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Dark Moon Rune and Tarot ~ 23 June 2017

Dark Moon Rune and Tarot ~ 23 June 2017

Some people begin the new month at the beginning of each month; I begin mine on the New or Dark Moon. Magicks of decrease, banishing, intuition, and dark power are worked at this time. I also like to do a full rune and tarot reading to see what I should pay attention to during the coming month. Two cards from the Major Arcana, The Lovers and The Star, along with the 4 of Wands comprise the tarot portion of the reading while Tiwaz, Raidho, and Othala are the runes. The numerology of the cards is 9 and for the runes the overall numerology is 1. Together, they both reduce to 1 or wholeness and new beginnings. So there’s some synchronicity between the numerology and the fact that it’s a new moon. The moon happens to be in Cancer, so home and health issues are favored.

I created a bindrune from the runes for soul journeying allowing for an unfettered experience. We become too focused and stuck in our experiences believing in their reality instead of the illusion that they are. Ours is not a journey to salvation, but one of remembrance. Tiwaz deals with justice and sacrifice along with an expression of higher ideals. Raidho represents our soul’s journey through life, stressing the process over the goal. It also directs energy for a specific purpose and helps us attune to Higher Self presence. Finally, Othala represents our Akash and is known as the rune of sacred space. The remembrance we seek is of who we are as the Creator personified, with sacred space existing anywhere that we are. The bindrune can be carried as a talisman or placed on the altar during ritual in remembrance of who we are. We are beings of light and should live in unfettered joy. It’s our Othala, our sacred space as well as our birthright.

Looking at the cards, The Lovers describes the balance between our receptive and projective aspects of self, represented by two geese flying in harmony while the sun’s rays radiate around them, the rays reflecting balanced elemental energies. The 4 of Wands also reflects balance as well as respite. Behind the crude wands in a balanced pattern, energies expand in all directions, contained by the angled lines that frame the scene. Much is happening while we find our focus. Lastly, The Star extends its blessings downward into creation indicating positive experiences are in store. A new day is dawning, one replacing all illusion with complete clarity and vision. Our perspective is changing and we’re less likely now to accept a life out of balance.

With all the chaos that’s going on our government, we need to stay focused on our own creative presence. It’s fine to keep one eye on the nonsense because the fallout is severe if we don’t. But at the end of the day, we have to go on with our lives. The fear created by this guy will only interfere with our soul’s journey and that’s the last thing any of us needs.

It’s only a matter of time until he’s gone. Until then, breathe.

Blessed Be

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Strength From Unified Presence ~ Rune and Tarot for 15 June 2017

Strength From Unified Presence ~ Rune and Tarot for 15 June 2017

Strength from unifed presence is what comes to mind as I look at today’s tarot and runecasting. 13 represents the numerology for the tarot cards. I can also reduce that to 4 but I prefer to consider 13 as a Master Witch number. The numerology of the runes reduces to 3, or unification and wholeness and together with the tarot numerology, the overall numerology for the combined reading is 7, or divinity and intuition. 7 also happens to be a number that represents magick.

Two cards from the Major Arcana along with one from the suit of Cups comprise the tarot portion of the reading. The Empress, the 6 of Cups, and The Emperor create a lovely balance with the result of their union represented by the 6 of Cups in the center with its multicolored roots extending in an as above so below manner. Cups represents Elemental Water and our emotional presence, our intuition, and relationships with others. Its direction is West and is represented by the chalice or cauldron signifying receptivity and fertility, as it transmutes Air and Fire into form.

Mannaz, Raidho, and Perthro are today’s runes representing Earth, Air, and Water elements respectively and support the interplay between The Empress and her consort, The Emperor. Take notice of their order in the deck. She appears first and from her flows the entirety of creation signifying her greater importance, the current patriarchy having no place in the equation.

Looking at The Empress and Mannaz first, we see a beautiful white pink-tipped tree with a crescent moon in the night sky above. The Empress represents love, beauty, abundance, and happiness. She is the Goddess in her Mother Aspect, receptive and fertile, and the essence of feminine creativity and the subconscious realm. Mannaz brings into the reading the influence of mankind’s fragility. In disunity, our partnership is threatened, with Mannaz encouraging us to seek assistance from others, understanding that we are part of a greater consciousness with harmony our fundamental goal.

Raidho and the 6 of Cups both discuss the journey we take in form, Raidho signifying harmony and right purpose, the 6 of Cups denoting family and fulfillment. The Wild Unknown Tarot uses animals and trees in its depictions and in the 6 of Cups we see an as above so below expression with the tree above and its massive root system below. Positioned between The Empress and The Emperor, the card reflects all that they create together in balanced unified presence. Raidho indicates rhythmic motion in partnership with others, attuned to a higher purpose.

 

Finally, The Emperor stands tall representing structure and leadership. Fatherhood and the conscious realm along with benevolence and stability are among this card’s influences. He provides a certain kind of balance to The Empress although without her he would not exist. Boundaries, protection, and order are felt with The Emperor as he assists The Empress in providing the structure for success. Perthro represents the mystery of fate and is thought of as the childbirth rune. Perthro points to correct action, something The Emperor needs to stay in balance. Healing and understanding are among Perthro’s influences and provide The Emperor with a window into the unknown.

Our strength is found in unified presence with the collective consciousness. We are not the bodies we inhabit but in fact, the Creator personified into form. While we understand the idea that our bodies have to work in harmony in order that we continue to live, we miss that application to humanity as a whole. In harmonious union with each other, our roots run deep and provide all the strength we need for an abundant experience.

While the future is unwritten, we instinctively know that in unity, our success is far more assured than when we’re at each others’ throats. It was nice to see both sides of the aisle come together after the shooting yesterday of a Republican Congressman, two Capitol Police officers, and a Lobbyist who were practicing for today’s game. Irrespective of our differences, it’s clear that the only thing to do now is to come together.

The insanity of this moment requires that we pause and remember that we’re one family, no matter how things have been between us of late. It’s time to remember who we are and let the strength of our love guide us forward.

Blessings to all!

 

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Spiritual Awareness ~ Full Moon Runecasting And Bindrune 9 June 2017

Spiritual Awareness ~ Full Moon Runecasting And Bindrune 9 June 2017

Tonight is the Full Strawberry Moon and I decided to do a runecasting prior to tonight’s Esbat ritual for a bindrune invoking spiritual awareness. As a side note, I harvested my first strawberry of the season out in my medicinal garden, tiny, but sweet and yummy and I also crafted a new set of runes from some Black Locust I have growing next to one of my ponds. We brought the trees in from my husband’s parent’s home before it sold years ago and now the trees are producing blooms that are so beautiful! I hadn’t yet crafted any runes from them and their blooms reminded me of that fact. So my husband kindly cut some rune stock from a branch he had pruned last year and I spent a couple of days sanding and wood burning until the runes felt right in my hands.

Runes have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. Although I do buy runes made from stone, I always make my wooden runes. There’s something about a witch’s interaction between the wood itself and the sanding and engraving process that makes every set a reflection of the witch’s inner vision. I create them in the order established by the Elder Futhark, visualizing each rune’s meaning.

For this Full Strawberry Moon runecasting, I drew Perthro, Mannaz, Eihwaz, Jera, and Fehu. Runes have many influences and the well of Wyrd, rational thought, paradox, transformation and balance, and wealth are the primary influences contained within the runecasting. I derive the overall numerology of a runecasting from their numerical placement in the Futhark, so individually they are 14, 20, 13, 12, and 1 respectively, with 6, or the sacred layer of Higher Self presence, as the runecasting’s overall numerological influence.

Perthro is the rune of fate, the unknown, and the cup from which runes are cast. A Water Element rune, its numerology of 5 reinforces the elemental influence of change. Also known as the childbirth rune, Perthro also represents birth if pointing to the right or death if pointing to the left. It reveals memories and can be visualized in meditation to experience past lives. Perthro represents the simplicity of cause and effect on the physical plane as well as the alignment of our nonphysical aspect of Self.

Intuition is balanced with our rational mind with Mannaz, the 20th rune of the Elder Futhark. An Earth rune, Mannaz represents humanity’s need for partnership and helps us understand our role in the greater community or society at large. It teaches us to live our lives in the present moment and to understand that we are part of a greater unified presence.

The 13th rune of the Elder Futhark, Eihwaz provides the connection between physical and nonphysical aspects of Self, the link between realms. It provides both structure and transformation, infusing Spirit into form and creates movement from one energetic state to another, eliminating stagnation that prevents clarity.

Another Earth rune, Jera is the rune of transformation and balance, fertility, and positive change. It’s useful to hang in the garden as part of a bindrune for growth as well as to bring harmony and alignment to relationships. Luck, prosperity, and the cycles of life are among Jera’s influences.

We end with Fehu, the sending rune representing wealth and traditionally, cattle. A Fire Element rune, Fehu begins the Elder Futhark and increases wealth and abundance as well as the witch’s ability to send energetic intentions. As the final rune of the runecasting, I believe it’s there to organize and send the collective energy of the runes above it.

Perthro opens us to experiencing the partnership of Mannaz while Eihwaz infuses that spiritual awareness into our daily lives. Jera further transforms our relationships into a conscious, unified presence with all. And Fehu provides the catalyst necessary to cast the intention of unified presence to the universe.

I created a bindrune along with a planetary sigil using the magick square for Jupiter and burned both onto a piece of juniper to invoke spiritual awareness of our unified presence. I like working with both types of sigils and have been using them together lately. The sigil from the magick square uses the letters associated with each rune to obtain their numerological equivalent and I drew the sigil from there.

 

 

I blessed and consecrated the sigil with the following chant. I used the Latin version:

  • I bind these runes     (Circum nos imbuit)
  • Blending energies within     (Melicos intra resonantia)
  • Bringing balance without    (Componere sine)
  • Infused with immanence     (Splendido immanentia vestiganda)
  • I bless and consecrate this sigil     (Benedico et consecrare hoc sigil)
  • In alignment with Goddess     (In noctis per Dea)
  • It is done     (Consummatum est)

Sigil magick is great to use when you want to create a symbol for a collective influence or intention. It can be as complicated or as simple as you like; it’s all a reflection of your own process. I wrote a book called Magick and the Aligned Witch in which I discuss working magick from an aligned state. Magick worked from an aligned state is less about consequences or trying to create the space for one thing or another to happen and more about creating the space for remembrance of who we are. We’re not here to judge others or expect them to live in accordance with our respective comfort levels. And casting our intentions when aligned in Source Presence allows us to see all as extensions of Self and the Creator and experience the truth of their perfection.

Now in the time of ascension, many are awakening to the truth of who they are and magick that creates the space for that process to happen in perfect love and perfect trust is the primary focus of this witch. Witches stand in observation of the world around them, secure in their knowing that all of it is an illusion of form. We can participate within that subjective, ego-based structure or reflect one that engages from an awareness of Higher Self. The choice is ours.

Our focus can no longer be on what separates us, but in fact, the awareness that we are one unified presence. We can no longer afford to be confused about this truth allowing hate and division to drive the conversation. We are so much more than we have been led to believe. We are the Creator, focused into the fabric of space/time, in collective creation of the universe.

My dear family, we are so much more than we thought, and it’s time to awaken to that truth.

Blessed Be

 

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The Sacred Space Of Home ~ Runecasting for 10 May 2017

The Sacred Space Of Home ~ Runecasting for 10 May 2017

Last night was the Full Flower Moon. Symbolic of mystery and emotional presence, witches everywhere stand in observance of the Esbat ritual by drawing down the Moon and communing with their Goddess of choice. I’m partial to Hecate and Brigid but typically I stay more generic, reserving specific Goddesses for Dark Moon ritual.

We set the altar and cast the circle, defining our spiritual workspace if you will. From there, witches may meditate or ride the hedge, or perform magickal workings if needed. I view the Full Moon as a time of purification and alignment with Goddess presence. I also cast the runes, creating a bindrune if energies align which I did for last night’s ritual.

 

Runes of higher consciousness, openings, and sacred space comprise today’s runecasting. Runes from the Elder Futhark are divided into three groups or Aetts and today’s runes, Algiz, Kenaz, and Othala, are from each aett dealing with practical issues, psychological aspects of self, and universal law.

Representing Air, Fire, and Water, Algiz is our connection between physical and nonphysical aspects of self. Like the horns of the elk, Algiz fosters safety and protection and as the rune of higher consciousness, a connection with the divine resonance within.

Kenaz continues as the rune of openings. Also known as the torch, Kenaz represents the light of truth, healing, and love, revealing secrets by increasing intuition. Transformation and enlightenment are among Kenaz’s primary influences as it lights the way to truth.

Othala is an interesting rune in that rune casters are divided as to its placement in the Elder Futhark. It’s traditionally placed at the end but some switch it with Dagaz, placing that rune as the final rune of the Futhark. I’ve vacillated back and forth on the subject and now I’m back to placing it at the end. Othala is said to contain all energies of the runes as it balances order with chaos, and represents the sacred space of our Akash and universal cosmic law.

A bindrune can be created like the one in the picture above combining the energies of the three runes into a synchronous intention that can then be cast or carried with you like a talisman, bringing the aligned vibrations with you throughout your day. I use bindrunes for both purposes.

What’s nice about this runecasting and bindrune is that it acknowledges our true nature as Source Energy, in unified presence with all. It asks us to remain open to that truth and mindful that all are on the same path to awakening and enlightenment. Some choose a more self-oriented focus while others remain aware of their greater nature as one with all. Either focus is acceptable but one is more challenging than the other. Our perspective while in physical form determines how we see and respond to either choice we make.

When the Moon is full she’s in her full presence reminding us to do the same. During these dark days, we need as much light as we can project to see the truth of what’s going on. This runecasting suggests that perceiving from our higher consciousness allows us to remain open to truth, irrespective of what that might be, secure in the understanding that everything around is a collective projection and as such, subjective and illusory. Finally, Othala reminds us that our sacred space is still safe, protected from the chaos that may be surrounding us. As the Creator, how could we be anything less?

We’re at our best when we stand in our power together as one. The magick of the bindrune is in its synchronicity, both with the runes themselves as well as with our unified presence. We are inextricably bound together, our one family, whether we come together in unity or remain at odds with each other.

Isn’t it time we realized this truth?

Blessings to our one big beautifully messy family! Our underlying love for each other, realized or not, will provide the light necessary to show us the way home.

 

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A Circle Of Protection To Bind Their Fate

A Circle of Protection To Bind Their Fate

Protection can take many forms. It can be defensive or offensive in nature as with martial arts, or it can be born of inner awareness. Rune magick is a method of bringing runic influences together in sigil form for a specific purpose. It can be divination-oriented, or it can bring about a change of some kind. I use sigils in general because they represent a focused intention. I like how they organize my thoughts around whatever situation I’m concerned with. Lately, my thoughts have been on protection.

I was listening to a woman speak today on a podcast who was talking about how unsustainable it is to provide financial assistance to people in our country. She had a Darwinian bent and appeared to believe that survival of the fittest was the best way to solve our problems. I don’t share her premise or perspective because I know that we’re one collective consciousness and how we live should reflect that truth.

It would be like expecting each cell in our bodies to survive on its own without the integration required so that our bodies exist and function properly. The same concept is true in a bee colony. I’m someone who is kept by bees. I’d say I’m a beekeeper, but bees don’t need a keeper so it feels odd to call myself that. Anyway, the hive wouldn’t survive long if a survival of the fittest attitude swept the colony. Then they probably would need a keeper. You know, like the so-called new guy seems to need.

Today’s runecasting centers around protection. But it doesn’t necessarily reflect the intention of protection against something or someone. Sometimes our greatest protection involves how we interpret what’s happening around us. As A Course in Miracles tells us, we give everything we see the meaning it has. Now the bulk of humanity may agree with our assessment, but we’re still giving everything we experience the meaning it has.

If we can look dispassionately at situations that are concerning, then we’re better able to view them with more clarity than when we’re caught up in our reactions to whatever is occurring. So in a real sense, protection should also involve our choice of reaction.

Additionally, our state of mind, be it loving or not, should also influence our feeling of protection, again reflecting that dispassionate view that helps keep us centered and aligned. So when I was looking at some bindrunes I’ve created over the last few months, I selected those that protected, aligned, extended love, and invoked a centered and unified presence to surround today’s runecasting creating a greater a circle of protection to support its message.

Othala, Gebo, and Hagalaz are today’s runes and bring influences of our Akash and ancestral heritage, balanced energy exchange, and then a little destruction in preparation for impending change with some hawthorn twigs rounding out the protection influences. Othala represents our collective nature, both in physical and nonphysical form. It asserts that our greatest achievements are accomplished together, Darwin be damned.

Moving deocil around spread, the witch invokes change and Hagalaz as the witch rune accomplishes this task. It provides the balanced structure necessary for positive change to unfold and provides blessings to speed the process.

Gebo reflects both inner and outer balance and teaches us to live in harmony with each other. Again, Darwin’s not finding a home here. Using the example of our bodies again, when the body is not in balance then disease or ill health results. If the imbalance is left unchecked, the body may not survive. It’s the same with humanity. We won’t survive if we don’t bring our polarities back into balance. The masculine has run amok and the feminine has had enough. The answer is a more balanced approach but the masculine energy disagrees and here we are now, in need of some protection.

But we don’t need a savior, even if he’s back from vacation. We need clarity. We need truth. And when we have that, the answers will be clear. But until that happens, we need to remain as aligned as possible in Higher Self awareness, viewing what’s unfolding with discernment, taking a dispassionate stance.

Disinformation and distraction seem to be the mantra of the new regime. But in time the proverbial man behind the curtain will be revealed and then heads will roll, the circle of protection binding their fate. We’re being shown a future that few anticipated or wanted. A country reflects everyone within. The people make up its heart and vitality, its blood supply extending life to all.

We’re not a business decision, a deal to be made, or a company to be closed. We’re the very life force without which this country would not even exist and we have always been more than the sum of our parts. We cannot be dismissed as irrelevant because we most certainly are not.

We see you, in all your predatory ugliness. We know what you’re doing and you’re not going to get away with it. You believe you can strip mine us into oblivion all while making a buck off of the deal.

But then you’re a fool.

You’ll create a mess that you won’t be able to clean up. But don’t worry. The rest of us, in our unity of purpose, in the protection of all that we have co-created together, will be happy to do that for you.

Blessed Be

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The Mystery of Fate ~ Runecasting for 17 April 2017

I saw a set of runes the other day made from acorns. The oak tree is sacred amongst witches signifying strength, longevity, endurance, and protection. My husband and I planted an oak tree a couple of years ago but it’s growing slowly and it was on a walk one day that we found some acorns on the ground and stuffed our pockets full. So when I saw the set of runes made from acorns, I remembered the ones we found and got out my wood burner.

Usually, I draw the runes first on whatever wood I’m using but this time I burned them free hand and for whatever reason, I didn’t have to redo any. I only had so many acorns so it was risky but it went effortlessly. Maybe it was the sacredness of the runestock in play.

Hagalaz, Isa, and Perthro comprise today’s runecasting. All are Water element runes so I used shells to surround the runes emphasizing emotional presence. Hagalaz and Isa are both Norn runes representing Urdh (past) and Verdandi (the present), while Perthro represents fate and the well of Wyrd from which the Norns revealed the runes to Odin.

Establishing the framework from which the runecasting flows, Hagalaz as the cosmic ice egg representing hail and winter levels the playing field as it destroys our existing foundation so that change can take hold. Like the witch, Hagalaz creates a fuss then disappears as if never there.

Isa continues the preparation for change as the center of the the hailstone creating the stillness necessary to align in Source Presence. Development of the will is expressed by Isa as we bring an end to destructive forces affecting our life.

The power of the Norns to determine the fate of men is Perthro’s influence. Position is relevant with Perthro. Known as the cauldron of transformation, when open to the right, it indicates the womb and birth, to the left, death. At the end of a runecasting, Perthro is telling us to embrace a new direction. Although change is in store there is still much that is unknown but given the influences of both Hagalaz and Isa, it promises to be transformational in nature.

Sometimes the runes divine a greater truth and sometimes they’re simple and straightforward. My youngest son and his wife are having their first child and our first grandchild. Our lives are about to change when our little grand-witchling is born and we couldn’t be happier.

For all its destructive power, Hagalaz is also considered the blessing rune for marriage and partnership and provides the positive structure necessary for a new family dynamic to emerge, one that centers on new life and love. It was fate when they met, something in each that trusted the mystery before them and allowed a great love to spring forth. And now they’re gifting us with the most precious gift of all, the love of a grandchild.

Like the oak, a mighty family will grow from seeds lovingly and carefully sown which began long ago. We’ve come full circle, with life beginning anew. And when she arrives this summer we’ll be forever over the moon!

And to our son and our beautiful daughter-in-love:

Thank you!

 

 

 

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In Centered Presence ~ Runecasting and Bindrune for 16 April 2017

In Centered Presence ~ Runecasting and Bindrune for 16 April 2017

In centered presence, we align with the Creator within. It is our natural state and reflects awareness balanced with will. We extend ourselves in full awareness of who we are unfazed by the varied expressions of form around us. When we’re caught up in our reaction to life we lose sight of the control we each have to create a happier experience if we could only remain aligned in centered presence.

Bindrunes work well because they blend runic energies together creating a greater focus or intention. I set the intention for a bindrune for centered presence and then drew Thurisaz, Othala, Hagalaz, and Inguz  from my bag. Will, sacred space, fixed structure, and the desire within comprise the bindrune’s influences.

Protection and defense along with catalytic change and renewal are among the interpretations of Thurisaz. But at the heart of this rune is the expression of will and the ability to avoid impulsive reaction.

Othala is considered the rune of sacred space because of its energy of ancestral inheritance. It’s said to possess the power of all runes in the Elder Futhark and balances order and chaos. Our essential unity is expressed by Othala as the repository of our Akash.

Reinforcing the rune of sacred space, Inguz represents not only our genetic inheritance but our focus into form itself. Inguz expresses the desire within for expansion and growth. Invoking inner will, Inguz focuses and releases energy with intention promising a successful outcome.

Hagalaz is the ninth rune of the Elder Futhark and its numerology suggests completion. Considered a witch rune, Hagalaz provides a fixed structure from which magickal workings unfold. It extends blessings and facilitates hedge riding and shamanic journeying. Like the witch, Hagalaz can bring a disruptive influence prior to positive change providing the right influence and structure to the bindrune for centered presence.

                   Centered Presence Bindrune

The stone that appears in both pictures is a hag stone I found at the Oregon coast the weekend our oldest son was married. I turn sixty in October and I’ve never found a hag or holey stone, ever. That weekend, I found the motherlode. Needless to say, it was a magickal experience. I use this smaller one frequently because it has a nice feel to it. Hag stones are a divination tool for witches, divining the future as we look through one of the holes. I use hag stones in ritual or magickal workings to add a Crone influence.

Three is an important number for a witch as it represents triple aspects such as the Triple Goddess as Maiden/Mother/Crone, creation/divinity/fate, past/present/future, and mind/body/Spirit. The three thorned twigs in each picture are from one of my hawthorn trees reinforcing thorny Thurisaz. Hawthorn is considered a tree of the fae folk and is revered by witches as well. I’ve crafted wands from hawthorn as well as the runes used in the runecasting. The bindrune itself is from a larger piece of juniper that we had pruned from one of our juniper trees and its protective and purifying energies allow for its use as a container to gather and hold the runes’ enhanced magick.

Othala directly includes Inguz and is suspended within the framework of Hagalaz. From there, Thurisaz extends downward aligning as above so below. Another expression of triplicity, Awen illuminates above Thurisaz and in Inguz/Othala’s center signifying the flow of inspiration and Spirit. Three points appear in the lower half of the bindrune linking Awen with physical presence.

If we accept the premise that the universe is a projection of the Creator in an effort know more, then we can view our experiences as far more subjective than we do. We make everything so serious, so absolute in form when nothing could be further from the truth. The world we experience now could look very different if enough of us collectively made a more loving choice. Instead we believe this must happen or that must change or a particular leader has the answers when everything comes down to how and where we place our focus.

The pathways or channels of thought we engage in create the life we live. Staying aligned as much as possible in centered presence keeps our vibration high and our thoughts going in a positive direction irrespective of what’s going on around us. Using a bindrune as a focus in ritual or magickal workings or to carry along with us as we go about our day helps us emanate from within instead of reacting from without allowing us to stay positive and in control.

Maybe I should tweet this to the so-called new guy. He could use a little centered presence in his life.

Blessings!

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Protection Magick with Mjolnir ~ Runecasting for 12 April 2017

Protection Magick with Mjolnir ~ Runecasting for 12 April 2017

Thor’s Hammer, Mjolnir, offers the basis for today’s runecasting and bindrune for strength and protection. The sky around my home has been filled with the sounds of fighter jets over the past couple of days and with the new guy in charge, it’s anyone’s guess what this is about. But it can’t be good. Even during the Iraq war, we didn’t experience this, so I decided a bindrune would be in order.

After bringing my energy back into alignment, I drew five runes, placing them in the shape of Mjolnir, a symbol that now represents Asatru. I have Druid heritage and I find anything related to that practice fascinating and for some reason, I’ve been laying out both runes and tarot cards in this same design. It’s clear to me that difficulties lie ahead and protection will be necessary.

I began drawing the lower three runes, Laguz, Wunjo, and Ansuz followed by Uruz in the center, and then Eihwaz at the top. Our strength and power are best derived from a balance between physical and nonphysical aspects of self. The outside lower runes represent influences which are receptive and projective in nature, with their state of balance in the center. The top rune reflects Higher Self influences while the center rune manifests that unified presence into form. Together the runes cast combine to influence the strength and power of Mjolnir assisting us to not only stand in our own power but to also support us when speaking truth to power itself.

Beginning at the top with the thirteenth rune of the Elder Futhark, Eihwaz, as the rune of paradox, this rune of Fire and Air connects the physical and nonphysical aspects of Self. Representing the power and strength of the Yew tree, Eihwaz protects and removes obstacles from our path and prevents self-destructive behavior.

The strength of aurochs influences as the second rune of the Elder Futhark, Uruz, appears in the center of the runecasting. A Water element rune, Uruz represents an archetypal pattern of creation as its horns point downward in the manifestation of form. Like Eihwaz, Uruz increases both inner and outer strength and courage, but with this rune, the force of will is involved.

Laguz appears in the receptive or feminine influence position of the lower three runes. Another rune of elemental Water, Laguz purifies and cleanses our Spirit increasing our clairsentience and life force. As the rune of the occult, it influences our intuition and empathic awareness and brings awareness of the cyclical nature of life. One of the runes associated with witches, Laguz can assist in accessing the nonphysical realm and drawing down Moon energy. It can be used to gather and invoke magickal energy and intention and helps us maintain an emotional balance.

Moving past the center lower rune, Ansuz, the fourth rune of the Elder Futhark represents the projective/masculine influence of the runecasting. Considered the rune of Odin, Ansuz represents the mind and mouthpiece of a god, therefore the Air element. But in truth, the only god exists within, so Ansuz is the rune that we use to align with or channel the Higher Self. Spiritual awakening is a proactive process, one that each of us feels compelled to experience. It’s the natural order of things and Ansuz brings us clarity.

Wunjo holds the receptive and projective side of Self in balance. The eighth rune of the Elder Futhark, this Earth element rune grounds us in harmony and joy. It represents fellowship, peace and conscious interaction with others. As the happily ever after rune, Wunjo expresses its power by granting wishes, and bringing success, happiness, and fulfillment.

Bindrunes are a form of rune magick whereby various runes are drawn or selected from a bag, arranged together in a sigil, and then blessed and consecrated for a specific purpose, in this case, protection magick. Occasionally I select runes for a bindrune but typically I allow the runes to appear as they will. Each rune has its own vibrational resonance and they’ve never steered me wrong so I let the runes guide the magickal working.

For this protection bindrune, Eihwaz establishes the connection between physical and nonphysical aspects of Self, providing the essential structure of the intention. From there, Uruz manifests Spirit into form allowing the strength and protection of unified presence to sustain our will. Wunjo holds our receptive and projective aspects of self in harmony and balance. With our emotions and intellect in balance, we derive our power and strength from clarity and vision instead of through arrogance and control.

The unspoken presence in the runecasting is Thurisaz, the rune that actually represents Mjolnir. Its catalytic energy protects and defends, breaking through difficult situations with ease. Thurisaz both stimulates change and prevents situations from becoming out-of-control. The power of Thor’s Hammer turns things around, creating new beginnings, but as the Thorn, it can also cause great destruction. Used wisely and with clarity, however, it serves a higher purpose and why I chose its symbol for the shape and intention of the runecasting.

Vulnerability is difficult to experience particularly when solutions aren’t easily found and all we can do is stand in witness. A feeling of protection empowers us to speak our truth, to stand in our own power, and to rise up on behalf of others. Using the bindrune at the top of the runecasting as a talisman or in ritual creates a focus for protection as we align and draw strength from the Unified Presence, extending that blessing to all.

Blessed Be

 

 

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Revolution ~ Tarot for 11 April 2017

Revolution ~ Tarot for 11 April 2017

While we began in Ruin yesterday, we begin today experiencing Conflict leading to revolution. An oddly shaped rock structure rises in the background in the 5 of Wands, powerful yet worn. Competition and strife are felt by the five upward pointing spears, flames rising from each tip. A balanced hierarchy exists with the center spear in dominance. Its hexagram is titled Revolution based on higher principles instead of power. Without that aspect present on the card, we’re not really sure of the genesis of the conflict. In this case, it appears the conflict is in service of a greater good.

The High Priestess appears next in the reading illustrating a luminous goddess, her hands raised in supplication to the moon. A large bubble hides her countenance creating mystery and suggesting secret knowledge and inner wisdom. A camel appears below representing the Hebrew glyph on the above left reinforced by the rune, Uruz on the right representing the strength of the aurochs and manifestation of consciousness into form. A card of the Moon, The High Priestess represents the Divine Feminine, intuition, stillness, and alignment.

With inner wisdom as our guide, a conflict born of revolution, when focused on a higher purpose can yield the Richness depicted by the 10 of Stones. The blessings found in legacy built from community effort are felt with this card. Its hexagram is The Well representing the resources necessary to establish and preserve the needs of the community at large.

In the hidden influence position, The Fool reminds us that we’re forever on a journey to remembrance and awakening. We can always correct course and refocus in a more positive direction. A focus on the present moment releases expectations that seem to only hinder our progression, allowing us to develop our infinite potential.

We end with the 3 of Swords titled Mourning. Two swords are suspended with their tips pointing to the earth. A tear emerges from a wound in the background. A third sword is suspended to the side as if standing aside from the drama. Its hexagram suggests Retreat from a situation based on past conflict or hurt in an effort to gain a new perspective. Although the card suggests some pain is involved a running theme of the reading focuses on turning weakness or disadvantage into strength associated with a higher purpose.

Three can indicate a synthesis of some kind, in this case, understanding gained from the inner awareness that with unified effort revolutionary ideas can find their genesis, creating a stronger and happier future for all. The overall numerology of the reading is 2 or choice. And it’s clear that the choice that gives us ultimate joy is found in unity with others.

Those who wish only power will find that the rest of us have no intention of cooperating with their self-possessed agenda. They can change the narrative in any way they like but it will still come out the same. Deception and betrayal have a funny way of spawning revolution.

Humanity’s time has come. It’s time for the foolish ones to either get on board or step out of the way.

Blessed Be

 

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Alignment In Higher Consciousness ~ Runecasting for 9 April 2017

Alignment In Higher Consciousness ~ Runecasting for 9 April 2017

When we think about higher consciousness it may feel as if it’s unreachable, confusing the body we inhabit with the truth of who we actually are. In truth, each one of us is our higher consciousness and it’s to that reality that many are awakening to now. I like to use the shape of runes themselves when laying them out in a spread or pattern. Algiz, or the rune of higher consciousness, is one rune that I use frequently in alignment rituals. The last rune I drew from the bag was, in fact, Algiz itself reinforcing my choice of spreads. With everything that’s happening around the world, it seems that the Unified Presence has something to contribute to the conversation.

Magick can take various forms primarily dependent upon a witch’s focus or perspective. Some witches get involved in responding to this or that concern with anything from healing spells to love or prosperity magick. Some curse and some prefer instead to bind. Magick can further be delineated into magickal workings focusing on the shadow side of self or blessings of love and light. Some witches invoke angelic presence into their spellcraft, and some prefer to control demons.

Traditions influence as does the need to push beyond boundaries. The overall story of our lives influences as well which is where I make my own departure from the traditional narrative. I’ve always believed that the Creator/Source/God/Goddess is All That Is. As such, I don’t believe in a Creator that’s separate from the creation because the Creator is the creation. I believe that although our bodies are a creation over time by visitors to Earth, our higher consciousness remains one in unified presence with all as the Creator personified. Our bodies are only vessels that we inhabit for a time, our higher consciousness driving the bus so to speak.

We incarnate into form with an overall theme or purpose with others in agreement with their own participation. We’re interwoven together in the fabric of creation, separation from each other impossible. And because of this belief, my magick has changed considerably over the years. I’m more apt to allow things to unfold around me without becoming involved in any of it. It’s not that I won’t perform a binding spell if I really think someone or a situation is spinning out of control, but I’ve realized that at least some of my response is predicated on believing my perception of what I see.

If I stay away from judgment, then it’s easier to observe and then move on. It’s less reactionary that way. In Magick And The Aligned Witch, I discuss performing magick from an aligned state. The hazard of performing a binding spell is that I could be preventing the full expression of something that was chosen before incarnating. After all, experience can be our best teacher, so why would a witch interfere with another’s process?

Much of my magickal workings now focus on aligning in higher consciousness or unified presence. Now that ascension is in full swing, aligning and raising frequency allows everyone else to experience awakening’s resonance, our natural state. Runes are similar to the Major Arcana in tarot in that they represent archetypal influences reminding us of who we are. In essence, they keep us on track and are useful in aligning with higher consciousness.

Runes are similar to the Major Arcana in tarot in that they represent archetypal influences reminding us of who we are. In essence, they keep us on track and are useful in aligning with higher consciousness.

In today’s runecasting, I drew Gebo, Othala, Thurisaz, Isa, and Algiz and placed them in the Algiz pattern for higher consciousness. Gebo, a Water element rune, creates balanced energy exchange with others. Also known as the gift, Gebo promotes generosity and mutual benefit with all.

Othala is the rune of sacred space and our Akash. It’s said to combine all runic energies into one providing protection, peace, and prosperity. Othala balances order with chaos and its focus is on the greater community at large.

The catalytic energy of Thor’s Hammer is contained in Thurisaz. Protection and defense are this rune’s primary influence along with catalyzing change for the better. It can be used in weather and love magick, stimulating positive outcome. But along with protection, Thurisaz asks us to avoid impulsive and self-centered action, allowing anger to cool before responding further.

Isa brings stillness and alignment to the runecasting, allowing further development of the will. A rune of becoming, Isa represents Verdandi, the Norn of the static realm or present, securing our aligned focus until clarity is achieved.

In the final position, Algiz represents Air, Fire, and Water and the connection between the physical and nonphysical realms. Appearing at the bottom of the spread, it suggests that higher consciousness is our real foundation and our choices in life should reflect that truth.

The runes are arranged together in a sigil or bindrune bringing together the energetic influences of the runes contained within. They can be carried as a talisman for alignment throughout the day or used as a focus in ritual or magickal workings. The idea is to visualize the runic influences combining together into a greater resonance and then offer it to the unified presence by casting the intention for all to align if they choose. It’s like shouting out that there’s room over here at the table for anyone who wants to sit down.

Today’s runecasting is reminding us that instead of being in conflict with others, living in unity reflects who we are. When aligned in unified presence you realize that separation is an illusion. You’ll know that there is no other and that all are the Creator here to know more. The imperfections we see in others don’t exist outside of form, and when as witches we talk about living in perfect love and perfect trust, it really references our true reality as one with all. We feel the unified presence of creation. The bindrune is an expression of that truth.

Blessings to all!