365 Days of Prayer – Day 12 – Divination as a form of prayer

I am calling Divination a form of prayer because prayer is communication with the Divine, and when I divine for people, I am in communication with the Divine. I am making a point of this today, because sometimes I think people see prayer as a one-way street, not realizing that they, too, can receive communication from the Divine. This idea was made popular a number of years ago in a book called Conversations With God by Neale Donald Walsch. People have invented any number of systems for drawing forth messages from the Divine; among them are the Runes, the Tarot, and the I Ching.

Today I am going to use Rune Divination as my prayer. I reach into my pouch, and draw out….

Raido is about the Journey. It accords with the stars and planets as they journey through the sky and with me, because I have travel plans today. Raidho is also about being in the right place at the right time, which is what happens when I allow prayer to bring me into accord with my Creator. Today I will trust the flow of life to carry me to where I need to be at the right time.

Rune Draw July 14 – 20, 2019

JERA, the Harvest Rune shows up alongside EIHWAZ and PERTHRO this week to remind us that how we feed our life force energy can be either fear based or love based. Ultimately it is how we think about things that taps into either scenario. When I am criticizing, venting or complaining of how things could/should/ought to be, I am operating from an angry, fear based reality and not acting on what I can uniquely take a stand to make life better than I believe it is. When instead I choose to find gratitude for things in my life – the earth, the sky, the sun, the stars, the rain, the bad as well as the good, I am choosing a love based reality. Sometimes I have to work really hard at gratitude, but when it does win through, I am a lot happier. So I want to wish you a Blessed Rune week ahead.

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Banning the Runes?

When I learned that Sweden wants to ban certain Runes – Othila, Tyr, and even the Valknut symbol – because they were used by Nazis for an evil cause, I decided I had to add my voice to the outcry.

The Runes are ancient symbols that contain energies that assist life, and the Runes held congruent for at least 1800 years. The idea that a government could ban selective symbols from history is the same story of the ostrich burying its head in the sand – and avoidance of a problem does not make it blithely go away.

There is an underlying naivety in the human race that seems to think if we point the finger and blame the other guy we are somehow dissociated from the shame of an act. But the fact remains that hatred exists within the human collective and it is up to all of us to ferret hatred out and chose not to give expression to that within our self.

I understand that some people have the experience of so much hatred that they cannot see clearly to be other than how they are. But for me to direct hatred against that person is not to bring them Light! Rather I must try to hold my own Light clearly enough that someone might experience the seed of Love and move forward in their own work on self. As long as institutions like prisons or poverty exist on Earth we shall have these problems before us. As far as I can discern, the only solution is for each human being to wake up, seek their own enlightenment, and thus person by person, illumination may be experienced by our species.

Meanwhile, I celebrate OTHILA because it reminds me to honor my family and brings me closer to my Ancestors and to help me heal what was unfinished in the family lineage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I celebrate TYR/TEIWAZ because by honoring the Warrior in myself I develop the strength, courage and integrity to move above and beyond the superficial thinking generated by seeing only the outward image.

So my final thought to the government of Sweden: Think again. Why ban a wonderful national heritage just because of a few hate groups? GEBO carries the same lessons inherent in Christ’s words: Love another as your self.

 

 

Rune Draw for April 7 to 13 2019

Good morning! The Rune draw for April 7 to April 13, 2019 was THURISAZ, OTHILA, and HAGALAZ. With these three showing up there are two ways to divine the week ahead: the outer life and the inner life.

Outer life: THURISAZ indicates natural forces beyond our control. These may be adverse astrological influences or things as large as tsunamis and floods, wildfires, or earthquakes. OTHILA’s influence suggests that these disruptions will come in the arenas of real property, real estate, land holdings, or even within family. HAGALAZ, the force of sudden change, suggests that the best thing one can do is ride it out, but look for opportunities disguised as loss. When the Chaos of Change arises, look to the best that can be had from the situation.

Inner life: THURISAZ indicates that the emotional and mental clearings some of us have been doing over the past few weeks are going to continue, and OTHILA points out that this effort lies in the direction of the Ancestors. Most of us have baggage that has accompanied our families over the generations, and for those of us who are doing the work of inner cleansing, HAGALAZ promises change. This is a time to look to our Roots, discern what is good, what is not so good, and what can be done about it. The deepening process of forgiveness, even when you are not forgiven in turn, frees your heart and your mind to best carry on your own life. I have heard it said that the work we do in this vein also frees our ancestors and descendants forward and backward for seven generations.

If you have not worked with your ancestors before, there are practices you can establish – whatever appeals to you. When I began working with the Norse, I read the blog of Galina Krasskova, who suggested creating an Ancestor altar. You can establish this space anywhere in your home. I put together old photographs of my departed ones, and eventually I added to that a structure of three shelves that to me represent the Otherworlds of the shaman – the middle world, upper, and underworlds. But a simple space with photographs and items of reminiscence will do. I often light a candle, offer water or coffee, or even a bit of good homemade food in honor of all that they sacrificed in order that I might be here today. A friend of mine recites the names of her dead daily, so this can be a mental practice also. As in anything, trust your intuition, as it is the whisper of your soul.

I leave you today with a blessing and an invitation before the end of April 2019. If you sign up to my email list at the link here, you will receive a FREE Rune reading by email and the photo of the Rune drawn for you.

Perthro and the Well of the Norns

Another viewpoint on Perthro:

The Old English Rune Poem reads "[ Lot box ] is always play and laughter among bold men, where warriors sit in the beer hall, happily together." Neither the Old Norwegian Rune Poem nor the Icelandic Rune poem address the Rune. Consequently it is often interpreted as the Rune of Chance, Gambling, and Luck.

However, I was studying Runelore, by Edred Thorsson, in preparation for a Rune Talk workshop. More specifically I was hand copying the list he provides in the Appendix (see p. 204-205) for the Anglo-Friesian Futhork, and I noticed the similarity in the drawings, and alternate drawings, of Runes numbered 14, 21, and 32, scratched below:

Rune Perthro Variations
Perthro - alternate interpretation

 

When I noticed that the shape of the Frisian drawn stave for Rune 14 Perthro, and Rune 21 for Lagu, water, was the same, I realized that in olden times Perthro probably stood for the Well of the Norns, or Urdr's Well located in Asgard where the Aesir meet at their lawgiving. This would give the Rune Perthro its current interpretation of chance, luck, and mystery, but what was lost was the Rune's original connection with the Well of the Norns. If this was indeed the original interpretation, the meaning could have been lost along with the traditional practice of women's mysteries, which were probably associated with the mystery of the womb and childbirth, around the time of the Romans conquests when the influx, migration, and intermingling of peoples disrupted old customs and introduced new ones. I have included Anglo-Frisian Rune 32 because of the similarity of the shape and the fact that the Rune's name, Stan, means Stone.

Quote from the Younger Edda, "...the norns, that dwell in the fountain of Urd, every day take water from the fountain and take the clay that lies around the fountain and sprinkle therewith the ash, in order that its branches may not wither or decay. This water is so holy that all things that are put into the fountain become as white as the film of an egg-shell. As is here said: An ash I know/Hight Yggdrasil;/A high, holy tree/ With white clay sprinkled./Thence come the dews/That fall in the dales./Green forever it stands/Over Urd's fountain. The dew which falls on the earth from this tree men call honey-fall, and it is the food of bees. Two birds are fed in Urd's fountain; they are called swans, and they are the parents of the race of swans." (Snorri, Chapter VII, V. 16

This passage from Snorri's Younger Edda supports my idea when I consider that the Rune itself looks like a cup, pot, or can turned on its side to pour or release water. The connection to Stan/Stone seems equally obvious to me because earth contains water. Earth and water are two elements that mingle in order to provide the chemistry necessary to life.

Water also provides a metaphor for the changing states of the Soul, and the presence of the swans at Urd's Well are a clue to the involvement of the Valkyries that ride to choose the slain for Valhalla. Only those who had lived lawfully would be chosen for that high estate - another clue given by the presence of Urd's Well is by the Thing and that the Norns are responsible for overseeing Ørlög, the Norse word most akin to karma, fate, destiny.

 

OTHILA

OTHILA

The name Othila is derived from the root word for “noble” or “prince.”[1] This idea may hark back to the earlier Runes suggesting the blood of the god in the people, especially that of the ruling class, including the idea of sovereignty. The Othila Rune itself is a combination of the Ingwaz and Gifu Runes, indicating the inheritance we acquire through the bloodline, our genetic code, the DNA.[2] Traditionally families held the land that supported the clan, and they were willing to defend this land with their blood and their toil. The old mystery relating the blood to the soil speaks to the relationship of the king to the land. The king held the hamingja, or the luck, for his people, and when the luck stopped, the king was considered unlucky, and became sacrificed. The blood spilled through battle and sacrifice sanctified the land for its people. Othila relates to one’s relationship to the land. So the Rune Othila has also become the Rune of the family estate and real property. It further represents the virtues of loyalty, troth, and frith toward one’s family and one’s country.

The Othila Rune deals with real property, estates, landscapes, ancestral lands, family and clan, and what we have inherited from the ancestors through our essence, genetic memories, our DNA, and the attitudes, beliefs, and karmic matters that have come down through the family lines. The original interpretation came down from the days when our ancestors held their lands through the generations, so Othila also relates to one’s relationship with the land. This would be especially true for farmers and those who depend in some way on the land for their livelihood. It can have any of these meanings in a reading, depending on the surrounding runes. If Othila shows up with Ansuz, Tyr, or Jera, for example, it might relate to a Will, an estate settlement, and/or legal problems with same.

Othila is a Rune that one can use to meditate on the Ancestors. I have used Othila and Raidho to practice “bloodwalking,” a technique taught in Raven Kaldera’s book Wyrdwalkers. This is a trance journey that involves going inward rather than outward. I tend to follow my own heartbeat, and let it’s drum sound carry me backwards. Kaldera describes other ways of going about this. Any of these ways are advanced techniques.

 

The third ÆTT is about humanity in the world. The masculine (Tiwaz) and the feminine (Berkano) principles cooperate through partnership (Ehwaz) and social groups (Mannaz) to contain and order (Ingwaz) the activities of the group (Laguz) throughout the day (Dagaz) and hold their own place (Othila) for those activities necessary so the group can survive and thrive.

[1] Freya Aswyn, Northern Mysteries & Magic, p. 85

[2] ibid., p. 85

DAGAZ

DAGAZ

Dagaz means day, and encompasses the complete twenty-four hour cycle of day and night. To the ancient peoples, the day began in the evening, and included the liminal times of dawn, noon, and evening twilight. So it is that Dagaz measures one complete rotation of the Sun. The ancient peoples thought that the Sun moved from east to west during the daylight time, and from west to east under the earth at night. This may seem naïve to modern people, but when we realize that the ancients built many standing stone structures that measured the marvelous exactness of the winter and summer solstices, we must credit their ability to calculate the seasons of the year from their close observations of nature.

Dagaz is a Rune of conscious being and conscious becoming. The process of awakening consciousness, or becoming enlightened, is really the struggle between the sleep of conditioned thought and the fresh creative forces pushing us from the subconscious to wake up into Wholeness. Sowelo, the Rune that stands for the Sun, is the Rune of Wholeness, or becoming that which you already are. The Sun and the Moon are the two stellar bodies that relate most closely to Dagaz because of its inclusion of both daytime and nighttime. Because of this feature, Dagaz is also a Rune of opposites and that which lies inbetween the polarity – as the twilight lies between the two sides of the day.

Dagaz represents the ancient law of three, the duality of the polarity, and that which they become upon blending.[1] We see this triune law reflected in the trinity of ancient goddesses; the trinity of Odin, Villi and Ve; and even the Christian trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Writer Raphael Pattai, in the Hebrew Goddess, expressed the opinion that originally the Holy Ghost was the female aspect of Father, Mother, and Child. The best example for this expression I have found is the Valknut consisting of three intersecting triads, one of which represents the affirming force or creative force, and is made up of Odin, Villi, and Ve; one of which represents the destructive or resisting force made up of Hela, Fenris, and Jormundgand; and the triad of Being made up of the Norns Urdr, Vernđandi, and Skuld.

The point is that Dagaz, being a Rune of opposites and what lies between them, is a Rune of transformation. The transformation can be conscious, it can be one thing becoming its opposite thing, or the transformation can be a complete breakthrough to a new understanding. The knowledge you had before has been transformed by the fire of the being of life experience, and has now become understanding.

Dagaz includes consciousness, unconsciousness, and the subconscious that lies between them. It helps to understand that we are born with essence – that is our hereditary proclivities, tendencies, and so on depending on what has come down from our ancestors. We acquire education and intellectual factors that may or may not agree with our essence; the development of essence usually stops around the age of seven when children are subjected to formal education. The struggle for awakening then, must take place with the growth of essence through resistance to conditioned thought. The result, after years of struggle and self-study, may be an awakened human being. This has been simply said.

When Dagaz shows up in a reading, look for oppositional factors, the potential for transformation, or a breakthrough to a new understanding.

[1] Gurdjieff calls this law the Triamazikamno, and defines it as the lower blending with the higher, or the higher blending with the lower, to actualize the middle.

INGWAZ

INGWAZ

Ingwaz is a Rune of masculine fertility and gestation in terms of things waiting to come to full fruition as the seed waits in the soil for the appropriate conditions for growth. There is also the concept of sacrifice (as the sun god is sacrificed at the autumn equinox to return with the spring), or as the end of the seed is the birth of the plant, and the abundance of plenty.

There are two ways to draw Ingwaz, one as a simple square of containment and the other as two X’s stacked one upon the other. The latter symbol suggests two Gifu runes, symbols of giving and receiving, implying that with Ingwaz there is a dual exchange. Ingwaz is a Rune of the divine twins Freyr and Freyja, the Vanir twins, who were their selves thought to have been conceived by another pair of twins, Njördr and Nerthus.[1] In some ancient cultures marriage between brother and sister was socially acceptable.

The intimacy between twins suggests to me of the divine hermaphrodite; I claim responsibility for this interpretation. My reasoning is that the Vanir gods and goddesses were credited for their special magical gifts and abilities that come from higher mind. I believe the divine hermaphrodite represents the sacred marriage in which the male and female aspects of an individual human being (either man or woman) are fully actualized and operational. Man is incomplete without woman and woman is incomplete without man: the polarities of male (active polarity) and female (receptive/passive polarity) combine to form the higher mind in an enlightened person, regardless of their physical sexual orientation.

Another thought I had was that the two X’s of Ingwaz might stand for both the gift (Gifu) and the need (Nauthiz). Nauthiz offers the gift of itself in revealing the action that must to be taken to escape the difficulty it presents, as the enclosure of Ingwaz contains the seed in the soil until the proper time for its growth. The gift and the need accompany one another.

[1] Freya Aswyn, Northern Mysteries & Magic, p. 80

LAGUZ

LAGUZ

Laguz has been defined both as “lake” and “leek,” from the Norse words laguz and laukiz. Traditionally it relates to flow (water seeks its own level) and protection (the leek in Norse thought holds protective qualities). The shape and its mirrored image form the Ehwaz Rune, which relates to emotion. In this case, water is the esoteric analog for emotion. Thus Laguz can relate to deep emotional matters and matters of the subconscious. Consider too the transformational capacity of water, which can manifest as liquid (water), solid (ice), or gas (water vapor), changing with the seasons and the heat of the sun. Emotions run freely here, as opposed to those that are repressed or blocked, as is the case with Isa. This Rune might also turn up advantageously in a reading, as in the case of things being “in the flow” of natural or correct timing. When inverted, its meaning is totally opposed.

MANNAZ

MANNAZ

Mannaz is the Rune of humanity and all that is encompassed by humanity – the descent of man from the gods; the family structure, social status and social structure; the attitudes that family, friends and enemies hold toward one another; individuality and the self; consciousness, morality, the intellect, and invention; and the capacity to work cooperatively together for the benefit of the community. Mannaz deals with the group, whereas Ehwaz dealt with a partnership with a single person. Mannaz, drawn as the Rune for Joy (Wunjo) with its mirror image speaks to the pleasure people take in one another. No person is an island; the ability to survive and thrive require mutual interdependence and understanding.

Northern mythology contains more than one story of how humanity came to be descended from the gods. In one tale, Odin and his brothers gave Ask and Embla life; Odin blew the breath of life into the first human beings. In another story, Heimdall, a son of Odin, journeys to Midgard, guests with three married couples, sleeps between them as their guest, and each wife later gives birth to his sons, thus imparting the blood of the gods into the human race. Each son was believed to have inspired a social class – the warriors, the crafters, and the farmers. Mannaz is therefore a Rune that inspires cooperation between people in the community for the benefit of everyone in that community. In this it has a connection to the Rune Raidho.

Receiving this Rune in a reading can mean cooperation, compatibility, mutual understanding, teamwork, or conversely the development of the self in relation to one’s higher purpose. If Mannaz arrives inverted, it can mean that the group attitude is hostile toward the questioner, self-delusion (the things one does not wish to see), depression, suffering, immorality, or even mortality.