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The Road Not Taken…

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While homeschooling my son on poetry, we covered Robert Frost’s poem, The Road Not Taken. It lends to this idea about choices in life. Many people consider it speaks to us about taking a path not taken, perhaps regret about doing so, but this isn’t the case at all.

The Road Not Taken is  coming to a path diverged, a person might muddle through trying to decide which path is. The poem is about choices, and regretting choices, not the result of them.

Poem Guide shares the poem’s history and meaning, and speaks the fate of Frost’s good friend, Edward Thomas.

Daniel Todd Gilbert, a psychology professor at Harvard, researches happiness. He did a wonderful TedTalk on the topic of Why We Make Bad Decisions, and provides some interesting insight on our making decisions.

 

We live with consequences of our decisions. But don’t just live with them, learn from them. Don’t wallow in regret, be empowered by what you can learn from experiences.  Some lessons we learn from bad decisions can be invaluable to developing who we are as people.

Some techniques to help work through decisions:

Free writing. I’ve used this for plotting stories, but also use the free writing technique to work through making decisions.  It is simple to do- Write non-stop on the topic for 10-15 minutes. Don’t stop. Don’t worry about spelling or punctuation. I find that using this method lets your brain work through consequences and you find the answer reveals itself through the writing.

Tarot Reading. You can create your own card spread to find answers, but generally you want to tarot-spreads-decision-making-tarot-card-spreadexplore the symbolism and possible meaning through the tarot. The decision making spread can prove useful. Click image to go to the page to explain how to use.

Pendulum Method. This technique works with your subconscious through yes or no answers. I prefer free writing for my choice-helping-method, but you might find this method helps you too.

Find an item you can use for a pendulum, and start asking questions about the choice you need to make. The pendulum swings back or forth, or in circles, and you might be surprised on the answer.

Pendulum Basics– How to make and use a pendulum.

Runes. This method uses stone or wood pieces inscribed with runes or symbols to help guide you. You often find Viking runes, but you can also make your own with symbols that mean something to you.

Runes and Simple Decision Making.

What do you think? Have you let go of a past regret? Do you find a lesson to be learned from a bad decision? Post in comments.

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Goddess Tarot: iPhone App or Traditional

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To me, the divination tools such as Tarot or Runes are just that; tools. So when I found a Goddess Tarot app for the iPhone, I’m of the school of thought that using an electronic version is just as valid as using a paper based one.

What I like about the app is that it has a built in booklet to explain the cards. It includes the Celtic Cross spread, and the Three Card spread. You can pick just one card, and you can browse through the cards to memorize and read up on each card’s meaning.

The artwork is by Kris Waldherr, who illustrated books and does lovely art with goddess themes.

Kris Waldherr is an author, illustrator, and designer whose art has been exhibited in the National Museum of Women in the Arts. She is the author of Doomed Queens, The Lover’s Path and The Book of Goddesses, and creator of The Goddess Tarot. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

For those who prefer to feel the cards in your hands, you can also get The Goddess Tarot Deck through Amazon.

I also love the symbolism of the cards. Unlike the Waite-Rider deck which is a bit too dismal for my tastes, the Goddess tarot offers more in the way of lessons and powerful outcomes rather than focusing on the negative.

Easy and cute divination method

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Wiccan Moonsong is an interesting blog that includes a number of neat posts, including this one using popsicle sticks as a divination tool.

The process is simple; collect and decorate 9 popsicle sticks, place in bag, ask your question, shake, and pick one out.  The author adds more details, but I love this idea.

This is perfect for kids but also beginners to fortune telling.