Of Wild Wanderings & Summer Heat

Where have the Wildlings wandered to?

When the Earth is heated and moist, and dew clings to fresh green leaves, the Wilds beckon us home,

To wander without being lost in the wild wood and thickets, near the river bank, under a full moon at Ocean’s tides, upon the windy cliffs and hills drawing ever nearer up the Mountain.

We are not at home; Summer is here, and the weather is warm and sultry, demanding dancing and crafting and riding.

Earthly scents mingle together, sweet hyacinth and water lilies, boggy cypress and wet soil, filling the hot and humid air with the promise of light and love and life.

Midsummer is near and the Wildlings are not at home…

They wander, these wild ones, seeking the Enlightenment, Transcendence, the Spirit of plant and animal, and Ancestors’ ancient wisdom.

Trees and herbs rejoice at their coming and the Sky parts in promise, giving life and lust back to us mortals, and demanding the cycle be born anew.

Freyja’s Chosen

‘Tis savage, it is, the way you mortal men war among yourselves. Your lives are fleeting, in an instant created, and in an instant destroyed. You war and raid and praise in Our names, yet you know not the true faces of Us. We are not as your mortal minds conceive Us, and in your ignorance, you’ve built a fancy that your blood oaths and sacrifices keep us sated, keep us above you and benevolent.

We are all around, beneath the Mound, within it, and above it. We are neither benevolent nor malevolent. We are the Stars, the Sun and the Moon and the tides that bear down on the coasts of the Land you claim as yours. The Land you fight to conquer. We were here long before you, Mortals, and we shall be long here until the day of doom upon the world, and ever after Ragnarok takes us all into the Chaos.

But ’tis the ferocity…your ferocity in your battles that belies your honor, your heart, your need to believe. You worship Me, you worship my Maidens Valkyrie, as if honoring us on the field of battle will sublimate and separate you into a Clan you cannot possibly perceive.
Still I watch you call your Kith and raise your Swords and Shields, and still I do not turn away, because it is Love I see mortals live and die for; Love that forges hearts of steel and Spirits of iron; Love that gives me longing to invite you Warriors into my hall to rejoice your valor. Odin has his pick over Mine, but those I choose are those that hold Love above all else.

Mine own are Warriors who have not forgotten that it is Love they fight for, even in Death.
Because of this, I choose to praise your deeds as you praise those of the Gods. Because of Love, dear Warriors, I choose to open My Hall to your kind, calling you home to rest where you will meet your Loves left behind when the world dies to ash.

 

 

~Líadan Rán~

Saturday reading

The rain and chilly weather have made their way to my spot in FL, and along with a steaming cup of black coffee, I opened one of my beloved books.

Celtic Oracle by Gerry Maguire Thompson is a fun and easy oracle deck to work with. The cards feature beautiful illustrations capturing the mystical characteristics of each animal and plant they represent, and I can’t quite resist the simple power and meaning they impart.

I drew 2 cards this morning, one plant totem and one animal totem. Both seemed to coincide with the current New Moon energies and symbolism, as well as the energies that rebirth with the passing of the Wheel from Imbolg toward Spring Equinox/Easter.

I hope these energies resonate within your Heart, and that the season has you productive, healthy, happy, and harmonious 🙂

Blackbird {Druid Dhubh}

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The blackbird is the bird of enchantment. In Celtic legend, its song can send the hearer into a magical trance that enables entry into the Otherworld. The blackbird signifies self- awareness, self -discovery, and exploration of the inner world of the individual psyche.” ~Celtic Oracle.

The New Moon during the turning of the Lunar year has been calling forth that energy required to look inward, to listen to your intuition (‘self- awareness’). This in turn can then be manifested to explore and discover that which moves and motivates you to expression (‘self- discovery’).

This energy is much like the Blackbird represented in this card. Use this energy and look to your own inner self. The answers to your questions are within you; all of them.

Oak {Duir}

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The Oak is the most revered of all Celtic trees, bestowing great power and breadth of vision. The Oak engenders self confidence and optimism, the ability to cope with danger and difficulty, and high standards of morality, and the determination to tell the truth. Uncontrolled, the Oak’s powerful energy can lead to being overly demanding or interested in the pursuit of glory.” ~Celtic Oracle

The Oak by far was the King of the trees to the Druids. The word druid roughly translates to oak men, and the tendency for some species in the Oak’s family to grow large and live long have made the Oak a meaningful totem for strength and outward movement.

Which is probably why the Druids sought to model their great teachers/leaders after the Oak’s characteristics.

Harness the power of this kingly tree only after having taken the time to self-reflect and become aware of your inner voice. Once you’ve spent some time intimating with your Self, you can use the inner strength and power you’ve nurtured to cultivate your self-confidence to go after your dreams and reach your goals.

I hope these cards bring meaning & joy on your Saturday, and if anything, meditate on the symbolism of these totems to help you along your journey.

Blessings, Love & Light Xo

Under the dark Moon

The new moon is here, which means another turning of the lunar year. Now is the time to enter cleansing mode; the art of release is the energy focus for the next week.

And the proximity of Imbolg to this weekend’s New/Dark Moon has release, cleansing, & planning written all over it. This is a time for introspection, making goals, and releasing old and no longer useful energies and patterns. With this lunar phase, though, the need for release and cleansing seems higher.

When release is achieved and cleansing has been completed, planning can be started to later accomplish the goals we set for ourselves now.

When practicing the art of release, essentially we have to cleanse/clean. This can manifest as physical cleaning and de-cluttering of our living and working spaces, and it can manifest within our Selves–spiritually, mentally, and emotionally cleansing or releasing.

So take this time, this turning of the Moon, to release that which no longer serves you, to cleanse your spaces, and to listen to your inner Self. Plans and goals should be tended and worked toward at this time, and nighttime dreams should be accounted for. Try keeping a dream journal for quick writing when waking. Believe it or not, our Dream Selves are a very real part of us. They can intimate many knowings if we just listen.

The following are suggestions to help begin this process; most of all, let it come from the Heart, and harmony and new opportunities will be invited in once the old has been released.

  • Throw open windows, let in sunlight, hang crystals & chimes in the windows (& other parts of the house) to help release stale air & energy & help invite fresh air & clean energy
  • Bring in plants; ivy, pothos, succulents, fuschias, African violets, etc. can make great houseplants because they don’t require direct or overbearing sunlight. They’ll also raise the vibrations & good juju in the home.
  • Dust, sweep, vacuum, mop; do all these things like Spring cleaning fever. The act of sweeping (this can also be achieved symbolically with sweeping motion) itself is both physical and spiritual: dust & dirt are swept out, as are negative energies & emotions.
  • Smudge (with windows open to help release the energy & bring in the fresh), burn candles, burn incense; the act of ‘burning’ cleanses the air & negative energies to make receptive to higher vibrations & energies.
  • Toss the synthetic air fresheners and cleaners, and opt for all-natural: boil cinnamon sticks for a spicy aroma, add a few drops of essential oil (like lavender, basil, rosemary, or mint) to your mop water or cleaning water, and even opt for an aromatherapy oil burner.
  • Write, write, write; keep a journal, log your goals & your steps to accomplish them, record your dreams, make lists of your daydreams, etc. This is release, good release, & it’ll help you listen to your inner voice.

As the energies from Imbolg fade into the distance, Dark Moon reminds us to look inward, to dream, and to recognize our true callings. Pull those inward thoughts out and release them onto paper–in a journal, as a list of goals, aspirations, hopes, etc. Use these dreams to make goals that will help you get to where you want to go on Life’s path.

Now is the perfect time to plan out the steps toward reaching any goals that you do want to set for yourself, and the careful planning and hard work will pay off later in the year. Whether it relates to career, finances, family, romance, friendship, etc., planning goals and dreaming big will help keep you focused throughout the remainder of 2016–and the year of the Monkey!

But even though hard work is necessary and daunting at times, it will bring its rewards. Just don’t let “all work” be your main focus that it becomes passionless. Play, laugh, create something new, and keep dreaming.

Blessings, Love & Light Xo

 

 

 

[Image courtesy of UniverseToday.com; “Photo of the Moon shows its far side. The image was taken by NASA’s Galileo spacecraft as it was speeding out on its journey to Jupiter.”]

Traditions of the North Witch: The Völva

In ancient Scandinavia and Germania, there was a class of priestesses or seeresses whose history and lore are of great interest. These seeresses, or völvas/vǫlvas, were a class of women all their own. Responsible for reading omens, prophesying, and divination on behalf of their tribesmen, these women were clearly the conduit between Midgard and the Beyond.

Völvas must surely have looked to the Ancestors’ spirits, as well as spirits that resided in the land and sea. These women were thought to be the mortal divinity of Freyja, as it is said Freyja was the goddess who introduced the art of Seiðr–that is, the practice of seeing into the future, the Unknown, and even the world of the dead, as much wisdom is gained from Spirit conversation.

These women were held in very high esteem, respected as a divinity by all…including men of all ranks. This seems to be so because the culture and religious practices of the Vikings and Germanic tribes attributed all women as having been in some way endowed with this power. Those that chose this path in life because of their strong sight became married to their staves, the working wand of the wild witch.

Völvas who were requested to divine on behalf of the people would do so sometimes publicly, as all were connected to Fate, and would sometimes be called to the home to perform a ceremony. It seems clear that these women acted as Shamans to their communities. They would be imparted with spell-song, to help aid their trance-states so the information from the worlds beyond would be better transmitted.

Not unlike Shamans of many other tribes, völvas would commune with plant and animal spirits as well as those that dwell within the land and hearth and home. For this reason, many were called upon as healers for spirit and body, too.

The Seiðr-craft was so revered and respected (because of its origins from Freyja, no doubt) it is said that Freyja was the one to impart this knowledge to Odin himself. The power of the Feminine Divine, indeed.

The lesson one can take from the völva and other women who are practitioners of this ancient tradition is one of self-discipline and spiritual development. The sight must be practiced, brought into harmony with all of the Self. Such practice seeks to completely eradicate the Ego’s stirring presence of self-doubt, opening the channels for communication between all divine beings, both of Earth and those who dwell beyond and below.

Image courtesy of GermanMythology.com