Day 21 of the Great Release Challenge!

Day 21 of the Great Release Program!
30 Days to an Awesome New You!

by Silver RavenWolf

Yes, this is a REAL Upside Down Yule Tree -- Compliments of Echo -- the tree sits on the floor upside down.

Your Mission Today:  Turn a tradition upside down.  Choose something that you’ve always done (can be holiday related, or not) in a certain way, at a certain time, and totally rearrange the experience.  It isn’t necessary to let go of the tradition, just tweek it so you can see that function from a totally different perspective.  By allowing a new focus, you encourage positive energy to surround something that may have grown stale, perhaps even disagreeable or stressful, or maybe enliven a tradition you already loved.  Things do not die because they are growing, they die because they become stagnant.

Happy Yule to those who will celebrate it today!  I will be spending time with my family, so you won’t see me on the internet until tomorrow.  Much love and light to all of you!

My Release Diary:  Um.  So!  I’m at our BFC Yule party the other night?  And I tell all my friends that I bought a new cage for my rat, Chi.  That I ordered it off the internet and that it should be coming any day.  I’m pretty excited about it, and they ask me how big it is.  I say, “Oh!  It’s bigger than the one he has, that’s why I’m getting him a new one.  He doesn’t have enough space.”  Great, they say.  So how big is it?  I think back to my ordering frenzy where I looked all over the place for just the right cage.  “Well, they didn’t have the one I really wanted, so I finally settled for a different one.”  So how big is it? comes the question again.  “I think it said 65 inches tall.”  Silence.



“Do you know how tall 65 inches is?”

“Well, it’s…” and my voice trails away.  “Big?”

Silver?  65 inches is as big as a person.


I take it math wasn’t your strong suit?

“Not funny.”

Are you sure it said 65 inches?

“Maybe I just read it wrong.  Or maybe I’m not remembering it correctly.”

You better hope your brain is going fuzzy, or else that rat of yours is going to be living in a palace.


The box came.

Or, should I amend this and say…Today the BIG container arrived.  Federal Express.  I dragged it into the house.  Okay, I say to myself, the box is really big because of all the packing materials.

I open the box.

Suffice it to say, my rat?

Now lives in a palace.

You know, I was going to chill today.  Just sort of sit back, catch up on a few things.  Prepare for the magickal time ahead.  Eeeee-yeah.  I spent the entire afternoon building the rodent Lincoln Center.  Four of the plastic pieces broke off of this monstrosity, thank-you-very-much.  Luckily, Jamieson came to the rescue with that tricky brain of his and figured out a safe and secure way to repair what I’d broken.  He didn’t even growl at me.  Just said, “Huh.  Okay.  I can fix that.”  And, ta-da!  Had it better than new in no time at all.  Of course, Chi, the rat, just wasn’t too sure he was ready to move to the Manhattan of rat cages.

Once ensconced in his new habitat I realized that it might be too drafty for him, so I hung curtains on it.  That’s fairly non-traditional.  Right?


Note to Self:  Mercury Retrograde Lesson 9-billion — things will show up bigger than they appear on your computer screen.  Actually, I’m not the only one that this happened to this week.  Someone else I know ordered something off the net, and it, too, was twice the size they anticipated.  At least I take comfort in the fact that I’m not alone.

I can’t say I was actually counting my blessings while putting the rat palace together; however, I did take the time to do so earlier, and also took four huge boxes out of my son’s old room that were filled with new skeins of yarn.  My daughter helped me go through them during dinner (yeah, we were up from the table over to the boxes, back at the table, up from the table over to the boxes…anyway, you get the idea).  We managed to combine the yarn into three boxes.  One box was set aside for a ten-year-old little girl who has just learned to crochet, and the other two went with me to our Crochet Circle night.  A small step of success, then, to cleaning out that room.  Four big boxes gone.  I’m happy with that.

Erecting the rat palace, however, did present a problem.  I had to make space for it where there wasn’t any.  This evening, I had to crawl over my chair to get in the chair to reach the keyboard to write this blog entry– because of the rat abode.

Okay, so, like…this isn’t going to work.

Tune in tomorrow for the creative-rat-room-makeover!

From Chi, and me, and Jamie, too — Happy Yule!


14 thoughts on “Day 21 of the Great Release Challenge!”

  1. Thank you for the kind words the other day Silver. I can take solace in thinking that my departed ferret and I are still together on some energetic level.

    Speaking of energy and levels… just how many floors is the rodent mansion? I cracked up just now reading all about your rat and the Lincoln Center palace you ordered and built! Could it be that all this cleaning and clearing was really so Chi could have the enormous cage? Or is Mercury just a trickster getting a kick out of the retrograde?
    Happiest of Yules to you and yours!

  2. It is good to be Chi! Looks like he has been counting his blessings and thanks to Silver’s website order, he can “turn things upside down” with his new home.

    Happy Yule to All!

  3. The silly tradition my sister and I keep? About 4 days before Christmas, we put up a goofy Christmas tree (the rest of the family is Catholic) It arose from the frustration we experienced with putting up one of those artificial trees. We have a small wooden tree that we set on a box, complete with artificial snow around it. This is one tree you don’t have to worry about the cat climbing (it would kind of look like a Christmas Godzilla movie 🙂 And did I mention there’s rum eggnog involved? Yeah, that part is left over from the year we were messing with the artificial tree. The focus is taken off the duty of achieving any certain aesthetic, and we more just focus on being silly and spending time together. Plus? It’s soooo much easier to take down the day after Christmas.

  4. Sounds like Chi is having a good Yule, lol! I had something similar happen when I ordered something off the ‘net the other day, except in reverse; it was too small. Usually I’m good about things like that, but not this time. The tradition that I tweaked a bit? Well, this is gonna be kinda long so bear with me. I’m currently working on my hypnotist certification and I read in one of your books the other day (To Light A Sacred Flame) about some of your experiences with hypnosis. And I have presented something to my teacher that I’m sure the entire school is still laughing about: The Slinky Induction! Hey, it got me an A plus some bonus points for creativity! I made sure to tell them where the idea came from. Oh, thank you for your reply to me about the other day’s post, about the animal charms, it’s really helping. By the way, I’ve gotta ask, how in the world did she manage to get the tree to stand upside down???

    1. Hey, Mason! I think the Slinky Induction is wonderful (lol). As to the tree? She bought it that way. Its all the rage this year. The base is circular open metal that you cover with a tree skirt. It is super impressive when you walk in the door and totally, not traditional!

  5. I turned tradition upside down by setting the alarm for 2 AM to do an eclipse ritual– and actually getting up and doing it!

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