According to Celtic legends, if February 1st brings bad weather, then the Winter Goddess Cailleach is sleeping and Spring will arrive early. However, if the weather is mild, then the Winter Goddess is out looking for firewood, ensuring a longer duration of Winter. So, dress warm, grab your snow shovels, and let us all revel in harsh weather today! Good Imbolc to all!
If we are constantly complaining or worrying about the things (or people) we do not like or do not agree with, then we are actively giving our energy to a place that doesn’t benefit us at all in a positive or practical way. Instead of letting this type of mental habit consume us and our potential, we must direct this energy source towards positive, constructive and creative endeavors. Use feelings like frustration, anxiety and anger in a way that furthers you and your teams’ position within your given sphere. These seemingly negative emotions are useful catalysts for growth and change if approached with wisdom and awareness.
A collective of individuals doing this will likely achieve greater success than a group who spends their energy thinking and obsessing over what the opposition is doing. I am not saying to be ignorant of potential threats and movements of enemies, but do not let their movements make you stagnant and fettered. Surrender will only prove to you and everyone else that you were not all there to begin with and that your will and drive lacks power and genuine conviction. If you can learn to break through the dark places of life without being crushed in the process, then you will gain access to equally immense plateaus of light.
We should take every ounce of this energy and put it into something that we love and want to promote further. Put everything that you are towards the things you care about, believe in and want to see more of. Actively take initiative and “be the change” you want to see in the world and stop trying to force others to follow suit based on mere words. Actions will always be the most potent source of inspiration to others; words will only enhance this phenomenon and will seldom find power without it. If we can act in a way that people want to mirror or achieve, then we can actively help heal the modern sickness that seems to pervade all aspects and ages of society. This act is reminiscent of the saying “you can’t think yourself into right acting but you can act yourself into right thinking.”
The same goes for men (and women) who complain too much about the opposite sex. Instead of being ultra-critical of what they are doing, be ultra-critical of yourself and the cultural actions and dilemmas of your own sex. Ask yourself if you are even worth the time of a quality woman (or man). If you are unsure in that regard, start working on yourself and stop complaining about the perceived inferiority of others. Too often lazy and unhealthy men and women will demand certain things from the opposite sex without giving the least amount of thought as to whether they themselves deserve them or have truly “earned” them. For example, too often I hear unhealthy, unkempt, and uninteresting men complain about women not being healthy, modest, beautiful or smart enough for them. They will sit around and demand that a woman be X, Y and Z, while they themselves are literal savage Pigmen.
This is likely why long relationships are a rare phenomenon these days, as people are unable to instigate growth or transcendence within themselves. They would rather fall victim to the domestication of the “civilized” and modern human who is told to accept his/her flaws as unchangeable tangents of their personality. More-so now than ever it seems that people have an inability to self-criticize and in turn victimize themselves to the sickness that engulfs our psyche; displaying an unwillingness to fix the self while demanding everyone else be fixed.
We have all met this kind of person, and even the most extreme examples are mirrored and echoed in the most minute ones. This problem pervades all of society in the globalized world and we are seeing a desperate misery like never before from even the most average of plebeians. We must all collectively strive to be our best and actively search for the methods in which to do so. This reminds me of something the neuroscientist and author Sam Harris expressed in his book “The Moral Landscape”, there is way that humans’ “ought” to live. I would go one step further and say that depending on your genetics and placement in the world, this “ought” should be dictated by the setting of your ancestors and the places they inhabited, as a person from the forest “ought” to live differently than a person from the ocean or desert.
Some concluding concepts that are wise to evaluate and reinforce daily are as follows:
– If you are constantly whining about another group, race or culture, then you are probably not doing anything to better your own.
-Spend time doing things you love instead of amplifying the things you hate.
-Spend time doing things that inspire you rather than spending time consuming things you hate.
-Love who you are and love what you do, fuck the rest.
All things, whether sentient or (seemingly) insentient, possess an essence or a “spirit” within and around them. If you hold a stone tightly and close your eyes, you will sense a connection between your heartbeat and the “rhythm” of the spirit within the stone. In Rune work, this would apply to the Raido (ᚱ) rune. If you approach an ancient oak (or any other old tree) in the forest, you will feel undeniable connections and energies emulating from within it and its’ spirit can be accessed, communicated and interacted with. Once you recognize the spirit within everything, you will see how life starts to slowly connect and form one large, organic cosmos of interconnected spirit and matter.
Bodies of water, groves, and mountains are held in especially sacred light within our minds and they have undoubtedly immense power and essence within them. Each stream, river, lake and piece of land has its’ own personality and habits. We build connections and relationships with these environments and habits just as we do with the people we surround ourselves with, and the ancient man developed beautiful and passionate relationships with the landscape, its’ habits and the spirits of those landscapes. These days. people can easily relocate and move; more than likely their blood hasn’t yet built a connection to the soil because they haven’t experienced it for very long. I think this would apply to most people in America save the Native Americans.
It takes hundreds, if not thousands of years for organic relationships to be established between the soil and the blood of the people inhabiting it. The ancient man was locked into the cycle of his environment, as if his own body and mind were attached to its events and happenings. The patterns that were experienced outside of man were mimicked internally and recognized as one cycle. Time existed as an eternal and endless circle, not as a linear phenomenon with beginning and end. This recognition of patterns (and cycles) established the foundation for “religion” or Paganism/Animism.
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The “Eagle” bindrune was created using the Proto-Germanic word Arô meaning Eagle. It consists of the runes ᚨ ᚱ ᛟ ; with inverted ᛘ runes added to enhance visualization and intent. This bindrune was made in the linear form, with additional enhancements to intensify and complete the spell. This symbol is used to deepen spiritual connections to the ancestral lineage and to draw wisdom from the past. Meditate on this rune to conjure memories of past lives and incarnations.
The Eagle represents our Higher self rising from the talons of Death; traveling into the spiritual realm and passing through the stages of rebirth. We are physically (ᛟ) gripped by the talons of death (ᛣ) and thrust upward (ᚱ) into the next form; the process of the reincarnation of the Spirit (ᚨ). The twelve dots represent the twelve months of the year, which reemerge endlessly like our spiritual essence. Additional (ᚨ) runes have been added for wings, signifying the breath/spirit travelling upward after death. In total this gives us four (ᚨ) runes at the crown of the bindrune, indicating the unified order of the spirit reemerging.
The eagle is a totemic animal of Odin, who takes on this form in the Eddas. The Eagle watches everything above the World Tree, soaring high above all realms like the All Seeing Eye of Odin. This Eagle delivers messages from the higher reaches of the cosmos and is revered for its wisdom and majesty. The veneration of Odin as the Great Ancestor is acknowledged through this bindrune and will enhance connections with Odinic or ancestral forces.
This bindrune I call the “Will of the Witch” and it was designed for protection against incoming harm or ill intent. Eight ᚦ runes and twelve ᛉ runes protect two sacred enclosures (ᛜ) representing the internal and external realms of the caster. In simple terms, this is a bindrune for conducting Witchcraft and clarifying the Will of the Witch. Use this bindrune for supreme focus during magical workings or for added protection when needed.
This bindrune consists of a central ᚱ rune extending into a ᛋ rune. One interpretation would be that this bindrune is a spell for controlling fire or solar forces. Use this bindrune to enhance control over the fiery and creative aspects of life.
This can be a handy talisman to carry with you on your travels. Both of these runes are positive and triumphant; they will aid and protect you in new environments. You can wear this amulet around the neck for extra strength in winter months, as it will carry the powers of the sun within it. To charge, leave near fire or in direct sunlight.
This bindrune is used as a protective symbol for the house and property. It shows the Proto-Germanic word “Hūsō,” meaning house. This can be carved onto the door or frame around the entrance of the home for good luck. The runes used are ᚼ ᚢ ᛋ ᛟ and further enforce the strength and resilience of those residing in the household. If you are only temporarily occupying a space, you can attach this to the wall, drawn or carved on parchment, wood, or bone.
This bindrune is used to invoke Loki and associated powers. Carve this into wood, stone or bone, and place it anywhere on your altar with an offering bowl in front of it. Offerings to Loki commonly consist of coins, stones, and knotted ropes. The bindrune consists of the name ᛚ ᛟ ᚲ ᛁ and can be used as a conduit for quick connections to Lokian forces. Most Pagans are shy to working with Loki, but I have found it very useful at certain times, as Loki can be an archetype for indomitable freedom and individuality.
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