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Daily Archives: January 7, 2011
|Today we have Thurisaz pronounced “thoor-ee-saws” (TH: Thorn or a giant) Reactive force, directed force of destruction and defense, conflict. Instinctual will, vital eroticism, regenerative catalyst. A tendency toward change. Catharsis, purging, cleansing fire. Male sexuality, fertilization. (Thorr, the Thunder god, was of Giant stock.)
A tired wanderer sees the magic bridge which leads to the heights above. Protection and help for those who have shown persistence. A beneficial offer or proposal was or will quite soon be put to you by important people, or by an organization. As a result, you will be able to do less but achieve more. You may feel at the height of your success but remember that these blessings are not given to everyone and you must earn them by a continual desire towards improvement and self-development. If you only take the fruits and do nothing else, the magic bridge may disappear and you will experience a painful fall. Get to know why you have been favoured with support and justify the faith placed in you. More than anything, this rune shows a path which calls for devotion.Thurisaz Reversed or Merkstave: Danger, defenselessness, compulsion, betrayal, dullness. Evil, malice, hatred, torment, spite, lies. A bad man or woman. (Note: the reversed or merkstave definitions are included only for reference as they apply to a multi-rune cast and not to a single rune that’s drawn blind from the pouch)
As with all, take only what feels right to you and disregard the rest.
**a portion of today’s rune meaning/description was kindly provided by Ingrid Halvorsen at sunnyway.com and used here with her gracious permission** In the Light…
“Music is a release from the tyranny of conscious thought”
– Kevin Burke
Insanity is inherited, you get it from your kids…
God of the Day
Roman god of fertility, mirth, merriment, revelry, wine, wisdom, and
Bacchus was born of Zeus and Semele’s union against the will of Hera, Zeus’
wife. When the jealous Hera learned of Semele’s pregnancy by Zeus she angrily
plotted against them. She disguised herself and came to Semele, telling her she
should ask that Zeus appear before her in all his glory as the god of thunder.
Zeus swore to grant whatever wish Semele might have. Forced to abide by his
oath, he appeared to Semele as a display of lightening and thunder, which
killed her. As Semele died, she gave birth to Bacchus, who died as well. Zeus
restored life to him and sent the child to be raised by the nymphs, out of
Hera’s jealous eye.
As the god of spring, he is Bacchus is said to be in terrible pain during winter
when the flowering plants and vines wither and die.
His followers were called bacchants. After reveling and overindulging in wine,
they danced around in a craze often trampling and tearing people and animals to
pieces. Bacchanalia was a festival held which involved excessive drinking and
drunken orgies. Also known as Dionysus [Greek].
Blessed are the disciples who become prophets, the Gnostics who hold the holy
wand of god. Blessed are those who wear the ivy crown of the Conquering One–
Blessed, blessed are they, Bacchus is our god!
-Bacchae Euripides, circa 400 BCE
Greek Goddess of passion and sexual love, and womanly beauty. She is considered
the epitome of beauty and femininity. Said to have been born of sea-foam.
She is kind to those she liked, but can be cruel and merciless to those who
displease her. She married Hephaestos, had an affair with Ares, and was caught.
Aphrodite is the daughter of Zeus and Dione, and mother of Eros. Her animal
totems are the dove, sparrow, swan, and swallow. Plants sacred to her are
myrtle, poppy, rose, and apple. She symbolizes feminine prowess, sexuality,
relationships, flower magic.
The Journey of Love
Love is a temporary madness.
It erupts like an earthquake and then subsides.
And when it subsides you have to make a decision.
You have to work out
whether your roots have become
so entwined together that it is inconceivable
that you should ever part.
Because this is what love is.
Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement,
it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion.
That is just being “in love”
which any of us can convince ourselves we are.
Love itself is what is left over
when being in love has burned away,
and this is both an art and a fortunate accident.
Your mother and I had it, we had roots
that grew towards each other underground,
and when all the pretty blossom had fallen
from our branches we found
that we were one tree and not two.
- Captain Corelli’s Mandolin6.
“Love is the beauty of the soul.”
~~ St. Augustine ~~
January 6, 2011
Acceptance As Giving
Allowing Ourselves To Receive
When we can allow ourselves to receive as well as give, we do our part to keep the channels of abundance open.
Giving and receiving are part of the same cycle, and we each give and receive in our own ways. But we can lose our balance when we try to be too controlling on either side of the cycle. On the receiving end, we may feel that we don’t deserve the effort made if what we gave was easy for us to give. But perhaps there is a different lesson there for us. We may be receiving not only gratitude, but a chance to see the world through the eyes of another. We may be learning that just because we gave easily, it doesn’t diminish its value. Or perhaps the universe is giving us an example to hold close to our hearts, to encourage us on some future day when our own generous act of giving is not met with a visible act of receiving. When we can allow ourselves to receive as well as give, we do our part to keep the channels of abundance open for ourselves and others.
Sometimes we may find ourselves struggling to respond to others’ gifts in the same ways like responding to an expensive present with something equally expensive, or feeling like we have to throw a dinner party for someone who has thrown one for us. But when these are done out of a sense of obligation, their energy changes from something that shares to something that drains. If this sounds familiar, we can decide next time to allow ourselves to receive with arms, minds and hearts open and simply say thank you.
Accepting a person’s gift is a gift in itself. Sincere appreciation for their acknowledgement and their effort joins our energy with theirs in the cycle of giving and receiving, and nurtures all involved. If ever we find we are still having difficulty, we can decide to allow ourselves to be conduits for gratitude and accept on behalf of a loving, giving universe.
Today’s I Ching Hexagram for Everyone:
38: Diverging Interests
Friday, January 7th, 2011
General Meaning: An image of estrangement is indicated here. One example used in ancient Chinese texts is how when brothers and sisters marry, they grow apart, since their allegiances now lie with new family groups. Though they will remain close enough to successfully deal with problems and share minor interests, they will be unable to undertake anything big together. Simply put, when people grow apart — even for the most natural of reasons — their points of view, values and interests start to diverge.
Diverging interests bring opposition into the world of human affairs. And when differences morph into alienation and enmity, no good results. But when opposition takes the form of healthy competition, or when contrasting energies or positions are seen as part of the natural order of things, good fortune is still possible.
Even when diverging energies make a situation seem stagnant or futile, there are always creative possibilities inherent in polarities. One is reminded of the yin-yang interplay that is fundamental to the creation of life itself. But when opposition arises from issues of principle, you must hold to your integrity and individuality. And avoid becoming involved with vulgar or base people who do not share your values. With both people and companies, one measure of stature is the quality of the competition.
Today’s Tarot Card for Everyone:
This Tarot Deck: Gummy Bear Tarot
General Meaning: What has traditionally been known as the Sun card is about the self — who you are and how you cultivate your personality and character. The earth revolves around the sun to make up one year of a person’s life, a fact we celebrate on our birthday.
The Sun card could also be titled “Back to Eden.” The Sun’s radiance is where one’s original nature or unconditioned Being can be encountered in health and safety. The limitations of time and space are stripped away; the soul is refreshed and temporarily protected from the chaos outside the garden walls.
Under the light of the Sun, Life reclaims its primordial goodness, truth and beauty. If one person is shown on this card, it is usually signifying a human incarnation of the Divine. When two humans are shown, the image is portraying a resolution of the tension between opposites at all levels. It’s as if this card is saying “You can do no wrong — it’s all to the good!”