Monday #Motivation #Meditation #RuneReading #DragonCard

This is the last week in October. It is a time when the veil between worlds thins. Let’s take advantage of that!

Instead of sharing a meditation today, I am sharing a ten-minute affirmation exercise. Affirmations are powerful and can cause a big shift in our mindset.

I was drawn back to the runes for today’s reading.

Photo by Jan Sikes 10-25-21

This is the second time I’ve gotten the Othala Rune in a reading. That tells me there is an important message. You may remember that Othala represents our heritage or our roots. This is in the past position and that tells me we are perhaps all leaning more toward tradition, looking back to our early and basic teachings. The caution is not to hang onto old ways of thinking that no longer serve us. We may be inclined to lean on family for support or perhaps to give support to another.

The second rune in the present position is Ansuz and is the rune of communication. It represents all forms of communication, but especially verbal. It may indicate that an important message or revelation is coming your way. This rune also refers to knowledge, wisdom, and reason.

In the future position, Dagaz, is the rune of daylight and is considered a very beneficial sign in any reading. Increase, growth, prosperity, strength, good health, and general well-being are indicated by this rune. It can represent new hope, light emerging from darkness. Or it could also indicate a breakthrough, insight, or inspiration, whether on an artistic creative level or in terms of spiritual enlightenment.

My takeaway:

Often in turbulent times, we find ourselves reaching backward to our original roots, or bonding more with family. There is no disputing that we are living in turbulent times. It is more important than ever before that we lean on each other and embrace our basic truths. With Ansuz, it is saying that we have the ability to express ourselves in this truth and that it may help bring about some light, a breakthrough, or inspiration, whether in ourselves or others.

This gorgeous Dragon Card reinforces that thought!

Have a great week ahead!

#WednesdayWonders – Rose Quartz #gemstones

Welcome back to another Wednesday Wonder! Today, I am featuring another very common gemstone, the Rose Quartz.

Rose Quartz is well-known for its pink lustrous color and is often used in jewelry making. I have lots of pieces of it and use it in different ways.

Rose Quartz is the Universal stone of love and is also called The Heart Stone.

It restores trust and harmony in relationships, encouraging unconditional love.  Rose Quartz purifies and opens the heart at all levels to promote love, self-love, friendship, deep inner healing, and feelings of peace.  Calming and reassuring, it helps to comfort in times of grief.  Rose Quartz dispels negativity and protects against environmental pollution, replacing it with loving vibes.  It encourages self forgiveness and acceptance invoking self-trust and self-worth.

Rose Quartz strengthens and balances the physical heart and circulatory system, and releases impurities from body fluids.  It hastens recovery, reduces high blood pressure, aids chest and lung problems, heals the kidneys and adrenals, and alleviates vertigo. Rose Quartz has the power to increase fertility and to protect both mother and unborn fetus from miscarriage.

The Rose Quartz stone is strongly attached to both the heart chakra and the throat chakra. It can range in color. Some Rose Quartz crystals can be as pale as a new dawn and others can be almost violet in color. Boasting an earthly element and vibrating at the spiritual number of seven, Rose Quartz manages to occupy that space between being a thing of pure mystery while also being a comforting and gloriously grounding force. 

One of the ways I use this stone daily is to put it in my water purifier container in the refrigerator. And I always take it out of the water and recharge it under the full moon.

If you want to bring Rose Quartz into your beauty routine, then soak a polished crystal in a bowl or jar with fresh spring water and a handful of rose petals. Put the jar out into the sun for several hours so the water can become infused with the power of the Rose Quartz. Strain the water and add to a spritz bottle to mist your face morning and eve.

I’d love to hear from you. Do you have Rose Quartz among your gemstones, or in jewelry?

Monday #Motivation #Meditation #RuneReading #DragonCard

This week’s theme seems to be about creativity and ways to let that energetic exchange flow.

I was drawn back to the runes this week for a reading and chose to use my set of moonstone runes.

Photo by Jan Sikes

The first rune in the past position is actually the last rune in the Elder Futhark alphabet, Othala. If you remember from our rune study, this rune represents our heritage, tradition, or family ties. Perhaps we are being encouraged to revisit our roots, our deepest ingrained beliefs. Othala can represent maintaining a status quo, the way things have always been done. In an ever-changing world, however, it’s up to us to distinguish between what is useful to hang onto and what needs to be discarded so that you can live and grow in your own authenticity.

The rune in the present position is Mannaz and symbolizes humanity. It represents the characteristics that set humans apart from the rest of Earth’s living creatures—the ability to create for the sake of creativity itself. It can also indicate the need to either ask for or give support or assistance.

The rune in the future position is Eihwaz, which you might remember symbolizes the yew tree (both death and regeneration). It can indicate an ending that will lead to a new beginning. Maybe you’ve come to the end of a project and looking forward to the next. Or, you may find yourself needing to leave behind old ways to make way for new and more authentic ways of living. Again, it goes back to the first rune and doing things the ways we always have while expecting something to change. It won’t happen.

My takeaway from this reading:

It is time to step strongly into our own truth, separate from perhaps the way our parents taught us to live and grow into our higher selves. When we do that, the energetic flow of creativity increases and it’s always okay to ask for assistance or offer help when you see someone struggling. Once we reach an ending, there is always a new beginning. If we want to bring about change, we have to start with ourselves.

I love this dragon card for the week. While the theme started out with creativity, it ends with change. Perhaps the two are connectively intertwined.

Have a great week!

#WednesdayWonders – Tiger’s Eye #Gemstones

I am super excited to share another favorite stone with you today!

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This is a stone I have loved all my life — even before I knew its name.

In my humble opinion, the Tiger’s Eye is one of the most gorgeous stones on earth. Rick made himself a ring with it about 40 years ago and I have a bracelet that I wear often. It is so versatile and has such amazing properties.

There are several varieties of Tiger’s Eye but the most common is brown. There is also yellow, red, and blue Tiger’s Eye.

This stone brings courage, calmness, dispels negativity, balances yin and yang in the brain, and increases intuition. It is a stone of the mind, not the body.

It encourages new beginnings (courage) which can lead to success and possibly wealth. I combine this stone in a grouping with jade, citrine, and aventurine to draw creativity and help channel it.

Tiger’s Eye has been nicknamed the Shapeshifter and invites the wearer to embrace their inner strength, personal willpower, and to call on the powers of protection. Traditionally the Tiger Eye Gemstone was carried as a protective amulet against the forces of evil. It was said to ward off curses and to keep the wearer safe from ill-wishes. But beyond the powers of protection, the Tiger Eye comes with a whole host of healing properties.

The root chakra, sacral and solar plexus chakras all work in harmony with this stone to balance and recharge. Tiger’s Eye is an amazing amulet for dispelling fear, weaving in higher levels of protection, and bringing positive powers of transformation into everyday life.

I would be willing that most of you have at least one Tiger’s Eye either in a piece of jewelry or as a single stone. Give me your thoughts!

Monday #Motivation #Meditation #RuneReading #Dragon Card

Welcome to another Monday inspiration. I am doing something a little different today. Instead of doing a Tarot Card reading, I am going to do a Three Rune divination.

But first, an inspirational quote from Rumi. In these troubled times, we can find inspiration and solace by going inward.

The meditation I chose for today is short but very powerful and helpful in connecting to our higher selves. I hope you enjoy!

And now for our Rune reading for the week. It’s important to understand that what runic readings represent is not a prediction of unalterable fate. Rather, as with successful divination of any kind, it provides what could be called a snapshot of the present moment, which can illuminate unseen factors in a situation and point to probable outcomes based on your individual course of action.

The casting method I used, was to shuffle the runes gently, then scatter them onto a cloth. Looking upward so I couldn’t see any of the runes as they landed, I chose three runes at random, picking them up one at a time. I noted the direction the runes appeared when I picked them up for the purpose of reading reverse meanings.

The set of runes I am using for this reading were created from coyote bones and the rune symbols are of inlaid copper.

So, here goes — The rune cast for the week of September 13, 2021.

Photo by Jan Sikes 9-13-21

I am burning sage mixed with lavender and palo santo wood in the container for cleansing purposes.

In a three rune reading, the first rune symbolizes the past, the second, the present, and the third the future. A three rune spread may also reveal aspects of a situation as it relates to your inner world and your response to it. The runes that came up for me are Tiwaz, Fehu, and Mannaz.

Tiwaz is reversed. While Tiwaz represents courage or motivation, in a reversed position, it indicates a lack of those two things.

So, to me, this rune is saying that perhaps we haven’t had the courage in the recent past to stand up for ourselves or our beliefs. It makes perfect sense due to the volatile nature of our social climate. Sometimes, we may feel it’s best to remain silent. Tiwaz can also be telling us to slow down, take our time and consider all options. The primary association for Fehu is physical prosperity or wealth, particularly moveable wealth. However, in modern interpretations, it may also indicate good health, plentiful food, love, social success, and a joyful approach to life. In the present position, it indicates that you basically have what you need. Mannaz is the rune of humankind. It may point to some aspect of tension in the relationship between your inner self and your perceived place in the outer world. You may be feeling at odds with the attitudes and expectations of society. Wow! That hits the nail on the head right about now. The message is to show kindness to all, lend a helping hand, or if you are in need, ask for help.

My takeaway — We must find the courage to stand behind our true deep beliefs, slow down and consider all our options, give thanks for our prosperity (whether monetary or non-monetary), and be willing to lend a helping hand to those less fortunate.

Please keep in mind this is my first attempt at casting the runes for a reading. I hope that somehow there is a bit of inspiration or wisdom in this reading as we move into the second week of September. I’d love to hear your thoughts. If you work with runes, share your take on these three.

Monday #Motivation #Meditation #TarotReading #DragonCard

I feel such a beautiful energy today and I hope that somehow I can share it in this post with you.

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The meditation today is short but very uplifting and power-filled!

A most interesting tarot reading for this week. Sometimes it seems like I see some of the same cards over and over, but I trust the process. I randomly pull them, so there is no manipulation on my part. The Universe brings the message we need to hear.

I feel that the Seven of Pentacles applies to all of us who write our stories, or any other creative endeavors. It shows you understand the value of putting in time and energy now for longer-term rewards and have a strong desire to invest in sustainable results. You are not looking for quick wins (but wouldn’t we all love a quick win?). You also want to make sure you are putting your attention on the right areas instead of wasting time and effort on tasks that will not deliver any value. Sometimes we need to step back from day-to-day operations and take a look at the bigger picture. If you have been working hard or putting extra effort into something challenging and important for the last few months, the endeavor or project is near its culmination. Rest assured, your hard work will pay off. You are likely to see financial or other tangible rewards for all of your hard work.

The Page of Pentacles brings a message of new beginnings, as does the Ace. When the Page of Pentacles appears in a Tarot reading, you are tapping into your ability to manifest a personal goal or dream, or the start of a new educational experience. You are excited about the possibilities and potential of what you put your mind to, knowing you can create whatever you want with focused intention and action. This Page does not specify the fulfillment of dreams as much as the initial motivation and energy to begin the process of turning those dreams into reality.

The Ace of Swords seems to show up often for us. It marks a wave of new energy from the intellectual realms. You may be on the verge of a significant breakthrough or a new way of thinking that allows you to view the world with clear eyes. Or, you may have a sudden realization or conscious understanding about an issue that has been troubling you and can finally see the path ahead of you. Meditate regularly to clear away the mental chatter and make the most of this intellectual potential.

My overall take on this reading is that while we may be nearing the end of one project, there are new ones on the horizon with strong energy and inspiration behind them. Your thoughts?

#TuesdayRunes – WYRD

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As we wind up this journey through the individual runes, because this rune is included in my personal set, I want to include it here, but WYRD is not a part of the original Elder Futhark script.

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The blank rune known as WYRD, is a totally modern addition to the Futhark system, although the concept it represents was certainly well known to the rune-using peoples.

This is a rune of total trust and should be taken as exciting evidence of your most immediate contact with your own true destiny.

WYRD is the cosmic power of fate and is closely akin to the idea expressed by the Sanskrit word, Karma. We must always accept responsibility for our own actions, be they good or bad.

When this rune appears in a reading, you may be certain that something unexpected is going to come to you. Whether this is something is positive or negative depends on what you warrant by virtue of your past behavior.

Having no number and no symbol makes WYRD in effect a non-rune. The concept expressed by it is neither concrete nor of this world. WYRD operates through a completely separate dimension than that of the other runes and can often indicate the matter in question is in the lap of the gods.

The blank Rune is said to represent the highest possibilities of human endeavor. 

Always look to the runes around WYRD for clues to its meaning, especially the ones following it.

And that’s a wrap. I will slowly start exploring doing rune readings, but that will change the Tarot Readings on Mondays, so we’ll see how this comes together.

I sincerely appreciate everyone who has tagged along on this Rune journey!

If you’d like to look back on any of the rune posts, here is a list.

Introduction to the Runes

Fehu

Uruz

Thurisaz

Ansuz

Raidho

Kenaz

Gebo

Wunjo

Hagalaz

Nauthiz

Isa

Jera

Eihwaz

Perthro

Elhaz

Sowilo

Tiwaz

Berkana

Ehwaz

Mannaz

Laguz

Ingwaz

Dagaz

Othala

Birthday Recap – #FullMoon Meditation #DragonCard

A quick birthday recap before I move on. The scheduled hot air balloon ride didn’t happen due to the wind. As it turned out, it was for the best as the day was full of activities, family, friends, and fun. My daughters scheduled a lake cruise and 25 people came to help celebrate my day. And, there was a magician! That was super fun! A wonderful celebration of 70 years on this earth! The first photo below is of me and my two incredible daughters. They even had T-shirts made for everyone. The birthday cake was like a travel back through time with all the photos attached to it. The boat was the Sapphire Moon on Lake Ray Hubbard off I-30 in Rockwall.

Birthday Cookies

My big sister, Linda Broday, got to come down to help me celebrate and that is us in the top left photo.

And last but not least is the wine glass the girls got for me. It was almost as big as me. 🙂

I am blessed beyond measure and want to offer a huge thank you to all who took the time to send birthday wishes.

My new motto for the next decade –

Live Life and Forget Your Age!

I will return next Monday with my regular post, but I do want to include this meditation because we are still under the big influence of the August Full Blue Moon. And if you missed Joan Hall’s post on the August moon, here is the LINK.

The full moon is a great time to release what is no longer serving you.

The Dragon Card I pulled for my birthday!

#TuesdayRunes – Othala

Today’s Rune is the last one in the Elder Futhark Script. There is one more that is considered a modern addition and even though some of the rune sets don’t include it, mine does. So, I will cover it next week.

Anyway, today’s Rune is Othala (oh-thee-lah).

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As the final rune of the Elder Futhark, Othala is the rune of heritage and speaks to what we come into this world with, in terms of who we are born to and raised by. This rune may refer to the literal inheritance of land or other property, but most often it is about the intangible things we inherit from our family origin. No matter how we may resemble or differ from the rest of our family, and no matter how far from home we have traveled or how independently we have established ourselves, all of us carry traits, beliefs, habits, and influences from our family of origin.

When Othala comes up in a reading, it may indicate that the aspect of your current situation is related to your background, perhaps unconscious beliefs you absorbed as a child, or some other element that shaped your upbringing.

Othala is often associated with wealth, not moveable wealth, such as cattle, but ancestral wealth in the form of land. In some cultures, land may not be sold, but instead, is always passed down, keeping a strong foundation of community, families, clans, and cultural traditions rooted in place.

If you live close to your extended family, Othala may suggest that you lean on them for emotional or material support in a challenging matter, or you could be called upon to provide support to a family member in need. Of course, this can also apply if you live further away, although in this case, the rune could be nudging you to check in with your people back home.

In many readings, Othala points to a tension between the traditions you inherited and the current way you’re approaching your life.

It can also represent maintaining a status quo – the way things have always been done. In an ever-changing world, it’s up to you to distinguish between what is useful to hold on to and what needs to be discarded so that you can live and grow in your own authenticity on the physical, emotional, and spiritual levels.

Reversed, Othala often points to conflict and disharmony with family. Patience and careful observance are recommended with as much emotional detachment as possible. Othala in the reversed position can also indicate feeling alone, isolated from family or community.

The birthdates associated with this rune are May 29th to June 14th.

Monday #Motivation #Meditation #TarotReading #OracleCards

It’s Monday! And the start of my birthday week! I am embracing all of it!

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I chose this image because one of my birthday events is a ride in a hot air balloon!

The meditation I chose to share today is a quick chakra realignment. It’s always good to keep them activated and open.

The Tarot reading this week, as always, is absolutely amazing. Remember I pull these cards randomly so I never know what they are until I turn them over.

Photo by Jan Sikes 8-16-21

The Five of Pentacles depicts hard times, especially when it comes to work and career. It may leave you feeling isolated and alone. Just like the two people in the card, you feel as if you have been left out in the cold. You may wonder, “Why is no one coming to help me!?” It may appear as if no one cares anymore. However, since the windows in the church are lit up, help is nearby; but you are too focused on your problems to notice. You may be waiting for someone to come and help you when really, you need to be proactive and ask for help.

But coming out of that temporary period, the Four of Pentacles is indicative of saving money and being conservative. The Four of Pentacles typically accompanies a scarcity mindset, especially with money and material possessions. Instead of spending your cash and enjoying a comfortable lifestyle, you are choosing to stockpile your finances, for fear you might lose it all or someone else might take it away. Your budget may be so conservative or strict that it cuts out many of life’s pleasures, including travel, social occasions, gifts, or fun activities – but for what purpose? Money works best when it can flow and exchange, not when it is being stashed away. The broader lesson with the Four of Pentacles is to honor and respect money and wealth but don’t become so attached that you lose sight of what’s most important to you: friends, family, happiness, and love.

Then comes the Magician with a dramatic flourish as a master manifestor. The Magician brings you the tools, resources, and energy you need to make your dreams come true. Seriously, everything you need right now is at your fingertips. You have the spiritual (fire), physical (earth), mental (air), and emotional (water) resources to manifest your desires. And when you combine them with the energy of the spiritual and earthly realms, you will become a manifestation powerhouse! The key is to bring these tools together synergistically so that the impact of what you create is greater than the separate parts. This is alchemy at its best! When you are clear about your ‘what’ and your ‘why’, the Magician calls on you to take inspired action. You will need focused attention and intense concentration to bring your goals to fruition. Focus on the ONE thing that will move you towards your goal

So, it’s almost as if it’s an answer to prayer. When we suffer loss or scarcity, it creates fear and a desire to hoard what we have. But the Magician is telling us to use the magic at our fingertips to create our own abundance using the skills, knowledge, and capabilities we have gathered along life’s path. We can do this!

The Dragon Oracle Card is SO beautiful and fits perfectly with the reading!