Saturday, December 1, 2012

The Great Release Challenge 2012

Again I am participating in Silver RavenWolf's Release Challenge. This is my third or fourth year. 2012 will be a bit different. For starters, I'm doing the whole thing. Each day, I'm doing the magick AND the cleaning. Before I would do one or the other, but not both every day. I'm also intent on doing the chants daily. I may change a few things to suit me, for example, Day One's challenge was to clean the floor. Of the whole house. Like move furniture to clean every single corner and every inch of floor space. Great idea, but that would take hours. Instead, I started in my sewing room because that's where I would like to see the most change, and I cleaned the hell out of that floor. Then I vacuumed the rest of the house, but I didn't try to clean every single inch. Here's the before:
My sewing table with unfinished projects. Sigh. Here's the after:
The rug was the main thing. When I moved furniture before Thanksgiving, I had to do something with the rug. I was afraid to put it in front of the couch because I thought it would be too close to the heater. I really didn't know what to do with it. Tonight I enchanted the rug. (Yes, you can enchant ordinary objects.) My theme for this year is prosperity. I am sick of just barely getting by. This rug is now my magic carpet to prosperity and wealth.

Mind you, the room is not perfect. I am not looking to achieve perfection. I am looking for improvement. I want things to be better.
Tools of the trade. My wand, broom, and witch's hat. Before cleaning, I sweep out negative energy with my broom. I put on my hat for fun (better means happy and fun, right?) and after I had items in place, I tapped the things I wanted to change with my wand to begin transformation. I need more hooks for my peg board so I can hung up the rest of my thread. I want an embroidery machine. I have three sewing machines and I think at least one will go. Maybe two. The closet is so jammed with fabric I got depressed just looking at it. So I waved my wand and declared what I wanted to see. That closet is going to become neater and in the process my prosperity will grow.

I got rid of projects I know I will never finish. I cleaned out my art supplies, tossing old paint. I am trying to decide what I really need. I am getting rid of a basket and a poster. Nobody has ever liked the poster but me and since I decided to hang mine and Kurt's art on the walls, I don't have a place for it anymore. The basket is in good shape, but I never use it. I don't really like it, I was just keeping it because it belonged to my grandmother. She didn't really use it except for keeping odds and ends. I'm pretty sure as I work through the challenge I'll have more things to donate to charity.

I'm also trying to fix things. The pull chain keeps coming off the ceiling fan. I reattached the chain. A bolt falls out of my office chair. I screwed the bolt back in and tightened the rest for good measure. And then I changed the background picture on my computer:
This says Christmas and prosperity and luck to me. As I clean, I will decorate the house. Part of the challenge is choosing an energy to work with. I picked dragons. I used dragons last year and the theme was balance. I think overall I did a good job of fitting everything I wanted into my life- happiness, love, garden, creativity, and safe home. There are some areas of my life that I wish I had more time for, but that is part of balance too, obligation vs. wants.

The other things that is different about this year is for the first time I have a partner. Kurt is doing the challenge too. I am not expecting him to do as much as me, or even do the challenge every day, but we are working together towards the same goal- to have all our needs met and more.


Aisha said...

It's like you read my mind about the barely getting by part. I love Silver's Challenges this year will be my third or second I can't remember. I just love it.I'm happy your making your progress too. I didn't read the challenge for today but I certainly did it anyway, I cleaned the heck out of my kitchen and I am now doing my 'office'. good luck and I can't wait to read more about your progress. Dragons are the best to work with especially with home making.

FreeDragon said...

I agree, dragons are great! I think that's why 2011's challenge worked so well for me. I kept a dragon on my altar and every day I was reminded to work towards my goals. I'm thinking this year I'll have a dragon tree topper :)

Kat of EmKatCreations said...

Love the enthusiasm. Is there a link to this challenge?