Monday, December 17, 2012

"T minus 5" - Point of Reflection # 5 - Runes

"And now for something completely different."  Well, no; not really.  Although for once I'm not choosing a card of any kind for guidance.  This afternoon, rather, I'm choosing a chunk of plaster with an archaic symbol impressed upon it.

Runes harken back to our Nordic ancestors, particularly those who lived in Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark.  Watch The Hobbit and you'll see them making an appearance on a map critical to the Dwarves.

One of the first efforts in modern times to bring runes back into widespread use as an Oracle was the 1982 publication of The Book of Runes (affiliate link) by Ralph Blum.  Since then, a huge number of books and treatises have been published on this ancient means of communication and divination. 

Asking for a "touchstone" for us as we contemplate the wisdom (and inherent risk) in heeding the encouragement of Amaterasu to show the world who we really are, I held the pouch of stones and gently tumbled them over and over.  Reaching in, one seemed to jump into my hand:

Flow - Water - That Which Conducts

"Unseen powers are active here, powers that nourish, shape and connect.  The attributes of this Rune are water, fluidity, the ebb and flow of emotions, of vocations and relationships. (...) 

This Rune often signals a time for cleansing: for revaluing, reorganizing, realigning.  A Rune of deep knowing, Laguz may call you to study spiritual matters in readiness for self-transformation.  Success now lies in contacting your intuitive knowing, in attuning to your own rhythms..."
                                                                                                           (c) 1982, 1987 by Ralph Blum

This feels like an invitation.  It feels like Spirit is encouraging those people who may be reading these posts but aren't sure if there's "anything to this stuff" to just dive in and see where this call to "revalue, reorganize, realign" may take you.  And for those of us who've already embraced the invitation?  


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