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 Its shape is that of an indwelling, withdrawn, squinched up S. Part of the traditional Germanic Futhark or runic alphabet, it is one of the eight runes under the patronage of the weather god Hagal.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

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