Internal Alchemy

When people approach others for spiritual guidance or advice (aside from dedicated teacher/student relationships) they usually expect them to deliver some sort of elaborate truth on a silver platter; some almighty answer that removes their need to search or do the internal “Alchemy” that is required of them in this life.

However, even if the person being questioned felt like they had those answers, from a completely spiritual context, what works for them most certainly should not work for you. These answers can only be brought forth, reawakened, and transformed internally by your own experience and growth. Teachers can assist in this flowering of spirit, but ultimately it is their job to inspire you to do the work yourself, not do the work for you.

This is how forming a Gnostic and deeply personal spiritual system is undergone. Keep pushing yourself and keep digging deeper. Strive to try new things at every opportunity and never be afraid to experiment with life’s journey; move with it and don’t get locked into any type of stagnation.

Rise from the Ashes…

Someday, in the right incarnation, the modern, civilized and domesticated man will wake up and realize (with much anguish) that he is himself extremely sick and culturally, spiritually, physically and mentally unwell.

His prison of flesh and bones with constrict him into a new state, a state of self awareness wrought with a great vastness and knowledge of patterns and interconnection.

Here he begins his journey to rebuild himself, or rather, build for the first time his true self, awakened and risen from the ashes of fate.

To know where he is going, he must look to the past…

Fate, Instinct and Nature.

I am convinced in the existence of fate because of the natural laws of cause and effect. Every cause has an effect, indicating a pre-determined outcome for any and all actions. All things and actions no matter how big or small are carefully designed and created with a specific intent and purpose to fulfill, whether conscious of it or not. All is connected like pieces in an endless puzzle.

However, while fate may indeed exist, it is not a finite and concrete model.

There is “wiggle” room…

Rune magic and most divination methods exist for this reason; to gain further insight into circumstances in their past, present and future context. The web of fate is constantly spun, but like a physical web (which looks seemingly perfect) there are minor variables throughout it based on circumstances and the spider’s reaction () to them, resulting in the intended and coherent final product.

In extremely primitive terms, humans have the capability to “foresee” many future events at all times and are able to make present decisions and actions in order to affect those future events. This is evident in our knowledge of the yearly natural cycles of the Earth. Our ability to foresee seasonal, terrestrial, and cosmic events helps us sow, cultivate and harvest what we need to ensure we survive as long as possible. Being able to foresee Winter gives us time to change our circumstances and better our future position.

This is primitive, but evidence of divination nonetheless…

With practice and patience, you can begin to adjust certain strands and strings of the web, gaining deeper insight into their workings and patterns. Personal rune reading (followed by honest decoding) will do this, as well as Tarot and other divination practices.

Instinct is also a good piece of evidence for some kind of fate or design as well.

Instinct indicates that DNA holds literal knowledge of its physical expression and its’ living experience. In other words, Nature imprints experience on its’ creations for them to remember the rules and laws of existence, the laws of fate. The fact that an incubated chicken knows to scratch and eat certain things without seeing it before, or in the way a butterfly’s wings can display pictures of predatory animals like owls, snakes and foxes,  indicates a creative awareness and conscious design within nature, almost like a computer program with all functions working to create a working system. Biological evolution is further evidence of this “Nature Mind” as it is always consciously creating, altering, and watching itself…

Perhaps to fulfill its own fate…

Animism

Thunder Rocks, Allegany State Park, New York.

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 () 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.

Jera – Rune of Harvest

Jera represents the harvesting of your previously cultivated endeavors and energies. Whether that be physical, mental, or spiritual energy, it is the reaping of what you have sown. Jera shows you that your hard work has paid off; a feeling of accomplishment that should bring celebration and confidence. Jera represents patience and allowing things to come into fruition in due time; paired with hard work and determination.

Jera is a symbol of happiness and peace, a beacon of prosperity and success. It allows us to bask in the rewards of our efforts and feel hopeful for the future. We are given confidence and hope each time we complete a cycle upon the Earth; reaping rewards as we carefully master its’ patterns and habits. This act of harvesting provides the strength and will to trudge through the rough winter months of the year, which closely follow the final harvests.

Jera (and the harvest cycle) is shown by the sowing of crops, the maintaining of their growth and health, and the reaping of their benefits. It represents the breaking open of germinated space that has been cultivated to fruition. Jera is a rune of natures patterns, symbolizing a pivotal moment in the year when we make our last stand with the sun against the draconian winter. Jera is our final chance to prepare ourselves for the season of darkness.

Jera represents a release of internalized energy. When we’ve carefully maneuvered our ideas internally (with scrutiny and confidence), we can finally allow them to come forward and be released. Jera is the breaking of that closed internal space; a release from the internal realm. Jera is an external propulsion of force towards your goals and the harvesting of your mental, physical, and spiritual labor.

The Earth is alive, and its’ cycles of death and rebirth are also mimicked within us. As much as we harvest physical bounty in the fall, we also harvest metaphysical and spiritual bounty along with it. Like the falling leaves, we must also fall and wither. We must “die” with the sun and maneuver the realms of darkness; awaiting our triumphant rebirth in the spring!