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This Week’s Woden’s Day Reading: the Questioning of Othila

This week’s #woden’s day #reading
Brought forth the Rune #othila /#odal
And the questioning of
What home and #kinship
Mean to you.
It is about family ties?
Or your connection to
A specific #land /area?
It is about bonding
With people who were once strangers
And yet welcomed you
With open arms?
For most people
The answer(s) is/are obvious.
But for #expats and/or #wanderers
(By choice or by necessity)
Who don’t really
Belong anywhere,
There is a need,
Every once in a while,
To check in with your core
And reassess your personal situation.
The Great #tree has many roots
And they stretch far & wide
Both in time and space.
Your #roots and
Your personal values
Are what you can cling on
No matter what.
Find peace in knowing
That your #ancestors
Are always walking beside you
Wherever you may go
Or settle.

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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Of what is outdated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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On Sylphs

The #sylphs,
An #ancient race
Of #etheric beings,
Nowadays only mentioned
As #elementals
In #magic books
Are associated
With the Air Element
And by extension,
The Rune #ansuz.
I’ve decided to
Touch upon the subject a bit
In the upcoming
Ansuz issue of the #Runezine,
And share some basics
In order to help you (Re)connect & work with them.
For those who think
The topic is to ‘out there’, Know that I just do
What I have to do.
The chapter will be there
Regardless,
You can peek inside
Or just skip it altogether… 

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Middle-Earth…Then & Now

“…We consider the remarkable presence of dwarves and giants in Middle-Earth life, and the roles they were believed to play in the unfolding of events.

Artwork by Jean-Baptiste Monge

The dwarves specialized in a magical way of thinking, and the construction of subtle spells. The giants, terrifying but surprisingly wise, reveal a challenge to the way of which people thought of their lives even in the times of Middle-Earth. Wizards’ initiation into occult knowledge often included surrendering to Otherworld journeys […].

We are finding that while science can explain the biological dynamics of life to a remarkable degree, there are limits to its power to explain the ‘why’ of life. We need to reconnect with the language of our imagination to address these deeper issues.

Our ancestors in first Millenium Europe gained insights into some of these questions in their enchanted view of life. Our hunger for the recovery of this lost knowledge, and the stories in which it is encoded and preserved, have led us to witness the return of the real Middle-earth.”

From “The Real Middle-Earth” by Brian Bates

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An Update…

In the light of
What happened to me
During this #samhain,
What was reawakened
From a long slumber,
And in order to #honor
#ancient promises & allegiances,
I have decided to add
Another chapter to the #runezine
And share another thread
Of my personal tapestry.
However, as a citizen of
The #nineworlds,
I remain aware that
What matters to me
May or may not
Matter to you…

Artwork: Julia Jeffrey @stonemaidenart

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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.

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Sage as Algiz (and Ansuz) Medicine

sagemedicine

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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Entering the Runic Month of Algiz

algiz crystal antler

Today we are entering the Runic Month of Algiz.
Perthro allowed chances and opportunities for exploration & possibilities under the law of Free Will (and the good will of the Norns). Now Algiz calls for wise choices to be made under the guidance & tutelage of Higher Consciousness, clearing the path with a healthy amount of Asgardian protection.
So that one can find his/her way forward and stay the course.

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Working on an Hagalaz Tea Blend

Hagalaz Tea Blend

Working on an Hagalaz runic/ritual tea blend as a tool for the seeker to enable deeper shamanic work with the runes and the Goddess Hel.
I’m pretty excited about this tea!
I’m going to allow all the herbs and aromatic components to mingle overnight. And I’ll proceed to thorough tea tasting and possible adjustments in the recipe over the weekend.
More soon…

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The Gifts of Hagalaz

Hagalaz / Hagal (the current Runic Month) brings awareness, challenges, changes, and transformation. It is the Rune of the Underworld Goddess Hel and an open invitation to face your shadows & fears in order to evolve, strengthen and reinvent your self…