Since the airing of the Viking type shows we have seen a flooding of Norse related things. For the most part it is people reclaiming their heritage, which is a great thing, but on the downside you see a bunch of confusion. Which was the same as what happened to the Craft as Witch-type shows came to the forefront. I see many reading and making Runes that really do not understand them. For example, did you know that Runes were not always used for divination purposes? Did you know there is a certain way to work with them? Did you know that they existed before Odin? Eihwaz is one of those Runes that we have to be careful with. It is a power symbol, and one that can uncover mysteries. It symbolizes the Yew tree (Yggdrasil tree) and it is the pillar of life. It is a union of two different forces, life and death. Which is a great Rune for this astrological energy we’re in. The Yew tree has one of the longest life spans and it an evergreen, but this wise tree is poisonous.
Eihwaz is the 13th Rune in the Elder Futhark Runes, and it is many times seen as the “Death Rune”. So we are seeing that there is life after death, or death in life, but is that incarnation granted?
This is a Rune of initiation, as it can represent a ceremonial resurrection that was the final initiation into the mysteries. The initiate is taken to the brink of death, at which he journeyed to the Otherworld, many of you may have heard this called the Shamanic death.
At the Winter Solstice/Yule or whatever you celebrate, have you been able to take the descent, as the Goddess did? Thr Goddess teaches us the mystery that there is death in life, as well as life in death. The placement of Jupiter and Saturn is really playing on the energy as well.
So as we get to the rebirth of the Sun God, what is it going to bring You? Will there be that union of the two and bring creation – have you been the magician of your life? Or….did you missed this opportunity to transcend and remained on the path of the Fool?
Change is upon us, there is definately a new energy/ a new path before us.
Happy, happy birthday to all you Scorpions out there!
I wrote this a year or so ago and I tell ya it just speaks to me. Watching how energy is playing out here, as well as in the heavens is fantastic. I want to share this with you as I feel it really sheds light on things. We are in Scorpio energy, and Samhain- All Hallow’s Eve…our last harvest, has passed us, as well as that powerful Taurus Blue Full Moon. I wanted to talk about what this energy is about and explain why some of you are going through what you are going through. One of my favorites, Hades, Lord of the Underworld as I always feel like he gets a bad wrap.
Scorpio – Pluto/Hades and the Underworld What do those three things have in common…..transition baby! When this energy is released, it releases unleashed, intense energy that causes life changing energy. Scorpio is associated with spiritual changes, self development and ‘political power’. This energy is all about transformation, rebirth and regeneration and this includes all areas of our lives. On the downside, when this energy is used in a negative way it is the abuse of power, destructive….self serving. On a good note, this energy can have the ability to discern the truth. So given this time, especially with all that is going on in the world, this energy is definitely showing itself. Many times we have to be pulled by our hair kicking and screaming, then to only realize that the transformation as well worth it. Scorpio’s planet is Pluto, Lord of the UnderWorld which takes the energy deeper into the watery depths. Here we are guided deep down into our soul as it dredges up our old thought patterns/belief systems and attitudes/thoughts. This Lord makes us face them head on, analyzing and then transform them into something new…rebirth. The seat of our consciousness is pulled, so those things that we thought were buried deep down, our old baggage, we are forced to transform this old into something newer and better. Here we are being taught alchemy…taking one thing and making it into another. Many have mixed feelings regarding Lord Pluto, they fear him as he normally throws us out of our comfort zones and into new territory. This intense Lord is actually our ally, as he teaches us the importance of our inner work to step into our highest potential. One of my favorite poets/authors is Rumi and a favorite quote of mine, something that touches the root of my being is;
“ The wound is the place where the light enters you”.
This is simply saying, that only until you fully go into that darkness (your fears) full healing will take place. Pluto is all about digging deep into the soul to pull out old beliefs, thought systems and attitudes. He asks us to live through them, analyze them and then kill them off in order to birth them into something new. Please note, that many times these transformations are happening emotionally or spiritually…but can lead to physical changes as well. Lord Pluto asks you “where are you” “where are you going/want to go” , unlocking deep secrets within you. So how is this helpful to you? Have you been in a place where you felt stuck? Are you in a relationship that you keep questioning? How about wanting to find a different job, or figure out what job you actually want? Who are you? Stuck? Lord Pluto, brings us these hidden jewels within us to help us get past the questions. You see, many times you are stuck because you are blocking yourself from expanding…and energy loves to move and expand. Energy is in constant change, it is constantly evolving into this and then that…it likes to expand. So if you feeling stuck, why? What is keeping you from moving/growing past this point? Is it insecurity? Normally, it is some feeling/form of inadequacy inside us. He challenges us to move past, pushing ourselves to places we’ve never been…..he tells us that if we truly want better, we in fact have to do the work to get it. This is a time that our buttons are pushed as well, as he loves to show you your closet full of skeletons. Maybe this is why I love Scorpio/Pluto energy, it challenges you to take those things that no longer serve you and transform them into something that does. Destroy the old, to create the new and better.
I am sure you all know the story of Persephone and Hades, and how it is emphasized that she was kidnapped and forced…but what if she looks forward to spending time with Hades? What if, while she is fertilizing the earth, she misses her beloved? Read about Inanna’s journey through the underworld as well. Maybe it would serve us to shift our perception, see deeper into things. Remembering that we cant control everything, and we must go with the flow. Many years I was told through the New Age teachings that the light is the way the light is the way the only way….but what about the darkness, the underworld. This is where we go to heal. The dark is where all life begins. It would really behoove us to see things, not for how it appears on the surface, but for what lies beneath. Challenge yourself to read between the lines, search for that hidden knowledge.
I wanted to share this as it was a reading I pulled 2 yrs ago and I feel as we are approaching our harvest time of the year it is beneficial.
I am really not surprised I picked this card, seeing that the Ritual of Mirrors I will be conducting is happening soon. Mirrors are so commonly used, we really have forgotten the magical uses of them. Mirrors do one magical thing that many do not truly grasped, they reflect the truth. As the heron stands at the gate awaiting the initiate, The Dark Woman of Knowledge awaits to take us on our spiritual journey to the Otherworld. Here, just like Arthur found deep healing on the Isle of Avalon, we too shall experience this healing of our deep wounds. This meditation card is also known as the “dark night of the soul”, one where a new perspective is taken. The word patience comes up, and it is definitely not a word I like to hear. The card is telling me that it is time to just allow and not force. There are things that unfold over time. This is definitely an energy of change, and maybe that is the resistance here….change. As we sojourn to the Otherworld for initiation, we know consciously that when we come back, we will not be the same. We tend to let the mundane world foul us with its false sense of securities, we get so bogged down with that stagnant energy. It’s almost a loosing of one’s Soul.
In this moment, in this time, it is time for us to step back and allow. It is time to abandon the old thought patterns, the way things “ought to be”, turning the table to see the different side. If we take on challenges as hard lessons, we receive them as such; but if we look at challenges as great opportunities, magic will happen. The Goddess doesnt require a sacrifice, but with change sacrifices are often made. In order to have better, we must do better…sacrificing the old way. Here, we look deeply into the mirror at our own soul, and we are asked to strip away all that is not us. The crystal ball resembles the moon which lights up the shadows, exposing that which has been hidden. We like to think we are ready for this, but are we? Are we willing to leave behind that which is keeping us held back?
The journey is definitely beginning. The wise heron awaits us at the Gate. The Lady of the Lake beckons us…calling our name…singing the song of our Soul. It is time for us to go drink her mystical waters and begin our path with the Dark Woman of Knowledge.