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This Week’s Reading: Isa (Runic Month of Perthro)

This week’s #reading is about #isa.
In the icy #stillness of Winter
When dream seeds have been planted,
We find ourselves alone with the Self
Which always needs to be
Defined, redefined and/or refined.
While we are the living result
Of the love of thousands before us,
While our #ancestors🔥 blood
Flows in our veins,
Their lives & experiences
Coded in our DNA,
We are not them.
Our #path, our choices, our lives
Are ours alone.
#traditions have their place
But the sovereign individual
Can’t allow him/herself
To be swallowed or defined by these.
How well do you know yourself?

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Runic Self Mastery: the Gifts & Lessons from Ljosalfheim

#ljosalfheim is the home of the light #elves. Akin to the #celtic #sidhe, they are deeply intertwined with the natural (and supernatural) world.
They are, in essence, ascended masters.
Having bypassed the need for verbal & gestural communication, they interact mainly through telepathy & empathy.
Working with the #alfar can be deeply enriching and #healing as they can teach us the mastery of emotions & behaviors.
While there is indeed a #wisdom of the heart, the balanced & sovereign individual should not let his/her emotions drive his/her judgment, decisions or actions.

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‘Northern Whispers’ Newsletter #2 Coming Soon

The 2nd #newsletter
Is gonna be released on the 9th.
A continuation
And #evolution
Of the work we started
In the 1st newsletter.
After reconnecting
With the #yggdrasil,
We will start our exploration
Of the #nine worlds
At the #roots
Of the Great Tree.
As previously mentioned,
The information shared
In the newsletters
Won’t be found or covered
In the #rune zine (s).

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Full Moon in Hagalaz

This #full moon in #hagalaz
Is shedding light
On the necessity
To journey downwards
And meet the #dark goddess
As part of
The #alchemical process
Of #nigredo,
Which will continue
With #nauthiz and #isa
Until we are ready
To re-emerge with #eihwaz.
This is a #purification process
Of #releasing and #letting go
Of what is outdated
And no longer serves us.
As such,
It must be done
In full #consciousness
In Mind, Body, and Spirit.
What is shredded,
All that Lead,
Is the spiritual compost
That will later serve
As fertile ground
For our #rebirth.

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Guided Meditation with the Sylphs

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With the help
And #guidance
Of one of the #sylphs,
I have co-created
A guided #meditation
In which
One becomes the sky (It can be a bit more
Challenging than it sounds). This meditation
Will be featured
And explained in details
In the upcoming
#ansuz issue of the #runezine.
More soon… 

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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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Sage as Algiz (and Ansuz) Medicine

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As a High Vibration plant, Sage – herb of wisdom – is associated with Algiz (protection & clearing).
From a medicinal perspective, Sage works on the throat (throat chakra included) and thus is Ansuz medicine as well.
The Seeker who is engaged with the Spirit of Sage can therefore not speak garbage or lies without offending the plant spirit. Every choice has its consequences.

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Raunacht #6: Balancing Emotions

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Because most of us live in relative comfort, we have forgotten that for centuries and until not so long ago people feared the arrival of Winter. Winter time was synonymous of cold, sickness, hunger & death. It was not a joyful time (except for the celebrations around the Winter Solstice) but rather a matter of survival.

There were dangers everywhere, restless spirits & demons lurking in the night. They were given names, faces & rituals to appease them and also cast them away.

I know we live in troubled times with a lot of confusion & unrest. Whether we like it or not it affects us directly or indirectly (and energetically). Therefore it is perfectly understandable, normal and healthy to feel uneasy, angry, sad or worried.

Acknowledge these emotions, understand where they are stemming from and why you are feeling that way. But it would be a mistake to let your emotions rule your life. Try to find some kind of emotional balance and keep a cool head. Remember that everything is cyclical…

“It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.”

Marcus Aurelius

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Raunacht #1: Letting Go of the Old

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In Bavaria during Winter time, there is an old tradition still practiced nowadays: die Raunächte, also known as the 12 Rough Nights of the Wild Hunt. Though it is considered a Christian tradition it is deeply embedded in Paganism. During that time loose botanical incense is being burnt on the stove in a special pan (since I don’t have one of these, I use a small cast iron pan instead).

The Rough Nights are a deeply spiritual time, a time between time, a withdrawal ideal for reflection, inner work and preparation for the new year to come. The silence of Nature only to be matched by the silence within.

As the calendrical year comes to an end, so does another year in our personal growth. Take a moment to be thankful for the lessons, people & good things that have happened to you this year. Be proud of your achievements & rejoice.

Ask yourself, however, if there is still some unfinished business lingering. Do you need closure in some areas of your life? Now is a good time to do so, as you don’t want to drag old things/energies/patterns with you into the new year.

Now, ask yourself in all honesty if there are things/patterns/habits that hinder your growth & weigh you down. Things that you would wholeheartedly like to give up & let go in order to be a better person and/or move on with your life.

Write these things down on a piece of paper, focusing on the peace and the joy you will feel once these things will belong to the past and just be a memory. Keep the list short as these are things are more than just words, they will have to be followed by concrete actions in your daily life.

Now fold the piece of paper and burn it in the flame of a candle, feeling the relief of a burden taken off your shoulders. Take a deep breath, feel the warmth of the candle. Notice how much more relaxed and peaceful you feel.

Blessings.

Inspired by ‘Das Wunder der Raunächte” by Valentin Kirschgruber