2016 began well enough. I published my first book and my herbal coursework was proceeding nicely. I completed the herb course early in the year and went on to publish three more books, the last one, Empath, just the other day. As I write this, I’m awaiting proofs for the paperback copy.
We put in a dome greenhouse and expanded the raspberry bed. We hugeled as much as possible, a new approach to raised bed gardening that we tried this year with wonderful results. The vegetables in the dome did so well in this type of raised bed. The idea is to dig down if possible and then line the hole with logs, sticks, and and other plant debris such as compost which will absorb and retain moisture. This reduces water requirements over the course of the season which is great for areas that experience drought. Living on the High Desert of Central Oregon, everything is volcanic and with our temperature swings it makes growing anything a challenge which is why we thought we’d try this method. We’ll be hugeling all raised beds from now on.
The bees did well on the one hand and then we appeared to lose two new hives at the end of the season. The split probably went back into the original hive we took it from, but what happened to the Warre’ bees is a mystery. One day they were there and the next they were gone. All that beautiful comb they had built sat empty and silent. I was devastated. We learned the hard way not to listen to the more experienced in our area, with some bad advice possibly at the heart of what happened. So we’ll continue on next year, unfortunately having to buy more bees to help the process along. The new long hive was doing well as was the original at the end of the season so with any luck, they’ll survive the winter. Jerry will be building some hives patterned after the long hive this winter since we really like that setup for use next year. And we’re going treatment free. After two seasons of vacillating back and forth about whether or not to treat, we’ve decided on the natural approach. It’s how we do everything else so it makes sense to continue with that method. The bees know what to do. They don’t need us at all.
We found out that our youngest son and his wife are expecting their first child in July. As this is our first grandchild, Jerry and I are over the moon! We spent the Christmas holiday together, both boys and their wives in our oldest son’s new home. It was wonderful! Even the animals got along after Puff Cat drew first blood. Boundaries..synonymous with cats. Essential at any holiday.
An election happened that has upended our country and quite possibly the world. We didn’t exactly throw the baby out with the bathwater, but instead we’re about to install him as president. Because it’s less of an inauguration and more of an installation by the Russian government I think. Greed, misogyny, racism, sexism, along with tiny, grabby hands gave the Kremlin exactly what it wanted, any thought of which, in times past, would be called treason. But now it’s just another day.
The schism that we’re experiencing will go on and no doubt increase in the days to come. Each side will blame the other and may not notice as the man-child and his minions send us off into the abyss until there’s nothing left. Instead of doing what other president-elects do, he still feels the need to have rallies, to hear the roar of the crowd, instead of listening to daily briefings. He’s nothing short of a game show host-in-chief and his narcissism is sickening to watch. And to think the more qualified person won by almost 3 million more votes and won’t be taking that office. Instead, we’re stuck with this guy.
Of course, I drew some runes before I started this post for both divination and to create a bindrune for the coming year. Perthro, Kenaz, and Uruz were the three runes I drew and placed them on a larger altar piece I created that depicts Awen. Flow, alignment, and inspiration are felt in the three rays of Awen. Clearly we’re going to need to experience all three to get through dark times ahead.
Perthro reflects fate. It’s both the well of Wyrd and the cup from which runes are cast. It’s the womb that births experience; the unknown mystery of fate that blends both cause and effect of physical form with the synchronicity of Higher Self awareness. A rune of Elemental Water, Perthro suggests flowing change and evolution with an awareness of the past as influence for the future.
Kenaz, as the Torch, catalyzes our intuition and illuminates our path. The witch’s power to know is reflected in Kenaz as secrets are revealed. When Kenaz is drawn, transformation and awakening is at hand. Our creative presence is enhanced and a feeling of well-being surrounds us. We are purified in the light of both physical and spiritual enlightenment, aligned in our Source Presence.
Energy or thought shapes form. Uruz is considered an archetype in that it represents the pattern of creation and it’s from that energy that we derive our inspiration. Another rune of Elemental Water, Uruz is the rune of the aurochs depicting strength and endurance. It removes self-doubt and through sudden change overcomes obstacles and difficulties. Courage and increased personal power are delivered with this rune of manifested will.
These runes combine their energies to create a bindrune that holds the intention of acceptance of our fate, of what is, to see the truth of the moment without being swayed. We stay in present moment awareness, alert to any truth that might appear giving us more clarity than previously felt. And as the unknown unfolds, we’re prepared to act in a way that overcomes any obstacles placed in our path. Aligned in our truth, we possess the strength required to meet any challenges which arise, manifesting our own will to transmute the effects of darkness into powerful loving light.
We’re being given a chance, although why we need this is beyond me, to see the life we don’t want, that the very structure of our world is threatened by this man, supported by the numerology of 4 contained in the runecasting. A lifetime of reaction has overshadowed a more reasoned approach, and many believed what amounted to nothing more than lies and hype. He’s not even formally our president yet and many are already having buyer’s remorse. I can already feel the groundswell of I told you so’s beginning.
Of course none of that will matter when our health care insurance costs skyrocket and cover nothing. Or if our new game show host-in-chief tweets something that causes a nuclear war. Did his supporters really believe he was telling any of them the truth? That he was their savior? That he would fix everything?
It’s going to take a whole lot of forgiveness in the end. As hard as that will be, maybe we should begin the new year forgiving everyone before anything else happens. Get ahead of the game as it were. Because if we wait to forgive after experiencing the mess those tiny hands can create, there may be nothing of us left.
Blessed Be our One Family..in the end..we’re all we have.