13 is a number often associated with Wicca that seems to repeat itself over and over. We have the 13 Principles of Wiccan Belief. There are 13 full moons in a year and some covens adhere to only having 13 members. Common superstitions associate bad luck with the number, exemplified by Friday the 13th, and some believe this is a direct association of Wicca. In the book Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner, Scott Cunningham lists the 13 goals of a Witch (it’s on page151 for those of you who are looking). There’s no explanation for these goals, which tells me one thing—they’re personal, and therefore changeable.

In an effort to better understand myself and my goals, I adapted the list. Mine looks like this:

13 Goals of Ayslyn

I. Learn about myself

II. See the Goddess and God in everything and everyone around me

III. Become more adept at reading the tarot

IV. Learn to read rune stones

V. Learn to make incense

VI. Draw down the moon in the woods in peace

VII. Observe the Sabbats and Esbets with more dedication and preparation

VIII. Garden this year

IX. Collect all needed items for altar, even while learning to practice with only myself

X. Teach others who inquire about my faith

XII. Honor all life more actively

XIII. Learn as much as I can

What does your list look like? Is it goals yet to be achieved, or accomplishments that define you? Is your list comprised of ideals you wish to live by, or your daily to-do list?