A ritual knife used to direct magickal energy, this is usually a back-handled, two-edged knife, measuring the blade is sharp on both sides, but it may be dull rather than sharp as this is not a cutting tool. This knife may be of wood, stone, horn, metal, or jet, and could be a regular knife if visualized as the ritual tool (as with Kitchen Witch tools being taken from those used in daily work around the house). An athame may be a letter opener, pocketknife, etc., as long as it is seen as a ritual tool. The handle color may also vary, but black is traditional.
The rune today is Dagaz pronounced “thaw-gauze” (D: Day or dawn) Breakthrough, awakening, awareness. Daylight clarity as opposed to nighttime uncertainty. A time to plan or embark upon an enterprise. The power of change directed by your own will, transformation. Hope/happiness, the ideal. Security and certainty. Growth and release. Balance point, the place where opposites meet.
Clouds are dispersing and the Sun shines brightly. Light and clarity. Leave your darkness behind. Changes shown by this rune are so significant, they can absolutely change your life. Something important has happened which may not be obvious to you yet. This rune signifies that growth and improvement are already happening and the only thing needed now is a positive attitude to everything happening around you. Recognize the favorable moment and catch it, and don’t miss it because you are blinded and can only see obstacles and annoyances. The day has already come and if you’re still asleep, by just opening your eyes you can be free of the bad dreams of the past.
Dagaz Merkstave (Dagaz cannot be reversed, but may lie in opposition): A completion, ending, limit, coming full circle. Blindness, hopelessness.
As with all, take what resonates with you and discard 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…
General Meaning: Traditionally, the Magus is one who can demonstrate hands-on magic — as in healing, transformative rituals, alchemical transmutations, charging of talismans and the like. A modern Magus is any person who completes the circuit between heaven and Earth, one who seeks to bring forth the divine ‘gold’ within her or himself.
At the birth of Tarot, even a gifted healer who was not an ordained clergyman was considered to be in league with the Devil! For obvious reasons, the line between fooling the eye with sleight of hand, and charging the world with magical will was not clearly differentiated in the early Tarot cards.
Waite’s image of the Magus as the solitary ritualist communing with the spirits of the elements — with its formal arrangement of symbols and postures — is a token of the freedom we have in modern times to declare our spiritual politics without fear of reprisal. The older cards were never so explicit about what the Magus was doing. It’s best to keep your imagination open with this card. Visualize yourself manifesting something unique, guided by evolutionary forces that emerge spontaneously from within your soul
We filter reality through a realistic lens now as the exacting Virgo Moon separates useful information from extraneous noise. The Moon’s smooth trine to logical Mercury sharpens our perceptions even more. But the Moon squares easygoing Venus later in the day, making us feel lazy. Meanwhile, slow-moving Jupiter enters pioneering Aries to reveal new options on the road of life, even if they don’t meet the high standards required by the Virgo Moon.
Aries Horoscope (Mar 21 – Apr 19)
You are eager to do an excellent job today and your willingness to put in the extra effort makes others appreciate you even more. You’re motivated on your own, but it doesn’t hurt that you’re being noticed. Don’t let your confidence go to your head now; optimistic Jupiter’s shift into your sign is a harbinger of good times ahead as long as you don’t expect more than you deserve.
Taurus Horoscope (Apr 20 – May 20)
Someone may be working behind the scenes to force you to switch your current direction. However, you are inclined to push back if you feel coerced. Your stubbornness could get in the way of learning what you need to know, especially if you try to shut others up before they are able to deliver an important message. Remain open to the truth, even if it isn’t exactly what you want to hear now.
Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – Jun 20)
You might believe that you’re a black belt in mental gymnastics, but every clever idea you toss into a conversation is shunted aside today. You may begin to feel ineffectual because your thoughts don’t seem to be able to gain traction. It isn’t fun if you can’t combine several trains of thought into a single coherent knockout punch. Don’t let frustration define your day; instead, recognize that you’re currently just a bit off in your delivery. Thankfully, this won’t last; your wit and charm will return soon enough.
Cancer Horoscope (June 21 – Jul 22)
It’s a smart idea to say what you mean and mean what you say, or a miscommunication can turn an innocuous comment into a major conflict. Open disagreement isn’t useful today, for you are already aware of the differences of opinion. There may not be an immediate resolution now because arguments won’t likely be about the right issue. Think about the consequences of your words before you say anything at all.
Leo Horoscope (Jul 23 – Aug 22)
You may be facing a cash shortage today, yet your apparent lack of funds could be tied to a larger issue of self-esteem. If you don’t believe that you’re deserving of something special now, you are probably being much harder on yourself than you should. Be aware of any lingering negativity and put off a purchase decision until tomorrow when your approach will be more balanced.
Virgo Horoscope (Aug 23 – Sep 22)
You are moody now that the Moon is back in your sign. It’s as if you’re riding on a seesaw today; one minute you’re quite confident and the next you’re feeling uncertain. Instead of acknowledging the upside of things, you might get swept in a downward spiral of self-judgment. Fortunately, you have the power to change your direction and to lift yourself back up to the top of your game. Make an empowering decision and stick to it, no matter what happens along the way.
Libra Horoscope (Sep 23 – Oct 22)
You may be suffering from a creative block today, as if someone pulled the plug on your imagination circuit and you cannot make it work. Unfortunately, you might not be able to latch on to a dream to lift yourself out of the malaise. Fortunately, someone special may come along and inspire you, catalyzing positive change. Your negativity could dissipate quickly if you are open enough to accept help when it’s offered.
Scorpio Horoscope (Oct 23 – Nov 21)
You might not want to participate in a group event with friends or family today, even if you love the individuals who are involved. Maybe it’s just too complicated balancing everyone’s different approaches to the day. You don’t want to spend your time discussing the ground rules for some kind of social activity. Give yourself permission to retreat without having to justify your actions to everyone else.
Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov 22 – Dec 21)
You may try to place limits on yourself today so you can set a good example for others. But keeping everyone else in line is difficult when you’re feeling antsy yourself. Expansive Jupiter’s entry into your 5th House of Play can open your eyes to new avenues of fun. Fortunately, you should be able to balance your current responsibilities with the incoming waves of restlessness if you keep track of your priorities.
Capricorn Horoscope (Dec 22 – Jan 19)
You may be fantasizing about a great escape to somewhere exotic now that the Moon is visiting your 9th House of Travel. But it’s hard to stay focused on planning a dream vacation, especially if it seems like an unrealistic flight of fancy. You could choose to give up and think about a homebound staycation instead. There’s no need to rush; give yourself a few more days before making a final decision.
Aquarius Horoscope (Jan 20 – Feb 18)
You may have offered your opinion too quickly about something that’s very important, and now you’re unable to take back your words. A disagreement with your partner today can turn a sweet relationship into a combative one. Good intentions aren’t enough; you also must be very realistic or everything can quickly grow out of control. Take full responsibility for your role in the current situation to get things moving in the right direction once again.
Pisces Horoscope (Feb 19 – Mar 20)
The Moon in your 7th House of Partners can help to stabilize a relationship today, as long as you’re willing to narrow your focus. Although you may be thinking about how to improve your financial situation, it’s more important now to concentrate on creating common ground with someone else, rather than going off on your own. Things won’t change as quickly as you wish, so reduce the pressure by being less aggressive in your approach and allowing some time to pass before taking further action.