The Runes of Odin (15. Algiz)

 

Element : Air

Tree : Yew

Plant : grass shrubs

Meaning : Protection, Growth, Fast  Development

God: Heimdall

Stone : Rainbow tourmaline, Agate, Fluorite, Jasper, Diamond

Day : Saturday

Colour : rainbow, golden

Month : February

Zodiac sign : Cancer

Galdr : http://www.sunnyway.com/runes/galdr.html

Pathwalking with the Rune : http://www.northernshamanism.org/pathwalking-with-runes.html

The word Algiz literally means pine woods or sedge reeds. It can also mean rapid development, protection and growth. It depicts a person with upraised arms and also elk’s antlers. The raised hands depict a protective gesture. The rune is that of protection. In the spiritual sense, it indicates reaching up to the divine power.

The rune also represents success and quick achievement of goals. It keeps a person alert and aware and protects one from attacks as well. It brings wisdom and clarity of thoughts in a person.

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The Rune is pronunced with deep vibration of the sound Z. It means protection from amy kind of danger. It is both protection and defence : physical, psychic, personal, collective one. It connects people and gods. It keeps one safe from evil. The Rune brings friendship, strenghtens the good luck and the life force. It can provide mystical and spiritual communication with beings of no human nature. It provides communications with other worlds, especially Asgard and the cosmic wells of Urd, Mimir and Hvergelmir /https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hvergelmir/. The Rune Algiz strenghtens the magical powers too.

It symbolizes the antlers of the Elk, the sharp stems of  the grass shrubs, the raised hands of the one who is calling the gods.

Divination : the efforts that have been put will lead to success. Like a fast growing tree, your plans will have a quick development. At the same time you will be protected from attacks.

Awareness, wisdom and clear mind will be your guides. But if your behaviour becomes irrational, you will lose the protection of Algiz. The rune indicates that “ the Angel Guardian is near “, this can manifest like a good advice or help from friends at a difficult moment for you. Sometimes this rune shows that it is time for you to take a risky initiation but you should think well and act accordingly.

Revered meaning : at the moment you are not well protected. You should avoid risk. It is possible someone to mislead you. Be prepared to face some difficulties and avoid any offers that provoke doubts in you. It can also mean that you are misled by yourself. Be careful with the new friendships and love affairs. Do not trust anyone untill you get to know him/her well enough.

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Pathwalking with the rune : This is a rune of defence. It creates a border that will stop the intruder. Contrary to Eihwaz , Algiz is not created for battles.  Algiz keeps the territory and property safe while the owner is not there and Eihwaz can be used for defence in battles. Eihwaz is hidden, the one who attacks does not see it unless he/she stumbles and fall. And Algiz is visible. When the intruder nears the border, Algiz will signalize its presence and will give the intruder a feeling of “ this place is well protected, it is dangerous for you, it is not safe for you to step there”. Like the Elk raises his antlers to stop the one who attacks him, like  the raised hand that means “ Stop!”, Algiz makes the one who approaches the guarded territory  decide whether to go on and take the risk or to move away and give up. Algiz can be used together with Eihwaz as a runic script for protection of borders , also with TIR for a punishment if someone does not stop and passes through the border, for protection of home it is good to add the Rune Othila to the script.

Algiz can be drawn with the index finger. Start with the stem from base to top and then draw the wings from left to right.

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The image of the Valkyrie in mythology is fully representative of the way in which the energies of Algiz work to protect you. Meditating on the image of a Valkyrie in her teacher, swan and warrior forms is a powerful method of invoking Algiz energy.

The Valkyrie will not assist in evading punishment for wrong deeds, or illegal or immoral acts. It will act to soften the blow of punishment if the person willingly accepts accountability for the harm cased by his or her acts and begins to take steps to compensate.

To read this article click here

http://runesecrets.com/rune-meanings/algiz

 

 

Until we merry meet again

Blessed Be

 

 

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Ogham

Ogham

Definition

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published on 11 May 2012

The Book of Ballymote (by Dbachmann)

One of the stranger ancient scripts one might come across, Ogham is also known as the ‘Celtic Tree Alphabet’. Estimated to have been used from the fourth to the tenth century CE, it is believed to have been possibly named after the Irish god Ogma but this is debated widely. Ogham actually refers to the characters themselves, the script as a whole is more appropriately named Beith-luis-nin after the order of alphabet letters BLFSN.

DESCRIPTION

The script originally contained twenty letters grouped into four groups of five. Five more letters were later added creating a fifth group. Each of these groups was named after its first letter. There are some four to five hundred surviving ogham inscriptions throughout Britain and Ireland with the largest number appearing in Pembrokeshire. The rest of the inscriptions were located around south-eastern Ireland, Scotland, Orkney, the Isle of Man and around the border of Devon and Cornwall. Ogham was used to write in Archaic Irish, Old Welsh and Latin mostly on wood and stone and is based on a high medieval Briatharogam tradition of ascribing the name of trees to individual characters. The inscriptions containing Ogham are almost exclusively made up of personal names and marks of land ownership.

ORIGIN THEORIES…

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An Introduction to Ogham

The Ogham Stone - An Introduction to Ogham

The marks on the edges of this pillar stone (left) are characters from an alphabet that was used in fifth-century Ireland.
Known as ogham, the 25-letter alphabet was supposedly inspired by Ogma, god of eloquence.

  • Ogham was carved and read from BOTTOM to TOP.
    (Also carved, occasionally, right to left).
  • Also written as ogam or ogum, it is pronounced “AHG-m” or “OH-ehm.”
  • Ogham served as an alphabet for one of the ancient Celtic languages. Its origin is uncertain: it may have been adapted from a sign language.
    Current understanding is that the names of the main twenty letters are also the names of 20 trees sacred to the druids.
    Some authors have suggested the existance of a 13 month calendar which shared some of these names.
  • A 15th century treatise on Ogham, The Book of Ballymote, confirms that ogham was a secret, ritualistic language.
    However, there is no direct evidence that the Ogham alphabet was used [in antiquity] for divination or any other magical purposes. ( see notes )

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Making Tools and your spiritual Journey

Mirror Mirror on the Wall

Written for: Coven Life

On: May 5th 2018

By: Hypatia of Alexandrea

Lesson 4

 

Continuing on with tools of the trade, or the Craft should I say.

In the previous lessons in Making Tools and your spiritual Journey we covered the reverence of space and respect needed to make these sacred objects, ones that will assist you on your Magickal Journey. Please review if need be on Coven Life web site.

Allow yourself time and space to be creative by adding to your Witches armamentarium.

All good things take time, time to make, time to collect, and the right time to make such as certain moon phases or even planet and other star alignments. I have known people to take years to make a tool. This does not need to be the case with you, however the more energy you weave through it the more of a Magickal significance it will have to you and the reason you choose to use it for, Just like the incredible Magick that is weaved into tapestry, carpets, quilts, clothing for war that was made by the women throughout the ages to protects their loved ones from harm.

In this Lesson we will continue with scrying.

This is a technique where with practice one becomes better. Others are born with the sight and scrying allows one to hone in on that sight, others need to practice and become better equipped with this skill as time goes on. Either Way, it is an invaluable tool to possess.

Through scrying we can tap into the sacred knowledge of all mankind. Scrying is best done when the sun has completely descended and the moon is at her peak.

Learn to work with the Earth and her phases, both the masculine and feminine energy that is needed to weave such Magick. Use the energy that descends from the Cosmos and bring it into your working space. Use the energy that ascends from the Great Earth Mother and use it ground yourself.  This can be done as a daily ritual too.

As a Witch you have been gifted with the ability to harness from this universal energy. However do keep in mind that this is ONLY to be used for the greater good, this does not include personal gains. Please refer to previous lesson on how to harness this energy and the importance of purity of thought and deed when using it. Use your gift wisely!

Mirror Magic

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A shiny piece of obsidian palm stone used for scrying is perfect!

Just like a crystal ball and water, anything that lends a reflective surface can be used for scrying.

Making your own mirror can also be a great deal of fun. This is best prepared during the waning of the full moon, so ensure the materials are gathered before that time.

Ideally leave it for one whole moon cycle before scrying.

 

You will need:

  • Photo frame with backing, choose any size you desire, smaller ones are great to carry around with you, larger ones can be displayed in the home. This will get the visitors talking! Start small and if you feel it works for you than go ahead and make a larger one.
  • Non aerosol, black high gloss paint
  • Dried herbs that will enhance your psychic ability such as dragons’ blood, hyssop, orris root, mugwort, or whatever herb you choose during your research. There are a number of psychic herbs, I personally use mugwort and jasmine flower (all dried and crushed well in a mortar and pestle).
  • Disposable mixing container
  • Paint brush

Method:

Mix the paint and herbs together. Ensure there is not too much of the herb mix that will interfere with the final glossy finish, just enough to create the texture yet still somewhat smoothed out.

While mixing, visualize the light of the moon and say:

By the Moon’s darkest light

Perception of the night

Become part of my skills

And thus banish all ills.

 

  • Paint inside of the glass using long brush strokes.
  • Cover the surface completely leaving no gaps.
  • When completely dry, place the backing back on the frame.
  • Leave your mirror outside in the moonlight for as long as you can, then keep it covered by a dark cloth. I even like to put a piece black silk over mine.

Note: Such mirrors can also be used to deflect negativity back to where it belongs.  If it ever needs to be used for this purpose, it needs to be reconsecrated if it is to be used for scrying again. It might be best to keep a separate mirror for such purpose.

Please look up consecrating your sacred objects on Coven Life search if not sure.

 

In the up and coming lessons I will be talking about using your mirror for protection of personal space and finding lost objects.

 

Magickal tools and your spiritual journey

Written for Coven Life

On: 9/04/2018

By: Hypatia Of Alexandrea

Scrying

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Lesson 3

Lessons 1 and 2 in the previous posts covered making tools with sacred wood that included wands and runes. It often takes time to prepare such tools in order for one to imbue their magical energies though the object. At times the object will change as the practitioner progresses through their spiritual journey. Remember that nothing is static, where there is energy there is movement, vibration and frequency, this includes all inanimate objects as well.

Lesson 3 will introduce one of the many methods of scrying, divining.

Scrying tools are used to develop ones clairvoyance skills. It assists one to see the past in order to understand the present and give some kind of direction for mastering the future.

Scrying requires concentration and of course an object to focus your mind.

Before you prepare your tool for scrying you may like to make your own scrying incense. Setting the mood by stimulating your senses that also includes your olfactory is important. This all helps to stimulate the penal gland or 3rd eye in order to reach a state of focus, trance or meditation call it what you will.

 

Scrying incense:

1 part Mugwort

1 part Wormwood

 

You may even wish to make your own bowl and decorate the bowl with motifs and symbols that correlate to your own belief system. Let your creativity run wild. Just remember that every step of creating whether it is the bowl the incense or the scrying liquid to imbued your own personal energy in it. Take your time in choosing and making your item and allow yourself to connect what it is that you are creating!!

 

In the next step we will be making the divining liquid.

This should be made during the full moon to give time for the liquid to infuse sufficiently to be used in the 1st quarter.

Please use the reference of the ephemeris of the moon as a guide.

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Moon phases for all magical use is important. Please take the time to learn the energies that she gives. A simple and wonderful book to have on hand is “Mansions of the Moon for the Green Witch”. I’ll write a little book review of this at a later stage.

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During the Full Moon-

You will need:

Dried herbs that include rose petals, jasmine and hyssop.

Sea salt

A medium clear bottle or jar

Water

Small bowl (not scrying bowl)

 

Method:

In the small bowl mix the herbs

Add 1 part herb mix to 4 parts water

Stir 3 table spoons of sea salt

Pour the mixture into a jar, cover, in a sunny spot.

 

Leave it as undisturbed as both the moon and the sunrays energy are hitting it until the last quarter.

During the Last quarter-

During the time of the last quarter, strain the herbs and store the liquid in a jar until ready for use in the 1st quarter.

Effectively just remember the most powerful time to divine is Seven Days after the New Moon which is the first quarter!!!!!

 

During the First Quarter-

This is the time you use the liquid. It is seven days after the new moon which falls on the first quarter of the moon. I know it doesn’t give you much window to divine, however this is just a guide that has been used by the oracle in ancient times.

Create your mood, place your mind in a space of divining. Use your imagination, wear your favorite gown, jewellery, anoint yourself with your favorite essential oil, jasmine is mine. Divining is a scared time, don’t just use it Willie Nillie.

NOTE:

Who or what is assisting you with allowing you to see and giving you the messages.

Accessing beyond the veil needs preparation, such as placing protection around you, ensuring your mind and surroundings are cleared of clutter and most importantly just like anything become familiar what energy it is that you are drawing this from! Are you calling in the elements, the Gods and Goddesses, other earth spirits, Totems, ancestors, spirits beyond this earth or simply Mother Earth her self?

 

Remember that the energy around you is something that you allow in, nothing comes if it is not called or conjured! If you are not familiar with personal protection, please do a quick Coven Life or general web search on such methods and choose what you resonate with.

Yes, this does all sound time consuming, however everything has a time and place. Learning timing and patience is part of understanding your magical practice. Revering the seasons and following the earth’s rhythms is essential for any spiritual practice and finally learning to protect yourself even if it is just using divination.

Once again use your intuition and allow yourself to connect as you please. There is no right or wrong. You choose as you please and what makes you most comfortable!

The timing of this suggested method of scrying was taken from an academic extract called “Portrait of a Priestess” by Connelly, that described actual events and practices of the ancient priests and priestess in antiquity namely in the temple of Delphi used by the Pythia.  A wonderful academic read, well researched and accredited throughout the epistemological arena it offers an insight of how humans throughout history have moved with the earth’s rhythms.

Entrench yourself in the energy and see what you yourself discover. You may even find a better method that suits you. Just remember to be in the flow of that energy around you. Learn how to navigate the sky, read the seasons and feel the pulse of the earth and her energy meridians. This is how humanity has always done and will continue to do it. Why? BECAUSE IT WORKS!

 

Missing Loved Ones

As the veil grows ever thinner I find myself getting more excited but at the same time missing my parents and other loved ones more. I have found this happening every year for the week before Samhain. To help combat the loneliness, sadness, I try to take more walks to look at the beautiful fall colors or lose myself in reading or another hobby. As a channeler for those who have crossed this time of year can overwhelm me if I allow it. Many empaths also feel others energy or feelings or physical maladies more than usual. Even those without these abilities may find themselves hearing or feeling loved ones around especially if they have crossed over in the past year.

I guess the point I am trying to make is we all can commune with those who have crossed over if we want to if we do not want then I suggest putting a magical shield up around yourself to keep them away. An easy way to do this is to ask Archangel Micheal to shield you with his white light so no one may reach you that has crossed over. If you want to commune with anyone who has crossed that is family you can use this simple spell that I use to call to my ancestors when I am in need of their guidance.

Blood to blood I call to thee

Blood to blood I honor thee

Blood to blood (put in person name you are wanting to visit with) come to me

Repeat the spell three times for each person you are calling to. Then sit quietly as in meditation and listen for them and/or to feel their presence around you. The person also may wait and come to you in a dream. Remember to tell the person they are free to go back from wherever they came anytime they chose to.

For a non-blood related person, you wish to commune with you can use this simple spell.

Friend to friend I call to thee

Friend to friend I honor thee

Friend to friend (put in person name you wish to commune with) come to me.

Repeat the spell three times for each person you are calling to. Then sit quietly as in meditation and listen for them and/or to feel their presence around you. The person also may wait and come to you in a dream. Remember to tell the person they are free to go back from wherever they came anytime they chose to.

Either of these spells can be done any time of the year you would like to commune with someone who has crossed. If the person does not come to you it be because they have started a new lifetime, are getting ready to start a new one, or as simple as they do not feel like communing at that time.

 

 

Runes of Odin / 2. URUZ/

 

Please, check the links so can can find more information about URUZ.  You should only read the part about URUZ because the  three links below will be available with each different rune I describe in my posts.

Galdr :  http://www.sunnyway.com/runes/galdr.html

Shamanic Journey with the Rune : http://www.northernshamanism.org/pathwalking-with-runes.html

Meanings : http://www.runemaker.com/futhark/uruz.shtml

URUZ

Strength

Element : Earth

Gemstone : Garnet

Colour : dark green, dark grey

Tree : Birch tree

Plant : Iceland Moss

God : Thor

http://www.runes.info/runepiece10.htm

http://runesecrets.com/rune-meanings/uruz

 

Divinations :  You have the strength to make your dreams come true but do not forget the responsibilities that come with this. Your strength is not imposing your will on others , this is  a strength for overcoming the attempts of the others to impose their will on you, a strength that does not allow interference into your choice.  Use this noble strength to stay focused on your goal. Do not allow you to be led astray. Do not allow negative people to upset you. Control your Ego and you will succeed.

This is a rune of changes. It requires control over whatever will be released in risky initiations, it draws new situations in life.

Reverse meaning :  you are unable to think clearly; bad health. Pay attention to the signs of your weakness or to the threats against you. You should become aware of your hidden strength.

Use : Uruz can be used on anything that needs strength, including yourself.  It can be used on objects or for healing.

The Rune can be drawn directly on parts of your body that need strength. It can also be drawn onto the main chakras, especially Solar Plexus chakra for strengthening the will. Draw it with your thumb and inhale deeply to take the Rune into yourself.

Power to stand for your will.

Change that requires courage facing new responsibilities and challenges.

Good health, vitallity, energy for overcoming or success.

Fertility

Magickal Use : it strenghtens the will and the muscles. Uruz stabilises the chaotic situation or state of mind. It is used in the Craft for drawing off unwanted control, for cutting off restrictions and breaking of barriers. It encourages confidence and courage. It can be used for restoration of hope, for increasing of the sexual desire, for strenghtening the mind.

Uruz is not safe when it is magically used. If not used correctly, it can bring disbalance and it can reverse the result , thus it can do harm.

Mythology : Here is a description of Thor given in the book by Neil Gaiman “ Norse mythology “

Thor, Odin`s son, is the thunderer….Huge he is, and red-bearded, and strong, by far the strongest of all the gods. His might is increased by his belt of strength, Megingjord:when he wears it, his strength is doubled….Thor`s mother was Jord, the earth goddess. Thor`s sons are Modi, the angry , and Magni, the strong. Thor`s daughter is Thrud, the powerful.

His wife is Sif, of the golden hair. She had a son , Ullr, before she married Thor…Ullr  is a god who hunts with bow and with arrows, and he is good with skis.

Thor is the defender of Asgard and Midgard”.

 

 

 

Tracing the Origins of the Infamous Ouija Board

The Ouija board (known also as a Spirit board or Talking board) is a type of board commonly believed to enable its users to communicate with the spirit world. A Ouija board usually has the letters of the alphabet inscribed onto it, the numbers 0 – 9, along with words such as ‘yes’, ‘no’, and ‘goodbye’. In addition to the board itself, each Ouija includes a planchette, a teardrop-shaped device with three legs. The planchette is normally made of wood or plastic, and usually has either a hole in its middle or a kind of pointer. For the Ouija to operate, two or more people should be seated around the board, with their fingertips placed on the planchette. A question is then asked, and the planchette apparently seema to move on its own, thus providing an answer.

Spiritualism

Although the practice of obtaining messages from seemingly supernatural things is almost as old humanity itself, the Ouija board is arguably a more modern divination object. Some sources have argued that Pythagoras put forth talking boards in 540 BC and others have likened them to ancient writing devices from China, but most of these beliefs fall flat when their original sources cannot be found, or, the stories are found to have been created as a form of publicity or based on misinformation.

Talking boards are known instead to have their origins in a movement known as Spiritualism…

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Methods of Divination

There are many different methods of divination that you may choose to use in your magical practice. Some people opt to try many different types, but you may find that you’re more gifted in one method than others. Take a look at some of the different types of divination methods, and see which one – or more! – works best for you and your abilities. And remember, just like with any other skill set, practice makes perfect!

Tarot Cards And Readings…

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