ANALYSIS: The idea of the destruction of the old being necessary to the growth of the new, as contained in the Norse myth of Ragnarok, is essential to our understanding of this rune. Interestingly enough, hagalaz lies between sowulo (fire) and isa (ice), reminding us of the Norse creation myth and the creative potential that lies between these two opposites, even though their meeting may seem first to be destructive. Like the Tower in the Tarot, hagalaz is only a negative rune if we choose to view it in that way, and refuse to learn its lessons. Appearing as it does at the beginning of the second aett, it marks both a beginning and an end, and knocks us out of the safety and complacency of wunjo. It represents what a friend of mine used to refer to as the ‘flying ladle Fates, syndrome’ – that whenever things appear to be going too well, you can expect a good, healthy whack in the head from the Fates, just to make sure you’re paying attention.
These sorts of ‘wake-up calls’ from the Gods will happen frequently throughout a person’s life, but are often misinterpreted as divine punishment for some imagined wrong when in fact they are merely a way of drawing your attention to a recurrent pattern in your life. Unfortunately, these types of events have a tendency to repeat themselves with greater and greater severity until the lesson is learned and the pattern is broken. For example, someone who needs to break their dependency on a certain type of person will find themselves in relationships with such people over and over again with more and more disastrous results until they recognize the pattern as emanating from themselves and break it willingly.
The Lovers indicates both the most powerful of unions and the most of challenging conflicts humans must face. On one side The Lovers’ embodies love and union on a cosmic scale—a love so strong, so inherently good that it actually makes the lovers better, more than they really are. All of the elements are there for the perfect union. The Lovers represent all powerful unions in general, and the elements that create/sustain them. The problem The Lovers face is temptation and the decision to act morally or abandon their ethics to take advantage of other opportunities that would be defined as transgressions.
The Moon entering your sign today can really fire you up and get you going, Aries, but as the day moves forward, you might notice a timing problem. Getting others to go along with your plans can be difficult, but even if people are willing, things may give you problems – mechanical problems, computer issues, communication breakdowns, and other such issues could seem to set you back. There can be a sense of being restricted, delayed, hemmed in, or stifled when it comes to expressing yourself freely today. There might be physical or material limitations to your ability to get around for some. It’s possible, though, that delays experienced now can redirect your attention to things that can truly benefit from your focus.
You may be gung-ho about making a purchase or about a business idea today, Taurus, but could be facing restrictions, criticism, or disapproval. This can be coming from circumstances or a person in your life. There could be a conflict over money or values – a disagreement or stand-off. You may have plans that fall through, and there can be a feeling of confinement. Obligations and responsibilities tend to show themselves at the worst possible time today. It’s not the ideal time to push for what you want. Today asks us to be patient and to adjust our attitudes. Draw upon self-discipline. Getting to a middle ground may involve giving in a little, which may not be easy. Accept that you may not be able to charge ahead with your plans just for now. The Moon enters your privacy sector today, signaling a time for more rest and attention to personal or private matters.
A significant someone can be disapproving, overly serious, or otherwise in your way today, Gemini. Mars is pumping you up as it transits your sign, and it’s reminding you that you have strong desires and a need for freedom. Someone may feel a little left out, jealous, or threatened by your me-first attitude. For some of you, it’s not necessarily a person who’s blocking you or dragging you down – it can simply be a sense of circumstances getting in the way of your plans, or a sense that others in general are conservative, unsympathetic, or boring today, and it can be difficult to find a real outlet for your desire to do something new and exciting. A compromise is unlikely to be easy to reach now, but can save the day. Perhaps slowing down can redirect your attention to a more important matter.
There is a difficult aspect falling across your health and service axis approaching, dear Cancer, and this can point to a need to slow down and catch your breath, particularly if you have been overextending yourself. Mind you, it’s also important to pay more attention to your responsibilities, both to yourself and to others. You might feel a bit put upon by others, as people may be leaning on you a little too heavily these days. A significant someone could be stubborn or unyielding. Be as patient as you possibly can be when it comes to following rules. Keep your goals in mind. If daily routines are difficult to get through, consider thinking about what you’re working towards rather than focusing too heavily on the monotony of what needs to be handled in order to get there. Even though you can be feeling a little stuck right now, and it’s difficult to see, you are moving forward.
The day can begin with a strong desire to get out and about and to get things done, Leo. However, a Mars-Saturn aspect is likely to encourage slowing down. There can be a disagreement or tension involving a friend today, and some difficulty getting others to go along with your plans. There can be a sudden reminder of responsibilities or obligations that need your attention and that slow down your social life. Impulsive, impatient, and rash moves are unlikely to lead to reward right now. Mustering up patience if plans are delayed is your best bet. There may be the need to make edits or changes to projects and plans now before going forward. Responding carefully is important now, and reaching a compromise or middle ground, as difficult as that can be at the moment, can save the day.
You may need to attend to a family problem or responsibility today, Virgo, and it can interfere with the pace you want to keep with your work or projects. There can be a sobering reality to deal with, or simply a slowing down or delay that you hadn’t anticipated. You could be torn between dealing with a personal matter and outside demands, and you may very well want to escape! Aggravation with an authority figure or family member could be in focus for some of you. Delays to your plans can be frustrating now. While people around you could be grumpy, critical, or unyielding, try not to dwell on problem areas. Do what needs to be done and avoid wasting precious time stressing over things you can’t change. If you have an idea or plan that’s especially close to your heart, you may want to wait for a better day to present it.
You may be dealing with communication, transportation, or mechanical breakdowns and delays today, Libra. Stubborn people may be an issue, and it can be difficult to follow schedules and plans today. Pushing and prodding can get you nowhere fast today, as the more you push, the stronger the resistance. You might be tied down by mundane activities, correcting errors, errands, chores, and other responsibilities that you hadn’t anticipated or simply put out of your mind. Mars in your adventure zone these days can blind you to some of these things largely due to a strong desire to escape and impatience with details. If you’ve been neglecting problem areas, they may demand your attention now. Travel or educational plans may be delayed. Try not to stress over differences of opinion or roadblocks.
Common sense and instincts can be at war today, Scorpio. Desires are strong, but responsibilities and restrictions are also very much on your mind now. Alternatively, this push-pull energy can express itself through a relationship conflict or a delay. Money or ownership matters can be a source of disagreement. This can extend to non-material ownership – possessiveness in relationships can be a real problem today and possibly this week. You might be worried about finances, while others in your life seem to be a little too extravagant or careless when it comes to spending. A middle ground or compromise should be sought, and this applies to internal conflicts and interpersonal ones. After wrestling with an issue, you may very well discover that what you wanted so very much becomes far less appealing.
Saturn in your sign is clashing with Mars in your house of “other”, dear Sagittarius, and this can point to a conflict with a significant someone, or a general sense that people and circumstances around you are a little too chaotic for your taste. In truth, you could be feeling quite insecure or out of step right now, and could be feeling especially concerned if a partner seems to be finding happiness elsewhere. Someone could seem extravagant, pushy, overbearing, or childish. You might respond by putting the brakes on. You may very well need to draw boundaries now, but be sure to get in touch with the source of any anger that surfaces today so that you don’t overreact. Getting to a compromise and balance may very well be exhausting, but worthwhile.
We are building towards a Mars-Saturn opposition, and this can be difficult on you, Capricorn, largely because you have a special relationship with Saturn as the ruler of your sign. In this case, the opposition occurs along your health and service axis in the background of your chart. While this can point to a less obvious challenge, it might also suggest some suffering in silence! The major obstacle now can be allowing yourself the right to relax. It’s about taking care of your emotional life and inner world, even in the face of pressures and demands of the outside world. Clear your mind of guilt and avoid focusing your frustration on trivial matters. Others are unyielding, and you may not be able to work smoothly or quickly toward a goal. Try to slow down and choose another time to present your case.
You can feel quite inspired to do something new or different today, Aquarius, particularly related to short trips, entertainment, pursuing love, or learning and making connections. However, inertia can overcome you if others are not very thrilled with your plans or you encounter delays or resistance. Creatively, you might feel stifled, and you could feel a little confined when it comes to expressing yourself freely. People may not be approving of, or receptive to, your attempts to express yourself, and there could be challenges related to a group endeavor or friendship, especially if you are attempting to steer them in a different direction. Today requires patience. In all likelihood, you can get a lot done if you pace yourself and slow down a little.
The Moon leaves your sign and enters Aries very early into the day, Pisces, and this tends to settle your emotions, but it can also stir your interest in starting something new. However, we may be taking things a little too personally today, and you might find that trying to get the timing right, for example if it’s about getting someone to go along with your plans, is an exercise in futility. There can be disapproval or restrictions coming from work or an authority figure, and there can be a strong desire to challenge this. Impulsiveness and rashness are not favored or rewarded today, however. Try to remain positive and consider whether slowing things down to get them right may in fact be your best bet.
You are a steady, reliable, and responsible person. You are not always patient with slackers, but patient overall. You instinctively know that good things come to those who wait, but you also know how to make things happen with determined effort. You are witty, no-nonsense, respectable, and solid. Famous people born today: Stevie Wonder, Daphne Du Maurier, Joe Louis, Beatrice Arthur, Robert Pattinson, Hunter Parrish, Debby Ryan.
This is an important time for discovering ways to get over mental or emotional blocks, Aries. In fact, you can dedicate yourself to a new method of healing that inspires you, and you may very well find ways to finally do away with negative attitudes and situations that have been holding you back from enjoying your life. Breakthroughs in thinking, living, being, and healing can be in focus now. Forgiveness may be part of all of this, and is a powerful healer in and of itself. This is a strong day for enjoying solitude or silence, a break from the usual routine, some therapeutic dreaming, and possibly some rest.
This can be a day in which you help others to find themselves, Taurus, or to discover their own talents, ideas, and possibly even life calling. This can also be a time when there is breakthrough thinking or circumstances that revive and reinforce your own dreams and plans. This can be a period of renewal or healing, particularly on creative and social levels. You may feel freer to express your individuality or your more unorthodox ideas and plans. It’s a time for feeling especially inspired. While you feel quite rooted and secure, you also have a strong sense of mission and commitment to growing and improving.
There can be times these days when you really don’t know where you’re headed exactly, Gemini, whether it’s because you’re on a new career trajectory, caught between jobs, have attained a new status, or have trouble choosing the path you’d like to take. Today and this week, there can be a breakthrough on this front. You might enjoy a renewed sense of mission or dedication to a particular path that comes as a result of new insight or methods and approaches discovered now. On some level this is about your life purpose, and it’s important to open yourself up to information coming in now, as well as your own responses and feelings.
This is a strong time for learning and teaching, dear Cancer. You can have eye-opening experiences and discoveries this week, and these can be powerful enough to alter the way you look at your life, your belief systems, your personal philosophy, and possibly even an educational path or mental interests. There can be the refueling of an interest in a particular subject, lifestyle, or way of thinking as a result of what you’re discovering now. This can be an inspirational time, when you feel a stronger sense of mission, and perhaps a strong hunger for new experiences, faith, understanding, and sense of meaning or purpose.
This is a strong time for coming to a breakthrough of sorts in a research project, a psychological problem, or an intimate relationship with the Moon, Chiron, and Vesta joining together today in your solar eighth house. This new insight can reignite your motivation or dedication to a particular field of study, personal growth path, or even a relationship. It’s a strong time for healing, regenerating, growing, sharing, and teaching. You may be feeling stronger, more empowered, and even masterful now. This can be an important time for insight into a relationship or feelings for someone, and a partnership may reach a new level of understanding for some of you.
This is a powerful time for gaining new insight, dear Virgo, that fuels your desire to pursue a particular path or to make a relationship choice. With Chiron and Vesta joining together in your partnership sector, there can be a breakthrough of understanding with a significant someone, or of a particular relationship, past or present, which fuels your dedication to a choice or lifestyle. Feeling a sense of mission is part of this, but be sure you are hitching your horse to the right wagon. The day is strong for compassion, understanding, healing, and teaching.
With the Moon, Chiron, and Vesta joining in your solar sixth house today, dear Libra, you can gain new insight into a health or work matter today and this week. This is a powerful time for discovering new methods or for coming to breakthroughs for healing or work, and whatever does open up now can fuel your motivation and dedication to a particular project or path. Alternatively, you may be facilitating or helping others to conquer a problem or transform in some positive way. It’s a strong time for learning new or alternative approaches to existing problems in your life.
This can be a time for helping or teaching others quite successfully, Scorpio, particularly about their value and creative power. It can also be a time for a creative or romantic breakthrough – a point of understanding or new insight that moves a relationship or a project to a whole new level. As well, this brings on a new or renewed dedication and commitment. There is new hope and a sense of mission now that becomes you. Because this configuration is occurring in your solar fifth house, this can affect any area ruled by the fifth house, so it might also be about an improved relationship with a child, a discovery or rediscovery of a talent or hobby, or a new commitment to having more time to express yourself playfully and creatively.
With Chiron and Vesta joining in your sector of home and family today, Sagittarius, there can be a real breakthrough this week that reinvigorates a home project or a family relationship. There can be a renewed commitment to family or dedication to improving your home life. It’s important through all of this helping and nurturing others that you don’t forget to take good care of yourself. You may in fact come to some conclusions now that you need more security, familiarity, and nurturing in order to truly love and live your life. This is an empowering time – aim to get in touch with the part of you that needs to feel safe and secure.
The Moon is in your communications sector all day, and Vesta and Chiron join forces in the same area of your chart, Capricorn. This brings a strong desire to work on problem areas, particularly related to communicating, siblings, and learning. This might also be a good, brave time for releasing your troubles by communicating them, such as through journaling, blogging, or conversations. Storytelling can be therapeutic. Automatic writing may also be helpful. You can do a good job of teaching others how to cope in areas that have been difficult for you in the past. Finding new methods of coping with the pressures of daily life, and thriving, can be in focus. There can be a breakthrough related to learning, or involving a relationship barrier.
You could have a breakthrough on the level of business, personal finances, or valuables, Aquarius, which enlivens or reinvigorates your motivation to pursue a particular path or to take better care of your money and resources. For some of you, you have new insight into your own worth and value, or your natural talents, and this serves to boost your confidence, having the same effect of motivating you to pursue your goals and dreams. A helpful conversation may be behind this feeling, but you can have a real sense that you can take care of yourself and move forward more confidently. New specific goals towards a safe, comfortable, and secure life can emerge now.
The Moon, Chiron, and Vesta are joining together in your sign today, Pisces, and this can stimulate a rather magical energy around you, encouraging breakthrough thinking, self-improvement, and health and wellness initiatives. This can also bring out the humble teacher in you, as others can be drawn to your healing aura and natural wisdom. You are open and willing, and you could find that renewed or new motivation to improve your approach to life is with you and lifts your spirits. This is a wonderful time for body and image therapy, teaching, learning, healing, and sharing.
The Balance of the Signs and the Elements for May 13th
Stable and enduring, strong values, unyielding, earthy, acquisitive, strong desires. Can be stuck, stubborn, overly possessive, self-indulgent.
Agile, versatile, inquisitive, flowing, conversational, airy, many ideas. Can be volatile, superficial, changeable, restless and inconsistent.
Compassionate, sensitive, self-sacrificing, gentle, intuitive. Can be escapist, impractical, hyper- sensitive, gullible.
We are flexible, adaptable, willing, open to change, and possibly flighty or nervous.
The Moon today is in a Waning Crescent phase. In this phase the Moon’s illumination in growing smaller each day until the New Moon. During this phase the Moon is getting closer to the Sun as viewed from Earth and the night side of the Moon is facing the Earth with only a small edge of the Moon being illuminated. This phase is best viewed an hour or 2 before the sunrise and can be quite beautiful if you’re willing to get up early. It can also be a great time to see the features of the Moon’s surface. Along the edge where the illuminated portion meets the dark side, the craters and mountains cast long shadows making them easier to observe with a telescope or binoculars.
Phase Details for – Wednesday, May 13th
Phase: Waning Crescent
Moon Age: 23.28 days
Moon Angle: 0.55
Moon Distance: 363,784.74 km
Sun Angle: 0.53
Sun Distance: 151,141,858.40 km
Cast this spell to rid yourself of pain, hurt, and sadness.
After dark, draw a magic circle and call in the elements. Put three pinches of sea salt in a chalice of water. Stir the water counterclockwise with your athame. Sit quietly and turn your mind toward what you want to get rid of: your worries, problems, disappointments, sadness, hurt feelings, and fears. Hold the cup in between your hands, and say three times:
Clear the pain. Clear the hurt. Clear the sadness. Sip three sips of the water. Before each sip, repeat: I rid myself of all negativity, right now.
Allow all of your negative feelings to be cleansed with the salt water. Imagine transforming any pain or sadness into positive change elements in your life. Feel yourself being cleansed of all that burdens you. When you are done, bid farewell to the elements, and pull up the circle.
Empty the remaining water down the drain, and clean your chalice thoroughly with clear, cool water.
Wiccan Spell A Night: Spells, Charms, And Potions For The Whole Year
WOTC Extra – A Few Tree Magick Spells Just for You
Tree Spell to Cure
Tie a red string around the patient’s neck, just before he or she retires for the night. In the morning, immediately untie the string and retie it around a tree trunk or branch, thereby transferring the sickness to the tree. The tree will send it down into the earth. Be sure to leave an offering of thanks at the base of the tree.
Tree Spell for Healing
Find a strong, particularly healthy and vibrant tree, one with slim, flexible branches. When you are sick, go to the tree and tie a knot gently in one of the branches or twigs. This must not hurt the tree, so make the knot loose but tight enough to retain its shape.
Ask the tree for its help in healing you. “Pour” the disease or wound into the knot, visualizing it in detail for several minutes.
Then untie the knot, again with care so that the tree isn’t damaged. This will release the disease and it will sink into the earth. Bury an offering at the tree’s base.
Tree Spell to Cure A Backache
Circle the tree nine times clockwise, asking it to ease your pain, using a chant such as this one:
O great tree, O strong tree, absorb my pain so I’ll be free.
Lie back against the tree’s firm, solid trunk; press your back into the bark. Feel the tree absorbing the pain and your back releasing it into the tree.
After a few minutes, rise and thank the tree by burying something precious at its foot.
Tree Spell To Break A Bad Habit
Make a picture of yourself or the bad habit on a leaf or piece of bark. Take it to a proper tree and bury it at its roots. Place an offering to the tree in the hole with the leaf or bark and cover it up. Pour some water onto the spot and it is done.
Tree Spell to Divine the Future
Lie beneath leafy trees and relax, gazing up into the ever-shifting canopy of green above you. Watch the random patterns formed by the wind’s gentle lifting and pushing of the leaves. This should lull you to a state where you open up psychically and receive messages concerning questions you have.
Earth Power: Techniques of Natural Magic
Let’s Talk Witch – Tree Magick
Trees have from time immemorial been closely associated with magic. These stout members of the vegetable kingdom may stand for as long as a thousand years, and tower far above our mortal heads. As such, they are symbols and keepers of unlimited power, longevity, and timelessness.
An untouched forest, studded with trees of all ages, sizes, and types, is more than a mysterious, magical place— it is one of the energy reservoirs of nature. Within its boundaries stand ancient and new sentinels, guardians of the universal force that has manifested on the earth in vegetable form.
As such, a forest is an excellent spot for magical workings of any kind, not only tree magic. But any tree, anywhere in the world, can be used for the spells and techniques discussed here. Since each type of tree has its own particular powers, these will be outlined after the actual techniques are presented.
Bear in mind that tree magic needn’t be limited to these tree types, for every tree has its own inherent powers that vary from tree to tree. Experiment!
All trees, save for the poisonous ones (such as yew and hemlock) are excellent for healing magic. Any tree can be used to take away a headache and give you energy, or to reveal the future. We are limited purely by our own minds and actions.
It is important to talk to any tree( s) you are working magic with. Tell them exactly what your need is. Explain to them why the need exists and its urgency. Trees are living entities with a consciousness that, while different from our own, is still capable of communication upon subtler planes of awareness.
So, even though old spells sometimes direct you to pound nails into trees— please don’t. This is not only damaging and hurtful to the tree, it is absolutely unnecessary, for there are other techniques available. Some of the older spells require marking symbols on leaves. A stick that has been burned on one end is excellent, for the charcoal will act as the graphite in a pencil. Practice with this until you become proficient.
Earth Power: Techniques of Natural Magic
Light a purple candle for Athena and a white candle for peace. Now sit before the candles and concentrate on what variety of spell you’d like to write. Close your eyes for a few moments to center yourself. Now repeat the following spell three times:
Computer and printer, ink pens and paper Send me inspiration sooner than later Athena blesses me under a Wednesday-night sky I can create my own spells, now let my magick fly Using a bit of Wednesday’s witchery As I do will it, so mote it be!
Close this up by writing your own spell or charm. If you’d like to add a little herbal magick to this spell, add some lavender for transformation. It will help to transform your ideas into reality. Check your spice rack, and make use of some dill for good luck. Most of al. Don’t be afraid to try writing your own spells.
Source: Book of Witchery: Spells, Charms & Correspondences for Every Day of the Week
Wednesdays are wild and wacky days. They are for communication, change, cunning, and the arts. This is a Mercury day, and just its patron god this day is full of contradictions, change, and excitement. Some suggestions for Wednesday enchantments would include:
Pulling a little Wednesday color magic into your life by wearing purples or orange
Carrying a multipurpose agate with you and tapping into its various charms
Working with magical plants such as the fern for protection. This plant will also boost the power of any other magical plants with which it is arranged.
Incorporating lavender into charms and spells for transformation
Using the charming scent of lily of the valley to improve your memory, or working with the aspen tree for communication
Calling on Athena, patron of arts and crafts, for inspiration for a new project
Fanning out a Tarot spell to increase you creativity
Calling on Hermes on a Wednesday night to bring movement and good luck into your life
Incense: cassia, cedar, cinnamon, clove, frankincense, jasmine, lavender, mastic, mint, rosemary, sage, sandalwood, storax, dried and powdered citrus peel, and all incense made from aromatic bark, wood, and seeds
Goddess: Carmenta, Hecate (Queen of Crossroads), Hel, Ishtar, Ma’at, the Morrigan, Nike
God: Anubis, Bragi, Elath-Iahu. Enki, Garuda, Hermes, Maximon (Black Magician), Mercury, Nebo (Wise God of Wednesday), Odin, Shango, Ullr, Vishnu, Wayland, Woden
Evocation: Agrat Bat Mahalat, Michael, Miel, Raphael, Seraphiel, Tiriel