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Ehwaz Medicine for this Full Moon (April 2020)

In order to welcome another, one can’t be at war within the self.
Life is full of challenges and, as unpleasant as they are, they often are necessary for #change, growth and, in time, deep #healing.
Because the lessons that are learned through flesh, heart and mind are life time lessons that, once fully digested and understood for the wise teachings that they are, can lead to happiness as long as one is able to see the bigger picture, the unfolding pattern.
Clues are being given at all times, it’s up to the self to acknowledge them & understand them.
#guidance comes from being in tune with the #higherself. The other can sometimes show what the self can’t see or doesn’t want to know.
To welcome the other is to accept a different vision, a different point of view. The gift of newness is a fresh breeze and, ultimately, the #medicine of the other is companionship in mind, body & spirit.

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This Week’s Reading: Ehwaz in the Runic Month of Isa

In this Runic month of #isa
It can be tricky to move forward
With projects and plans.
The #ice will slow down
Your advancement,
There’s no point in fighting
The elements
Nor the cycles of #nature.
Here #ehwaz invites you
To an inner voyage
Up & down the tree,
Between #dreams#consciousness
And aspirations.
#strength can be gathered
In a partnership between
You and your selves.
In a silent gathering
And inner conversation,
Let all your faces & masks
Have their say.
Honor their voice and #wisdom.
Only then will you be able
To make a move.

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Ehwaz Medicine: Meeting the Spirit of Horsetail

Horsetail popped up in my mind right after last week’s meditation on the Rune Ehwaz. So, naturally, it became the plant on which we focused during today’s healing session. What always amazes me is how much one can learn from a plant just by observing it (Doctrine of Signature – though of course, it should not be your sole source of information) and connecting with it intuitively.

Here’s today’s Guided Meditation with Horsetail (needless to say that you must always be respectful & polite when dealing with spirits):

“Relax. Close your eyes. Empty your mind & take a deep breath.

You’re going to find yourself time traveling back to Prehistoric times.

A time of clean air, pure rushing waters, primordial lush forests & gigantic plants you’ve never seen before. Look all around you until your eyes can find some giant horsetail.

Walk towards the plant and introduce yourself to the plant spirit who is already expecting you. He hands you a piece of plant material to ingest and you comply.

Notice of how it affects you in your perception, senses, emotions and/or in your body.

Before you leave, ask if there’s any message to share.”

Next week’s Runic meditation fill focus on Mannaz. Since we are getting close to being done covering the 24 Runes of the Elder Futhark, I’m currently thinking about what’s gonna come next. I’m considering starting a Runic Pathworking group (think level 2) as well as a Runic Divination 101 group in June but I haven’t announced anything officially yet…

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Meeting Sleipnir: a Guided Meditation with the Rune Ehwaz

Detail of 8th Century Viking Stele Depicting Odin and Sleipnir

Photo credit: bbc.co.uk

Ehwaz is a Rune closely associated with horses. Horses were highly valued in ancient times: as a means to travel & work the land of course, but also to go to war. Horses were also linked to the Otherworld (Realm of the Dead) as psychopomps, helped traveling through the shamanic realms, and in some Germanic tribes, horses were even used for divination.

In the Northern Tradition, there is no horse more famous than Sleipnir who is Odin’s eight-legged horse. I created the following guided meditation for my Runic Meditation Group:

“Close your eyes. Relax. Empty your mind & take a deep breath.

You’re going to meet Sleipnir by the Cosmic Tree. He’s already there, waiting for your arrival.

He allows you to mount him and go for a ride to a place of his choosing, somewhere within the 9 worlds. You are holding the reins yet he’s the only one to know where you’re both going. Trust is the key.

While you may have many questions to which he could provide answers, you both remain silent until you reach your destination.

As your feet finally reach this new gound and unknown place, Sleipnir turns to you and asks you one question:

“What boundaries are you willing to cross in order to move forward in your life?”

If you’re looking for another Runic guided meditation, you can also try the one with Berkana & the Birch

Happy Travels ;)!