New Year, New You: An Experiment in Magical Radical Transformation

Yeah. . .She’s not this classy.  Trust me.

I’m reposting this because it’s getting to be that time of the year for starting to plan how awesome you’re going to be in the new year.  You can definitely do this course in a self-guided manner and all the prompts are now posted here.     My muse and I have an on-going disagreement of sorts.  Well.  I do.  She is indifferent as usual to my thoughts and feelings.  She clomps into my bedroom, heels in hand, cosmo and cheese fries on her breath.

She (poking me hard):  Hey.  Get up.
Me: What?  It’s bedtime and we’re not talking friends —
She: Whatever.  I have an idea.
Me: Your ideas are disorderly and often inconvenient.  I’m going back to bed.
She: No, you’re not.  I’m going to keep poking you in your brain pan until you listen.  Are you listening now?  Are you listening now?  Are you listening now?  Are you listening now?  Are you listening now?  Are you listening —
She: So it goes like this.
So, you’re supposed to be, like, magicians, occultists, witches in the woods and the kitchen and on the soccer field, right?  Workers of wonder.  Dream weavers.  People who get shit done.  Isn’t this the year to make your own luck?  You’re feeling especially awful with the nights that never end and run over by the holidaze and you can’t drink joie forever before needing a meeting.  So now’s the fucking time.  Don’t wait until that stupid glitter ball drops and you’re already making drunk and/or sentimental mistakes, start now.  Start now when it’s hardest.  Start now when you feel so weighed down with emotions better left to glittery and not so glittery vampires and when you feel like you could sleep forever.  Now is the time you need to wake up.  Get up, get up!  Don’t miss this moment.  Create magics great and small, mundane and mystical.  Find everything you’ve been looking for, mysteries revealed in every form of divination and song and when you fuck it up, when you are too tired to try, bring each other up from bloodied knees to get back up smiling.  You are all made of stars and you have stardust in your veins.  Do something about it.
Here is what you’ll do.  You’ll write prompts.  You’ll explore.  You’ll fall down.  Sometimes you’ll lay there awhile, finding things under rocks that you never wanted to know.  They’ll pull you back, using yarn, glue, cajoling and stern words.  You’ll keep sewing yourself into who you’ll want to be and you’ll tell them, sometimes too much, because that’s your way and what’s needed.  You’ll find how far you can really fly when you’ve made wings to carry you and be breathless from your accomplishments.  Besides your words, you’ll give something made from your hands.  
Here is what they’ll do.  Form a community of tealight hearths and stories high bonfires.  They’ll whisper their stories, spirials of success and failure.  You’ll learn from each other, make each other laugh, piss each other off.  You’ll get things done together and alone.  You’ll be afraid together, so knees up.    
Deborah Castellano
Deborah Castellano's book Glamour Magic: The Witchcraft Revolution to Get What You Want is available for purchase through Amazon, Llewellyn and Barnes and Noble.
Her frequently updated catalogue of published work is available on Author Central.

She writes about Glamour Magic here at Charmed, I'm Sure. Her podcast appearances are available here.

Her craft shop, The Mermaid & The Crow specializes in old-world style workshop from 100% local, sustainable sources featuring tempting small batch ritual oils and hand-spun hand-dyed yarn in luxe fibers and more!

In a previous life, Deborah founded the first Neo-Victorian/Steampunk convention, SalonCon which received rave reviews from con-goers and interviews from the New York Times and MTV.

She resides in New Jersey with her husband, Jow and their cat, Max II. She has a terrible reality television habit she can't shake and likes St. Germain liquor, record players and typewriters.  


58 Responses

  1. The Unlikely Mage

    Done, and thank you! This is just what I needed to hear, cause I'm nearly surrounded in RL by people who refuse to do this. Thank goodness my girlfriend is sensible or I'd crack hard.

  2. I've added your button to my sidebar and I'm looking forward to your prompts. I really need a muse to kick my ass, and since mine isn't up to the job at the moment, I'm hoping yours will step in. 🙂

  3. petoskystone

    Button added, & a brief note about why the button has appeared. I choose Wednesdays for 'updates'….but that's as far as I've gotten. My muse in the coffee cup beckons…

  4. Button added and introduction made. Thank you so much for this, this project could not have come at a better time!

  5. Hanshishiro

    Long time lurker, first time poster.
    I have made a post on my blog about this experiment, and I'm going to find out how to add this button.
    You can check here :

  6. birchtreemaiden

    Done and done!

    Looking forward to playing with you and whoever else jumps on this train. 🙂

    Also, I'm blogging this.

  8. Deborah Castellano

    You all rock my socks! Thank *you* for making this a reality! I've started a spreadsheet to keep track of all entries.

  9. Satyr Magos

    This is absolutely brilliant. Count me in.

    Initial post up along with image/link in side bar.

  10. Ocean Delano

    Fantastic post, Deb! This is my first time posting to your lovely blog, but you've totally inspired me. 🙂

    Here's a link to my post:

  11. This is something I can get with.

    Well, I can get with a lot of stuff. But this is especially motivating!

  12. I've been reading for a while, and enjoying your blog immensely.

    This particular post was a much-needed kick in the magical pants for me; I'm in! I've added the button and blogged here:

    And yes, the possibility of winning fiber prizes is a hell of a lure (grins).

  13. andrewbwatt

    I don't normally delve too deeply into magic on my blog. The blog is usually about teaching in a middle school rather than about magical stuff. But I am going to try this out.

    Here's my link.

  14. Vagabond Anne

    Count me in! I've been enjoying your blog, and while I'm new to this magic hoo-ha, I'm glad to learn more. Here is my link:

  15. Blogg'ed!

    This works well with the fact that my Level One Diagnostic may be a matter of months rather than weeks. Also, making magic beads 🙂

  16. Done and done!

    Was just introduced to your blog by this spreading through the blogosphere. Wonderful idea!

  17. One last straggler coming in…

    Great idea! I'm looking forward to seeing what folks do with this.

  18. Unlurking to join the challenge. First little bit here:

  19. Delurking to join. Something like this has been poking at me recently, so how could I not?


    Discovered this site through RO and Jason Miller. I only recently started blogging. Would love to participate though!

    I blogged about New Year, New You, and I added the button to my sidebar.

  21. Monsignor Scott Rassbach

    This is a great experiment, and I'm ready to go. Got the image up, and have done a post.

    Good luck to us all!

  22. michaelseblux

    Alright, I'm game. Sign me up over at The Digital Enchiridion

  23. Rose Weaver

    I've finally written my entry for this project which is a terrific idea!

    New Year, New You

  24. Reviving my blog and joining in! I was blogging mainly in Slovak, English is not my mother language, so forgive if it sounds funny sometimes, but I'll do my best and will translate the entries as well as I can!

  25. <a href=">late to the game</a>, but it appears that i was already playing. ah, synchronicity, what would i do without you?

  26. Hi there. 🙂 Nkyinkyin linked me to this and it sounds like where I'm headed, so I posted a little something.

  27. I'm all about this and thank you! Here is my link and i will be adding your button to my site in the next few minutes!

  28. destaphiton

    I was tempted to participate but I delineated my reasons not to over at


  29. Willow Silverhorse

    Ok, here's the deal… I'm so digging this idea that you have going! And I'm definitely joining, but I'm not joining with Confessions of a Country Witch… I've actually started an all new blog, and it's kinda funny that you have this around the same time, because my new blog is all about a new beginning for me! So… if you give me a few seconds (maybe minutes because I switched to wordpress like a dum dum and have a small idea of how to work it) I will add your party button to my blog. I was also hoping maybe you have the time to drop by my new blog and see if it's something you would be interested in following as well… thanks for the new party, and for being an amazing YOU!

  30. Pallas Renatus

    Not quite sure how I missed this, but I'm so in! Added the button to my blog, and did an introductory post here:

  31. So, I am late to the party, but I'm in! Have added the button to my brand-new (and barely formatted) blog, and discussed the project in my intro post:

    I plan to get through the prompts I missed in the next few days – I love this idea!

  32. Serenity Raven

    I love this idea. I am late too but would still love to participate.

  33. witchinthesuburbs

    Hi, I'm here finally – hope I'm not too late, better late than never, right?

    Thanks to you & your muse for being the big kick in the arse I needed.

  34. MG Ellington

    It is friends locked but you have access under your LJ username.

    If any of the other participants want access, just email me at and I'll figure out something.

  35. Mari Adkins

    i'm going to give this a try and see what happens. also tweeted about it for you.

  36. I"m game! I went a step beyond and made an entirely new blog for this project. I've been meaning to re-vamp my writings for a while and this is the perfect kick in the robes.

  37. posted on my profile and will be on my dw account too

  38. Deborah Castellano

    @ Mari – Welcome to the Experiment! I could be particularly dense, but does your blog allow comments?

  39. Forest Rose

    As usual, I'm late to the party. I'll try to play catch up. ~blush~

  40. theforestwitch

    A few weeks behind, but no biggie! I'm so in! 🙂 Button's up, and first post is made!

  41. Sister Krissy Fiction

    Alright. I'm late. I'm fashionable. But I've joined the party!

  42. Leatheraven

    It took a while, but I'm all in!

  43. oh heyyy: I added the button too!! another entry 🙂

  44. Lyn Thurman

    Oh, I'm late but your button is up on my blog. Count me in, Deb!

  45. Deborah Castellano

    Gotcha both Lyn and Katie!

  46. Christopher DeGraffenreid

    I thought I would join this endeavor. If nothing else it'll make me blog more often.

  47. I took a look back and saw my progress from the start of the project until now, thank you again for doing all of this.

  48. […] long after I started this blog, Deb started her New Year, New You project and challenged people to come up with goals for the new year that we could work on, both magically […]

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