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.

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Until we merry meet again

Blessed Be

 

 

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Golden Iron Ryrite for Sunday

This stone resembles gold and carries Solar energies. It is a powerful grounding stone. Golden Iron pyrite works with the Solar Plexus chakra and serves as a booser of energy. In combination with other stones it can raise their powers to the extreme. It is a good stone to use when we want to manifest our desire into the physical or to prevent nightmares. I will describe it with a few words : Power, Manifestation, Sun, Success.

Here is more about this amazing stone, photo and information  thanks to

https://www.healing-crystals-for-you.com/iron-pyrite.html

For Energy Strength And Vitality

Pyrite CubeNatural Cubic Pyrite

Iron Pyrite is a strong stone to promote positive thinking and manifestation.

 

This is a stone to encourage you overcome feelings of inadequacy and live your life to its full potential. It will boost self worth of the individual and allow you to have the energy to take action, where needed.

 

 

This golden stone primarily helps the chakra that boosts personal power, known as the solar plexus.

It has a strong solar energy, and its golden color is part of this vibration.

This stone also has a strong spiritual grounding action, and this makes it a stone to use within both the base or root chakra and the earth star chakra.

It is beneficial for the lungs, and helps asthma and bronchitis, and will increase your stamina. It will confer a speedy increase in strength and vigor.

The solar energy within these stones enhances your efficiency at manifesting your strongest desires. Soon after you begin using it, you will feel a growth in your level of energy.

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Emerald is good for Friday

This powerful green stone carries the vibrations of Love and the Blessings of the Goddess. It is strongly connected with Nature and growth and has a connection with fairy realms and magic.

Here is more about this enchanting stone and a photo I share with you thanks to

https://www.healing-crystals-for-you.com/emerald-stones.html

Emit the Green Ray Of Nature Itself

EmeraldNatural Emerald Stone

 This heart chakra based energy makes them known as a stone of successful and abundant love.

By helping you to let go of negativity, natural Emerald crystals will create positive actions and outcomes, and give you the strength to overcome any problems in your life.

Within all of nature, in the plants and the grass and the trees you can see this clear green color, and the energy of the green ray.

The energy of nature itself is embodied within stones that carry the green ray, like Emerald stones. These beautiful crystals emit the green ray, a vibration that will open the heart chakra and draw love into your life.

This lovely stone has many excellent qualities, which is why it was chosen to be a May birthstone and is commonly used in engagement rings, as it has a strong loving vibration.

They are stones of manifestation, and although today’s society seems to concentrate on the attributes of manifesting things, including money, this stone brings through much more.

If you desire to use this stone to help you to manifest loving attributes, good health and a peaceful, loving and harmonious existence, or to learn how to stay happy, you might like to have this stone in your life.

Of course it will manifest abundance as well as money, and you all know that of course money is necessary in life.

The green ray is embodied within these lovely stones, and it encourages you to have respect for all life and all of creation.

As you feel this respect within you, it may prompt you to live life in a more loving way.

You may find that your love and emotions begin to resonate with Divine Love.

This is the purest and highest form of love in existence, and you begin living your life from a spiritual, heart based perspective.

Feelings such as compassion, hope, loyalty, encouragement, reassurance, gentleness, kindness, goodness and of course unconditional love, are connected with these emotions, and with all the blessings that are in your life.

 I love emerald gemstones and wear one in my engagement ring every day, but for their metaphysical attributes to benefit you don’t need an expensive stone.

All Emerald stones, including rough or natural pieces like the ones shown here, emit this energy and have an effect on the emotions that are within you.

It will still give you the powerful metaphysical properties that are embodied in this stone but at a lower cost.

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Amethyst is good for Thursday

Amethyst is one of the most powerful stones working with the Violet Flame of transmutation. As a rule all stones and crystals with violet colour carry the energies of the Violet Flame that transmutes the shadowy energies into light and beneficial energies. The article below is about stones that carry these transmuting powers. I am sharing it with you with thanks to :

https://www.healing-crystals-for-you.com/violet-flame.html

Healing With Violet Flame Stones

Amethyst and other stones associated with this energetically potent method of healing, are some of the most common stones used by healers.

Healing with these stones is so powerful that it and other violet ray stones are very popular with both alchemical and crystal healers.

Amethyst Crystal
 
Amethyst Crystal Cluster
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They are the most strongly associated with this energy, as Amethyst Crystals are the foremost stones of the violet flame.

The very essence of the Amethyst stones will heal on many levels, both within the physical, metaphysical and etheric levels of your being.

The specific frequency of these powerful quartz crystals allow one to feel calm, soothed and contented, yet intellectually stimulated and protected. Using it makes you feel that you are beautifully protected, and you are.

One of the less well known facts about Amethyst and other violet stones is that they embody the vibration of the Violet Flame, brought to renown by Saint Germaine.

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Tiger Eye , a perfect stone to use on Tuesday

This is a powerful stone that helps you to release fear and anxiety and aids harmony and balance.

It stimulates taking action, and helps you to make decisions with discernment and understanding, and unclouded by your emotions.

Traditionally it was carried as an amulet against curses or ill-wishing, and is known to give you courage, self confidence and strength of will.

It enhances creativity and is one of the stones that aid kundalini awakening.

This natural crystal balances the brain, so it may be of benefit to help those who are suffering from mental disease or with personality disorders.

Stimulates Psychic Gifts…

If you are an earthy person, and vibrate to the energy of the solar plexus, also known as the power chakra, you may find that this stone aids you to bring through a variety of psychic gifts.

Tigers Eye PalmstonesTigers Eye Palmstones

It is as simple as keeping the stone within your aura, so it will be of benefit to you. It is the balance within the stone that is its most practical attribute.

It may aid you if you are earthy to develop your psychic powers when used at the third eye chakra, but it is not generally a third eye chakra stone.

It is an effective stone to assist you to accomplish goals. If you are prone to criticizing your own actions, you may be experiencing a lack of self worth.

This stone may help you, as it will infuse you with confidence, brightness and optimism that may relieve these feelings of lack.

 

Read the whole article here to learn about how you can combine tiger eye with other stones for specific purposes

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https://www.healing-crystals-for-you.com/tigers-eye-stone.html

 

What is Paganism? A Factual Overview

A simple, factual explanation of what Paganism actually is. It is pure information written for anyone who is non Pagan or who is Pagan but wants to know more. It is not meant to impress or proselytize.

NOTE: I have had some letters from Christians who claim this essay is anti-Christian. That is not the case. The comparisons with Christianity are objective and without any harmful intent.

In simplest terms Paganism is a religion of place, or a native religion, for example the Native American’s religion is Pagan, Hinduism is a form of Paganism. All Pagan religions are characterized by a connection and reverence for nature, and are usually polytheistic i.e. have many Gods and/or Goddesses.

Modern Paganism as practiced in the west is particular to the native peoples of the west and although there are many forms most are descended from Celtic origins. Modern Paganism or ‘neo-Paganism’ has the following characteristics:

1. Paganism is a religion of nature, in other words Pagans revere Nature. Pagans see the divine as immanent in the whole of life and the universe; in every tree, plant, animal and object, man and woman and in the dark side of life as much as in the light. Pagans live their lives attuned to the cycles of Nature, the seasons, life and death.

2. Unlike the patriarchal religions (Christianity, Islam, Judaism) the divine is female as well as male and therefore there is a Goddess as well as a God. These deities are within us as well as without us (immanent); they are us. They are not simply substitutes for the Muslim or Judeo-Christian God. This is because the Gods of the major religions tend to be super-natural i.e. above nature whereas Pagan deities are natural, symbolizing aspects of nature or human nature. Having said that God and Goddess are split from the Great Spirit or Akashka which probably equates to the God of

the patriarchal religions.

3. The Goddess represents all that is female and the God represents all that is male. But because nature is seen as female the Goddess has a wider meaning. Often called Mother Earth or Gaia she is seen as the creatrix and sustainer of life, the mother of us all which makes all the creatures on the planet our siblings.

4. There are sub-groups of named Gods and Goddesses called Pantheons, drawn from the distant past, for example Isis and Osiris from Egypt or Thor, Odin, Freya et al from Norse religion and mythology. Ancient Pagans would have worshipped one or a small number of Gods and Goddesses, whilst often recognizing the validity of other people’s deities. The concept of an overall, un-named Goddess and God, the sum totals of all the others, appears to be a recent one but individual named deities represent particular human qualities or archetypes and are often used as a focus for celebrations and spiritual rites.

5. Paganism has developed alongside mankind for thousands of years; as cultures have changed so has Paganism, yet it is grounded in deep rooted genetic memories that go back to neolithic times and before. Thus Paganism is not just a nature religion but a naturalreligion.

6. Paganism in the west takes a number of forms including Wicca, Druidism, and Shamanism.

7. To Pagans the four ancient elements, Earth, Air, Fire and Water have special significance. The importance of these is hard to define because they have so many correspondences, for example they are associated with the four directions, North, East, South and West. Each element is a kind of spiritual substance from which all things are made especially ourselves and at the same time are Guardians both of ourselves and of the Goddess and God, and guarding the gateways between this world and the other world.

8. Many Pagans believe in reincarnation in some form. It gives Pagans a substantially different view of life. Early Christians saw Karma as a kind of treadmill, trapping people in endless reincarnations, never free. But Pagans see reincarnation as, at best, a chance to improve or to continue unfinished work, and at worst just a simple re-cycling of souls.


 

 

The re-emergence of Paganism

The revival of Western Paganism is mainly due to the creation of Wicca, the nice modern name for Witchcraft. However Paganism is not Wicca; Wicca is an Occult form of Paganism.

The old religion was virtually wiped out by the church of Rome using a combination of propaganda, torture and genocide. Some people held on to the old religion.

These were often the wisemen and women or Witches, the root ‘wit’ meaning ‘wise’. The church became impatient and began a purge beginning around 1484 involving the burning of Witches and wholesale slaughter of thousands of people across Europe just on suspicion of being Witches. Not surprisingly, in the face of such oppression the old religion went ‘underground’ and Witches dedicated to preserving the religion formed themselves into secret groups called covens.

Christianity’s purge was so successful that the old religion was virtually extinct by the 1900s but in 1899 a book was published by Charles Leland called ‘The Gospel of Aradia’ about Witches in Northern Italy who practiced ‘La Vecchia Religione’ – the Old Religion.

In 1921 an English historian, Margaret Murray published a book, ‘The Witch Cult in Western Europe’ in which she maintained that Witchcraft had been a religion. A British ex colonial administrator called Gerald Gardner supposedly revived Witchcraft and called it Wicca. In 1951 the laws against Witchcraft in Britain were repealed and he published a milestone book on the subject, ‘Witchcraft Today’.

Since that time Wicca has grown in popularity and has encouraged the revival of the original Pagan roots and the re-emergence of other Pagan branches such as the Northern tradition and the modern Druids. Wicca itself has become more eclectic and has absorbed elements of other systems such as the Qabala and elements of Hindu. While Wicca is relatively new, Paganism is as old as mankind and its traditions are still being rediscovered.


What do Pagans do?

Pagans revere the cycles of Nature through rituals or ceremonies of various kinds. Pagans of the western traditions celebrate up to eight festivals or Sabbats each year (not all Pagans celebrate all the Sabbats). They comprise the four solar quarters i.e. the two solstices (longest and shortest days) and the two equinoxes (day and night are the same length) plus four Celtic ‘fire’ festivals. All these mark important events in the cycle of life and also symbolise changes in the Goddess and God. They are:

Samhain(pronounced “sowain”), 31st October: the feast of the dead; remembrance of ancestors and people, now dead, who were important to us. It marks the end of the Celtic year and the start of the spiritual new year. Also known as All Hallows day, the night before being All Hallows Eve (Halloween) or all souls night.

Yule, the winter solstice, 21st December approx.: rebirth of the sun and the gradual lengthening of the days towards springtime and new life.
Imbolc or Bride’s day: start of spring and the return of the Goddess to the land.
Ostara (Easter), the spring equinox, 21st March: Return of the sun from the south, springtime proper. Some celebrate a holy union between God and Goddess.
Beltane (starting on May day): Summertime begins celebrating new life and the holy marriage of God and Goddess.

Midsomer (Midsummer) or Litha, the summer solstice, 21st June approx.: Everything is green thanks to the…

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Druid’s Magical Trees of the Year – Celtic Astrology – Magical Recipes Online

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What is your tree saying ?
Brightest Blessings Sisters and Brothers,
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The May Queen and The Greenman

“Three cheers for the May Queen!” they cried out as they carried her triumphantly to the waiting arms of the Greenman, newly emerged from the deep wood.
“It has been a long time, Mabellique le Fey,” the god of the forest remarked lovingly.
“T’ long, m’ Jack O’ the Green.” She felt like a young maiden in his strong, knotted arms. He pressed his lips to hers and they were like flesh and tasted of sugar maple. Tonight the bond between fairy-kind and the natural world about them would be consummated as it had every spring since the beginning of all things rich and good.
fr.  Travers McCraken The Prince of Knocknafay 

Brightest Blessings Sisters and Brothers,
SunRay Sorceress

Preparing for Ostara/Spring Equinox Coven Gathering Ritual

Ostara is the start of spring when day and night are in perfect balance. It is the time when the Triple Goddess starts out as a Maiden and conceives her child. The eggs represent this quickening of the womb. The Ying/Yang symbol represents the male and female energy all living things have inside of them.It is a time to plant your seeds to nurture them into seedlings to plant on or around Beltane when the Triple Goddess enters the Mother aspect.

Below are the things that should be prepared ahead of time for our ritual. I suggest not making the eggs more than 2 days in advance because we will be eating them during the ritual.

Items Needed:

1 White Candle (any size is fine) Represents Ostara

1 Green Candle (same size as white one) Represents Oak King

Lighter or Matches

Water Proof Markers in 2 colors – 1 Light and 1 Darker

2 Previously Hard Boiled and Colored Eggs – 1 Colored the Darker Shade

                                                                                   1 Colored the Lighter Shade

Something to put the egg shells in when you eat them

Pair of Pointy Scissors to cut circles out of Ying/Yang Symbol

1-8×11 Inch Piece of Plain White Paper – With Ying/Yang Symbol Drawn on it.  I suggest using a dessert plate to draw the circle on the paper and then cutting around the outside of the mark.

Holes cut out to fit 1 egg in large part of each side of the symbol. I suggest using a shot glass or something the same size to draw th circles,  then cut inside the lines. Keep circles you cut out. One should be colored the lighter color and the other the darker one (you will be taping them back into the Ying/Yang symbol.

When coloring the eggs and Ying/Yang symbol use the lighter shade on one side and 1 egg. Then use darker side to do other side of symbol and egg.

Black Sharpie or similar Marker to write on the eggs with.

Before the ritual the eggs should be colored, the Ying/Yang symbol drawn and colored. Cut the circles out of each side of the symbol to nestle the eggs in. The reason for putting the opposite color egg into the symbols is to show how if it is the masculine side they have some feminine qualities and vise versa. 

Below will be a drawing of what each step in making the symbol and eggs will look like. My drawing with the Paint program on my computer is not that good but at least it will give you an idea of what I am talking about above.

Ying Yang Drawing

Mark each egg with as many runes as needed to convey your wishes/goals for yourself to sprout and grow thought out the summer and to be harvested in the fall. Below is a list of  one type of runes and their common meanings. You can find other types of runes by doing a search on Google.com or Bing.com

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ITEMS NEEDED FOR RITUAL:

First should have all ritual items as close to your computer as possible, so you can follow along with ritual easily.

Prepared Ying/Yang Symbol

2 Prepared Hard Bile Eggs

1-3 inch Black Candle

1-3 inch Yellow Candle

Plate or something to put egg shells on

Something to save egg shells in -you will be “planting” these either in your garden outside or in a pot inside with some type of seeds (flower or leafy plant or a vegetable- whatever kind of seed is your choice) You can refrigerate or freeze egg shells until you are ready to plant them on Beltane.The egg shells will help nourish what ever seeds or plant you chose to use them with.

Any questions about this post? Please email Lady Beltane at ladybeltane@aol.com

The actual ritual will be posted one week before our gathering in the post that has the date, time and place. Just scroll down this page to find it.

Friday

Friday

 

The name Friday comes from the Old English Frīġedæġ, meaning the “day of Frige”, a result of an old convention associating the Old English goddess Frigg with the Roman goddess Venus, with whom the day is associated in many different cultures. The same holds for Frīatag in Old High German, Freitag in Modern German and vrijdag in Dutch.

The expected cognate name in Old Norse would be *friggjar-dagr. However, the name of Friday in Old Norse is frjá-dagr instead, indicating a loan of the weekday names from Low German. The modern Scandinavian form is Fredag in Swedish, Norwegian and Danish, meaning Freya’s day. The distinction between Freya and Frigg in some Germanic mythologies is problematic.

Friday is associated in many cultures with the love goddess Venus, and the planet named for her.