Tlaloc Calling!

March 4, 2017

Spring is springing, and the weather was frequently alternating between bright and sunny with blue skies, or grey overcastness and sharp rain showers. I was at work, grinding the tang of a file before fitting the handle, but my mind was constantly repeating the name “Tlaloc” – I mean, repetitively, continuously, without pause.

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God Jul!

December 21, 2016

Happy Midwinter Solstice!

There is a strong link between Sami (northern Sweden) belief in the red and white of the Fly Agaric (amanita muscaria), Santa’s robes and flying reindeer:
In Sami shamanism, herdsmen noticed that the deer would eat the mushrooms and become intoxicated. They used the deer’s body to process out the toxins and drank the urine heavily laced with the psychedelic muscimol, resulting in a comatose state in which they made shamanic journeys- literally flying with the reindeer. The shaman would return to his body by descending through the smoke hole, tying us in to Santa entering houses via the chimney.

Odin himself was lord of the Wild Hunt – rampaging through the skies on his eight legged steed Sleipnir… But! In the winter, he left the high seat of Asgard in the care of Yew deities Uller and Ullin (whose sacred items were the snowshoe and yew bow) to wander the nine worlds: certainly a poetic kenning for Shamanic journeying..

Rune Divination Practise

September 23, 2016

Today’s rune is A – Ansuz – “Mouth, breath, speech, God (esp Odin)”, I was ready for a day of communication.

Next weekend I’m making a long trek up to an off-grid community on Scoraig for a week-long course on kiln building, smelting and casting in bronze, just like the Ancients; but with the advantage of brand new materials and tech.

Today was all about calling to book a rental car, phoning around to find a bed for the night beforehand – there just happened to be a music festival on the same weekend and every B&B was booked up… I was eventually given the number of an old lady with a room to spare – and giving the ferryman a ring to check that there was space on the 6pm boat across the sea loch.

So… speech and communication.

Happy Autumn Equinox!

September 21, 2016

All the best to you and your kin.

Rune Divination Practise

September 20, 2016

Today’s rune is G – Gebo – “gift”. Symbolising all gifts, giving, and balancing of energies. As Odin said in the Hávamál: “Better not to ask than to overpledge, for a gift demands a gift in return”. In fact, the Hávamál  has much to say about gifts and gifting.

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Rune Divination Practise

September 15, 2016

Today’s rune is H – Hagalaz  -“hail”: The sudden, unavoidable wrath of a hailstorm. Blight of crops, destruction of all that you have made.

As I posted below, I’m using Freya Aswynn’s “Runes of Yggdrasil” cards to do these daily rune readings. I drew last night for today and, for the first time, the card flipped.

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Runes of Yggdrasil: Rune Cards

September 15, 2016

As you’ve probably noticed, I’ve been doing a “rune-a-day” divination practise – selecting a single rune to advise me of the tone or events of the day ahead. Choosing a single rune makes it easier to see how that particular rune manifests or defines  things.

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Rune Divination Practise

September 14, 2016

The divination practise continues, today’s rune being O – Othila – “inherited land”. Walking the dogs with my wife, they split and went separate ways; I followed one as she stayed with the other pair. Our paths diverged, then drew back together and crossed, describing a perfect Othila on the meadow. This reminded me how the O rune also represents the Va or “sacred enclosure”- defined by a rope or somesuch, the entrance being where the line crosses itself: the person inside the Va must open the way.

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Sword Art Online

September 10, 2016

“No. You’re just memorising the words. You have learn what the words of power mean first then match them with the effects of the magic. That’s how you memorise spells.”

Sword Art Online: S01E19

Rune Divination Practise

September 10, 2016

Today I drew Berkana… again. After the other day, I knew that this was pointing toward nurturing and “maternal” parenting – since my eldest son was away at a friend’s place and my wife was at an away match/tournament, I knew this was referring to how I parent my youngest son; just turned 8 years old.

For reasons I’ll not go into right now, I have been irritable, irascible and easily angered of late. Poor kid caught the brunt of this a few times and got properly yelled at in a totally non-berkana way. I realised that I needed to drop the Patriarchal Mode and Laying Down the Law in favour of a softer, more nurturing aspect

See… to me, there are clearly layers to a single rune reading: not only does it tell you what to expect, it also clues you in to what is expected of you… the riddle and the solution are one and the same.

So, we get to the afternoon and I have a massive flip-out over a tech issue he hasn’t even caused and I realise I need to Berkana it up a bit. Since he was watching episodes of The Croods cartoon on Netflix, I ask if he’d like to watch the actual film… I said we could get it if he wanted (yeah, shamefaced overcompensation). Naturally he did, so we got it and put it on the Big TV.

All I can say is that it was a huge Nudge-Wink-Lol… I totally identified with the Caveman Dad, saw the ANGRYME as this cartoon exaggeration… I’m not going to spoil the film, suffice it to say that it was very cathartic. I understand that it’s not impossible to change, just that – right now – it’s gonna take a bit of vigilance.

But, hey… that’s why I’m drawing the runes, no? To put myself at one with the cosmic flow.