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Devotional Omen for 3/15/2015

Today I performed my first ritual that follows the ADF Core Order of Ritual in more than a year.  I used a basic liturgy available from the Solitary Druid Fellowship (SDF) website.  My husband and I performed the rite together.  We offered bread to the Earth Mother and Nature Spirits, coffee to the Ancestors, mead for Heimdall (our Gatekeeper), Freyja, Sunna, the Shining Ones in general, and homegrown dried thyme for Cerridwen (who has drawn my attention lately).  We also used mead for the Final Offering.  I must admit, it felt very familiar and comforting to perform the rite.  I am confident the Kindreds (Ancestors, Nature Spirits, and Deities) appreciated it.  Here was our Omen:

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The rune on the left, Berkano, is the Omen from the Ancestors.  Berkano stands for feminine strength, grace, and wisdom.  The Nature Spirits gave us Wunjo, joy, in the middle.  Finally, the Shining Ones gave us Nauthiz on the right.  I am struggling to interpret this rune.  Nauthiz is a rune of necessity, so perhaps we will be forced to deal with something that needs dealing with or doing something that has to be done.

Blessings, Rosemary

Devotional Omen 3/8/2015

I decided to write my devotional omen interpretation on this blog, since I am getting back into Druidic practice.  However, this devotional was still my usual one, where I said a prayer that you can find on my other blog and lit a stick of incense while wearing my Sun Goddess circlet.

Here’s the omen I drew when I asked, “What are my blessings for the week?”

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The first rune I drew was Wunjo, joy.  The weather forecast for the week shows the high temperature being much warmer than it has been, which is definitely cause for joy.  There may be other reasons I have drawn Wunjo, but I’ll see during the week.  The second rune is Jera, harvest, year, cycles.  This is a rune that normally doesn’t appear at this time of year.  However, it is significant to note that my Pagan dedication anniversary is coming up, so this is most likely a reflection of that.  The last rune is Mannaz, man, self.  Perhaps I need to focus on myself this week, or it should be read in conjunction with Jera to mean that Jera is referring to me.  All in all, I feel this is a positive omen for the week.

Blessings, Rosemary

A runic confusion

I have struggled off and on with feeling connected to my Patron Goddesses, Freyja and Sunna.  I feel like they probably know me better than I know them.  So this morning I did some runic divination to see what I could do to know them better.

The first question I asked was, “How can I get to know Freyja better?”  The runes I drew in response were Wunjo, Nauthiz, and Ingwaz.  I  interpreted Wunjo to be joy, Nauthiz to be oppression, and Ingwaz to be fertility.  I will find joy through oppression and fertility.  I am growing a garden right now, so that helps me become closer to Freyja, but I’m not sure what the oppression would be.  I think I will just continue on the path I am on for now.

The second question I asked was, “How can I get to know Sunna better?”  This time I drew the runes Mannaz, Laguz, and Thurisaz.  I interpreted Mannaz to be the self, Laguz to be change, and Thurisaz to be something painful.  I must experience painful change.  Or at least that’s what I got out of it.  I’m not really sure what I might need to change that would be painful or difficult.  Perhaps I need to start some sort of regular meditation practice.  Meditation in general is difficult for me.

However, a friend suggested that Mannaz means “person,” Laguz means intuition and emotions, and Thurisaz means something sudden or unexpected.  His interpretation was that I should be aware of the sudden appearance of an emotional person, who I presume would somehow help me know Sunna in some way (perhaps teaching).

Honestly, I really have no idea how to interpret the runes drawn for Sunna.  I don’t really get any sort of gut feeling when I pull runes.  My mind is simply blank.  My friend did suggest that I sleep on the runes I pulled for Sunna to trigger dreams that might clarify the reading.  I will at least try it.

Does anyone out there have suggestions or advice on interpreting runes?

Blessings, Victoria

Aside

Snow still covers the front yard, though some of it is melting in the back.

I have most of the devotional prayer memorized.  I only had to glance at my Kindle a few times to remember the words.

Nothing remarkable about the Two Powers today.  I could feel the Powers up and down my body, which is a good thing.

Offered Freya cinnamon as usual, with the same prayer as yesterday.

Kindreds, what blessings do you offer me today?

Fehu–wealth (but be cautious about hoarding it), give of what you have to take part in cosmos’ reciprocity

Thurisaz–look before you sit,  brute strength, use opponent’s strength against them

Kenaz–in most circumstances not positive, but can be torch that extends fellowship and offers warmth

Honestly, I’m not sure how the runes apply to life right now.  I’m not sure I really want to think about it today, since I have other things I need to work on.

All in all, a blah start to the day.

Aside

Snow covered the Land when I rose today to perform my morning devotional rite.  It has been snowing a fair amount lately.

The Two Powers exercise went well.  I could feel the Powers stretching down to my legs and also up my spine.  I’m still having trouble seeing myself as the center of those Powers, but I think I will start working with visualization next week to actually feel the Sky Power from above and the Earth Power from below.  In other words, this week is the last week I will use the physical cues of the steaming water and soil.

I praised Freya with a prayer I wrote a few days ago, and offered Her cinnamon as usual.

Kindreds, what blessings do you offer me today?

Sowilo–things that are right in the world, cycles, warmth and joy in the days to come

Fehu–wealth (but it shouldn’t be hoarded), give of what you have to take part in cosmos’ reciprocity

Thurisaz–look before you sit, brute strength, using opponent’s strength against him

When I saw Sowilo and Fehu, I thought of the possibility of finally getting a job, which would be joyful and give me wealth.  Once I obtain the wealth, though, I shouldn’t become miserly and be afraid to spend it (as my family thinks I should).  Thurisaz is cautionary, but I’m not sure why.

To finish my ritual this morning, I lit a white sage smudge stick from the Fire and smudged the room.  I did this simply because I felt like it, and I love the scent of white sage.

A celebration of Charming of the Plough/Imbolc

My fiance and I performed our rite yesterday for Charming of the Plough (for more info on this, see this post).  I guess you could say I led the ritual since I spoke the most, but my fiance had important parts, such as blessing the Fire and calling the Ancestors.

To begin, I smudged the room with lavender.  I live in a household that doesn’t like the smell of burning herbs because it resembles pot.  Burning lavender, however, smells remotely unlike pot.

We stood as I said the opening words.  We then spoke purificatory prayers as we were smudged by the other with lavender.

We sat down so we could touch the floor as I honored the Earth Mother, Who is the personification of the Earth as a whole.  I asked her to bless the rite.  We sat for the rest of the ritual.

Next, I stated the purpose of the ritual, which was to celebrate Charming of the Plough.  I also said a few words to honor the local land in its current state with these words:

In this time of radical temperature changes, we honor the land of Indiana we call home (at least for now).  May the budding trees flourish in the spring instead of dying as a result of freezing temperatures.  May sheltering animals stay safe until the weather has warmed sufficiently.  May the Hoosier countryside retain its beauty.

I also mentioned the Goddesses we were going to honor in the ritual, Frigga, Goddess of hearths, and Gerd, Goddess of the soil.

We alternated speaking the lines of the next prayer, which aimed to reaffirm our connection to both Earth and Sky.  I personally didn’t feel much of anything here.  I think I prefer my usual method of doing this, which is just feeling the energy and letting it flow into me.

My fiance began the important step of Recreating the Cosmos, which transforms our ordinary space into a magical one nearer to the Otherworld.  We do this by taking three items–in our case, a small cactus from Arizona given to me by my dad some years ago, a small cauldron filled with water, and a larger cauldron containing three candles arranged around a lit charcoal disc–and transforming them into the Tree, Well, and Fire, respectively.  We bless each of these items to sanctify them.  This Sacred Center of Fire, Well, and Tree is a cornerstone of ADF Druidry.  My fiance blessed the Fire, and I blessed the Well and Tree.

I then called upon Heimdall, our Gatekeeper, to help us open the Gates, and made an offering to Him.  “Opening the Gates” is a liturgical step in which an energetic/spiritual gate is opened between this world and the Otherwold so that our praise and return blessings might flow more easily.  Heimdall lent us His energy to open the Gates, keep them open for the duration of the ritual, and close them at the end.  My fiance was the one who specifically opened the Gates.

Next, we made offerings to each of the Three Kindreds–Shining Ones (Deities), Nature Spirits, and Ancestors.  I offered to both the Shining Ones and the Nature Spirits, while my fiance offered to the Ancestors.  (In case you’re curious, our offerings were:  Shining Ones–a special loose incense blend, Nature Spirits–bread, Ancestors–coffee.)

After these general offerings, we offered to the Deities of the Occasion, Frigga and Gerd.  My fiance read a prayer I had written for Frigga (which I will post soon) and offered Her milk.  I read a prayer I had found in the Pagan Book of Hours for Gerd and offered Her flour.

Next is the time for Praise Offerings, that is, personal offerings of praise to any Being one wishes.  Since I am a daughter of Freya, I read a short prayer of praise I had written for Her (I will also post this soon).  I had no physical offering prepared, so I took a small handful of flour unused for Gerd’s offering and offered that.  I apologized for not having a proper offering prepared.

We then made one final offering of milk to all the Beings collectively.

Next came the Omens.  The questions and their rune answers follow.

Ancestors, what blessings do you have for us?

Nauthiz–absolute poverty, work without reward, loss of the sole bread-winner of the family, oppressive outside forces we can do nothing about, opportunity for lessons to be learned from the situation but they must be learned early  (May have been referring to ice on roadways later that night.  We couldn’t have done anything about that!)

Nature Spirits, what blessings do you have for us?

Kenaz–in most circumstances:  death of children, sore that eats away at your insides, battle that goes poorly.  In other circumstances, is torch of fellowship, gives hope, offers warmth (My fiance did have to spend the night at our house.  His family cannot afford to heat their home, so he was able to stay toasty for a night.)

Shining Ones, what blessings do you have for us?

Eihwaz–rune of battle, rune of Ancestors, seek ancient lore, both helping and hurting, go back to our roots to find answers (Honestly, I’m not sure what this rune would mean in this context.)

We then asked the Kindreds for blessings to enter our cups.  My cup was filled with white wine; my fiance opted for water.  We drank the beverages to literally incorporate the blessings into our bodies.

We affirmed the purpose of the rite and that we had offered worship and praise.  Next, we thanked the Beings we had called in reverse order of their calling.

I thanked Heimdall and closed the Gates, and then I thanked the Earth Mother .

Finally, I said a closing prayer, ending with the words, “It is done.”

I noticed at random points throughout the rite I wanted to cry spontaneously from all the emotion I was feeling.  I think the rite was successful in connecting us with the Cosmos, other Druids, and the Kindreds themselves.  My fiance also enjoyed it.

Aside

When I rose from bed this morning, gray clouds hung in the sky.  Everything was damp from the overnight storms.

I performed my morning devotional a bit differently today.  Instead of kneeling on the floor, I sat in a chair.  It was nice to be able to see out the window better.

For the Two Powers exercise, I set the bowl of soil on the floor, as usual, and placed my mug of steaming water on top of the Shrine.  I tried a recent suggestion from another ADF member and stuck one foot in the soil to better represent the Earth Power, while I put both hands over the mug.  It felt very awkward for me.  Perhaps it had something to do with trying to draw up energy through my feet, which was something I wasn’t used to.

I took my foot out of the dirt and picked up the bowl.  I then set the bowl on my Shrine next to the mug of water.  I put my left hand over the mug and my right hand in the soil.  That worked a little better, though I couldn’t feel either Power as strongly as I normally do.  I am inclined to think it was the fact that I was sitting up in a chair, instead of kneeling with my legs folded under me.  This allowed the energy to spread more evenly throughout my body, instead of all of it concentrating in my upper body.

I said some words to Lady Freya and offered her cinnamon.

When I took an Omen, the question I asked was a bit different than normal, but I can’t exactly remember what the wording was.  Therefore, I will post my usual question, which is what the gist of the question I asked today was anyway.

Kindreds, what blessings do you have for me today?

Gebo–reciprocity, balance

Mannaz–humans in general, mortality, things that are hopeless to struggle against

Uruz–manly strength if you are up to the challenge presented, that which is undesirable

A question that was floating around in my head while I was making my offering to Freya was, “Does She even like the cinnamon that I keep offering to Her?  I feel like I don’t really know,” and I was hoping She would let me know somehow.  When I pulled Gebo, I smiled because that was my Lady’s way of telling me she likes it.  Mannaz and Uruz don’t seem to bode well.  I feel like I these runes relate to my job interview yesterday, which is something that has been on my mind.  Mannaz seems to be saying that there is really no way I can convince the company to hire me, while Uruz says that I will be given strength to overcome the challenge of getting a job.  However, something tells me these interpretations aren’t quite right, so I will have to wait and see what happens.

Aside

I was looking at the Bradford pear outside my window when I realized a light rain was falling.  I thought of Frey and smiled.  (Frey is a God of fertility in the form of rain, while Thor is God of fertility in the form of storms.)

Just before the devotional rite, I noticed I was a bit jittery and excited.  I tried to take some deep breaths to calm down, but that didn’t really work.  When I started doing weekly devotionals last year, I noticed after a while that I would get anxious and excited before the rite instead of being calm.  I think I am anticipating the ritual, but I would rather be calm.  Any ideas for overcoming this are welcome!

Since I didn’t have my Kindle, I had to read the prayer from my computer, which was situated behind me.  I had to turn around every couple lines to look at it.  That disrupted the flow of the ritual some.

I noticed when I performed the Two Powers exercise, the energy seemed to stop at the base of my spine, instead of also going through my legs.  Perhaps the flow of energy was blocked by the folding of my legs underneath me.  I could try to sit crosslegged, but I’m not sure that would work any better.

Kindreds, what blessings do you have for me today?

Ansuz–wisdom, new beginnings

Sowilo–sun, warmth and joy in the days to come, cycles

Pertho–chance, uncertainty

There is an unknown element today, indicated by Pertho.  Ansuz could be referring to my plan to get my explanatory essay for Yule done today–that is a wise thing to do.  I’m not sure how “new beginnings” relates, but I do have a job interview tomorrow.  Perhaps I will get the job.  Sowilo tells me that I will be happy in the coming days.  The next High Day (Imbolc/Charming of the Plough) is this week, and rituals for the High Days make me very happy.  A job would also make me happy.  Today, though, I’m not so sure of my interpretation, as it seems more of what I would like to happen than what will actually happen.

Aside

Morning devotional went well today.  I noticed snowflakes falling outside among the budding branches of the Bradford pear.  I also grabbed a small white sage smudge stick and lit it from the candle’s flame to smudge my room and the Shrine before working.  I had forgotten how much I love the scent of white sage!

The Two Powers exercise went well.  I can really feel the Powers running up my arms.  In fact, the Powers are so strong, I could slightly feel them just simply recalling their sensation as I fell asleep!  I think that maybe I won’t need the physical soil and steam after a while to connect to the Two Powers.

I said a small prayer for Freya, my Lady, and offered Her some myrrh essential oil that I happened to have on hand (yes, a weird thing for me to have on hand!).  I know myrrh isn’t exactly a flower or anything, but I thought She would like it because of its sweet scent.  Later today I might make some rose water to offer Her.

What blessings do the Kindreds have for me today? (Used my newly completed runes to take this Omen.)

Thurisaz–brute strength, use an opponent’s force against them, “look before you sit”

Othila–wealth passed down for generations, completion of a task, being enclosed within self, inheritance

Mannaz–humans in general, mortality, things beyond our control and hopeless to struggle against

The Omens today seem mostly negative.  Thurisaz is usually negative, and Mannaz has a somewhat negative meaning.  Perhaps Thurisaz is just saying I need to be cautious pouring essential oil over the candle flame, as I could burn myself and/or start a fire.  Othila referring to “inheritance” is unlikely, as no one has died or anything.  Most likely, Othila is referring to my inability to drive, which means I will be stuck in the house all day (as usual).  Finally, I’m not sure what to say about Mannaz.  It is a rune I have been drawing a lot lately.  I hope someone isn’t going to die soon!

When I mentioned the Fire in the second half of the prayer, I waved my hand through the heat of the candle flame.  When I mentioned the Well, I dipped my fingers into the cool water in the cauldron.  When I mentioned the Tree, I touched the pinecone on top of the pillar candle stand that I am using for my Tree.  I think this is my way of trying to connect to the Hallows better.

All in all, a wonderful morning devotional!

Aside

Again the sky seemed dark, and I got up late.  Today though it was cloudy. (Yesterday it was somewhat dark, but not cloudy.)  When I performed the Two Powers exercise, I felt the Powers go up my arms as usual, but I could also feel Them running along my spine.  I feel as if I am making progress.  I still don’t feel like I could possibly discern the differences enough to write an essay about them though.  I need to try working with the Powers individually.

Today I offered Freya a few drops of lavender essential oil.  I think She liked it, judging by the Omen.

Kindreds, what blessings do you have for me today?

Algiz–protection of inaccessibility and terrible retribution, close self off for a time and lash out only when necessary

Wunjo–be on the lookout for underlying issues, but things will be a success in general

Mannaz–mortality, things beyond my control, hopeless to struggle against them

In my short prayer before making my offering, I asked Freya to surround me with Her feathered cloak for protection (as well as guiding me).  Algiz tells me that She will protect me with major consequences for those that might harm me.  Apparently Freya liked my offering today.  I think Wunjo is saying that today will be a good day; I am going to see The Hobbit with my fiance today.  Mannaz warns me that I cannot control everything that happens to me today.

Also, I contacted each Hallow when I mentioned it in my prayer.  When I mentioned the Fire, I waved my hand over the candle’s flame so I could feel it’s warmth.  When I spoke of the Well, I dipped my fingers in Its waters.  I touched the pinecone I use for my Tree as I mentioned it.  Not sure why I did this, it was sort of an intuitive thing.  Maybe I am hoping that I will establish a better connection with each Hallow by interacting with it in such a way.

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