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Fae Friday: Rune of the Day – #Eihwaz

As we prepared to bug out in the face of the monstrous Hurricane Irma last weekend, I drew a rune to gain insight into what lay ahead. My feeling or “knowing” was that all would be well with our family and our homes, despite the ferocity of the storm threat. I also perceived the huge, old oak in my yard as protector, despite its age and comments by others. Julian of Norwich’s words served as a mantra: All is well, all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.

The rune I drew supported my favorable feeling, as the Snickerdoodles, family, and I left for shelter, stressed but together, on task, and optimistic. Here is my “rune thinking” and the process:

I close my eyes and ask Spirit for guidance, for a message. What do I need to know at this time as we prepare to seek safety for the Snickerdoodles and ourselves with devastating Hurricane Irma rushing toward us here in Florida? From my bag of amethyst runes, I draw forth a single stone. I listen with open mind and heart.

I draw Eihwaz. Its shape is that of an indwelling, withdrawn, squinched up S. Part of the traditional Germanic Futhark or runic alphabet, it is one of the eight runes under the patronage of the weather god Hagal.

Eihwaz indicates a posture of defense and warding off danger. To me, the old oak tree in my yard sets a tone that wards off negativity. The power involved with Eihwaz has to do with averting peril. Things can be difficult, and there is inconvenience and discomfort. You should look forward, prepare, and seek calm. You should tend to business and set your house in order, according to rune master Ralph Blum.

Blum indicates that decide is a keyword with this rune, Eihwaz. It resonated with me because I had moved into centeredness and allowed myself to decide that all would be well. We had done our part, physically securing our homes as best we could, packing food, medicine, and essentials that may be needed, helping others as the occasion was presented. The rest of the story, the outcome, and how it would come about, was up to Spirit.

If only we could wrap up the world and all the people in Eihwaz.

I wish you good fortune, robust health, and many blessings as fall approaches. Thank you for being part of my trek and sharing yours. Stay spirited!

I hope you enjoyed our look at Eihwaz, the Rune of the Day. What brings you strength in times of stress and disturbance?

More: The Book of Runes by Ralph Blum

Cheers & Happy Reading!

Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic in Romance

2 Quick Ways to Supercharge Your Aura


By The Cadmus Painter (Attic red figure urn) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Life keeps us busy. There are days when we don’t have the means or time for meditation, self-reiki, or a leisurely walk in the woods. Here are quick ways to reduce stress and raise your energy level, when you are under deadline or pressed for time. Iaso is a Greek goddess of healing, one of the daughters of Asclepius.

Iaso’s Aura Cleansing

Sit in a chair with your feet on the floor. Take a deep breath in. Center your attention on the heart area. Exhale, and relax. The placement of your hands during this exercise should be horizontal, with palms facing you. You will not touch your body but will sweep your hands through the air close to your body, in an upward movement from feet to well above the head.

Think of your body in strips, like vertical blinds. Sweep upward, refreshing one strip after another. The sweeping motions will follow the contours of your body as you sit. The movement should be quick from feet to head, as if polishing and refreshing.

There is an additional movement for the front of your body where your organs are, your face and head area, and any spots of pain or discomfort. For these, add a faster, ruffling type movement with short swipes.

To finish, hold your hands well away from your body and brush the palms together, as if brushing away sand.

Feel gratitude. Give thanks.

Iaso’s Energy Aligning

This one can even be done at work during your restroom break. Stand tall and erect, with your right hand on your abdomen and your left hand on your heart. Feel the energy of your abdomen, and then move your attention upward to feel the energy of your heart area.

You will inhale through the nose and exhale through the mouth. Take a deep breath, exhale, and relax. Do this three times. With each inhale, visualize loving, calm energy entering through the breath and filling your heart. With each exhale, visualize stagnant and damp energy leaving your body.

In a flowing but swift movement, bend over with your hands scooped at your feet. Sweep upward over the front of your body, ending with your arms straight up and fingers pointing skyward. Feel your body stretched, straight, and vibrant. You are strong, with earth energy at your feet and sky energy above.

To finish, resume a normal posture.

Feel gratitude. Give thanks.

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

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: 13 Reasons to Love 13


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


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