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Runoscope of the Week (June 12th-June 18th 2017)

Dear Friends,

For this week’s forecast, I decided to use “The Rune Vision Cards” by Sylvia Gainsford & Howard Rodway. I love their artwork though I don’t quite agree with their interpretation, which seems more based on mythology than actual runic studies. As usual, I will show you 3 cards that you will quietly observe for a few seconds.

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Look closely at these 3 cards: which one are you drawn to?

CARD # 1 (On the Left):

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If you picked MANNAZ:

You can’t please everybody and you can’t be loved or appreciated by everybody either. So why are you trying so hard to fit in? Why are you trying so hard to be somebody you’re not? How is compromising your self (identity & values) working for you? From what I’m getting: not so great. In playing that popular guy/gal game, you have only managed to surround yourself with rather unreliable people, AKA the wrong crowd. These people are using you and you’re not seeing it…Or at least, you don’t want to see. It’s time to (re)define who you are, what your goals and values are…And to do some much needed Spring cleaning around you. You will notice once you’re done how much better you feel, and how much lighter the energy is. Then, and only then, you will able to attract positive people and new opportunities to you. It’s short term pain for long term gain, know it’s all worth it.

CARD # 2 (In the Middle):

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If you picked NAUTHIZ:

You are in the midst of a whole bunch of problems, worries, and obstacles. To the point that you can feel rather helpless in front of it all. This situation can be really intimidating and you don’t quite know how to tackle the problem(s) and where to start. Well, know that not everything is a dark as it seems: there is some light at the end of the tunnel so hang in there. You are on the verge of finding a solution and figuring things out. That ‘A-HA’ moment is coming your way, and with it, a huge sense of relief. The Winds of Destiny are turning, and this time, they are blowing in the right direction.

CARD # 3 (On the Right):

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If you picked TEIWAZ:

You are a very driven person, and you know what you want. But you also know that there are many ways to obtain what it is that you want, and that’s where things start to get blurry. Because in order to achieve your goals, you are willing to play dirty and forget about the rules. But you see Teiwaz is ruled by Tyr, God of (Divine) Justice and Order, who is watching you and wants to hold you accountable for your (wrong) doings. It appears that you chose to walk the less honorable road, you let yourself be misled, you ignored all the warning signs including the fact that your actions could have consequences (especially on other people). Now you find yourself plagued with anxiety because your conscience is kicking in. Know that it’s never too late to do the right thing. And Tyr the Merciful is extending his hand to you, thus giving you the opportunity to do just that.

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Have a wonderful week!

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Full Moon in Othila/Odal (June 2017) – Runic Medicine Wheel

We are currently in the Runic Month of Othila (until June 13th). Othila is one of those Runes that can be a little tricky to decipher. Of course, like most Runes, it has many meanings, but here I’d like to focus on the aspect(s) that spoke to me the most.


PART 1: Defining Othila

Othila is both a very earthy and mystical Rune, it’s derived from the old Norwegian word ‘od’ that means “extasy, inspiration”, and as such there is an obvious connection with the god Odin. Othila is often linked to fertility and fecundity. It is also connected with property, heritage of land & of material belongings. But those 2 aspects don’t interest me today, I didn’t connect with them.

What interests me is the metaphysical aspects of Othila: heritage (through the genes & DNA) of people’s values, inherited/innate qualities, and people’s gifts (healing, divination, art,…etc). There are all aspects that are passed down to use, whether we are aware of not. Of course, there are also less pleasant, less glorious and even dark things that can be passed down to us as well. Some of these things might date back to several generations, and often disturbing things and events were kept in the utmost secrecy almost in a desperate attempt to erase them not only from memory but from History as well. We tend to think that what one doesn’t know will not hurt. Well sometimes it’s just not the case, because what was not told was however encoded in the genes and is either being replayed again and again at each generation or is being awaken many generations later (this were Family Constellations can be very helpful, it’s a powerful tool to set oneself free from unknown circumstances). These darker traits can take many forms ranging from genetic diseases or mutations to irrational behaviors, and addictions (to name a few). Know that History doesn’t have to repeat itself, I’ll talk some more about that shortly.

Another aspect of Othila that we need to consider is the Karmic heritage, which is stemming either from our immediate past (you know these little or big mistakes that we make along the way) and/or what you’ve done in your past lives. I want you that while “Karma is a Bitch” and cannot be suppressed, it can, however, be acknowledged (which is the first step towards healing), modified, alchemically transmuted (yes your inner lead, that heavy compost pile of yours, can be transformed into gold if you decide to work on it), and even (re)negotiated. Remember that at each incarnation you are being given an opportunity to improve your self and refine your soul, and it’s never too late to start.

PART 2: Connecting with AND using Othila Energetically

In this short video, I will show you how to use the Runic posture of Othila, connect with its energy, and overlay breathing as well as Galdr (the chanting of the Rune).

Be aware that body postures, hand gestures and Galdr can be used for healing (as in therapy/medicine) as well, but this is not our purpose here today.

PART 3: The Medicine of Othila

A/The Inner Alchemy of Othila

Over the past few years, I’ve done a lot of inner work in order to transform myself and the world around me. My main tool, besides my deep faith that things would get better, was the Runes. I used them energetically (in pathworking and for manifestation) as Galdr, Stádhagaldr (Runic yoga postures), and Runic mudras. I also did some extensive divination work to help me make the right choices, and figure what was coming my way. I also used & studied Glennie Kindred’s book on Inner Alchemy, which is based on the Celtic Wheel of the Year, and that made a lot of sense to me.

We are now in the month of June, in less than 2 weeks the Summer Solstice will be upon us (it’ll be the Runic month of Dagaz, the topic of a future blog post). Alchemically speaking, we are talking about the phase of Calcination. It’s an important phase, and you’re about to understand why. To quote Glennie Kindred:

“Calcination is the alchemist’s choice to activate the inner journey, and in this choice the ego and the will power become integrated with the desire for inner understanding and spiritual growth. Essentially through this choice the ego begins a journey to transform itself, to transcend the limitations, attachments and boundaries, and to expand upon the Limitless, the Infinite, Eternal Spirit.

The experience of Calcination, the alchemy of spiritual transformation, is symbolized by the Salamander, a mythical creature that lives in Fire. It thrives in it and revels in the transformation and change it creates. Other mythical Fire creatures are the Fire Dragon and the Phoenix, both symbols of transformation and rebirth. The Fire Dragon hatches from a golden egg and the Phoenix rises from the ashes of the old.

Although the Calcination experience can be consciously chosen, it can also be thrust upon us through all the life’s trials and tribulations, known as ‘Trial by Fire’. Also not easy at the time, these are out life lessons, the growth experiences through which we learn and develop our spiritual awareness and inner wisdom. The ego is humbled in the process and this helps us to develop integrity.”

What is the connection with Othila? The Phoenix holds the key. He first sets himself on Fire to burn away the old and strip away was is no longer needed (the wrong or false beliefs, the stories that we tell ourselves and others, the masks that we put on, the things we pretend…). In order to purify himself and retain only the true, the pure & deep essence of who/what he is at his core, the Phoenix needs to burn it all to ashes (that’s the Othila phase) before being reborn once more bigger, better & brighter than before (that’s the Dagaz phase, associated with the Summer Solstice). The ashes connect us with the ground, with our roots, with our values, with our heritage, with our Ancestors. The ashes are full of promises for what is to come in the next phase. Ashes feed to the soil, makes it fertile again. A healthy, fertile ground will allow you to grow, thrive and bloom into a better person and a better version of your current self. So take a moment to meditate and visualize what you no longer want in your life, what doesn’t suit you anymore, how you no longer want to be perceived…And turn it all to ashes!

B/Othila & the Elder Tree

One of the first plant I connected to as a budding herbalist was the Elder tree. There was one growing in my backyard, probably due to the proximity of the woods. Such a fascinating plant. It’s been used medicinally for more than a thousand years and was called “the medicine chest of the country people”, and will surely continue to bless us & heal us for a thousand more! While there’s a lot I could say about the ‘physical’ medicine of the Elder (that, itself, would require a blog post on its own), here I will focus on the metaphysical and esoteric properties of this plant.

In Celtic lore, the Elder was considered as the tree of regeneration (once again death & rebirth, very Phoenix-like), and associated with the Otherworld (the Sidhe). In Germanic and Northern lore, the tree is associated with Frau Holle (the German name of the Elder is Holunder) and Hel/Hela, Goddess of the Underworld (Realm of the Dead & the Ancestors).

In the Summer the tree is covered with creamy-white lacy flowers, then later towards the Fall, either black berries or blue berries (depending on where you live). If you wish to harvest your own medicine, just make sure you’re able to correctly identify your Elder, as any mistake could have consequences. If you’re not 100% sure then refrain from harvesting it. Dried Elder blossoms & berries are pretty easy to acquire these days.

However know that the Elder Crone demands to be treated with the utmost respect, as she can bestow both blessings and curses. I recommend that you connect with the Spirit of your local tree and its energy before even thinking about harvesting its medicine. The Lady will let you know if and when you are allowed to pick some.

C/How to Prepare the Medicine

Elder blossom tea

Now that we are energetically connected with Othila, let’s connect spiritually with the Rune.

In my view the oldest form of medicine on Earth, and the easiest one to prepare is tea. So we’re going to prepare an Elder blossom infusion as a little ritual to prepare us for the journey that will follow.

O’teala for One:

Boil one cup of water, then infused 1 teaspoon of dried Elder blossoms with the still hot water for about 10 minutes. Strain and enjoy (add a little bit of honey if necessary).

Sip your tea slowly, it will help you relax and prepare you mentally & spiritually for what follows.

D/How to Use the Medicine

This little exercise if for you to meet up with your Ancestors. It can be adapted to whatever spiritual medium works best for you: guided meditation, shamanic journey, lucid dreaming,  automatic writing or even oracle cards.

Set your intention(s) before you start: you may have a specific question to ask them or maybe just want to ask for their blessings on your journey. There is always a chance for the unexpected to happen during journeys like the warning of an imminent danger, or the legacy of a gift for example. Whatever happens, the information is yours and you can choose what to do (or not do) with it. It is also possible that the given information will not make sense currently but in the following weeks or months to come.

For guided meditations, start in an Elder Grove in the midst of which you will meet your Ancestors. For shamanic journeys, go down to the Underworld below the roots of the Elder tree. Whatever the method you are using, know that the Elder tree is a tree of protection so you should be safe. Don’t forget to thank your Ancestors before returning to the Middle World, and to keep a record of your findings for the future.





“Les Runes – Ecriture Sacrée en Terre du Milieu” by Julie Conton

“The Northern Shamanic Herbal” by Raven Kaldera

“Earth Alchemy – A Dynamic Fusion Between Alchemy and the Eight Celtic Festivals” by Glennie Kindred

“Herbal Rituals” by Judith Berger


Picture Credits:

Featured image with the tree from Love Has Won

Elder blossom tea picture from Livestrong

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Runoscope Forecast June 5th to June 11th 2017/ Runoscope du 5 au 11 Juin 2017 (BILINGUAL FRENCH/ENGLISH POST)


Dear Friends,

Before we start I’d like to thank all the people who came to yesterday’s Metaphysical Meetup at the Garden of Grace, Intention & Wellness (hopefully there will be many more), and more specifically people who decided to stop by to get their Runes read. Knowledge is power, please use that knowledge wisely.

Chers Amis,

Avant de commencer, je voudrais remercier tous les gens qui sont venus hier à la petite foire métaphysique organisée par the Garden of Grace, Intention & Wellness (espèrons qu’il y en aura beaucoup d’autres), et plus particulièrement ceux et celles qui se sont arrêtés à mon stand pour que je leur lise les Runes. La connaissance est un atout qu’il faut savoir utiliser avec sagesse.

Since Runes are my specialty, this week’s Tarotscope is going to be in fact a Runoscope. Same rules as usual: I will show you the back of 3 cards that you will quietly observe for a few seconds. The card you will be drawn to is the card that will apply to you & your life. For this reading, I used the “Rune Magic Cards” by Donald Tyson.

Comme les Runes sont ma specialité, le Tarotscope de cette semaine sera en fait un Runoscope. Les règles sont les mêmes que d’habitude: je vais vous montrer le dos de 3 cartes que vous allez observer dans le calme pendant quelques secondes. La carte qui va attirer votre oeil sera celle qui s’appliquera à vous et à votre vie. Pour ce tirage, j’ai utilisé les “Rune Magic Cards” de Donald Tyson.

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Look closely at the 3 cards: which one are you drawn to?

Regardez ces 3 cartes: laquelle vous attire?

CARD # 1 (On the Left) / CARTE # 1 (A Gauche):

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If you picked HAGALAZ:

Prepare for a storm this week! One that will make you shiver and shake. One that can strip you from your certitudes, and turn your world upside down. In the realm of relationships (work, home or love): tensions, arguments, temptations, and betrayals are some of the items on the menu. You can be shaken to your core but you need to stay strong! Be cautious about what you say, who you say it to and who you surround yourself with. If you strategically wish to play it safe: remain in the background until the storm passes. But if you end up being caught up in the midst of it, know that this experience will make you grow and you won’t make the same mistakes twice…

Si vous avez choisi HAGALAZ:

Préparez-vous à affronter une tempête cette semaine! Une tempête qui va sacrémment vous secouer ainsi que vos certitudes, et qui va chambouler votre petit monde. Concernant les relations avec autri (travail, maison ou vos amours): tensions, disputes, tentations & trahisons sont au menu. Vous allez être remué(e) intérieurement mais il va falloir rester fort(e)! Faites attention à ce que vous dîtes, à qui vous le dîtes, et qui fait partie de votre entourage. Si vous souhaitez jouer la carte stratégie: restez en arrière-plan et attendez bien sagement que la tempête passe. Mais si jamais vous vous retrouviez malgré vous dans l’oeil du cyclone, sachez que cette experience va vous faire grandir et que vous ne commettrez pas deux fois la même erreur…

CARD # 2 (In the Middle) / CARTE # 2 (Au Milieu):

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If you picked NAUTHIZ:

You’re at a crossroad right now, dealing with circumstances that may be out of your control, and trying to balance your wants with your actual needs. It’s not a fun place to be and you might find yourself plagued with worries and anxiety. Try to remain calm and centered as much as possible. Know that this situation is only temporary, but while you’re waiting for the storm to pass you can proactively plan your next move. You are being guided and rest assured that help and relief are on their way but, meanwhile, you need to stay clear headed in order to make smart choices and decisions. Don’t let fear & worry cloud your mind, you’ll only add more fuel to the fire. Also, avoid impulsive decisions at all cost: they might bring some relief to your current situation, it would be only temporary and in the long run, what is happening will be bound to repeat itself so consider yourself warned!

Si vous avez choisi NAUTHIZ:

Vous êtes à la croisée des chemins, impliqué(e) dans une situation en dehors de votre contrôle, et vous essayez tant bien que mal de trouver l’équilibre entre vos envies et vos besoins réels. Ce n’est pas une situation agréable à vivre, je vous l’accorde, et il se pourrait que vous ressentiez des moments d’anxiété à cause de vos soucis. Mais sachez que cette situation n’est que temporaire et alors que vous attendez que la tempête passe, pensez à votre plan d’attaque. Vous êtes guidé(e) et soyez assuré(e) que de l’aide est en chemin, mais pour le moment il est important que vous gardiez l’esprit clair pour pouvoir faire les bons choix et prendre les bonnes decisions. Ne laissez pas la peur et les soucis vous brouiller l’esprit. Evitez également les decisions impulsives: bien qu’elles puissent vous apporter un certain soulagement, sachez que ce ne serait que temporaire et qu’en fin de compte l’histoire pourrait encore une fois se répéter. On vous aura prevenu!

CARD # 3 (On the Right) / CARTE # 3 (A Droite):

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If you picked GEBO:

Consider what makes you happy and what makes you feel balanced, whether in your relationships or at work. It is time to analyze your situation in all honesty and to address any issue or imbalance that doesn’t suit you or your lifestyle anymore. Don’t be afraid to face your own demons, they need to be dealt with before things get unmanageable! It might mean: walking away from a toxic person/relationship, moving on with your life, following a dream or a passion,…etc. What brings you joy is what you need to focus on, so follow your gut and do what feels right! For some of you this could be hard or painful at first, but in the long run you’ll be glad you did it! Know that you’re not alone wandering blindly in the wilderness, there is a path appearing as you go. And leaving the old will bring something new, including like-minded people.

Si vous avez choisi GEBO:

Réfléchissez à ce qui vous rend heureux, que ce soit dans vos relations ou au travail. Il est temps d’analyser votre situation en tout honnêteté et de prendre le taureau par les cornes en ce qui concerne problèmes et déséquilibres qui ne correspondent plus ni à votre façon d’être, ni à votre style de vie. N’ayez pas peur de faire face à vos demons, il faut s’en occuper avant que les choses empirent et deviennent ingérables! Concrètement cela veut dire: se libérer d’une personne ou d’une relation toxique, passer à autre chose, suivre un rêve ou une passion…etc. Ce qui vous apporte de la joie est ce qui doit faire l’objet de votre attention, alors suivez votre intuition et faîtes ce qui vous semble le juste choix! Pour certain(e)s d’entre vous cela peut être une expérience difficile ou douloureuse, mais dans quelques temps vous vous rendrez compte que c’était la bonne decision. Sachez que vous n’êtes pas seul(e) à avancer à l’aveugle dans la Nature, le chemin se dessine au fur et à mesure que vous avancez. Et le fait de se débarrasser de vos vieilles casseroles va faire de la place pour quelque chose de nouveau dans votre existence, cela inclut de nouvelles personnes qui vous ressemblent davantage.

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Have a wondeful week! / Passez une excellente semaine!

Continue reading Runoscope Forecast June 5th to June 11th 2017/ Runoscope du 5 au 11 Juin 2017 (BILINGUAL FRENCH/ENGLISH POST)

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SEEK: More on Hagal(az)

Because we are still within the Runic half-month of Hagal(az), I thought I’d share some more information about that Rune.

This is taken from “Futhark – A Handbook of Rune Magic” by Edred Thornsson: “Hagalaz is the cosmic ice egg that is filled with crystallized magical power and cosmic pattern…The H-rune is the mystery of the framework of the world, and defines the primal form of the multiverse…Hagalaz is the complete model containing the potential energy of neutral power in the multiverse, which is born from the dynamic, generating, evolving unity of fire (energy) and ice (antimatter)…The H-rune (the rune mother) embodies ongoing evolution within a fixed framework…”

I also recommend watching this excellent Youtube video, which complements my previous blog post on the Inner Alchemy of Samhain (in which I mention Hagalaz as well):



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The Inner Alchemy of Samhain: Nigredo & the Release of the Old Self

A delayed article that I intended to write a few days ago…

As much as we like to view ourselves as “Homo Technologicus”, we are still children of Nature and are bound to its natural cycles, even within ourselves. Some of us happen to be more in tune with these cycles than others, and we intuitively know when it’s time to retreat inwards.

Every once in a while, I like to open Glennie Kindred‘s book Earth Alchemy – A Dynamic Fusion between Alchemy and the Eight Celtic Festivals, in which she describes the principles of Alchemy as applied to the Celtic Wheel of the Year as well as her own personal experience.

She naturally associates Samhain with Nigredo/Putrefaction, a phase when you get rid of the old parts of the Self that are no longer relevant, that are then turned into ashes via the fire of Inner Alchemy. It’s a time of release and letting go, the end of a cycle. These same ashes will become fertile ground/compost for the new, reinvented & redefined self with its new intentions, new dreams, wishes & projects.

I associate this phase with the Rune Jera. Everything in Nature is cyclical: where a cycle ends, a new one begins. One must look at one’s inner harvest with scrutiny and objectivity, as well as kindness. We obviously don’t want to repeat the same mistakes but we can’t be too harsh on ourselves for having made these mistakes in the first place. Mistakes are lessons to be learned and, as such, are part of our growing process.

“Alchemically, Nigredo, the Dark, is the ending of one cycle, out of which new possibilities are revealed. It begins with a descent into the Darkness inside us to find the Lead, which is also the Gold, the Alchemist’s Prime Substance or Base Matter, the very essence of life…Through meditation, the art of being and contemplation I find stillness within. I am able to touch my deepest wisdom and find my connection to my natural goodness and inner knowing at my core. I find my connection to Spirit and the Gold that lies within.” Glennie Kindred

This alchemical phase happens to take place within the Runic half-month of Hagal(az). This specific Rune is often associated with destruction, hence its name (hail). Hagal will shake you to your core, and find its way to the cracks and the dark place of your being. Hagal has the power to turn your world upside down, and it will leave you naked with your core foundations exposed to the elements & with the duty to repair and rebuild your Self and your life), better and stronger than before.

Hagal also happens to be a Mother Rune: a Rune of potential and creation. While you can’t have any control over what it is going to unleash into your life, you can choose what and how you want to rebuild. In that sense, Hagal can make us a favor as most of us don’t want to be consciously confronted to our shadow side.

While we are turning inwards and facing the Dark, it is important to remain grounded. Autumn, with its cooler & shorter days, requires more energy from our body. Nutrient-dense foods such as root vegetables, meat, and animal fats will provide the fuel needed for our body to face the outer world.

But to help us define our vision and dream our dream, we can turn to Mugwort (Artemisia Vulgaris, also known as Cronewort) as an herbal ally.  Mugwort is 1 of the 9 Sacred Herbs in Northern Shamanism, and is used to induce visions and dreams. Raven Kaldera writes in his Northern Shamanic Herbal: “Mugwort is very old, and it has been used magically for a very long time. It has no active hallucinogenic parts, unlike Wormwood, but it doesn’t need them to do the trick of creating a sacred space and enhancing one’s psychic powers.” 

Judith Berger also talks about Mugwort in her wonderful book Herbal Rituals: “…Known to many as an herb of magic, cronewort allows us to live in several worlds at once, expanding and nourishing the habit of drawing our gaze before us to that which is visible, and behind us  to that which is invisible. Regular use of cronewort in tea or extract strengthens our ability to absorb intuitive information as we preserve an aspect of sharpness in our interaction with the complex, outside world.”

Mugwort is also a nourishing, medicinal herb with an affinity towards the digestive system (which will be useful to help us digest the rich seasonal diet of Autumn): “Like a true wise elder, cronewort knows that a grounded, vital body is as precious as our visionary abilities, and so Artemisia Vulgaris tones our organs so that we will become sturdy as well as wise old crones. Cronewort leaves are a rich source of vitamin B complex, vitamin C expressed as ascorbic acid, and carotenes expressed as vitamin A. Cronewort abounds in minerals such as calcium, potassium, phosphorus, and iron. A vinegar made from the leaves of this artemisia will strengthen the entire digestive tract, improving appetite, normalizing bile production, and supporting and restoring the supple strength of the small and large intestine.”


“Earth Alchemy” by Glennie Kindred

“The Northern Shamanic Herbal” by Raven Kaldera

“Herbal Rituals” by Judith Berger






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Naughty Nauthiz…

I’ve done a lot of inner work these past 2 years, but it has become more intense over the past 6 months. I will not delve in details about the hows and the whys…I just made mistakes that led me to be trapped, unhappy and dependent on another. I gave away my hopes & dreams and I forgot who I was deep down inside…

My old self had to be shattered to pieces and I nearly lost my mind (that was one of the scariest things I’ve ever been though, and I felt absolutely helpless) around my birthday…My energy was so awful that everything & everyone I held dear left my vortex. Anyway I had to pull myself back together, push even harder to make changes and manifest them into my life (even though the Universe always has the last word and chooses the timing for things to occur)…Quite frankly I don’t know where all that ‘rocket fuel’ is coming from but I seem to have more than I thought and I am so close to reaching my goal(s) that I can already see the finish line and taste the sweet wine of my own victory (VINCIT QUI PATITUR).

What does this all have to do with the Rune Nauthiz? I literally shake when I see Hagalaz (though lately it’s been showing its softer side to me), Nauthiz teaches me to persevere and find alternative solutions (and I magically find more inner reserves of ‘rocket fuel’) while with Isa I know it’s just a matter of timing and being patient because the icy lake is only frozen on the surface, water is still moving under (slowly moving but not stagnant) – so is life behind & beyond the veil, we’re just not aware of it.

And Nauthiz has been showing up lately in my daily readings. So I figured that maybe I was overlooking something, even though I start being quite familiar with its energy & meaning. And then I found this article by RAVENSDOTTIR on Nauthiz (I invite you to head over to her blog & read the whole article):

“Nauthiz represents our deepest needs. It is important to distinguish that Nauthiz is about “need” not just “want” or “desire” but an actual, tangible “need” for something…

This need for survival pushes us through the challenges we face, particularly those created by our own (or others’) misdeeds or mistakes. Learning from our own mistakes is one of the most important and trans-formative things we can do for ourselves. Rather than beating ourselves up over a perceived failure, or berating ourselves for not meeting our own expectations, we can objectively reflect on what we can learn from a situation that didn’t pan out quite as we had hoped. Examining the outcome of specific actions, and adjusting our future actions, helps us to grow, and learn.

Nauthiz is also about resistance…

Nauthiz carries the weight of our past actions forward. To make fire, we must create it. This means, we must take the appropriate actions to manifest that fire. We cannot make it appear out of this air. (Unless you’re some kind of skilled master….go you!)  We need tinder, something to create friction, a spark, gentle breaths, and patience.  These are the lessons, the mysteries of Nauthiz, of need. Understanding what is a need versus what is a desire. reflecting on what actions are required to fulfill that need, after it has been established. Assembling the tools required, and leaping into said actions, trusting in oneself, and the spark of divine inspiration within. We can only continue along our chosen path. To turn back now, after coming so far, would be foolish….We need to press on.

We can use the runic energies of Nauthiz to bring to us what we need. However, we must be sure in our knowing of need and desire. For if we are unsure, Nauthiz will be happy to show us the difference, and this may not be a gentle or comfortable lesson to learn. Manipulating the Web of Wyrd takes skill, practice, and wisdom. Remember that lesson from Ansuz, be careful what you say/wish for?

I am Nauthiz. I am the need-fire. I am resistance, I am challenge. What is need? Not-this. I am Nauthiz. I show you the difference between want and need. I am Nauthiz. What do you need?”

I’d like to add that once the lessons of Nauthiz are fully learned, digested and integrated, Nauthiz can then shapeshift into Gebo…As all gifts and experiences need to be shared wholeheartedly.

What do I want, need & wish for? My own freedom. The freedom to be me, to embrace my gifts & my own divinity (because we are all divine – spiritual beings having a human experience). The freedom to live the life I choose, according to my core values (as for rules: they can always be changed or rewritten, because one can easily become prisoner of one’s own rules) – not following someone’s expectations or societal pressure.

Just being me, living in the heart & fulfilling my purpose on this Earth and in this lifetime…I know full well some will not understand, and that’s fine…But is it too much to ask for? The answer in NO and I have a deep & peaceful inner knowing that the best is yet to come…