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ARS RUNAE: A Taste of What is to Come

I know I’ve been silent for a while. A lot of things have happened between moving out of California to relocating near Seattle, finding a new home, pondering on my purpose and the direction of my work…But most importantly, the end of a 15 + year creative blockage (a personal hell for all artists) and the reclaiming of my true self.

About 3 months ago I had already mentioned the death of this blog in order to create a full-fledged website regarding my work (which has morphed and shapeshifted to its present form). If you wish to continue reading and supporting me & my work, you’re gonna have to look for a website with the name ARS RUNAE.

What will that be about?

In a nutshell: Reclaiming the Sacred & Unfolding One’s Personal Myth

But here’s a more detailed explanation:

My aim is to reconnect people with the liminal and the numinous via direct, personal experience, just like our forebears did.
Most have forgotten that our Ancestors used to engage with Nature and the Divine on a daily basis and that this was a mind, body & spirit type of experience. The Gods & Spirits walked among them and they are still walking among us.
The masks I offer are handcrafted for the purpose of this reconnection & reawakening.
Why Masks? They’ve been used since time immemorial to alter perception & the psyche in order to become receptive to knowledge & wisdom in a mainly spiritual and/or healing context, but also for the reenactment of myths.
And the Runes? They are an ancient, sacred alphabet (dating back to the last Ice Age according to some) with a unique, multidimensional energetic imprint. I have personally been using them for many years for divination, healing (the self & others), energy work, pathworking, inner alchemy & manifestation. And they are as relevant today as they were to our Ancestors.
Masks have been haunting and teasing me for the past 20 years or so. I first encountered them in Art School and I immediately fell in love with them. They are ancient, they are primal, they are powerful and the possibilities they offer in terms of spirituality, self-development, healing…etc are pretty much illimited. So this is very exciting for me as well as being the next step of my journey.

 

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The Energetic Reality of Trolls

Warding Off Trolls

As citizens of the Nine Worlds,
Trolls are real.
They are energies
Of chaos and destruction.
As such, they can take many forms. 
In Midgard,
They can take the shape of
An annoying neighbor,
A pesky colleague,
A toxic partner/spouse…

Do not give them your attention.
Do not feed them energetically.
Do not let them
Step on your boundaries either,
Because once you do so
You give them the freedom
And power
To wreak havoc
In your life.

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Do Not Fear Hagalaz…

Hagal_NiWO

During your lifetime, you will be shattered again and again in mind, body, heart & spirit.
The reason for this is that the old, outdated self needs to die for the new self to emerge.
This is spiritual evolution at work.
Do not fear the unknown, embrace it instead.
Because the void is a place of power, where anything and everything is possible.
Know that during that challenging time you are under the care of the Dark Goddess and that you will be fine.
Do not fear Hagalaz, the storm shall pass and you will stand anew.

*Expect some changes to happen to this page within the next few weeks: new logo, new name, new direction… Stay tuned! 🙂 *

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SAINING NOT SMUDGING- PURIFICATION AND LUSTRATION IN SCOTTISH FOLK MAGIC PRACTICE

“Saining is the Scottish Folk magic act of purification. It’s similar to the idea of smudging but very different.”

To read the whole article, head over to the Cailleach’s Herbarium

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ALU Runic Egg Cleansing (Part 2)

ALU Runic Egg Cleansing

Funny what you can get when you request some extra protection. I drew the Runic protection charm ALU ULA on the shell this time.
The egg felt much heavier today. And my health has improved drastically.
I can tell that a lot of clearing has been done due to the large amount of upward strings all connected to tiny bubbles. And still larger bubbles on the rim.
No traces of blood either, meaning that the negative energy/influence has been neutralized.

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Runic Egg Cleansing, Healing & Balance (Part 1)

Runic Egg Cleansing

As I know that my cold was a direct result from being set off balance, I decided to do a shamanic egg cleansing, which I always find to be effective and accurate.
I drew my healing bindrune on the shell and placed the egg under my bed overnight. I do feel better this morning.

But the fun part, to me, is the actual reading of the egg. It’s spot on, as usual.

The strings going upward indicate that quite a bit of negative energy has been removed and the large bubbles on the rim are a sign of strong spiritual protection (for which I have always been grateful). As is the cloud surrounding the yolk (which represents the self). 

Now there is a small balloon next to the yolk (a recurring feature with me) on top of which there is a tiny blood spot indicating feeling a tidbit trapped and under the influence of a negative/evil person. The slight webbing in the vicinity is a sign of jealousy. 

The result of this egg reading doesn’t surprise me at all… I’ll do another cleansing or 2 for good measure and maybe draw ALU (Ansuz-Laguz-Uruz) on the egg this time.

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Healing Bindrune for Colds

Healing Bindrune for Colds

I usually have a rather strong immune system but the recent trip from CA to WA has thrown me off balance. Now I’m having to fight off a chest cold.
I have all the herbs that I need to keep things under control.

But one of the tools in my arsenal is using runes for healing.
So I designed a bindrune that I drew on my chest in order to speed up the healing process (in conjunction with matching Galdr). 


This bindrune is a combination of Teiwaz/Tyr, Uruz and Ansuz:
Teiwaz to strengthen the immune system and target the origin of the problem.

Uruz to speed up the healing process and regain some strength.

Ansuz is more specific to the throat, lungs & the upper respiratory tract. 

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Uruz & Thriving in the Physical World

Uruz Rune

Just like a healthy mind requires a healthy body, a strong mind needs a strong body in order to thrive.

To make dreams, vision and will come true and manifest in the physical world, one needs to go beyond mastering thought forms.

This is where self-mastery kicks in. He/she who masters the self can master his/her world. But the world is a physical place. The body can either be just an exploratory and sensory vehicle to navigate through it OR the tool and extension of the mind to turn your inner world into your outer world. 

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On Self Mastery & Healing

Knowing & Mastering Oneself

A poor state of health can only produce a weak body which then creates a confused & weak mind.
How can one pursue one’s dreams, face the hardships of life and/or give birth to the life that one wants in such a state?
The one who masters him/herself goes beyond the simple knowing of the self. He/she has a strong mind resting on the shoulders of a strong & healthy body with all the stamina needed & required to master his/her life.
The seasons pass, the body adapts.
The student learns, the master thrives.

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Algiz Runic Essence on this New Moon

Runic Essence

I enjoy making Runic Essences on New Moons and Full Moons (which will find their way to my upcoming website)
They do help attune energetically with a specific Rune (especially if, like me, you follow the Runic calendar) and its various applications both for healing and spiritual purposes. They can also be blended together if needed.