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MAKE: Altered ‘Baroque’ Pendulum

When you don’t have time for a full reading, using the pendulum is a nice and quick alternative. But, of course, the answer to your question will be limited to ‘yes’ or ‘no’ without further explanations.

I have a few pendulums, My favorite one (and go-to pendulum) is a heavy golden pendulum that used to belong to my grandmother, but I don’t think she ever used it (at least not to my knowledge) and I’ve never seen another one like it.

I’ve been wanting to make my own pendulums for some time now. I just didn’t know what to use to start with. And I wanted something unique. So this morning I made this little pendulum above, which is an altered pendulum because I didn’t really make it from scratch. The wrapped pyrite stone came from a former pendulum that broke several years ago but I had kept all the pieces. The beaded part, on the other hand, came from a vintage earring inherited from my grandmother jewelry box. I just decided to combine the 2 together and…Voila! And the best part is that it actually works! 😉

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FLORA: Wild Spring Bouquet # 1

This is a simple bouquet made of flowers and plants found in my garden. Some were planted by me, some were surprise guests brought over by the wind.

I once read in one of my French books that there is no such thing as “Floral Art”, which basically means that there is no right way or wrong way of doing floral/botanical arrangements. It’s just a matter of good taste, of training the eye and adding a touch of poetry…Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and a tastefully arranged bouquet will stir all sorts of emotions.

To me, it’s a form of meditation and a way to reconnect once more with the land, the seasons and the devas. And plants do heal even if sometimes just in subtle ways.

This wild bouquet is made of poppies, orange scented geranium flowers, California sagebrush and some mystery wild grass (I first thought it was quaking oats, but I was mistaken).

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How I came to study & use the Runes

Most people don’t know what the Runes, but I found out that a lot more people do know (which surprised me). However, they think it’s just another divination tool like the Tarot, and are often put off by the rather esoteric signs that require some studying.

With a lifetime of not doing things like everybody else, I didn’t learn the Runes for divination…At least not initially. I’ve always been drawn to natural healing modalities (been studying & using herbs for more than 20 years) therefore when I read somewhere that, at one point in time, Runes were used for healing…I was beyond intrigued.

The caveat was that the Runes were mainly used in an oral tradition, so there was pretty much nothing to start with and study. I decided that I wanted to recreate the tradition of Runic Healing, at least my own interpretation of it (I don’t speak any of the Scandinavian languages, which doesn’t help).

So I started defining which Rune was connected to which part or function of the body (a little bit of research combined, mostly, with my own intuition) and did some Energy Healing. Since this ancient alphabet has a strong vibrational energy, and the word “Rune” itself means “whisper” or “secret“, I was whispering each Rune I was using when I did some energy work on someone. I had, generally speaking, a very positive feedback. However since this form of energy work is not coined, labeled or known, unlike Reiki…Reaching people was a bit tricky.

I’d like to point out that Energy Healing is probably as old as Humanity itself. There have been many schools of healing, just like there are many chakra systems, and they all predate Reiki!

Anyway, I had to take a long break from Runic Healing for many personal reasons. But during that time I learned about the divinatory meaning of the Runes. I went through a rough period in my life, a transformational period, and I needed answers. Now, of course, each Rune as many interpretations ranging between the “academic” and the intuitive…And learning about them takes time, dedication, and will. But I learned that Runes don’t lie, even though the answer given may not make sense at the time or be shrouded in mystery. I also learned that you can work with them (energetically again) for pathworking and manifestation.

This experience gave me another outlook on the Runes, and I have come to understand that in order to recreate a Runic Healing tradition I needed to incorporate all my gifts and experiences. Because working with the Runes is a multilayered and multifaceted art, and getting back to the healing part: there are physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects that all need to be addressed. A drawn stave can either be used for intuitive “diagnosis” or as energetic “remedy” (and I’d like to work on herbal correspondences as well)…To conclude, there’s still a lot of work ahead ;)!

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French Podcast #1: Le Tissu de Mes RĂȘves


I think the level for this first podcast is intermediate to advanced. I went to a fabric store…That is all I’m willing to say, the rest you will have to discover for yourself ;).

I purposely kept the podcast short in order to not overwhelm my listeners with information, which could then lead to confusion. I’m going to give a little bit of vocabulary below to help you understand and/or translate better.

As I said in my introductory post: you can have a 1st listening to get the gist of it, during a 2nd listening you can try to write down words and/or sentences that you recognize/understand. After a 3rd listing, you can try to translate what you heard. You can also, alternatively, use this podcast as a dictation (which is an excellent exercise).

Here’s the vocabulary that might be useful: un tissu: a fabric, une poupĂ©e: a doll, acquĂ©rir: to acquire, mĂȘme (in this context): even, se balader: to stroll/to wander, cachĂ©: hidden, ĂȘtre tombĂ©(e) sur: to stumble upon, un tissu brocart: a brocade, rĂȘver: to dream, un conteur/une conteuse: a storyteller.

Feel free to email me personally to request a written transcript of this podcast. I also encourage you to subscribe to my blog to make sure not to miss any future podcast.

Enjoy ;).