Wednesday, December 7, 2016

7 Positive Ideas for 2017 Instead of Resolution Making

Some Ideas for 2017

2016... *whew* what a helluva year regardless of what anyone says. I cannot complain as it wasn’t all that bad to me personally however it wasn’t fantastic meaning I didn’t get laid, nor had any whirlwind romance in my life, no fancy dances or parties to attend, and my life was pretty normal (re: droll). LoL

Others however are bemoaning everything from their general bad luck throughout the year to their worst fears come realized as tRUMP takes the POTUS. We’ve lost a lot of good celebrities this year and many we grew up with from musicians to artists to actors to poets and authors. These folks have helped to shape our thoughts, ideas and even creativity so seeing icons like David Bowie, Gene Wilder, Morely Safer and Arnold Palmer tends to make us feel longing and remorse for our youth.

I’ve noticed but it seems that even numbered years are hard on folks - at least on social media. It seems they seem to take Mercury Retrogrades far more seriously, with celestial events and even world news even more critically. There is much fear mongering that goes on in social media and it is disturbing. For 8 years we heard the GOP sympathizers habitually bitch and complain about “that negro in the white house” (to say it politely) yet now that the orange skinned reality TV freak has won his seat, there is going to be at least 4 years of the same on him from the other side of the fence.

Yes it has occurred to me to close my FB account. Like you, I don’t need the hassles of negativity from people day in and day out bombarding me with their nonsense because it tends to take a toll on me just as I know the same thing does to you as well. I may do just that however at this time I’m keeping my options open. Why? It is useful for my website for interaction and my Guild of Sorcery group is doing well.

How to Make Things Better

Typically around this time of year, we start seeing the whole “My New Year’s Resolutions Are...” posts which we all know are horse shit because rare is the person who sticks with those things and follows through on them. So instead of making useless and otherwise WORTHLESS promises to yourself aka resolutions, try something new and worthwhile for a change....

1. Choose a new system of divination - so you’ve been performing Tarot forever and well you’re good at it. But you’ve been wanting to try your hand at some other system perhaps the I Ching? Runes? Astrology? Or perhaps Geomancy? Make a pledge and start studying and divining.

2. Create a new magical persona - let’s say you’ve used Moloch for years and now you want a change. Perhaps your magical moniker has garnered too much (unwanted) attention? Try creating a newer one. Find something worthwhile that has meaning and depth for you not something that just sounds cool which is all too common. Maybe make a magical motto and use the letters of the motto to create a name like members of the GD did back in the day.

3. Try a new system of JuJu - okay so you started out in Thelema and for the past 20 years it’s worked out all right thus far but perhaps you’ve been chomping at the bit to try something more mundane? Maybe you want to find out what Hoodoo candle workings have that Thelema doesn’t offer so give it a whirl. Investigate. Perhaps you’re more inclined to try something from a book you saw at a botanica? Go ahead. No one needs to know but you and your Secret Chiefs. They can keep it secret but can you? ;)

4. Build a new work table - well some of you still call this an altar. Go ahead and build one with legs so you can stand or sit if you feel like it. Put a glass with beveled edges that lays over the top so you can lay talismans underneath if you want. Paint it cool colors with seals, sigils and glyphs that have meaning for your system fo magic.

5. Begin a relationship with your ancestors - so you’ve heard about this online in various groups and heard folks like me talk about it yet you’re skeptical. Well the only way you’re going to know whether or not it is worthwhile is to simply DO IT. Period. There’s no other way around it. Thus I suggest reading the essay I wrote in the book, Ritual Offerings (Nephelim Press) by Aaron Leitch OR you can go to my website and scroll to the bottom of the page and look for the button that says Ritual Offerings which is the entire article I posted to my website back in October with Aaron’s blessing of course.

6. Take up a new aspect of magic such herbalism, potion formulating, or dare I say alchemy? - delve into working with herbs, roots, plants, flora and fauna that grows around where you live and find out what is available to you, what it is, how it was used in ancient times and how you can use it today. You may learn some modern medicinal uses and you may also learn quite a bit about its magical makeup as well. Learn to harvest the plant, prepare the parts you harvested and store for later use. You’ll be amazed at the wealth of knowledge you’ll attain doing this.

Perhaps you want more of a challenge than the above?

7. How about choosing someone who is less fortunate than you are and making them your hobby by doing JuJu to help them heal and prosper? - this is a noble idea that few will bother to give credence to however the dividends are well worthwhile. Maybe you know a person: someone elderly, a sick child, a neighbor, co-worker who is ill, friend or family member who has it rough and needs serious help. Open up your repertoire of spells/rituals and get to work on them. Do everything within your power to heal them of their maladies and then work on prospering and raising them up out of where they are. Just something to think about instead of yourself all the time.

There you go, seven simple yet worthwhile ideas for you to ponder and consider implementing for your own new year’s resolution so that you won’t break it but rather see it through to the end. I bid you good speed and much luck in your endeavors.