Monthly Archives: November 2010

November 14 – 20. 2010 – Ear


Ear

Ear is the dipthong “ea”

Anglo-Saxon rune poem (from ragweedforge.com)

The grave is horrible to every knight,
when the corpse quickly begins to cooland is laid in the bosom of the dark earth.Prosperity declines, happiness passes awayand covenants are broken

Ear signifies that this week is about endings and death. Things have reached their completion, and will not progress any further beyond that. My first thought reached out to the various spiritual beings who govern death, dying and the realms of the dead, from various pagan Gods, to the very popular folk saint, Santa Muerte (Saint Death). A favorite quote that often comes to mind when contemplating Ear and it’s effects, especially as it applies to people who engage in a magico-spiritual practice comes from The Invisibles by Grant Morrison. A transgendered brazilio-mexican sorceress who goes by the name epithet Lord Fanny, says to the foe “ I am a sorcerer, and death is my ally, not my enemy.” I have often contemplated that phrase, and it’s implications and an answer came to me about what that means. Death is part of the process of change. Something new cannot be created, unless something old passes away, and is destroyed. The caterpillar no longer exists when it becomes a butterfly. The tree is gone when it becomes the chair. The marble slab becomes the valued statue. In each of those things, part of the process of becoming, something about them experienced death, and they can never go back to being what they were before.

November 13, 2010 – Tiewaz reversed


Tiewaz reversed

Tiewaz is the letter T

Anglo-Saxon rune poem (from ragweedforge.com)

Tiewaz is a guiding star; well does it keep faith with princes;
it is ever on its course over the mists of night and never fails

The inspiration that I received about Tiewaz reversed today, came about from a short phrase from the Orphic Hymns, found in the Hymn to Kronos (aka Saturn). The phrase is “Of subtle mind”. What Tiewaz reversed is telling me is that the wisdom, judgement and discernment that I have for myself, should be (or will be) kept to myself. Instead of spilling forth my own secrets, either in personal counsel or opinion or insight, it is something that I should keep to myself. The thoughts and purpose of my intentions are kept subtle (much like a subtle bodies, the parts of your being that are not materially visible, but only perceived spiritual vision.) and not made known to others.

November 12, 2010 – Feoh


Feoh

Feoh is the letter F

Anglo-Saxon rune poem (from ragweedforge.com)

Wealth is a comfort to all men;
yet must every man bestow it freely,if he wish to gain honour in the sight of the Lord
Today’s experience of Feoh was probably different then any other one. In this case, I think it relates best to the last sentence of the rune poem “If he wish to gain honour in the sight of the Lord.” When you bestow things freely, whether it be material wealth, assistance, time, or whatever, there is appreciation and respect that comes with it, whether it is intended for that or not. When you give freely, especially in spiritual practices, to your gods and spirits they recognize that and will reflect that favor in return

November 11, 2010 – Cweorth


Cweorth

Cweorth is the letter Q

There is no rune poem for cweorth. It is a Northumbrian Rune.

Cweorth is the sacred or sacrificial fire. A sacrificial fire turns items into it and makes them sacred, often in a sense of offering to a divine being. When you work with fire often in a sacred or magical manner (and I do, every day, and sometimes in different ways, but primarily in the burning of candles), there is a lot that can be learned from it. In this way, fire shows it’s slow and steady face. When it is controlled and directed, with a limited fuel source, it brings light, warmth and it’s own special kind of magic while it burns. In every method of magic I have found, fire often places a role of some kind, with lamps of divination from ancient hermetic methods, to candles that are used in contemporary forms. Fire is often revered as the first tool. It was the ability to harness fire, to cook, to heat, to protect, to create other things that are often the focus of myth in the legendary past. Prometheus and his gift of fire is what made civilization to the Greeks, while the fires of Muspell is what made existence possible at all. While water is often seen as the nourishing force, it is fire which is life itself, the energy that quickens existence into action.

November 10, 2010 – Ehwaz


Ehwaz

Ehwaz is the vowel sound “eh”

Anglo-Saxon rune poem (from ragweedforge.com)

The horse is a joy to princes in the presence of warriors.
A steed in the pride of its hoofs,when rich men on horseback bandy words about it;and it is ever a source of comfort to the restless.

Ehwaz, the horse, signifies that speed, and swiftness is the nature of the day. Why are you moving through the day so quickly? Because you desire, and in seeking to fulfill those desires, you take action, swift, direct and timely. You see your window of opportunity and you jump through it. Passionate involvement with the world and everything in it pushes to make decisions quickly, ignore the feelings of others and work faster and efficiently to realize your desires.

November 9, 2010 – Tiewaz


Tiewaz

Tiewaz is the letter T

Anglo-Saxon rune poem (from ragweedforge.com)

Tiewaz is a guiding star; well does it keep faith with princes;
it is ever on its course over the mists of night and never fails

Tiewaz signifies, judgement, discernment, integrity, and wisdom. Like the idea of the Pole star, which helps to give direction by night, Tiewaz gives guidance and direction, helping to know right from wrong, helpful from harmful, the need instead of the want. One of the traditional uses of Teiwaz was to be engraved or pressed into weapons on their blade, as a way to bring success and victory in battle. Tiewaz/Tyr was the Germanic god who was equaled with the Greco-Roman Mars/Ares, but unlike that concept of a bloody, battle loving deity, it is my understanding that the Germanic concept of War (and thus their War god) was a means of resolving disputes, and resolving conflict, not always in loss of lives and spilling blood, but in defeating your enemies because truth and the Gods were on your side. Thus placing Tiewaz on their weapons wasn’t about winning in bloody battle, but striking with discernment, as way to demonstrate your integrity and righteousness.
In having the discernment to see what is wrong, and exercising the judgement and wisdom to cut away the harmful, and so perhaps lose something in order to gain greater rewards.

November 8, 2010 – Khalk reversed

Khalk reversed

Khalk is the letter “k”
There is no rune poem for Khalk. It is a northumbrian rune.

While there is no rune poem for Khalk, I recently came across another method of divination, which I have started experimenting with. I recently acquired a translation of Greek magical papyri, which are spells, rituals and esoteric lore from ancient Egypt during its period of Greek domination, which was most of Egypt from Alexander until the fall of Rome. This period created a blending of religion and spiritual beliefs, primarily of Greek and Egyptian, but also of various middle eastern religious and spiritual beliefs. It is from this combining that Hermetic lore evolved, and these texts are an example of that lore. In this book there was an entry titled “The Homeric Oracle” short phrases taken from the works of Homer (The Iliad, The Odyssey) arranged on a system of three, six-sided lots or dice. One rolls the lots, and the number that comes up (being a combination of any number 1-6 3 times) and then consults the listing. The short quote is then the answer you are looking for. Out of context they can seem odd and strange, but when used in a reading, they might give some interesting advice. Today’s quote from Homer came from the Odyssey Ch 21 line 293:

“It is wine that wounds thee, honey-sweet wine, which works harm to others too” or in another translation “Honey-Sweet wine has the best of thee, which others also”

This quote comes from the ending of the Odyssey, in which Odysseus has returned to Ithaca, and entered his home in disguise as a beggar, to slay the suitors who seek his wife and property. The suitors think of him as a beggar, and accuse him of drunkenness, for desiring to string the bow that only Odysseus could string.

Khalk reversed, the overturned cup, combined with a statement about being drunk, to a man who has hidden his true identity, and presented an illusion to people who seek something that is unattainable. I think the two systems have wonderfully complemented each other. Illusion, deception, intoxication, khalk reversed indicates that things are not what they appear to be. Dreams are presented as reality, While falsity is made desirable. Are you thinking clearly and soberly, or is your mind influenced by your senses that have been altered and deceived?

November 7, 2010 – Eohlx


Eohlx

Eohlx is the letters x or z

Anglo-Saxon rune poem (from ragweedforge.com)

The Eohlx-sedge is mostly to be found in a marsh;
it grows in the water and makes a ghastly wound,covering with blood every warrior who touches it

Eohlx is the rune of protection and sanctuary, a place secured against harm and danger, perhaps surrounded by dangers so that it can be protected. It’s most obvious form is awareness. You are just in touch with your environment, choosing the route that avoids the traffic jam, sidestepping at the moment before the cyclists would have ran into you, and choosing to wait for 3 seconds at the green light, and thus missing the speeding motorist who decided to run the red.

November 7 – 13, 2010 – Inguz

Inguz

Inguz is the suffix –ing

Anglo-Saxon rune poem (from ragweedforge.com)

Ing was first seen by men among the East-Danes,
till, followed by his chariot,he departed eastwards over the waves.So the Heardingas named the hero

Inguz is the rune of potential and contained power, but also the catalyst that sets forces and events in motion. In this sense it embodies many things, such as sacrifice (the offerings that give sustenance to spiritual beings, so they can work for you, or perhaps fulfill your request) to a symbol for male aspect of nature, creation and divinity, the inseminating force that helps life to renew itself, in seeds that wait until the right moment to spring forth. With that in mind, that is the influence operating for this week. Recognize what is needed to achieve what one desires, or even to recognize what is really desired. To find the potential and power, and gather it up, and also to catalyze other forces, and supplicate the Powers that be, in asking for their assistance.

November 6, 2010 – Ehwaz reversed


Ehwaz reversed

Ehwaz is the vowel sound “eh”

Anglo-Saxon rune poem (from ragweedforge.com)

The horse is a joy to princes in the presence of warriors.
A steed in the pride of its hoofs,when rich men on horseback bandy words about it;and it is ever a source of comfort to the restless

Ehwaz reversed appears again today. A sign that the storm is winding down, and that the changes of movement of the past week is now at a more manageable pace, allowing you to adapt, contemplate and move forward thoughtfully, instead of having to be continually active and responsive to the shifting demands of the world around you.