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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.

Wednesday Witch: Greenhaven: A Pagan Tradition

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While looking up Imbolc recipes, I happened upon this nice site, Greenhaven: The Pagan Tradition.

They have some nice pages under Activities that shares such topics as feasting, ritual, and crafts. They also provide a number of articles on various topics from composing magic, to poetry, to classes.

I really like the page that offers a list of links. You can find pagan leadership and other resources there.

 

Happy, Merry, Joyous Imbolc

I ended up not celebrating Imbolc for myself o my group. I haven’t been feeling well, fending off another cold, I would imagine.

It happens. I also believe it’s a bad idea to attend ritual when you’re infecting others with plague- er- um- a cold or whatever it is.

I hope everyone’s holiday went well, and those who watched the groundhog-Puxatawny Phil(yes, they only consult one groundhog, not a council, or even regional groundhogs- just one) predict another six weeks of winter.

I think next year, I’m going to see if he takes bribes. Not that I should complain about this winter. We got so little snow. In fact, yesterday was nearly 70F here in Maryland, although rainy.

You might find it interesting the history of the groundhog’s day touches upon the mythology of Caileach, a divine hag or creatrix, which predicted the weather. If she was out gathering wood, it mean she prepared for six more weeks of winter. If she remained in her cave, spring would come early.

I love those old legends and myths.