Finding Our Own Paths
We all enter the arena of awareness differently, it doesn’t matter how we get there or how long it takes.
Entering into our own spirituality is a private journey. Each of us will be drawn to a different gateway to begin on our personal path to awakening to a greater experience of ourselves. Even though we may be taught certain philosophies or beliefs as children, we still need to find our own way of understanding and applying them in our lives. For those who are raised without a spiritual framework, they may not even know their process as a form of spirituality. But at some stage in their lives, whether in youth or adulthood, they are likely to recognize the resonance of their beliefs, the ring of truth in their philosophy, and their dedication to their chosen purpose.
Our inner guidance will lead us, so that we will be drawn to the right doorway for us–a doorway that only we can recognize by the way it makes us feel inside. It could be a picture of an angel or the gift of a crystal. We may meet someone special who shares their experiences with us in a way that we find intriguing. While visiting the home of an admired friend, we may notice a book or statue of a diety, and ask why they chose those tools. Or a word or phrase may catch our attention in a song, or a lecture. For some they may find their way by walking through the experience of illness before they begin the search for what will help them to truly heal, while others may seek physical improvement and stumble across yoga or meditation–only to find that it leads them to an unexpected place beyond the body.
As we awaken to ourselves and to life, we will become more attuned to what is right for us. The universe speaks to all of us through infinite channels, but we each have our own frequency. Others may share what worked for them, but only we can decide what truly makes us feel inspired, awakened, connected, fully conscious, aware and alive. Whatever our path, it is perfect and is meant especially for us.
The WALK-IN movie is now
Spreads like an ocean hung on high,
Bespangled with those isles of light
So wildly, spiritually bright.
Who ever gazed upon them shining,
And turned to earth without repining,
Nor wished for wings to flee away,
And mix with their eternal ray?
This morning it’s Hagalaz of Heimdall’s Aett pronounced “haw-gaw-laws” (H: Wrath of nature) Wrath of nature, destructive, uncontrolled forces, especially the weather, or within the unconscious. Tempering, testing, trial. Controlled crisis, leading to completion, inner harmony.
The shoots in the field are destroyed by hailstones. The farmer is forced to change his plans. Disruption. Separation from old ideas. You have probably grown too attached to other people’s plans and intentions. You have your own path in life and even if you have lost something which seemed important in the past, there is no reason to turn back and attempt to restore a situation as it was. Take what happened as a fact which can’t be changed and continue your way in new circumstances. Then your loss will appear as a gain and you’ll become free of past baggage which has no place in your future. Your present freedom may frighten you but it also gives you new possibilities which you couldn’t have even imagined before.
Hagalaz Merkstave (Hagalaz cannot be reversed, but may lie in opposition): Natural disaster, catastrophe. Stagnation, loss of power. Pain, loss, suffering, hardship, sickness, crisis. (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…
Monday, January 24, 2011
To boost your self-confidence, mark your home’s entrance with distinctive plants, lights, and door fittings.
Today’s I Ching Hexagram for Everyone:
45: Coming Together
Monday, January 24th, 2011
General Meaning: The power of gathering together is represented by a rally, where each individual’s strength is magnified by the power of their community. History has shown that mass movements can bring about stable, ordered and durable conditions for the better. This hexagram may be pointing to an auspicious time for large undertakings. But the guiding force of your shared vision is essential to hold the forces of unity together, and keep them advancing toward a common goals and values.
Another image for this situation is that of a lake filling with water. Just as the fullness of the lake can bring good fortune to all in its sphere, it can also overflow, leading to calamity. Thus in a time of gathering together it is essential that precautions against excesses be considered along with efforts to advance along a clearly-charted course. Much of human misfortune comes from unexpected events for which we are ill prepared; when gathered together with others, we are both more powerful and, in some ways, also more vulnerable.
Any time of unified coming together is a time of great potential. But the potential can be both positive and negative. Everything is magnified when people unite around a central shared purpose. When many people unite behind a single goal or strong vision, it is wise to take personal precautions to protect your own reasonable self-interests, because these can easily be lost in the crowd.
Today’s Tarot Card for Everyone:
This Tarot Deck: Crowley
Traditionally entitled “Empress,” this major arcana or “trump” card portrays the energy of the Great Mother. She is Nature, around us but also within us, the ever-unfolding Source of life-giving power. She is often pictured as a pre-Christian Goddess, as the one whom the High Priestess is channeling down to earth for the rest of us.
In medieval Europe, the Empress card was painted to represent whatever Queen currently ruled the land, probably to satisfy the Inquisitors. But the scholars of the Renaissance and beyond had no doubt of her true identity, although she could not be fully revealed on Tarot cards as the “woman clothed with the sun” until after the French Revolution.
This supreme archetype of femininity also symbolizes fertility. It is She who provides us nourishment and security. She is also sometimes seen as delighting us with flowers and fruit. A potentially terrifying aspect of this archetype manifests itself whenever karmic mood swings wipe out our plans, like a storm that has come upon us. Whatever happens, the Empress is the Source of our Embodiment and of Natural Law. She might even be called “the Great Recycler.”
Today’s diplomatic Libra Moon enables us to see life through an objective lens. However, the Moon’s harsh aspects to demanding Pluto, interactive Mercury and stern Saturn reveals where we can fall short of our fair-minded intentions. But we are balanced enough to see the benefits of the opposing viewpoints, rather than favoring one side over the other. Meanwhile, we initiate action as the Moon’s easy trine to assertive Mars boosts our confidence.
You are eager to go along with your friends today. Luckily, it’s quite easy for you to set aside your own agenda while doing what makes the most sense for everyone involved. But you must take the time to figure out where others stand. Trusting them with your fate is difficult if your anxiety grows out of hand.
Establishing a new schedule for your diet and exercise routine can be tricky if you’re secretly satisfied with your current state of affairs. However, today you may be more certain about what you want, yet still find it hard to motivate yourself to change. Gathering more information isn’t necessary, for you probably already know enough. Anything you do now can lead to an improvement in your physical well-being, so take action while it counts.
You might think that everything will roll your way today, but the logistics become more difficult as time goes on. Even if it seems like there’s a lot of fun just around the next corner, you can’t think about playtime until you’ve handled your responsibilities. Fortunately, once you’re finished with all your obligations, you’re game for just about anything. Work extra hard so you have time to pursue something more pleasurable later on.
It’s good news that you’re feeling so flexible today because you may need to change your plans more than once. Domestic tension is building and you could be asked to step in and mediate a family disagreement. But the current problem isn’t necessarily about someone being right and someone else being wrong. Concentrate your efforts on helping everyone reach common ground, even if your perspectives still differ on a fundamental issue.
You are ready to manage a complex interaction with conflicting groups of people today. Although each is stoically holding on to different sets of interests, your intervention could be enough to shift the entire situation. On another day, you might be inclined to just give up and let it all play out on its own. Fortunately, you can maintain control now while still appearing as if you don’t have your hands on the steering wheel.
Instead of questioning a recent decision, accept your previous judgment as being logically sound. It’s already past the time to consider whether or not to proceed. You have moved beyond the point of no return, even if you’re still experiencing some self-doubt. Instead of questioning your choices again and again, consciously shift your attention from the inner realms toward taking the next steps on your journey.
Don’t worry about making a final decision today; instead use your current uncertainty to express yourself in a creative manner. Sometimes it’s important to demonstrate your leadership style by behaving with clear certainty, but now you will be appreciated even more if you are honest about your crisis of confidence. Be open and take whatever time is necessary to share your concerns rather than just leaving everyone in the dark.
You are often tempted to sink into the recesses of your own subconscious mind. On occasion these journeys within are overwhelming and can pull you into deep waters that completely engulf you. Today, however, you are able to dance around the edges of the shadows with ease as the Moon travels through your 12th House of Imagination. Thankfully, you can glide through this phase if you don’t make a big deal out of anything right now.
You may find yourself in a power struggle when dealing with friends today. However, some relationships can be positively impacted by the social Libra Moon’s visit to your 11th House of Groups, where it alleviates some of the pressure you are under. It doesn’t matter how you feel right now; just keep meeting your professional commitments with integrity and don’t worry about coming out on top.
Leading by example is especially challenging if you continue to change your mind from minute to minute. It’s difficult to trust your decisions today, even if you have all the supporting data that you need to justify your choices. But don’t get hung up trying to answer any one particular question. Just respond to the best of your current ability and be ready to move on.
You seem more intense now as the Sun in your sign travels along with feisty Mars. The Sun-Mars combo is in eccentric Aquarius, receiving support from the Moon in fellow Air sign, Libra. However, you could also feel dreamier than usual, as if your fleeting whims have freed themselves by detaching from the weight of your body. Be bold and take action as needed; just remember that karmic Saturn will judge you harshly today if you believe that escape through fantasy is a viable option.
You still have a bit of magic up your sleeve today, and luckily it will be there when you need it most. Even if you are required to deal with powerful people who might be investing in your business, there’s no reason to be intimidated. Just stay present with your truth, for maintaining your integrity sets the stage for managing serious issues that will demand resolution in the near future.
Monday 24 January 2011
Most of us are here chasing after Buddhahood.
Yet Buddhahood is how you deal with
your boss or your child, your lover
or your partner, whoever.
Our life is always absolute: that’s all there is.
The truth is not somewhere else.
Thought for the Day
“Obstacles are those frightful things you see
when you take your eyes off your goal.”
~ Henry Ford
I am worthy, I am lovable and I am complete.
I love who I am and I love my life.
~from Tina Willman
Blowing In The Wind
In the Wiccan Tradition, Air is the Element of the East and might be represented on an altar by incense feathers or an athame. It can be as soft as a whispered breath and as violent as a tornado, so it isn’t an Element to be taken lightly. It should come as no surprise that particularly persistent winds have even been given names—the Scirocco winds in the Mediterranean and the Santa Ana winds on the United States West Coast, for example. When these winds blow, they can literally change people’s temperaments and often fan wild fires. When mixed with another power Element, Water, Air can produce a fury we call hurricanes.
But Air is a necessary and benevolent Element, too. Without even thinking about it, we use our breath to blow out candles, sing songs of celebration and whisper secrets. How often have you “stepped out for a breath of fresh air”? Used during meditation and to alleviate the pains of childbirth, the Element of Air is healing and vital.
Attributes of Air
Creativity of Mind
Rules of Mind
Season Associated with Air
East (Northern Hemisphere)
West (Southern Hemisphere)