December 8, 2009
Slepneir - in Norse mythology, Odin rode Slepneir (an eight legged horse) from one reality/world to the next. The horse was his vehicle but together they travelled.
In a reading, ehwaz indicates movement or change. Of interest it can mean the "...development either spiritually or physically, or an increase in capacity in either the physical or spiritual as a result of cooperation with another." (ref: Paxson)
November 28, 2009
"We call this the place of the wild, the untamed, the unpredictable. It is often seen as the height of masculine or male energy, of assertiveness, thrust, push and growth, the linear and overt: the opposite of the dark embrace of [winter]. It is the place of power."
but what is power?
"The whole concept of power...is dangerous ground. It pulls without feeling at the roots, testing, testing our resolve and our ability to deal with the consequences of our actions, licking the air with its hunger...it reveals our weakness.
"To grasp our power is frightening. It is our ability to act, which means it's also our ability to make mistakes and to fail. Too often the [north] is avoided."
Mandela tells us: "Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate, but that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that frightens us."
So, "...avoidance doesn't teach us. To learn, to grow, we must stop, find courage... we turn to look at the beliefs we hold about power. We look at the energy, the unpredicability, the force... It is the spark of our courage, fuelled by the oxygen of our thoughts and the old wood of our past experience, all of which make the fire that is our drive." (ref: Restall Orr, 2000)
"This force is the lightning bolt that links heaven and earth and guides the vitki... It is the illuminating beacon that guides the seeker across a sea of consciousness... The sun rune means strength, energy, life force... the light of truth and enlightened consciousness. It strengthens the will, and helps one to gain access to inner guidance..." (ref: Paxson, 2005)
November 11, 2009
November 10, 2009
November 3, 2009
October 31, 2009
October 25, 2009
Water is the symbol of unconscious and invisible Life forces. All of life is dependent on water, and therefore Laguz represents the universal ocean, the supreme unity of all life. The dream state and the shadow element both linger beneath its surface, and the human unconscious is revealed when explored and exposed to the conscious mind. We ‘take the plunge’. (ref: runesecrets.com)
October 20, 2009
October 14, 2009
October 11, 2009
October 9, 2009
We call it inspiration.
...more than just the relief at a piece in a mental puzzle clicking into position... more than just the usual unreliable and erractic flashes that life can bring.
awen comes from being with, being in and being part of all things.
This is where knowledge and understanding comes from.
October 7, 2009
September 14, 2009
September 6, 2009
"A smell from your distant past can unleash a flood of memories that are so intense and striking that they seem real...called a "Proustian Memory". It's named after Marcel Proust, one of the greatest novelists of the 20th century...We humans smell with a yellowish area in the roof of each nostril, just underneath and between the eyes. This yellowish area is called the olfactory epithelium....Once the nerves leave the olfactory bulb, they're sent to two main destinations...one of them is...the limbic area of the brain, an ancient region that deals with emotion, pleasure, motivation and types of memory associated with food...according to Professor Rachel S. Herz, 'the ability to experience and express emotion grew directly out of the brain's ability to process smells.'" (Kruszelniki, 2001)
"...limbic brain. This is where the soul physiologically lays down its memories of experience...its developed sense of the past peppering the present with anticipation, with expectation..." (Restall Orr, 2004)
September 4, 2009
What about knowledge we get from other worlds and times? Who are those teachers? I see these spirits as cloaked beings. No faces, no gender, but a strong presence and something to tell, something to teach.
September 1, 2009
August 30, 2009
August 29, 2009
"It is the giver, the giving, the given and that which is given to... By the power of this rune persons are bound together through an act of will in order to effect a result." (Thorsson)
According to Paxson, this rune also governs esoteric exchanges, "especially exchanges of of energy or magical power, whether between individuals or between humans and gods." (Paxson, 2005)
Gundarsson also suggests that Gebo has a sacrificial role - as Odin sacrificed himself to himself, so "the vitki's sacrifice to himself or herself [is] a prelude to transformation."
August 28, 2009
August 26, 2009
August 23, 2009
As Thor is a reliable and dependable force for regeneration and fertility, his protection in overcoming these forces is welcome. From their defeat comes new life and liberty.
August 22, 2009
August 16, 2009
It can mean that a destructive power beyond your control is coming and that change will obviously follow in its wake. Esoterically, this can mean that there will be fundamental changes to your own patterns and ways of thinking. These changes will be brought about by external powers. You can prepare for it by accepting that it will happen, and "...live within the limitations of nature and accept events beyond human control." (Paxson, 2005)
When bound by JERA and BERKANO, the outcome is good - JERA is the harvest, the results of the good work done through the season. While JERA is vulnerable to the powers of HAGALAZ, the existence of BERKANO suggests, "...bringing into being..." (Gundarsoon in Paxson, 2005). It is about new growth from the branches broken by HAGALAZ.
August 8, 2009
The Druid Philosophy
According to Restall-Orr (2008), "...Druidy is unambiguoulsy polythestic: it accepts that there are not one but countless gods. As far as archaeologists and historians can access and understand the clues left by time, Druidry always has been polytheistic and contiunues to be so."
How does that apply to me:
Who is right? Which philosophy has the answers? I know which ones are more acceptable to mainstream society. I know which ones are deemed to be nothing more than romantic links to a bygone day. I also know what my experience is and how it relates to the theories and practices I have read so far. Restall-Orr's words make sense: "...if we get stuck in the sticky details of other's visions and experience, we can quickly find ourselves tying to accept or believe in something that doesn't settle naturally within us."
On a personal level, it celebrates the emergence of a new commitment after a long period of internal reflection. The seed starts to break through the soil and test the air above. Sometimes it is too cold, and the new shoots may be burnt by the frost or want to retreat to the warmth of the soil. Eventually though, it is warm enough to start to bloom and reach for the sky.
It is the time to put into action the new plans and ideas that began to take shape during winter.