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Blessed be dear ones.
I just wanted to say thank you and how much your prayers, candles, etc helped and are helping me to heal. I came home from the Hospital Thursday afternoon and am feeling a little better each day. The doctor has not released me to return to work yet so hopefully, I will feel up to doing more posts in the next few days.
Blessed be dear ones.
The Runes of Odin like to stay in a clean bag made of natural material such as cotton or linen. Keep them in such a bag , white colour of the bag is good since it is neutral and consists of all colours. The Runes should be placed on white surface when you do divinations. This is both to keep then clean and to show respect towards them. Sit with the Runes . You should face North. I have a special cotton white cloth to place my runes on it. The square is the perfect form for the cloth. But you also may use a white paper square. There are numerous types of divinations and I will share these I know and these that work for me.
Some practitioners work only with the main meaning of Runes and pay no attention if the Runes come reverse. But some regard the way the Rune is drawn , the reverse Runes mean “NO” or the negative side of the Rune, the opposite meaning of the rune. When the Rune is drawn normally as it is in the runic alphabet Futhark , the answer is “Yes”.
It is good to know
When you ask the Runes your questions should be as precise as possible, usually the question is of one sentence. Concentrate on your question and focus your attention before drawing the rune out of your runic bag. Do not try to manipulate the runes with the intent or expectations you have, you must feel neutral so that the true answer to come to you. If you are not satisfied by the answer …take it and thank the runes , do not ask again . Asking the same question again is “tabo”, you will insult the runes and they will stop answering to you or they will start lying to you. You should better ask for advice about how to act or what to do to overcome the obstacles on your way instead of asking your question again. The Runes will give you the proper advice. Sometimes you will feel the answer you get seems illogical or not connected with your question at all. Wait for some days and have this answer in your mind … observe, be aware..you will see/feel the signs that the Runes have given to you wise answer and this is the true answer of your question ; and you will capture the “message”given to you . Working that way with the runes you will see how gradually you become more intuitive and spiritual. This is Odin`s way. It teaches you how to see in the darkness and how to reach wisdom through insight. This is to follow the Spirit.
Some practitioner also drink special tea when they do divinations. Some of them use special stones or crystals . But all of this is optional and depends on each individual. I will share with you a list of stones that help your intuition BUT you do not need them in the divinations, you may wear them as long as you want to and they will help you develop your psychic skills : labradorite, lavrikite, amethyst, tiger eye, blue tiger eye, opal, moonstone, moss agate, turquaze, lapis lazuli, larimar jasper, super seven melody stone, pure quartz, lemurian quarts, smoke quartz, phantom quartz, obsydian.
Yes/ No divination
This way of divination is done when you ask a single question and expact an answer “yes” or “no”.
If the rune comes upright it means “yes”, for more detailed answer you should check the meaning of this particular rune you have drawn.
If the Rune comes reverse, the answer is “no” and you may check what is the meaning of the particular rune you have drawn
For these that work only with the upright position of the runes, you draw 2 squares on a white sheet of paper. The first one is for the positive and the second one is for the negative question, for example you ask “ What will happen if I agree to do this task?” – draw one rune and put it in the first quare, it will tell you what will happen if you do something. Then ask : “ What will happen if I do not agree to do this task?” – draw one rune and put it in the second square, it will tell you what will happen if you do not do something.
The Three Norns Divination
Ask a question, you may write it on paper.
Draw 3 runes of your bag . The first rune is the past. The second rune you draw out of the bag is the present, it shows you the situation now and gives you the advice needed. Check its meaning to have an idea of what it tells you. The third rune is the future. It tells you what the future of the current situation will be if you follow the runic advice / that comes with the second rune you drew /.
Make notes because you will perhaps be thinking of the runic message during the following days and you will be decoding the message, you will have the whole picture in a day or two. At first when you draw the runes out , it may seem to you that the runes do not answer at all, in fact they do . Time is needed to understand their message.
Asking with 9 runes
This method can be seen when you follow the link below. I think it is an amazing way to get closer to our ancestors and their way of working with Spirit. This way of divination requires intuition and skills and develops your intuition and skills. Enjoy :
I will start introducing each of the Runes and its meaning with my next posts. This is a long journey and I am thankful to share it with all of you.
Until we merry meet again
Mistress of the Mountains
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We are and hear a lot about all the hurricane survivors and the earthquake ones also but we hear or see very little about the wildfire victims. While aid to help the survivors pour in or I’m a couple of areas trickles in, we are happy to see the help they are given. I’m the past fewer homes were effected by a raging wildfire then the currents ones. These humans and animals in California need our prayers and help just as much of not more than the hurricane and earthquake victims. Please do not misunderstand me I am not trying to minimize what any natural sister victim, human or animal, have and are suffering through; I just don’t want to see the wildfire victims be forgotten.
I’m California there are at least 36 humans that have crossed into The Summerland and thousands displaced. The total for most of these statistics are sure to rise as 17 known wildfires still rage. Of course there is no mention in the articles I have read or new shows I have listen to about the animals, wild and/or domestic, who have lost their lives, been seperated from their human, or had their natural habitat destroyed. Yes, a controlled burn is good to keep dangerous ground vegation manageable or to help make organically rich soil for crop rotation or other positive reasons I know nothing about.
The following article from the Washington Post e-newspaper is about one couple’s story of how they escaped death. Please read this article all the way through besides being feeling compassion for the couple you can learn some favorable information about the fires.
Out of the Flames and Into the Water
They couldn’t flee so they jumped into their pool
By Wesley Lowery printed in the October 14, 2017 Washing Post E-Newspapere
Daniel Pomplun jolted awake. It was 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, and he heard the crackling of flames. He noticed the power was out, and he rose from bed and went to the window.
They had been fast asleep, and Daniel and his wife, Cindy, had missed the warnings. The residents of Santa Rosa, Calif., had been evacuating for more than three hours already as the rapidly spreading wildfire approached. The red glow through the window told Daniel it was too late. The fire was here.
“Cindy! Wake up!” Pomplun, 54, shouted, shaking her. “We’ve got to go!”
They threw on the closest clothing: for Cindy, a light T-shirt and cargo pants, and for Daniel, a Minnesota Vikings sweatshirt and University of Minnesota sweatpants. They grabbed the car keys and ran to the front door.
For 17 years, the Pompluns had lived in this two-story moss-green home in rural Santa Rosa. There is just one road out of their neighborhood. After Daniel’s frantic fingers found the knob of the front door and pulled it open, he saw the fire had leapt over the driveway. The only pathway to safety was blocked by the flames surging toward them.
The choice had been made for them.
“We’re going to stay here as long as possible,” Daniel instructed Cindy, recalling a television show he’d watched about wildfires that had suggested it would be safer to be inside at the height of the flames rather than out on foot among them. “And then we’ll run.”
If the house caught fire and there was nowhere to turn, he thought to himself, they could make a dash to the swimming pool, where maybe they could wait out the blaze.
Authorities in Northern California are still assessing the damage from the most devastating, and deadliest, spate of wildfires to strike the state in modern history. With at least 17 blazes still burning as of Friday, officials say thousands of people remain displaced and at least 36 have been confirmed dead.
More than 220,000 acres of land have been scorched in the past week, and the fires have encroached upon — and in some cases leveled — residential areas, forcing people to leave behind houses full of their belongings. Search parties have begun sifting through the ashes of felled homes, looking for the bodies of those who couldn’t escape.
“We all have suffered a trauma here,” Santa Rosa Mayor Chris Coursey told reporters Friday. “And we’re going to be a long time in recovering from this incident.”
Into the water
Before the Pompluns could leave, they needed to find their cats.
Sishi, their 10-year-old calico, was lounging in the sunroom, but they couldn’t find Tabitha, their mackerel tabby. They ran toward the back of the house, looking out at the shed where the cats often slept. It was engulfed in flames.
For the next half-hour, Daniel and Cindy stood in the window of the sunroom and watched as their neighborhood ignited and charred. Soon, their garage caught fire, thrusting smoke into the house through the second-floor crawl space.
It was pitch black except for the approaching red-and-orange glow. The sunroom had filled with smoke, with just a foot or so of air left. It was about 2 a.m. It was past time to go.
Daniel carried their passports, a bottle of water and a pair of kitchen towels. Cindy clutched the cat tight against her chest. They slid open the sunroom door and began to run.
To the left, they could see flames on the roof. To the right, red dots speckling the far-off hills seemed to be leaping closer. The cat shed was a pile of ash. Sishi wriggled her way from Cindy’s arm, leaping to the ground and disappearing into the darkness.
The grass beneath their feet was crispy and black. The air was chilly and smoky.
They reached the edge of the swimming pool. They stuck one foot after the other into the cold water. Once they were shoulder-deep, they draped wet towels over their heads.
The flames danced across the roof and rolled down the sides of their home.
Then came the popping, as the fire reached the 100 rounds of shotgun and rifle ammunition in one of the upstairs bedrooms. The oak tree just to the north of the pool became a bouquet of fire. Then the pine tree to the west did too. Both trees loomed overhead, the flames licking the darkness.
They stayed as far away from the burning home as they could, but they didn’t want to wander deeper into the pool than where they could stand.
After about 30 minutes in the water — the height of the fire around them — the back wall of the house was fully engulfed in flames, pounding their faces with cruel, raw heat. Their heads were burning, faces blistering. Their bodies shivered, shaking uncontrollably beneath the cold water.
During the worst moments, they completely submerged under the cold water, holding their breath for as long as they could, bobbing up for air.
They discussed the things they were losing, watching as room after room of their five-bedroom home burned. The reality of what couldn’t be recovered — the photographs, the mementos from college, the souvenirs from family vacations — settled in. But for most of their time in the water, the adrenaline robbed them of any focus other than staying alive.
The house collapsed, and the fire moved on. Their melted and sagging cars sat where the garage had been. A single surviving squirrel ventured down from an untouched tree branch and approached what remained of the Pompluns’ home before retreating. Maybe, Daniel suggested to Cindy, it was time they came out of hiding, too.
As the songs of a few returning birds marked the sunrise, the shivering Pompluns slowly emerged from the water. The concrete path was still warm, the ruins around them smoldering. They lay down together and embraced for warmth as their clothes hung from the metal frame of what was once a poolside table.
Occasionally a helicopter or plane would fly overhead, so Daniel arranged stones on the patio to send a message: “NEED EVAC.” Cindy went searching for Sishi, finding her snuggled beneath a juniper bush. She came out to cuddle for a few moments before sneaking back under the bush, refusing to budge.
Daniel decided it was time to start walking, but they both needed to find shoes. As he surveyed the neighborhood, he spotted a single house that seemed untouched. The back screen door was open, so they let themselves in. They found two pairs of flip-flops that fit, and a hat to cover Cindy’s head from the sun. They took a few pieces of paper, and a pen, and shoved a couple of bottles of water into a brown paper bag.
Daniel left a note on the floor, apologizing for what he’d taken and promising it would be returned. Around noon they started walking, changing the message in stones outside their home to: “WALK OUT.”
A white pickup truck drove past, as a group made their way back into the neighborhood to check on friends who lived nearby. About a mile farther up the road they found a sheriff’s deputy.
“Come on,” the deputy shouted out to them. “I’ll get you to the shelter.”
They spent the rest of the day huddled at a metal folding table in a shelter at a high school in Windsor, making a trip to the hospital to check for smoke inhalation, plotting out how to best fill prescriptions for their burns and figuring out how to get new phones.
That night they slept in the shelter. When people walked across the parquet floor, it made a loud popping sound, reminiscent of their oak tree burning.
“It took a long time to fall asleep that first night,” Daniel said.
Daniel’s employer — where he works as a software engineer — helped them find temporary housing and got them a borrowed car so they could go to the bank and get new credit cards and the eye doctor to each be fitted for new glasses. The insurance claims have been filed for their home and cars.
The Pompluns began discussing what comes next: Do they stay and rebuild? Do they move elsewhere? They don’t know.
They said they think their cat Tabitha didn’t make it, probably succumbing to the fire in the shed. But they have called animal control, hoping that Sishi is still out there, nestled beneath the juniper bush.
Ah Beltane . . . . flowers, maypoles, dalliances in the dark . . . . few sabbats feel more PAGAN than Beltane. Some of that is because the trappings of Beltane haven’t been adopted by the over culture (especially in the United States), and some of it’s probably because of the all the tree and flower sex going on right outside of our windows.
Here are eight quick ideas for your Beltane rituals and festivities. However you celebrate, I hope it’s great!
Read more at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/panmankey/2017/04/8-ways-to-celebrate-beltane/#SMQViQtfOU2mO8LZ.99
It’s Samhain-tide and for the two of us that means we observe all sorts of serious and not so serious traditions. Here’s our top 13 Samhain/Halloween activities. Yes 13…because 13 is witchy.
1) Ancestor Dinners – Think about the typical scene from your favourite holiday movie or hallmark commercial when the whole family gathers in the dining room around a beautifully set table. Now imagine that with a lot more black, and instead of great aunt Millie actually sitting over there at the head of the table with great uncle Tom by her side, there’s an urn with their ashes, lovingly placed. That’s how we do an ancestor dinner. Lots of great food. Toasting the dead. Remembering their names and telling their stories.
Read more at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/thewitchesnextdoor/2015/10/13-samhain-traditions-wellat-least-at-our-house/#Kiv3hWsDewCmir0v.99