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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 It is important to actively strive to shake off old habits and outdated thoughts patterns that no longer serve our best interests.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: 13 Reasons to Love 13

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Is Friday the 13th like any other day to you? Is it a good omen or a bad one? Would you schedule an elective surgery, buy a house, bravely go about your normal business, or be more likely to call in sick and hide under your bed? Friday the 13th has been the ultimate bad luck day for only a century or so now. However, Friday has long been considered ill-fated, due in part to Christ dying on a Friday. As well, the number 13 has a long dismal history of foreboding and evil fortune. For example, there were 13 people at the Last Supper. The number 13 shakes things up, as opposed to 12, whose essence is considered perfect and complete. 

The number 12 strikes a chord of dignity and balance. There are 12 Disciples, 12 Olympians, 12 lines in a cube, 12 months in a year, 12 signs of the zodiac, 12 hours of day and of night, 12 eggs in a dozen, 12 ribs in a human, and so on. Adding one more to make 13 creates an element of mystery, of the unknown, and throws things off balance. We can’t control the tone of chaos created by 13. Still, in ancient cultures it was often a holy number and much revered.
How about it? Let’s give 13 some love.

Our calendar year has 12 months, but perhaps it should have 13 months of 28 days each as it did in the olden days. Within a solar year there are 13 full moons, and 13 dark. Thus, we have blue moons (two full moons in a month) to account for the natural moon cycle.Moonovergraveyard7-1-2015

A woman generally has 13 moon cycles per year.

Some important United States’ symbols honor the number 13. There are 13 horizontal stripes on the flag, and the Great Seal is depicted with items in clusters of 13, including 13 stars. The dollar bill has a ton of symbolic references to 13, including 13 steps on the pyramid and 13 letters in each Latin phrase.dollar

There were 13 colonies and of course 13 stars on the first U.S. flag.

13 was sacred to the ancient Egyptians, and the ladder of eternity a soul had to climb contained 13 rungs.

In Norse mythology Loki was the unlucky 13th guest, bringing turmoil and destruction, but think modern Loki portrayed by Tom Hiddleston—pleasant sigh.

Esoteric studies often contain increments of 13, such as the 13 attributes of mercy, and the 13 circles in the archangel Metratron’s cube. Here 13 represents the bonding of the many into oneness.

In numerology, 13 is a powerful karmic number. It forces upheaval so that outdated, ill-serving structures can fall and be rebuilt.

The 13th Tarot card is Death, meaning drastic change, renewal, and rebirth.

The silent highwayman

By Punch Magazine [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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In mathematics 13 is a fascinating Fibonacci number, a sequence wherein certain numbers are the sum of the two preceding numbers (0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34…) 

The 13th Runic letter is Eihwaz, associated with horses, movement, and the journey in the spheres of Yggdrasil, the Tree of Life.

M is the 13th letter of the alphabet and denotes such marvelous wordsmithing toys as mellifluous, marshmallow, and medieval. What “m” words do you like?

PearSchnapps2Prohibition was over after 13 years. So if Friday the 13th inspires you to have a nip, go for it!

I hope you enjoyed looking at reasons to love 13.

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 – 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: 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?

GuardianoftheDeep_SM (1)Cheers & Happy Reading!

Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic with Paranormal Romance

Mythic Monday: Rune of the Day – Hagalaz Redux

Hagalaz1You may recall that last month’s runecast on August 31st drew Hagalaz, rune of transformation and radical change. The next day my publisher, Secret Cravings, announced the publishing house was closing its doors and did so the following day. This past month certainly has been ripe with the disruptive energies of Hagalaz. Nearly three hundred shocked authors had to decide on courses of action: submit to other publishers, and if so—which ones; indie pub on their own or by using a media management company; or hang tight, re-edit, and then decide. I went through about a week of sorting out possibilities, asking questions, and making lists. During the first few days I also had the dismal task of removing my beautiful book covers from my website and all the other places they lived, including You Tube videos. My books disappeared from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and all the other distribution sites. The reader reviews also disappeared. However, I discovered the books could not be removed from Goodreads. Once born on Goodreads, a book lives there forever.

I spent the second week focusing on matters other than GuardianoftheDeep_MED (1)writing and publishing, including a high school class reunion to help plan. Yes! A distraction just in the nick of time! Since then the energy has still been erratic and scattered, but also highly interesting with all the possibilities of what to do. I finally ended up indie pubbing one of my titles, Guardian of the Deep, and submitting another one to a publisher, with two others to hopefully go where that one goes. I will revisit the other titles and submit them to different publishers. I don’t want all my eggs in one basket again. It is a bit strange to divide up the series, but thank goodness Wytchfae is a loose series, and each book stars different characters. Only Wytchfae Runes, Mind Your Goddess, and Demoness Dreams are closely connected by characters.

The Secret Cravings owner, Sandy Sullivan,  behaved toward us in a professional, caring manner. Unlike some other publishing houses that closed and cut off communication with their authors, Sandy answered all our questions and, most importantly, sent us reversion of rights emails, discount codes for the print books, and the final formatted eBook versions for those who needed them. The cover artist employed by the company also removed the SCP logo from our books and sent us the new versions.

Here are excerpts from the last couple of paragraphs of the Hagalaz rune reading last month:
If you cast Hagalaz in a rune reading, fate is at work. Seize the moment. Leap when it feels right. You may not know what is going on, but your inner self does.

May we all be self-aware enough to cut away and trim the negative and unnecessary from our lives. May we be attuned to any appearance of Hagalaz well in advance so that we can remain centered and calm during its flurry and open to the beautiful new fabric of life. Change is sometimes fun, sometimes distressing, sometimes devastating.

Indeed it is. Many thanks for your support during this transition. I am off on an auspicious new direction and so appreciative of the well wishes of friends. Thank you for hanging in there with me!

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

Mythic Monday: Runes – Hagalaz

Hagalaz1Divination 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 one of my favorite methods.

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 look at Hagalaz, a rune that resembles the letter H. It is one of the eight runes of the Norse god of weather, Hagal, and part of the traditional Germanic Futhark or runic alphabet. The tone of Hagalaz denotes elemental power and disruptive forces. Its literal meaning is hailstone. Hagalaz signals a breakthrough, transformation, radical change, and the break of a new day. This powerful rune indicates a major shift toward self-change. Hold on tight, because it is a complete transformation. There is no reverse or upright to this rune. It can feel traumatic, but change usually is, especially when it involves such a drastic adjustment.

If you cast Hagalaz in a rune reading, fate is at work. Seize the moment. Leap when it feels right. You may not know what is going on, but your inner self does. Hagalaz reminds me of The Tower in Tarot. Remember the Tower crumbles so that a new, more authentic abode can be built.

I hope you enjoyed our Rune of the Day. May we all be self-aware enough to cut away and trim the negative and unnecessary from our lives. May we be attuned to any appearance of Hagalaz well in advance so that we can remain centered and calm during its flurry and open to the beautiful new fabric of life. Change is sometimes fun, sometimes distressing, sometimes devastating. How have you handled drastic change in the past?

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