Today we are entering the Runic month of Eihwaz. We have digested (Jera) and integrated the lessons learned from the ice in order to refine the self (Isa).
As the days are slowly getting longer, we too are ready to birth ourselves anew and reconnect with the physical world.
This time the I finds itself both grounded/anchored in the ancestralearth (Helheim) and connected to the higher realms of consciousness (Asgard).
Eihwaz is the embodiment of the Yggdrasil, the cosmic tree. The cycle of life, death, and rebirth applies to the self over and over during one’s physical lifetime. This is both evolution and revolution. So welcome the new year as well as the new you/yew… Everything is possible.
“In the book The Quest for the Nine Maidens, I have shown that these weird sisters are merely one of multifarious representations of a remarkably long-lived institution that underpins and infuses the mythology and folklore of the Celtic, Scandinavian and Iberian worlds and beyond in a timescale that seems to have lasted for millennia. For what the past two decades of research have shown me is that whether they hide behind the names of early Christian saints or Gaulish druidesses, Valkyries or Muses there was a sisterhood known to historians in the Classical world and remembered by that other strange sisterhood, the witches as late as the 16th century in Scotland, and who are remembered in a cave painting from near the dawn of time in Catalonia (El Cogul) but have almost been forgotten by the modern world.”
The Rough Nights can be viewed as ‘Nights of the Soul’ because much of what happens during this time is of a spiritual nature. This 2nd night is about the stillness within and without (you can read about the 1st night HERE).
A lot of people fear silence. Some of them because they associate silence with death, others because they know they will have to hear their own thoughts and by extension the voice of their own inner demons.
Silence should not be feared but rather embraced as it is the key element of any creative or healing process. Learn to be at peace with silence.
Face any thought or emotion that may arise with honesty & integrity. Ask yourself (or the spirits) whether what you hear is just random inner dialogue or if there is something deeper that needs to be addressed. In this case, stillness will set you on your path toward healing. Welcome the experience & the lesson(s).
Inspired by ‘Das Wunder der Raunächte” by Valentin Kirschgruber
May your Ancestors be proud as they are watching over you. Their blood runs in your veins, their lives and experiences encoded in your DNA.
May they all rest in peace and may we not repeat negative patterns such as anger, violence or suffering. Blessed are the Ancestresses!
The Runic month of Jera is a time in between time. The glyph itself gives a clue: 2 Kennaz Runes – one pointing toward the past and the other toward the future.
Both are engaged in a silent dance forward. Kennaz is the light that illuminates the path ahead (how appropriate with the Winter Solstice and the rebirth of the sun) as well as the path behind, the road already traveled.
During this transition between the old calendrical year and the new, take a moment of conscious awareness to fully reflect on your past and dream or whisper your future into being.
Blessings to all!
You’ve been tried and tested by the 3 ‘rough runes’: Hagalaz, Nauthiz, and Isa, in order for the outdated self to die and the new you (in alignment with your core self, your essence) to be revealed.
With the end of a cycle, a new one can now begin with Jera.
As the end of the calendrical year is drawing near, this rune asks you to reflect on all the things that have happened to you internally and externally. Ponder on your personal harvest, draw your conclusions and move on. Prepare yourself for the new year to come, set your intentions and release them throughout the Nine Worlds.
For those of you who are going through troubled times, know & have faith that this will pass.
According to some sources, this day marks the historicalWinter Solstice. The sun is to be reborn and Sunna‘s medicine brings light in the dark, hope and healing.
Following the experiences and lessons learned in Vanaheim, Asgard & Ljosalfheim, we now continue our journey in the fiery realm of Muspelheim.
There we encounter Thurisaz, a rune of power yes, but a rune of patience, tenacity & perseverance as well. Visions do not manifest overnight. Time is required, and under the dominion of Isa, it is pointless to rush unless what you seek is your own destruction.
In this sub-chapter about the Mastery of Isa, I’ve included a divination exercise in order to sharpen your skills and your vision. I plan to release it by mid-December…
The 3rd day of our journey towards the mastery of Isa brings us to Ljosalfheim, the realm of the Light Elves.
They basically are the ‘Ascended Masters’ of the North. They are pure energy and communicate mainly through empathy, much like trees do.
Though Isa requires a lot of inner work and solitude, Fehu is an invitation towards growth, expansion, and connection.
Inspired and guided by the Elves, I propose a guided meditation in nature as an initiation to plant spirit shamanism during which one can explore and learn the art of non-verbal communication with sentient beings throughout the Nine Worlds.
This will be part of the ISA chapter of my Runic Curriculum for Home Study, which should be available around mid-December.