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My current read : #meetingtheothercrowd is a collection of real #faery encounters retold by #irish old-timers (who actually experienced them) to #storyteller Eddie Lenihan. Absolutely fascinating! #irishfaerie #thegoodpeople #sidhe #otherworldly #beyondtheveil #thelandisalive
It’s been a long time, huh? Well, the weekly Runoscopes are back!
The rules are still the same: have a look at the cards and see which one you feel connected to; it’ll be your card & subsequent forecast for the week.
Now keep in mind that these are general trends, which may or may not apply to you in every little detail. If you are interested in having a private reading (in person, via email or via Skype), feel free to drop me an email at: email@example.com
Now let’s begin:
~Let’s unveil card #1~
If you choose card #1:
Life can be challenging at times. We are being tested on a daily basis, on multiple levels and sometimes in surprising ways that can throw us off balance. It is easy to lose one’s control and/or temper when we are being challenged or feeling uncomfortable with a situation. What is not right though is to blame others, society or bad luck for our own mistakes. The Rune Gebo is giving you the opportunity to make things right, to strike balance again (in mind, body, emotions, and spirit) by learning the lessons from your challenges & mistakes, which will allow you to grow & improve. Once you can take responsibility, you are then truly in charge of your life…How empowering is that?!
The faeries who appear in the Arthurian mythos are a distinctive breed; ontologically different from the entities that most often surface in folklore. They usually have specific roles to fulfil, catering to the literate classes who were consuming the stories. But the genesis of the faeries in the Arthurian landscape is deeply rooted in an embedded folk belief-system, developed from a Celtic oral tradition, which informs many of the motifs within the legends. This article is a brief overview of a very complex subject, serving as an introduction for any readers who may be inclined to delve deeper. A version of the article appeared originally on the Ancient Origins Premium website.
The Development of the Arthurian Mythos
When Geoffrey of Monmouth produced his Historia Regum Britannia and Vita Merlini between 1135 and 1150, he became the central transmitter of the Arthurian mythos; from a largely oral testimony to a written…
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Something I’ve been wanting to do for quite some time.
We have tons of (invasive) Himalayan blackberries around here (producing the biggest, juiciest & sweetest wild blackberries you’ll ever taste) and now that Spring is officially here, I’m gonna be for the lookout for new leaves & shoots.
I like the idea that the leaves are left to ferment in a jar rather than a wet towel…
When I first started foraging, I was on the look out for all sorts of things I could do with the goodies I picked. I was staying with my grandparents in Tasmania, and was tending Pop’s berry patch. He had strawberries and raspberries. Having heard about raspberry leaf tea, it got me wondering about blackberry leaf tea. I did some googling and found people who made fresh blackberry leaf tea, but it didn’t sound too exciting to me. It was only when I discovered you could ferment the leaves, in the same process used for black tea, that I thought we’d be talking about some flavours that were worth delving into. I had, in fact, heard it was the herbal tea which most tasted like black tea.
Last year, I fermented my blackberry leaves for two weeks and found the resulting tea tasted much like Oolong. It is very…
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For those of you who may wonder: yes I’m still hosting my Runic Meditations as well as my Runic Healing sessions. The latter complement the meditations nicely and are focused on physical, emotional & spiritual healing.
If you’re interested in joining us or knowing more, you can find us on Meetup
While I will not go in-depth here about what was discussed today, I thought I’d share the guided meditation that we did (our findings were amazingly accurate).
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~Berkana Guided Meditation~
“Close your eyes. Ground yourself. Empty your mind & take a deep breath.
You are finding yourself in a small forest of birch trees. The trees are spaced out, allowing sunlight to pour through the forest. Notice the texture of the bark, the rustling of the wind in the leaves.
Ask the tree spirit the permission to pick a few leaves. Thank her and keep walking.
Notice an opening in the middle of the trees. A woman is standing there, she’s wearing a blue cloak and carries a basket full of freshly gathered herbs. Her name is Brighid, Celtic Goddess of Healing. Come towards her, she’s expecting you.
She smiles as you greet her. Give her the birch leaves you just harvested, and ask her to show & teach you how Berkana/the Birch can be used for healing physically, emotionally and/or spiritually.
When you are done with the teachings, thank Brighid & walk out of the forest.”
As a seer (volva) who uses the Runes as my preferred method of divination, I’m very familiar with the Norns (Northern Goddesses of Destiny).
I’ve met them, I’ve talked to them and they taught me a little secret: each of them holds & weave a thread into a tapestry of every living soul’s life and destiny. But the pattern is not set in stone, it can evolve into something else. Those who take matters into their hands, those who take charge of their life hold a 4th thread in their hands: the thread of their own awareness, the thread of their own destiny. This is the thread that can consciously change the pattern & the weaving of the entire tapestry.
As a seer, I know and I tell people that divination is a tool. The future is not set in stone. But knowing what lies ahead of the path is a gift and if you don’t like what’s coming your way you can change it…
‘Women are spinners and weavers; we are the ones who spin the threads and weave them into meaning and pattern. Like silkworms, we create those threads out of our own substance, pulling the strong, fine fibres out of our own hearts and wombs. It’s time to make some new threads; time to strengthen the frayed wild edges of our own being and then weave ourselves back into the fabric of our culture. Once we knew the patterns for weaving the world; we can piece them together again. Women can heal the Wasteland. We can remake the world. This is what women do. This is our work.’
From If Women Rose Rooted, by Sharon Blackie
In Old English, the word ‘wyrd’ is usually used to refer to fate, or destiny; it’s actually a verbal noun formed from the verb weorþan, meaning ‘to come to pass, to become’. But originally…
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I’ve always had a soft spot for hags, and The Cailleach as well as her Germanic counterpart Frau Holle (which whom she shares many similarities – we often forget that there were Celtic tribes all over Europe, not just in the British Isles) have been with me for a long time…
An interesting point of view on ‘Middle-World’ journeying…
‘Are you really’ – someone asked me recently – ‘promoting the middle-world journey in your HedgeWalking practice? Isn’t that supposed to be really dangerous?’ To which my answer was, ‘No, I don’t believe it is. Though “middle world” isn’t the terminology I would use, as it derives from a cosmology which is quite different from that represented in our native traditions.’ (‘Middle world’ is a term usually used in the practice of core shamanism or neoshamanism to refer to journeying in our own physical reality, as opposed to journeying in another reality, such as an ‘underworld’ or ‘upper world’.) And I’ve heard others state their belief that ‘middle-world’ journeys are inherently dangerous, and shouldn’t be attempted by students for a good long while.
So I thought I’d better explain – because I happen to believe that what teachers of contemporary shamanism might term the ‘middle-world journey’ is actually precisely the…
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Energetic shifts, an increased number of synchronicities, a greater awareness & understanding of the patterns/of what’s going on, mental rewiring & acceptance of what is and of what is about to unfold…It all leads to change. Change is inevitable. Change is good. I welcome & embrace it…
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Feeling grateful for the presence of the Guardian at the Gate today, by my side. 'Drawing this card indicates that a passage is being made to the beginning of something new in our lives. It speaks of new opportunities and new openings… This gateway will also lead to significant change in our lives… We are embarking on a new phase of our lives, and there will be no going back once this gate has been passed.' #thefaeriesoracle #brianfroud #faery #othercrowd #otherworld #otherkin #findingmywayhome
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Patiently waiting for these babies to dry… These are #herbalincense cones made from ground up #botanicals – no fillers, no artificial scents… No junk. They already have a very pleasant, soothing, #therapeutic scent. Can't wait to burn one! Once they pass the olfactory and energetic test, they will find their way to my #etsyshop #deepcalm #artisanincense #handcrafted #folkmedicine #europeanshamanism #folkherbalism #smellsdivine #herbal
Coming soon on my Etsy Shop !