Draw for February 10, 2016

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Draw February 10 2016 Mjol Sol Nidhogg

The Giants’ Tarot, Raven Kaldera

Today’s Draw: Mjol/Eight of Wands; Sol; Nidhogg/Strength.

Mjol moves from yesterday’s Hidden Influence to today’s Active Influence. If you have any unfinished business from yesterday, make dealing with that your first priority, because today is going to be just as demanding.

Nidhogg tells you that you have the strength to deal with everything, but you also have some deferred maintenance to catch up on. In the tech world, the term “technical debt” refers to the accumulated upgrades and maintenance that should have been done, but was put off for various reasons (timing, lack of staff, hassle factor). The problem with allowing technical debt to accumulate is that one day, out of the blue, your system will stop working. Think about where in your life this concept applies–do you have material clutter to clear, or repairs to make? Do you have emotional, psychological, or spiritual housecleaning that needs to be done? Whatever it is, Nidhogg insists you take care of it today. However difficult and unpleasant it may be, it’s nowhere near as bad as the mess you will have to clean up if you continue to defer these tasks and things grind to a halt until you deal with them.

Sol brings the light you need to see what you are doing, the warmth to start you moving, and the healing energy you need to do the inner work today requires. Even if today is filled with external demands, your internal state requires attention and healing, just as much as changing the oil on your car, taking your shoes to the cobbler, or clearing your email. Tap into this energy to keep you going, and you will be pleasantly surprised at the end of the day to find how much improvement you’ve been able to make on several levels.

Draw for February 9, 2016

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Draw Feb 9 2016 Mengloth Fehu-r Mjol

The Giants’ Tarot, Raven Kaldera

 

Today’s Draw: Mengloth/Page of Cups; Fehu, reversed; Mjol/Eight of Wands.

After yesterday’s festivities, we find ourselves back in the daily dailiness of life.

Mengloth is a famous healer, and is here to tell you that you need to take care of yourself. No, really, truly, you do.

See that reversed Fehu? That relates not only to material wealth (keep an eye on your spending today, and double-check your math before making that purchase), but also to your physical health. You don’t have to be an advanced reader to know that Fehu reversed signals depletion and exhaustion. You must allow yourself to rest and to heal. Eat well, stay hydrated, engage in some gentle movement. Be kind to your body today–you both need it.

Mjol sweeps in on a blizzard of external demands. Noted, but that doesn’t change the reality that you must take care of yourself today so that  you can deal with those demands. Do what you must today, but probably more of those demands can wait until tomorrow than the ones who are making the demands want to believe. Their priorities do not determine your priorities. And remember, your priority today is genuine self-care.

Draw for February 8, 2016

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Draw Feb 8 206 Glut Einmyria Eisa Ior-r Sinmora

The Giants’ Tarot, Raven Kaldera

Today’s Draw: Glut, Einmyria & Eisa/Three of Wands; Ior, reversed; Sinmora/Queen of Wands.

Put on your dancing shoes! After the unrelenting intensity and grimness of last week’s draws, today brings joy and friendship as a much-needed respite.

Sinmora dances from the core of Her fiery soul, expressing Her sheer delight in the joy of existence and movement. Sinmora tells you to love yourself, love who you are, and love your life, no matter what happens. Express your joy freely, and don’t mind if others are watching–or not watching. Most people are too busy being self-conscious about what others think to pay much attention to what you are doing.

Glut and Her daughters dance for joy as well. The joy of good companions, of having friends and loved ones to share with, the joy of being and dancing. Spend time today with friends and loved ones, or, if you can’t be there today, make plans to be together soon. Call people, write letters, connect in a personal way–not just an email or a social media message. Individual connection is far more powerful and moving than a mass broadcast.

Ior is reversed. Usually, I would take this as a caution from Jormundgand to be extra-careful about boundaries. Given today’s cards, though, the message reads to me that it’s okay to relax those boundaries a bit–instead of staying safe in your isolation, allow yourself to drop the walls and invite in those you love and know are trustworthy.

It’s Monday, and you may have a lot of work to do, but you can do it with joy. Do make time today to dance, in one way or another!

Bindrune to Create Dramatic Change

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If you are new to working with bindrunes, I suggest you read the introductory bindrune post here, then return to this post to read about this specific bindrune.

Change can be a slow, organic process, giving us time to experience the shift internally as well as externally in real time.

And sometimes, things are painfully stuck, and you need to shake things up and create radical change. This rune can help you do that, but you must be prepared to engage and effectively manage the intense energies. This combination burns with light, heat, and fire energy, and you need to be careful when playing with fire. This is not a good bindrune for beginners.

Bind Rune to Create Dramatic Change

Bind Rune to Create Dramatic Change

The rune tiles show the individual runes which create the bindrune. From left to right: Sowelu, Cweorth, and Dagaz.

Sowelu brings the light and heat of the sun, as well as the lightning strike of destruction which leads to regeneration. Sowelu contains healing energy, which you can channel into creating the new situation as an improvement over current circumstances. This rune carries some of the energies of the Tower card from the Tarot, so understand what you are dealing with when you use it. This rune is often associated with Loki (a fire giant) and His father Farbauti (also fire giant, and wielder of lightning). Remember that Loki is a Trickster, and Farbauti is also known as the Cruel Striker. Set very clear intentions for the highest good of all when you add this rune.

Cweorth is the rune of the funeral pyre. Throw everything onto the bier, light it, and walk away. The wildness of this rune is not something to invoke until you are adept at managing intense energies. I know I keep saying that in regards to this bindrune, but really–Cweorth calls forth incredible amounts of intense energy, and you need to be prepared for that, or it will knock you off your feet and burn everything, not just what you offer to it. As the rune of cremation, it is linked to Hela, so be sure you are prepared to deal with what She will ask of you in return for this rune.

Dagaz is the rune of transformation, the moment of change. Dagaz offers protection and focus. Think of it as a funnel that channels the energies of the bindrune to your desired result, as well as creating a barrier to keep out unwanted influences. Loki is also associated with this rune, and the Trickster will take you at your word–so again, state your intentions quite clearly, and for the highest good of all.

This rune was done in colored pencil. I tried using my calligraphy markers, but the color combinations went muddy due to mixing, so I stuck with the colored pencils for this one.

You could also put a drop of cinnamon or clove oil to add some fiery energy to further move things along, or a drop of your favorite oil  on it to reinforce the energy with your personal scent. You can also use a magical oil, such as a hoodoo oil like Algiers Oil, or other type of specially prepared oil.

This rune can be quite effective, but be warned that the changes may manifest in ways you don’t expect or necessarily desire. When you create this rune, it is critical that you focus on the desired outcome in specific detail. An undefined or poorly defined outcome may simply bring you new problems to replace the old problems, and that’s not what you want to create for yourself.

 

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