to five months to par the pictures down (not counting the number I’ll be adding weekly once I start walking at Boomer Lake again).

The clothing challenge still stands. Since I spend most of my time currently in workout clothes, I truthfully hardly open the closet. Which means that I could probably donate a majority of the shirts and not realize they’re gone. While I’ve never considered myself a ‘clothing snob’-I realize that the reason why I have so many shirts–I hate doing laundry. Therefore I spent money buying shirts instead of spending the time doing laundry, or I bought several shirts as ‘souvenirs’ on vacation.

I will still be going through the closet at some point this spring and probably putting at least another box of shirts under the bed–probably to be donated once I’ve gotten the vaccine and feel comfortable to leave the house.

So I’ve started to set up my Wiccan/pagan altar. The altar will always be ‘a work in progress’ as the items one has out can change depending on the season or needs.

My starting point for my Wiccan/pagan altar

Currently I have mine set up on a small shelf–which is one of the reasons why it is ‘still a work in progress’. But, I’ve also thought of the current location as the ‘holding zone’ and will be moving items as needed to the actual area where I meditate and read oracle cards (as the shelf doesn’t have enough room for me to also spread out cards).

Since I’m an earth/water child (star-Virgo (earth), rising-Scorpio (water), moon-Pisces (water)), my altar also leans heavily in those directions.

There is a wood carving of a dolphin & sea turtle (purchased down in South Padre Island, Texas several years ago), in addition to the statue of the Goddess Danu, the Celtic goddess of life, and a statue of a goddess holding the triple moon pentagram and spiral.

I also have numerous crystals and minerals–both smooth and rough, I have worry stones off to the left next to a bag of Nordic runes (something that I’m interested in learning to read).

Since altars usually have symbolic items for the four elements (earth, air, fire, and water)–I’m currently missing an item for air and fire, but will be looking for those over the next few weeks/months. While I have a bell (that could be symbolic for air), it is currently packed away in my storage unit. Therefore, unless I stumble upon it repacking my storage unit–I will be looking for another symbolic element.

I may look for symbolic carvings or statues for the two elements, but sticking with Celtic and Norse traditions (as this is my heritage–Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Welsh, English, and also a little German as well).

The final goal of the Aquarius new moon was to continue working on my evolving vision of my future and try to project it two or three years into the future. Yeah, this didn’t really happen–I ended up with a mild anxiety attack instead of an idea of my future.

I’ve realized that one of the problems for me in trying to move my vision forward is the fear that I’m going in the wrong direction, taking the wrong job, lose said wrong job, and be back at square one.

What I have to continue reminding myself–even if something goes wrong, it still went right. I will have learned something from the situation/job that I can apply to the next job/position/situation. Something only stays as a negative if one fails to spin it into a positive.

For the past couple of months, I’ve had the same idea(s) for my career–having a freelancing business going (writing, data analysis, project management, photography, and/or online tutoring), but at the same time also working for a company (possibly as a clinical research scientist, market research analyst, or something else). The reasons for having both of them: 1) the freelance business allws me the freedom to chose what I’m doing (giving reign to the learner and intellection strengths), 2) working for a company allows me to have more interactions with people (yes, I know I would have them as a freelancer, but it may be a little more structured this way), and 3) ability to know that no matter what I’m getting a monthly paycheck.

So, that could be considered an evolving vision of where I see myself in a couple of years–now I need to determine the plan for each path, determine the steps and goals, and then start putting in the work to get there.

So I had basically four goals for the Aquarius new moon–two were accomplished (I started setting up my altar, and going through all my digital photos), and the other two were kinda of hit and misses. The evolving vision was semi-figured out while writing the post, but I haven’t gone through the clothes in the closet yet.

2021 is turning out to be a year of growth, creativity, and curiosity. It is leading to improved happiness and will also hopefully lead to improved prosperity as well this year.