The Runes have always mystified me. I have owned a few sets of runes in my life-time, though never really actually sat down to familiarise myself with them properly. They are filled with grounding mysticism and so I thought it would be a great way to introduce myself with them here. I invite you on this journey as we delve and interpret these ancient of all stones.
For today’s reading, I chose to cast out three stones. This is usually for the past, present and future. However today, our enquiry is slightly different. As I unearth the interpretation of each of the cast out runes, you will come to understand my gist.
This rune symbolises new challenges and initiations into new understandings. Fearlessness is called for here as victory is assured. Not of a fight, rather from a challenge that has recently come to you. It is a time to stop studying and bring your expertise to the fore. Put your experiences and intuition to the front of your soul and put into practice what you know to do. The Warrior must learn many skills including patience, keenness of sense, speed and agility. He must be of a good and strong heart, with a firm belief in the sacredness of that which he protects.
A Gift is coming to you which presents you with a choice. To either accept it or reject it. To accept it is to accept a give and take – a yin/yang of The Universe. Spiritually it is always worth entering this “transaction” and taking on the gift, for the journey is new and one to be experienced. You must be willing to give in return for the gift that has been received. It does not mean necessarily to return one to the gift giver, yet to give to another in kind is required. To receive a gift spiritually, it must be done with total humility, knowing that to abuse it is to lose it. Compassion is a sharing of the gift of understanding.
You are now entering a new understanding of life and its meaning. New insights await you, yet this is not a time for complacency. Use this new understanding or it will be worthless to you. Illumination allows one to see in the dark. Enlightenment is a spiritual illumination. It is coming to a new understanding, like opening your eyes for the first time and truly seeing what is really there. As though you are seeing it for the first time. Enlightenment needs to be tempered with wisdom before its true worth and power can be known.
So, for this day, make the most of the new journey. You are experiencing it all for the first time. As though this is a new day of the rest of your life. Accept all the knowledge, the wisdom and understandings that will come your way and lead you to the path of enlightenment.
Today I have chosen a three card reading. Something that has happened recently is that after the shift from the 20/12/12, it appears that there is indeed a feeling of “out with the olde and in with the newe”. So today I have chosen this deck for that reason.
As I was shuffling the cards, each of these three cards jumped out as though telling me I needed three cards instead of just one.
The first card that jumped out was the II – Inner Voice.
It speaks not in words, yet in the wordless language of The Heart. It is like an Oracle who only speaks The Truth.
To find your own Truth – that truth that resonates to You and You alone, there is nothing more in the whole existence to find. Truth is functioning through you. When you open your eyes, it is Truth opening it’s eyes. When you close your eyes, it is Truth closing it’s eyes. If it had a face, it would be like the face in the centre of this card – alert, watchful, and able to accept both the dark and the light, symbolised by the two hands holding the crystal.
Meditate on this card and come to know Your own Truth, that which you hear in your soul. That which is to be found at the very depths of who you Truly are.
The next card that jumped out is Slowing Down – Knight of Rainbows.
This card is a reminder that, just like this tortoise, we carry our home with us where ever we go. There is no need to hurry, no need to seek shelter elsewhere. Even as we move into the depths of the emotional waters, we can remain self-contained and free from attachments. When you slow down, you are at ease with yourself. You have time to be mindful and live in the here and now. Walking is Zen. Sitting is Zen. Talking or silent, moving or unmoving, the essence is at ease. While slowing down, you are able to watch and observe, relax, and know inner peace.
The last card that jumped out is XiV-Integration
The image of this card is the fusion of opposites. This is a commuication between the previously experienced dualities of life. They work together to create a unified whole turning endlessly one into the other. Continuing from the very heart and soul within you to unify that gap that needs to be healed. It is about coming together – both sides of the coin, not necessarily opposites, yet yin and yang to eventually co-exist in the here and now. There is a time during the day, right before night fall that is the unified time to bring both day and night together. It is called dusk. Similarly there is a time right before the sunrise in the morning that unifies night and day. At each of these times, there is no night, no day, yet both – co-existing in the one environment.
Allow yourself to co-exist in this world to bring that inner peace, and therefore that inner voice of intuition to your soul.
Are you feeling a tad hot this summer in the southern hemisphere? In Oz, we are experiencing frightening bush fires throughout most of our states, all thanks to the wonderful floods we had in the previous 2 years that brought about abundant undergrowth.So now it is time to chill out, cool down, and get on with another day and somehow try to cope with the heat.
If you are busy, these meditations may be just right for you. When you become more adept at visualising and using your senses, you will find it easy to just think – cool and be cool.
For now, sit down, allow yourself at least five minutes of undisturbed time. Close your eyes and take a deep breath. In through your nose and out through your mouth – allow your abdomen to expand as you breathe in and then deflate when you breathe out. Take another deep breath in, then hold to the count of 5 and release slowly out.
Now that you are relaxed, visualise yourself in a quiet, darkened space. Then see yourself walking toward a green forest. Walk slowly, and feel the coolness of the forest as you enter it. Look around you and see the moist mosses on the trees. As you walk deeper into the rain forest, you will begin to feel the spray of the water fall you can hear in the distance. Continue walking through, feeling cooler as you walk closer to the water fall. Finally you reach this body of water gushing down with a roar. Listen to the sound of this roar and know it as your waterfall.
Follow the gushing water and see that it is landing in a cool serene pond of clear water. When you look through you can see how deep it is and how clear it is of debris, for the forest has been looking after it for millenia. Edge a bit closer to the pool, and feel yourself feeling nice and cool. Now, see yourself walking right up to the edge of the pool and then dive into the clear, cool fresh spring water. Swim up toward the gushing water fall and feel the force of that water as it crashes around you. You are always safe in your own pool. In this pool. Swim here for a little while and feel yourself becoming refreshed and revitalised by the coolness of the water, and the spray of the mountain mist.
When you are feeling cooler, you can walk out of the pool, and find a sunny spot to allow the filtered sunshine to dry you. Take a deep breath in and out once more and open your eyes. You should begin to feel much cooler now.
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Deck Chosen: Osho Zen
Card Chosen: 5 – The Outsider – Rainbows: The Physical
Traditional Meaning: The small child in this card is standing on one side of a gate looking through it. He is so small, and so convinced that he cannot get through, he cannot see that the chain holding the gate is not locked; all he has to do is open it.
If you are feeling like an outsider – it is not bad, yet good. It is the transitory period. Now you have to be alert not to fill yourself with pain and misery. Be strong and stand on your feet. The only way to be connected with existence is to go inwards, because there at the centre you are still connected.
Intuitive Meaning: As we stand on one side of the gate to the world – whether it be on the inside, or the outside, we still are looking toward something that seems beyond our reach. We perceive the obstacles that are not necessarily there, even though they may appear that way. So we stay, instead of taking the opportunity to simply open the unlocked gate, enter into the unknown and explore further. Today is the time to open that gate, and walk through. Be happy and feel the freedom of exploring another side to your world that you perceived to be blocked from you.
Cards used: Shaman Wisdom
Card Chosen: 34 – Squash: Feminine – West. Earth – Water
Traditional Meaning: I am Squash. I am Gourd. I grow well unattended. Let things be. Do not try to control situations or events. My vines spread out to encompass all. I help you create your abundance through my diversity. I am the Sustenance of your life. Combined with Beans and Corn, we are the life force.
Intuitive Meaning: As the squash grows along the vine, the leaves protect it from the harsh sun above. It continues to grow, and ripen as it runs wild along its lineage, kept in check by other squash along the vine. Allow it to run wild, it will run unchecked and send its roots in all directions. Yet, nurture it, and it will be trained and reward you with its ripened and fat fruit.
Cards Chosen: Osho Zen
Card: The Master
Official Meaning: The Master in Zen is not a master of others, yet a master of himself. His every gesture and his every word reflect his enlightened state. He has no private goals, no desire that anything should be other than the way it is. His disciples gather around him, not to follow him, rather to soak up his presence and be inspired by his example. In his eyes, they find their own truth reflected, and in his silence, they fall more easily into the silence of their own beings.
The Master welcomes his disciples, not because he wants to lead them, but because he has so much to share. Together they create an energy field that supports each unique individual in finding his or her own light.
Beyond Mind, there is an awareness that is intrinsic, that is not given to you by the outside, and is not an idea – and there is no experiment up to now that has found any center in the brain which corresponds awareness. The whole work of meditation is to make you aware of all that is “mind” and dis-identify yourself from it. That very separation is the greatest revolution that can happen to man.
Intuitive Meaning: The Master is full of wisdom, truth, and true meaning – or knowledge. He is the very epitome of the ancient, tranquility that does not need to impress, yet inspires the consciousness to profound understanding of The Universe and all that there is. He is simply here – in the NOW that is. He is all knowing, all seeing, and all hearing. It is the little nuances that happen in life which are nurtured and grown within him, to inspire to others their aspirations of life. I am The Master.
Cards Chosen: Shaman Wisdom
Card: 6 – Thunder Moon: Virgo – Shields – Adolescent.
Official Meaning: I am Plenty. I am the power of honoring, store-houses filled and overflowing. I am abundance. My gentle light in the time of Indian Summer signifies plenty for you and the people. Now is a time of loving – of healing. Service to others in emphasized at this time – perhaps finding new ways to heal the planet, or in your own community. Of course, you won’t be of help to anyone unless you are healthy. so. take care of yourself too. Let the Moon of Indian Summer gently sit upon your shoulder. I am Plenty. I am the Harvest Moon in the Fall.
Intuitive Meaning: Rain is coming from the Heavens above, bringing with it water to saturate the earth below. Enough to sink in to grow and nurture the seeds which had been planted.This is a card of prosperity, growing the seeds that had been planted. Nurture them to the harvest time and you will reap the rewards for your efforts. Go forth and plant…I am plenty…the power of honoring.
This is an interview I did with Candy O’Donnell – a very Spiritual Writer. I hope you listen to this and enjoy.
Candy O’Donnell Candy O’Donnell lives in California with her best friend and husband, Jim, and their two enthused teenagers. This family also includes two happy dogs, a languid cat and an energetic cockatiel. At the age of twelve, she wrote her first mini book and has not looked back when her first title was published in 2007. Today, Candy writes whatever story crops up in her imagination and lately, she is including friends as cover models for her books. She composes numerous genres as a way of expressing herself fluently. You can find her at her blog.