3/11/2016 – Oak – Duir ~

As my day often is, it starts out in one place and leads to me going around all over doing things, pick up people, collaborating, working in Starbucks. Yesterday was another day that I woke thinking would go one direction and then lead in some completely different direction.

When I pulled the Oak, I noted the words Morgen gave Oak and then as my day has gone on and I have worked and collaborated with Valencia on a energetics workshop I am putting together, I have completely forgotten what the keys words were. Blamires is at home, though, I don’t think I would have read him if I had him.

Oak always reminds me of Stone – my husband priest. He is a very hard worker, dare I say, “workaholic?” My day has been about ministerial work that is focused on delivering ministerial assistance to people, organizing visual aids for classes I am developing and making appointments and sending emails around my Family Coven and those mundane issues that we forget to do: make a counseling appointment or check on insurance payment for services rendered.

Although I don’t know what the words are suppose to be, work, real hard labor, comes to mind when I think of Oak and that has certainly born itself out as I have gone through my to-do list and forced myself to complete some tasks and just get some things done and off my list.

What is on your list? When do you plan on getting to it? How much more time would you have if you just devoted yourself to finishing three of those little outstanding issues?

3/10/2016 Ura – Heather ~ Partnership – Passion

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Art work by Judith Hubbard in Trees of the Goddess

YEA! Elen Sintier! I guess the book I need to get is Trees of the Goddess! Not only did I find her description helpful and scholarly, it really was more about what the ogham means spiritually which is far more closely related to what I want. AND Morgen and her agree!

So yesterday the co-high priestess of Dragonstone Family Coven and Willow Dragonstone Community dedicated. Lady Disa Freyjadottir has been my sword sister and friend for as long as I have been in the craft. I can still viscerally recall meeting her. To have had her agree to co-high priestess with me and work in this amazing community is more than I hoped for when I originally approached her.

I woke up today singing a song in my head that was written for Frozen and never made it in the final cut. From the DisneyWiki Site:

We Know Better” is a deleted song from the animated film Frozen. The first part of the song can be found in the in the deluxe edition soundtrack. The song is about Elsa and Anna as little girls complaining about all the things princesses are expected to do, claiming they “know better.”

Lyrics (first part)

ElsaHello little baby, you’re princess just like me
Bet you’re thinking maybe it’s a pretty cool thing to be
But soon you’ll see that everyone expects a lot from you
They’ll say that there are things a princess should and shouldn’t do
But you and me, we, we know better

Elsa and Anna:1, 2, 3 together, clap together, snap together
You and me together, knees together, freeze together
Up or down together, princess crown together
Always be together, you and me

1, 2, 3 together, clap together, snap together
You and me together, knees together, freeze together
Up or down together, princess crown together
Always be together, you and me

ElsaThey say a princess is full of charm and grace
They say she always knows her place
They say a princess wears pink and frilly clothes
They say she never laughs and snorts milk out her nose
They say she’s calm, they say she’s kind
They say she never speaks her mind or freezes nanny’s big behind

BothBut you and me, we, we know better

Nanny: You girls are in so much trouble! Wait until I tell your father…
Anna: How come you can do that and I can’t?
Elsa: I don’t know, I wish you could though…

ElsaThey say a princess is super duper sweet

AnnaShe doesn’t fight; she doesn’t sweat

BothAnd you never see her eat

AnnaThey say a princess doesn’t climb and scrape her knee

ElsaThey say a princess wouldn’t freeze her tutor’s tea

AnnaThey say she’s poised

ElsaThey say she’s fair

BothShe never mentions UNDERWEAR!

AnnaOr longs to see the world out there

BothBut you and me, we, have big ideas of our own
For the distant someday when we’re grown

ElsaWhen I’m queen

AnnaAnd I’m your right hand

ElsaYou’ll get to travel

BothThroughout the land

Anna: I’ll tell them of my sister and the magic things she can do

ElsaWe’ll take care of our people and they will love

BothMe and you
No one can tell us what a princess should be
As long as we’re together, you and me

As I have personally struggled with leadership and what leadership requires, I am learning that the adage “Many the hands, light the work” absolutely could not be truer. Since Lady Freya, as we affectionately call her, has joined DSFC and WDSC I have been able to get more accomplished and feel more balanced than ever. Sovereignty is always viewed as a choice to hold power singularly. What I have learned is that sovereignty is really about admitting that one person – even Queens – cannot rule alone. It is simply too great a task.

However, two Queens, well just imagine if a chest board allowed two queens on one side? The advantage would always go to that team. Can you say, “Check mate?!”

“And in this choice lies sovereignty.”

We have encouraged an idea around pagan leadership that it is singular – one High Priest or High Priestess or at best a High Priest and High Priestess – but what if we opened up that view to able bodied people who work together? As I explore the types of pagan leadership I am coming to realize that some singular or even partnered leaderships do not work because they are missing some vital aspect. When this is recognized and that aspect is added, venerated, empowered – this changes the energy and stress and exponentially raises the ability of the group.  Today WDSC and DSFC are more stable, grounded, and able to deal with anything than we were before. Because leadership is a choice as much as a calling. We can all chose how we lead and what our role as leaders are. We chose. Sovereignty demands a choice. How do you chose to lead?

3/9/2016 – Holly – Tinne ~Challenges – Justice

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Reverse Holly Triscele by Ms. Lion King from the Internet

I am still baffled by Morgen’s word associations and what other sites and Blamires says. Blarmires goes on and on about the Holly being a substitution for the Oak. He also seems to suggest that every tree is some step toward ending and beginning.

I look for practical things when I am working with the Ogham. Practically what does Holly and Tinne have to say about what is important for my day. Sacrifice is often unjust. I had to go to my mundane work today – my little job that only takes up less than 10 hours per week but provides a monetary cushion that allows my family to live without worry and with less debt.

However, this keeps me from being as productive as a writer and that is irritating. Add to that the talk I had today about “living a token life”© and I find it challenging to find the justice in Holly.

I was talking with someone in community who had had a serious debilitating illness that has left them struggling with stamina. I commented the the balance point between pushing yourself so that you have greater stamina and over doing it is a thin one and hard to find as someone who struggles with chronic illness. My system of tokens is how I approach life. I wake, we all wake, up with a certain number of allotted tokens in our bodies to give – energetic coins for any expenditure required of us in a given day. From getting out of bed, to getting back into bed, everything we do has a energetic token cost associated with it.

I have learned to wake and check in with myself. How many tokens do I have? What do I have to do today? How long with my activities be going on? Is there ritual tonight? Is there something important tomorrow? All of these questions play into how I structure my day and what I plan for myself to do. I have learned that sometimes the day goes well and you find you had more tokens than you thought and sometimes the day goes badly and you suddenly are out of tokens. I have also gotten my immediate family coven to talk to me in terms of tokens.

Instead of saying, “You look like your too tired.”

They say, “It looks like you have used all your tokens.”

This difference may seem nominal to those who get up daily with a healthy number of tokens to spend, but to someone who is consistently shorted in regards to their tokens, it is an indication that the act of going through the day has taken energy – tokens, if you will – and is not a reflection upon the chronically ill that they are lazy.

It is a silent acknowledgement that sometimes getting up and going about your day is a win for someone who is chronically ill or recovering from serious injury.

So the challenge I face is one I face daily, how many tokens do I have on any given day? How am I going to spend them? What is the best use of my energy tokens? How can I save or conserve energy tokens?

And it may be unjust that some of us struggle and have fewer tokens to utilize than others; however, those of us who live that token life can learn to better spend the tokens we do have. This will allow us to have a greater impact than some healthy people who never spend all their tokens and therefore aren’t pushed into the frugal greatness token lifers are.

Do you live a token life? How can  you re-frame how you think about your token life? How can you better manage your tokens to improve your frame of mind and your emotional feelings around being a token lifer? What challenges do you face as a token lifer? Do you get up with all the tokens you need everyday? Are you a good steward of the tokens you have or are you wasting them?

3/3/2016 ~ Ruis ~ Elder ~ Endings Consequences

ruis-elder-crop I am still having trouble matching the Endings & Consequences to this rune. Inspiration comes up over and over again. Once again I was drawn to The Modern Curio. This I was struck by arwen  or inspiration and hope this means that I will get some serious writing done on my current project. That would make me feel accomplished and peaceful.

3/1/2016 Huath Hawthorne

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Reviewing my day in relation to yesterday’s draw, a realized it was very intuitive to how my day went. So I drew my stick for today. Fertility <> Boundaries are the code words. I find this interesting because I am transitioning my life as an HPS, moving towards empowering others to do portions of the job I used to do solely.

This has made my world much more fertile. I am studying and writing more per day now than I ever have and this is leading to a balancing act that I am struggling to adapt to. Today I had an interesting conversation with a friend on Facebook about how he equates hydration as a necessary step to keep one psychically healthy – PSYCHICALLY healthy.

When I get stress, I stress eat. I love me some Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Seriously. This is such a thing that when my husband priest and son notice my stress levels rising, I find that Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups magically appear all over my house or in my purse.

Here’s the thing – eating creamy peanut butter goodness dunked in milk chocolate may be a temporary fix for my stress – it is a long term issue. I am trying to loose weight and bring down my cholesterol before I suffer a stroke.

So, just yesterday morning, I asked my accountability partners to make me accountable for how much junk I put in my body and how much water I took in or did not take in as the case may be.

Yesterday, it was a mini tater tots and mini Reese’s Blast from Sonic. Which was an improvement from the like three Reese’s chocolate bars I ate the day before, but still not my best.

Boundaries aren’t just about where we draw lines and ask others to stay in or out of. They are also about what we draw for ourselves. How do we hold ourselves to the boundaries we need to be successful?

It is no surprise to me that fertility and boundaries are bound through hawthorn. Because I have learned just recently that the more fertile my life is, the more stringently I need to apply boundaries TO MYSELF in order to stay sane and not put back on the nearly 20 lbs I have already lost.

What boundaries do you struggle with? Are those boundaries being broken by you keeping your life from fertility? What is your Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup?

I honor the energy of hawthorn for cleansing and restraint. I will choose what I place within my body, and empty myself of all that violates my personal well-begin. So mote it be. SITE SOURCE

2/29/2016 ~ Straif Blackthorn

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I am a huge John Matthews fan. Only when I was doing research for this day did I realize I actually own this deck which was a gift from Lady Siobhan. After drawing my ogham stick, I read the back Adversity <> Discipline and sighed heavily.

Today I have to go to the Social Security office and get some things straight. This is something I do not want to do and haven’t really been interesting in doing. However, I have to do it. When I drew this stick, I had already prepared my paper work and started getting things ready to go to this meeting. Drawing this ogham stick just made me feel defeated, until I came across Matthews explanation on this site.

MAGIC IS EVERYWHERE

 Magic lies all around us – not the magic of fairy tales, but real magic connecting our universe to a living continuum. After centuries of being told that it was forbidden, the preserve of experts, we have now forgotten the magic that lies within us. To access this personal magic, we must step away from busy, surface consciousness and sink deeply into the ever-flowing stream of our magical dreams.  The ideas, scenes, and presences that throng the deepest levels of our understanding require intense listening: we must step into the present and interact with it as fully as possible. This Blackthorn card suggests that we remember that magic is everywhere (far closer than we think) that it brings light into the darkest places. What makes the Blackthorn so strong is its ability to foster waking dreams.

The magic of thorns: Like all thorny plants, the blackthorn had a darker side and, like the blackberry, reminds us of the hedge of thorns preventing the prince from reaching Sleeping Beauty unscathed. In some stories the prince loses his sight when he falls upon the thorns, and of course there is also the ever-present association with the crown placed around Christ’s brow at the Crucifixion. 

This lightened my outlook some because there can be magick in the Social Security office. So I can go there and I can bring my outlook that all is going to be well and write and good. I can use the discipline of my magickal practice to walk into that office with the future set clearly in my mind that all will be well and corrected and beneficial to my family.

The Blackthorn is also used in the creation of traditional walking sticks that served the dual purpose of being a weapon. Think Robin Hood and his merry men beating each other with long sticks or staves. Blackthorn is the traditional wood used in their creation. Which further explains why discipline is required. You can’t just throw a stick around and expect it to be a good weapon. The thorns have always been used in folk magick of hexing.

So I am going to choose that going to the SS Office is a type of adversity that I would rather not face and I have the discipline required to deal successfully with it and visualize the magick and the outcome that is to the best of my family coven’s benefit. I have been using walking sticks for a long time.

 

 

2/28/2016 Ailm Pine

2c8dd43190f04b3f52427c942c3766e5I haven’t really said how I am going about this. Thanks to my friend Morgen, I had made Ogham Sticks. These sticks were charged and blessed during a full moon. These sticks are just popsicle sticks. Using a marker, one side has the Ogham word (Ailm) and the tree association (Pine).  On the other side of the stick are two or three key words associated with this Ogham (wonder <> insight).

I think about the day to come and then pull an ogham stick. Then I use online sources and Blamires’ book The Celtic Tree Mysteries.

Today I am struck by the fact that the sound of this Ailm is “ahhhhhh.” The sound you make when you suddenly understand something you didn’t before. Ah- ha! I am going to be looking for the ah-ha today. What ah-ha do you experience today?