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Fae Friday: Rune of the Day – Inguz

Inner self, higher self, higher power, spirit, angels, goddess, fae, source. There are many names for the sacred wisdom threaded throughout our reality. My old metaphysical teacher called it Spirit, and that’s how I tend to refer to it most times. We can call on the underlying wisdom to guide us. How does it answer? The ways are countless, and one way is rune casting. This is an ancient method from the frozen north, used by Vikings and other Germanic cultures. Runes shine a light on the ripe possibilities of the moment. A casting also comes in many patterns and forms. In the old days one who practiced the magic of runes was called a Vitka. For a swift reading, I draw one rune.

I close my eyes and ask Spirit for guidance, for a message. What do I need to know at this time? From my bag of amethyst runes, I draw forth a single stone. I listen with open mind and heart.

The Binding of Fenris by D Hardy (Public Domain) via Wikimedia

Today I draw Inguz. Its shape is that of an X standing on top of another X. Part of the traditional Germanic Futhark or runic alphabet, it is one of the eight runes under the patronage of the warrior god Tyr. Lately my runic messages seem to be predominantly of Tyr’s Eight. Tyr shines in our minds as the god who bound the monstrous wolf Fenrir, losing a hand in the process.

Inguz speaks of fertility and new beginnings. Its qualities are that of the hero god Ing, whose name I settled on my hero Ingvar in my first book, Wytchfae Runes. Ing and Ingvar remind me of the noble knight Sir Gawain, who strived to maintain his integrity in the deceptive situations he encountered.

The mysterious, changeable moon is related to the energy of Inguz. Each night the moon presents a different face as it travels swiftly in its heavenly orbit, from new to old and back to new in only 28 days. The moon indicates movement and emotional health. Inguz represents these concerns, as well as intuition, a desire for harmony, and the adaptability needed for success.

Inguz signals an emergence from a tense, closed state into a more fertile, creative mode of being. It is a powerful rune signifying a new path and a transition into joy. What may have been stagnant now has the energy to blossom. It is important to actively strive to shake off old habits and outdated thoughts patterns that no longer serve our best interests. Change is at hand.

Recently I completed a life task that has been troubling me for some time. Another such task in also nearing completion. Drawing Inguz seems a validation that these changes are needed and sanctioned by the universe.

I hope you enjoyed our look at Inguz, the Rune of the Day. What’s on your mind after reading this?

More: The Book of Runes by Ralph Blum

Cheers & Happy Reading!
Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic in Romance

Fae Friday: Rune of the Day – Dagaz

Inner self, higher self, higher power, spirit, angels, goddess, fae, source. There are many names for the sacred wisdom underlying all. My old metaphysical teacher called it Spirit, and that’s how I tend to refer to it most times. We can call on it to guide us. How does it answer? The ways are countless, and one way is rune casting. This is an ancient method from the frozen north, used by Vikings and other Germanic cultures. Runes shine a light on the ripe possibilities of the moment. A casting also comes in many patterns and forms. For a quick casting, I draw one rune.

I close my eyes and ask Spirit for guidance, for a message. What do I need to know at this time? From my bag of amethyst runes, I draw a single stone. I listen with open mind and heart.

Today I draw Dagaz. Its shape reminds me of an hourglass or a geometric butterfly.
Part of the traditional Germanic Futhark or runic alphabet, it is one of the eight runes under the patronage of the warrior god Tyr.

Using free association, its shape reminds me of the name of the chaotic, powerful god Dahak from the television series Xena: Warrior Princess. Although Dagaz is certainly not dark and evil like Dahak, its transformative power may seem earthshaking to the one experiencing it. It signals a major breakthrough, a high level transformation. Think about the words breakthrough and transformation. Transformation is alchemical magic. You are being created anew. Breakthrough is when the sun, after a long period of being obscured by clouds, suddenly reappears in all its glory. The moment may not feel comfortable. You may be temporarily blinded by the intensity of the light. You may have been so accustomed to the darkness or the low light that you can’t even look up at the sun’s brilliance right away. But you will, for your day has come. You must trust in the process and your readiness to handle it. Remember, transformation is hard work.

Drawing Dagaz, I can tell this is a momentous time for me. I need to greet the changes with an open mind and a heart of joy.

I hope you enjoyed our look at Dagaz, the Rune of the Day. What’s on your mind after reading this?

More: The Book of Runes by Ralph Blum

Cheers & Happy Reading!
Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic in Romance

Fae Friday: Year of the Fire Rooster

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© Irbisnariel | Dreamstime.com – Pugnacious Fiery Rooster On Red Photo

In Chinese astrology 2017 is called the Year of the Fire Rooster. Here are 13 vital things you need to know about the subject before the year begins.

• Though a form of personal and universal divination, Chinese astrology does not calculate the positions of the sun, moon, stars, and planets at the time of a person’s birth.
• Rather, it is based on a series of 12 animals that answered the call of the Buddha to appear before him at the New Year.
• Each year one of the 12 animals represents the primary spirit of the year.
• The Chinese New Year is based on a lunar calendar. It begins on the second New Moon after Winter Solstice, usually in late January or early February.
• The 12 animal signs and some of their alternate names are: rat (mouse), ox (cow), tiger, rabbit (cat), dragon, snake, horse, goat (sheep), monkey, rooster (chicken, bird, peacock), dog, pig (boar).
• Also involved in the spirit of a year and a person are 5 basic elements: metal (white), water (black), wood (green), fire (red), and earth (brown).
• Metal adds strength and steadfastness; water adds sensitivity and adaptability; wood adds warmth and compassion; fire adds inspiration and energy; earth adds patience and practicality.
• The basis of all is the yin (feminine) and yang (masculine) that together and equally form the universe and all matter.
• Each animal sign is either yin (darkness, night, moon, resting, feminine) or yang (light, day, sun, active, masculine).
• I think of a rooster as strutting around the barnyard, but strangely enough, the rooster is yin.
• A description of the Year of the Fire Rooster includes attributes of vision, effective communication, brightness, courage, passion, inspiration, honesty, generosity, expansion, survival skills, showmanship, time well used, engaging wit, clear discernment, problem solving, and deep thinking. Attuning ourselves to the energy of the year can bring about the fortunate state of “being in the flow.”
• Most publications call 2017 the Year of the Fire Rooster, and I really like how the publication We’Moon calls it the Year of the Fire Phoenix, adding transformation to the mix. This is a time in which we can let go of past negativity and transform our lives to experience and put forth our best selves.
• The Year of the Fire Phoenix or Fire Rooster starts with the New Moon on January 27, 2017.

If you are interested in learning more about your individual Chinese astrological chart, here are places to start:

http://www.chinesefortunecalendar.com/FAQSign.htm
http://www.wikihow.com/Read-Your-Chinese-Horoscope

Special note to frequent readers: You may have noticed I’m paring down my blog a little. For years I typically created posts centered on Mythic Monday, Tuesday Tales, and Vintage Friday. Sometimes a Writer Wednesday was also included for information or to help other authors with promo– that will still be the case. I adore writing in all these categories, but for me three blog posts every week is a fast pace when my main goal is to write novels. Plus, Mythic Monday posts scarcely got their moment in the sun before Tuesday Tales posts took center stage. Because Tuesday Tales is a shared effort to produce WIP snippets based on writing prompts and pictures, I want to participate in that as often as possible. My solution for now is to weave Mythic Monday posts into a new designation called Fae Friday. Fridays will alternate between Fae and Vintage categories.

You will:
• have your fix of vintage / historical culture and curiosities. 
• still get all the mythical, magical, and mysterious tidbits about fairies, deities, astrology, gemstones, runes, tarot, and the like.

And I will:
• have more time to spend on my primary goal, novel writing.

Thank you for your support and please let me know how you like the new setup as we go along.

Cheers & Happy Reading!
Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic in Romance

Mythic Monday: Rune of the Day – Mannaz

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MANNAZ

Divination is a way to focus on what matters. It allows us to gain insight into the ripe possibilities of the moment and is best used as a type of meditative effort. With their symbolism and kinship with long ago Scandinavian and Germanic cultures, runes are a fascinating method.

From the bag of runes, we close our eyes and draw a single stone as we ask a question: What do I need to know about [such and such situation]? If drawing on behalf of another, visualize that person. Listen with open mind and heart.

Today we examine Mannaz, a rune resembling a capital M but with the inner lines forming two small triangles. Part of the traditional Germanic Futhark or runic alphabet, it is one of the eight runes under the auspices of the warrior god Tyr.

When studied in sequence, the runes can be viewed as illustrating the life journey of a person’s development. Of course very few humans, other than perhaps avatars and saints, follow an ever rising line of self-knowledge or spiritual growth. I know, at least in my case, it is always a matter of two steps forward and one or more steps back. Life in all its glory both inspires us and, in some ways, constrains us, much as gravity maintains the orbits of planets. Many consider our development to resemble a spiral rather than a line, and observation backs that up. In a profound and real way, we are always at the beginning. It is a blessing and grace that we never run out of chances to start over or improve. Things can always be seen in a new way.

In the runic sequence Mannaz is the first rune. It stands for the self, because only by working on the self can we change and grow. We can’t manipulate others and achieve happiness, zen, bliss, perfection, or nirvana. We can’t manipulate external reality and achieve them. People and things interact with us, but our primary playground is the self. Casting Mannaz in a reading indicates a need to be in the flow of life but not deceived by the images before our eyes. My old metaphysical teacher Ruth used to put it this way: Be in the world but not of it. Stay in the moment. Be moderate in thought and action, rather than delving into excess. This is a time to seek freedom from the chains of unreliable past thought forms and habits. Look inside for your enemies. Look inside also for the miraculous shimmering colors of your true nature.

I hope you enjoyed our look at Mannaz, the Rune of the Day. What’s in your mind?

Cheers & Happy Reading!
Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic in Romance

Mythic Monday: Rune of the Day – Inguz

inguz1Divination is a way to focus on what matters. It allows us to gain insight into the ripe possibilities of the moment and is best used as a type of meditative effort. With their symbolism and kinship with long ago Scandinavian and Germanic cultures, runes are a fascinating method.

From the bag of runes, we close our eyes and draw a single stone as we ask a question: What do I need to know about [such and such situation]? If drawing on behalf of another, visualize that person. We must listen with open mind and heart.

Today we examine Inguz, a rune resembling an X standing atop another X. Part of the traditional Germanic Futhark or runic alphabet, it is one of the eight runes under the auspices of the warrior god Tyr.

Inguz concerns fertility and new beginnings. Its energy is that of the hero god Ing, whose name forms the basis of my hero Ingvar’s name in Wytchfae Runes. Ing and Ingvar remind me of the noble knight Sir Gawain, who strived to always do the right thing in the perilous situations he encountered. The splendid changeable moon is related to this rune, as it involves movement and emotional health. Inguz represents intuition, a desire for harmony, and the adaptability required for successful relationships. Humans have a deep need to share and be desired by another. Inguz signals an emergence from a tense, closed state into a more fertile, creative state. It is a powerful rune signifying a new path and a transition into joy. What may have been stagnant now has the energy to blossom. It is important to actively strive to shake off old habits and outdated thoughts patterns that no longer serve our best interests. Change is at hand.

I hope you enjoyed our look at Inguz, the Rune of the Day. How do you welcome opening up and positive change?

Cheers & Happy Reading!
Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic in Romance

Mythic Monday: Rune of the Day – Othila

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Divination is a way to focus on what matters. It allows us to gain insight into the ripe possibilities of the moment and is best used as a type of meditative effort. With their symbolism and kinship with long ago Germanic cultures, runes are a fascinating method.

From the bag of runes, we close our eyes and draw a single stone as we ask a question: What do I need to know about [such and such situation]? If drawing on behalf of another, visualize that person. We must listen with open mind and heart.

Today we examine Othila, a rune resembling a diamond or kite with two tails. Part of the traditional Germanic Futhark or runic alphabet, it is one of the eight runes under the auspices of the warrior god Tyr.

The fact that it looks like a diamond with tails is appropriate. Othila depicts an enclosed space denoting home and property. Its meaning relates to prosperity, real estate, and inheritance. The riches come down to us through family, and we are called upon to honor that which has come before, while also remaining attuned to new possibilities. Clans and families banding together for the common good spring to mind. As well as tangible wealth and belongings, Othila stands for our spiritual legacy. It is up to us to nurture and protect our inner spirit, however we may see it. This is a not a time to become an inert stick in the mud. We must be alert to creative opportunities and willing to take calculated risks in order to move forward.

I hope you enjoyed our look at Othila, the Rune of the Day. How does the mad mixture of legacy and entrepreneurial spirit play out in the dynamics of your life?

Cheers & Happy Reading!
Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic with Paranormal Fantasy Romance

Mythic Monday: Rune of the Day – Algiz

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Divination is a way to focus on what matters. It allows us to gain insight into the ripe possibilities of the moment and is best used as a type of meditative effort. With their symbolism and kinship with long ago Germanic cultures, runes are a fascinating method.

From the bag of runes, we close our eyes and draw a single stone as we ask a question: What do I need to know about [such and such situation]? If drawing on behalf of another, visualize that person. We must listen with open mind and heart.

Today we examine Algiz, a rune resembling the letter Y with an extra vertical line in the middle. Part of the traditional Germanic Futhark or runic alphabet, it is one of the eight runes under the auspices of the tempestuous god Hagal.

Algiz depicts a protective thicket of sedge or rushes, as well as the horns of an elk. The image represents the strong warrior self that protects you from being tossed and turned and thrown off kilter by forces of ill will or erratic influences. This is a time to control your emotions and act in a way that is mindful of your situational reality. Keep watch on the space around you so that others do not erode your hard won progress. Friends are implicated in this casting. Do not add to their burden, but do not allow them to use you either. As well, do not hide from your reality. Take responsibility for yourself. Face the pain. You are protected and will survive.

I hope you enjoyed our Rune of the Day. Have you ever experienced the need to re-evaluate your direction or people in your life in order to be strong or true to yourself?

Cheers & Happy Reading!
Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic with Paranormal Romance

Mythic Monday: Numerology Master Numbers

11croppedNumerology is based on the concept that everything in the universe resonates to a unique vibration that can be described by the meaning and attributes of numbers. This ancient divinatory art dissects names, words, birthdates, colors, and the symbols that make up our world. If you think about it, what is a name but a symbol for a person, thing, or other being? What is a word but a symbol for an object, action, or idea? I’m starting in a rather unusual place with this numerology post. Normally I would begin with a simpler discussion of birthdates and life numbers. This is a golden opportunity, however, with Monday being the 22nd day of the month. In numerology, numbers are generally reduced to a one-digit number from 1 to 9. Master numbers are an exception and always considered in their original form, as well as their reduced form. The ones we will look at today are 11 and 22. In some methodologies, 33 is also designated a master number.

11

Being an odd number, 11 is considered yang, masculine (energy only, not the male sex), and active. It thrusts outward and gives. It cannot be indicated by the first pass of human fingers 1-10, and its mystery touches upon the realms beyond human. It has affinity with spirituality, art, and creativity. Interestingly, its reduced form of 2 (because 1+1=2), being an even number, expresses the opposite yin attributes. Close bonding and partnership are often secret needs of persons who resonate with 11. If applied, the combination of masculine and feminine can provide a unique symmetry and balance.

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22

The master number 22 is considered yin, feminine (energy only, not the female sex), and passive. As feminine, it yields and receives. Its reduced form of 4 is also feminine. Think of the four stable legs of a chair, the four sides of a cube, the four seasons. 22 contains the energy of 4 (because 2+2=4). The number 22 is the number of branches on the tree of life in the Kabballah, as well as the number of Major Arcana in a tarot deck. It approaches genius, divine imagery, and revelation.

February 11, 2016

How does this affect you? Let’s consider the master numbers from the standpoint of your birthdate. Add the numbers of the month, day, and year you were born. As an illustration, let’s take a child who is born February 11, 2016. In numerology the date is viewed 2-11-2016. The first part of the child’s life resonates with the number 2, the middle part of life leans toward the attributes of 11, and the latter part culminates in the vibration of the number 9 (2+0+1+6=9).

The second part of life, associated with 11, expresses intuition, creativity, artistic endeavors, and unconventional attitudes. The number 11 also reveals something about the person’s personality and behavior. When she is really feeling the energy of 11, a person may come across as somewhat spacey. A person resonating to 11 is intuitive, creative, artistic, and visionary. Tuning into the reduction of 11, or 2 (because 1+1=2), will provide more balance. However, get this: On a final note, add the entire birthdate 2-11-2016. The process is  (2+1+1+2+0+1+6=13). Then add the two digits of 13 to get the overall number 4 (1+3=4).  The number 4 is the overall keynote vibration for our example child. I’d say with all the creativity of 11 mixed with practicality of 4 she has a lot going for her.

February 22, 2016

In numerology, the birthdate, February 22, 2016, is viewed as 2-22-2016. The first and last parts of life are as described above. The middle part of life, as well as something of the personality and behavior, leans toward the attributes of 22, combining vision with practicality. 22 indicates the practical ability to organize goals into time-measured, concrete objectives, thus leading to successful completion. This type of personality, dedicated and set on success, can come across as overbearing, impersonal, and insensitive at times. They are called the Master Builder and often leave a lasting legacy affecting the common good. Adding the entire birthdate (2+2+2+2+0+1+6=15). Then add the digits of 15 to get 6 (1+5=6). The number 6, often affiliated with healing and nurturing, is the overall keynote number of our second example child. I’d say she has a lot going for her too.

Not an 11 or a 22

What? You say your birthdate doesn’t add up to 11 or 22? Well, what is your number? Add together the digits of your birth month, day, and year. Don’t worry, we’ll look at it next time. For now here’s a quick number chart to whet your appetite. 1-individual, 2-loving, 3-energetic, 4-stable, 5-adventurous, 6-nurturing, 7-magical, 8-material, 9-universal.

 

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Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic with Paranormal Romance

 

 

 

 

 

Mythic Monday: Rune of the Day – Mannaz

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RUNES

Divination is a way to focus on what matters. It allows us to gain insight into the ripe possibilities of the moment and is best used as a type of meditative effort. With their symbolism and kinship with long ago Germanic cultures, runes are a fascinating method.

From the bag of runes, we close our eyes and draw a single stone as we ask a question: What do I need to know about [such and such situation]? If casting on behalf of another, visualize that person. We must listen with open mind and heart.

Today we look at Mannz, a rune resembling the letter M with extra lines forming a sideways hour glass shape at the top. Part of the traditional Germanic Futhark or runic alphabet, it is considered the starting point in the Viking rune cycle and is one of the eight under the auspices of the god Tyr.

Mannaz represents the self and our responsibility to get to know ourselves rather than act from subconscious patterns, programs, and motivations. It is up to you to find and acknowledge your true direction in life. My old metaphysical teacher Ruth used to say: Be in the world but not of it. Don’t get caught up in the drama of life. Be humble of your talents, moderate in your appetites, and nonjudgmental toward others. She also said stay in the moment. If you draw mannaz, this is a time of great personal growth for you.

I hope you enjoyed our Rune of the Day. It reminds me of Jan’s plaintive Brady Bunch joke of “Marcia Marcia Marcia” but with a soul purpose rather than ego. Have you had times when you knew you had to step back from commitment somewhat and focus on self-healing, self-improvement, or doing for yourself?

GuardianoftheDeep_SM (1)Cheers & Happy Reading!
Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic with Paranormal Romance

Mythic Monday: Rune of the Day – Isa

What lies ahead is governed by what exists now. To achieve a new path, clear the current roadway. IsaDivination is a way to focus on what matters. It allows us to gain insight into the ripe possibilities of the moment and is best used as a type of meditative effort. With their symbolism and kinship with long ago Germanic cultures, runes are a fascinating method. 

From the bag of runes, we close our eyes an draw a single stone as we ask a question: What do I need to know about [such and such situation]?  If drawing on behalf of another, visualize that person. We must listen with open mind and heart.

Today we look at Isa, a rune resembling the letter I. It is one of the eight runes under the auspices of the Norse god of weather, Hagal, and part of the traditional Germanic Futhark or runic alphabet. The tone of Isa denotes stillness, non-movement, a virtual standstill. Its literal meaning is ice, and the season is winter. Isa signals a time when movement is frozen. Perhaps the heart or mind is also frozen and unable to move forward. Isa often follows a period of tumult and radical change and is a way of protecting yourself while taking time to re-evaluate and decide the best course of action. What you want or think you want is not yet within your grasp, and insisting upon it will not do the trick. You must exercise patience and stillness of spirit.

If you cast Isa in a rune reading, you must be brave. Make it your priority to shed poisonous old self-defeating habits. Release the tormenting self-doubt, guilt, and other repetitive mind loops that keep you in turmoil or create a numbing reality. Cleanse and purify yourself of negative energy that has attached itself to you but is not really yours. This is not done by violent action but rather by mindfulness and a gentle acceptance when these dark feelings come upon you. Don’t fight or reject them. Allow, accept, and then release. The shadow does not control us when we refuse to give it power through self-hatred. Only by a leap of courage in gently letting go of the outworn and outdated will you precipitate the blessed thaw that will bring on renewal. The seed is alive deep within the earth. Soon will come rejuvenation, the greening of life, and the excited activity of spring.

I hope you enjoyed our Rune of the Day. May we all be stalwart enough to release the negative and unnecessary from our lives. Have you had times of enforced stillness and inaction as denoted by Isa? How did you deal with these?

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Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic with Paranormal Romance