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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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Pagan Idols

If you look up altars, you almost always find them with small statues on them. Idols of ancient gods, goddesses, or mythical creatures. I’ve seen dragons and unicorns, sometimes fairies, but the figurines can get expensive.

Here are some options:

Make your own idols. They may not be as details or turn out as well as you like, but idols made from wood or clay become infused with your energy, and represents how you view the Divine.

You can buy clay such as traditional clay, but this requires baking in a kiln. Other options include;

Sculpey Polymer Clay which also includes baking, can be put in an oven. You need to follow direction for baking time since the thicker the item, the long you bake. You have to be careful with burning. It comes in many colors, can be painted, and takes shape very well.

Paper Clay comes in white and other colors, but I made the mistake of buying the kind that is gray. Everything I made needed to be painted, and it tends to have a coarse feel, that can also crack when drying. You can, however, file edges down and shape and mold to refine the form. This type of clay needs some learning to work it correctly, but you can find tons of free tutorials online.

More options include making your own clay out of materials you have at home. This allows for trial and error.

Salt Clay I find this a bit rough, but for making primitive idols, this works great. You can add color to the clay, or paint afterwards.

Cold Porcelain (3 recipes)- which has the smoother texture and air dries. You can add color to the clay or paint. The final product will shrink a bit after drying.

Some tips:

  • Use wire to shape the clay with, and position as needed.
  • Add essential oil to the clay as a type of scent diffuser.
  • Add dye or even mica powder (metallic powder) to add a shimmer.
  • Use things around the house for texture tools
  • Try various styles, but also remember that idols can be almost formless, to only represent a god or goddess.

Another tip I offer is to forego an idol and use imagery instead. You can easily print out pictures of a god and/or goddess to sit on your altar. I like this method best because it is easy to personal a picture frame, but also you can change the picture seasonally or whenever you have need to change.

What do you use? Post in comments. Don’t forget to share this post.

Planning Goals, Planting Seeds

goalseedsJanuary offers us a time of respite from all the holiday chaos. We remove the holiday trappings, and nestle into our routines. This is the month of ‘down time’ and planning for the year ahead.

l_b9f1cd0c7ebf94af5897ee8c04105ed0In pagan traditions, you have the coming holiday of Imbloc/Imbolg, also known as Saint Brigit’s Day. Imbolc means either ‘in the belly’, referring to the sheep readying to birth lambs, or comes from Old Irish, imb-fholc, which means ‘to wash or cleanse oneself’. As in a ritual cleansing. Here you can read more about the fascinating history of this day.

What I also found interesting is the tie-in to Groundhog’s day. Some believe it comes from a Gaelic tradition..

Imbolc was believed to be when the Cailleach—the divine hag of Gaelic tradition—gathers her firewood for the rest of the winter. Legend has it that if she wishes to make the winter last a good while longer, she will make sure the weather on Imbolc is bright and sunny, so she can gather plenty of firewood. Therefore, people would be relieved if Imbolc is a day of foul weather, as it means the Cailleach is asleep and winter is almost over Link

But what about seeds as goals?

Not all pagans have physical crops or gardens, and often our goals are seen symbolic of the goals we ‘plant’ for the year.

garden plannerPlan out your goals. Like a garden, it is always a good idea to plan out the goals beforehand. Goals, like seeds, need a rich environment to take root. This can take form as a better attitude, clarifying the steps needing to reach the end goal, and gathering resources such as friends and colleagues to help encourage those goals’ growth.

Weeding out what doesn’t work. Similar to gardening, your goals cannot flourish if weeds such as distraction or chaos gets in the way of what you’ve set as a goal. Remove them. Sometimes, you also need to adjust your actions to the need.

Tend to your goals. Plants can grow without help, but as any gardener will tell you, spending time to tend the garden helps it flourish and improves success. Goals are the same; you give attention to what needs to be done to reach fruition and harvest.

Learn from defeats. Life doesn’t always work out the way we want, and achieving goals can be disappointing when you don’t reach your goals. But fear not; it is not the end of the world. Consider what you can do different, and try again. Sometimes a goal (or garden) requires a longer time, richer soil, more water, less water, etc.

Goals might require more effort, or different effort, or it might take longer. You might find the goal isn’t something you wanted in the first place.

Hope this helps those out there with goals in mind, and that you find what you need.