As Winter melts into Spring, I have been musing on the shape of trees. In winter we can see their “bones” or structure most clearly. As I walk I see Fehu everywhere, reaching up to the skies. These are primarily deciduous trees, and come summer we will not be able to see this shape for the forest of leaves present. But it makes me think about how they are indeed “mobile wealth”. In ancient times, cattle or livestock were the mobile wealth of the people. They provided food, clothing, and even transportation at times. They could be sold or bartered for other goods needed. But in the Pacific Northwest, I propose trees could be seen as mobile wealth. They provide shelter, food, and can be sold and moved to other locations by means of transporting the seed or seedlings. The indigenous peoples made clothes, baskets, canoes and more out of the trees. Fruit trees provide an abundance of food each year, which not only is portable; but we developed ways to preserve it for the times there was little food available–dried, pickled, preserved in oil/fat/honey. And it doesn’t take much reading to determine the wealth of the lumber industry and it’s effect on the prosperity of the Pacific Northwest.
I also see Ansuz in the conifers. Cedar is considered a being of ancient wisdom who can still be heard if we slow down, and quiet our minds to really listen. Cedar’s branches are as arms extending downward to the people, sharing her gifts. Marija Gimbutus was an archeologist who decoded the Language of the Goddess and tried to explain the mythos and culture of our ancient matrifocal societies. Two parallel lines indicate moving water or a flow of something. Coming out of the mouth it could mean wisdom, or a flow of gifts from outstretched arms. The picture above is a young redwood whose ancestors hold legendary wisdom. It takes practice to slow down enough to be able to connect to tree wisdom as time moves so much slower for these beings of incredible age. But it is easy to see the limbs shaping Ansuz and imagine the ancient wisdom flowing out to us, if only we are present to listen.
As you walk about in your neighborhood, on the land you tend, or in parks, nature reserves, or national forests; look for the runes in the branches, limbs, flower and bud. It will certainly enrich your experience and may provide a new teacher for you.
Today is March 14th, 3.14 or Pi Day. It is one of my favorite under-celebrated holidays. For the record, I have never met a pie I didn’t like. Ask my co-workers…each person hosts the birthday treats for the next co-worker birthday. And each year when I am asked what type of cake or treats I prefer, my answer is always the same, “Pie, any kind of pie.” But pie is so much more…
It is probably a coincidence that we bake pies in a circle, and Pi is a fundamental mathematical number constant which defines a circle; but there is magic in what seems to be a coincidence. One of the strongest structural forms is the arch, which is part of a circle. And since the Elder Futhark were designed as linear symbols, I assume to be easy to carve or chisel into solid surfaces, the closest symbol to an arch is Uraz. Uraz or Auroch the Ox is an embodiment of strength and endurance. The arch is one of the elements of ancient structures which survive today due to the incredible strength created as each point of this circular fragment pushes against and at the same time supports the adjacent points. Something to think about, isn’t it? The strength of Pi.
I took the weekend off to spend with my daughter Steph. She lives in Bothell, Washington with my granddog Shea. It always does my heart good to spend time with them. Here are a couple pictures of us on our walk at Bothell Landing Park
I drew Laguz and Mannaz this morning. I hate to admit it, but if it wasn’t for Shae we probably would not have taken a walk. So in the most practical of ways she partnered with us to take a healthy action. And it was at the creek with the sound of children playing and ducks landing which always soothes my soul.
The runes are big concepts, but can be seen as smaller moments in your daily life too. How exhausting if every time you drew a rune it indicated a major event? I think we are conditioned to look for the biggest, newest, shiniest thing, and as a result minimize or miss entirely the gift of the simple small actions in our life. A simple daily walk is a great way to build up strength and endurance in your circulatory, respiratory, and musculature systems. I didn’t have to work out with a trainer or run a marathon–just take a walk with loved ones.
Laguz has deeper resonance on this day. We all come from the ocean of the womb, and our bodies consist of mostly water. Mother and daughter bonds run deep and ours is no exception. I am an Aquarius woman-the “water bearer” who gave birth to my Pisces daughter. So spending time near the water is very important to us. For her birthday we went to Golden Gardens Park in Seattle after dark and walked in the ebb and flow of the tide while Shae ran up and down the beach and darted in and out of the water. I appreciate the deeply reflective and loving woman she has become. Such rich moments to keep as treasures from this visit.
I have created a new way to read the runes, which is light, portable and very accurate. My prototype RUNE DICE were a big hit and many are looking forward to them being available sometime this summer. What is different about my dice is they are 8-sided so each represents a full aett or family of runes. I am using the Elder Futhark which consists of 24 runes, arranged in three families of 8 runes each. The green houses the first aett, which reflects the life on earth and all the realms of middle earth. The black houses the 2nd aett, which reflects our deepest journeys in Hel. And finally the white houses the 3rd aett; the realm and lessons of Asgard, home of the Gods. Here is a picture of a reading I took today, asking to show what I brought back from my time at NWTS last weekend.
To read them, the top face of the dice are read as the primary runes; and the runes you can see on the sides augment the reading. What I see in this reading is:
Algiz-Elk or bird. This weekend bird showed up to leave footprints behind that I could follow. I came to learn how to publish my booklet to accompany these rune dice and to learn from the tarot tribe. All were so generous with their information! I want to shout out to Mellissae Lucia and Carolyn White for sharing their knowledge and encouraging me on this project. Both gave great presentations and I highly recommend them both. Digging in and learning how to assimilate the shared knowledge as I make my individual journey is the inner work I have before me. I was also able to meet Carolyn Cushing of Soul Path Sanctuary in person after being wisdom sisters for ages in the Gaian Tarot Circle and Dark Goddess Lodge. JOY!
Thurisaz- Thorn or axe. This is the day to day practical work of hacking through any barriers (real or imagined) that keep me from realizing my goals. I can also set up a thorny barrier to protect myself from intrusion and distraction so only really important issues/concerns can sway me from my task.
Othala-Legacy or transformation. My final result will be to leave behind a new way to read and work with the runes. And bringing them to manifestation has the power to change not only my life but live of others as well.
The augmenting runes have something to say as well…Pethro– is the dice cup, luck and fortune won and/or lost. Both it and Ingwaz-the womb are containers for the rune dice concept while it germinates and matures prior to being released in this summer. And Raido- the journey or traveler represents not only the journey of this creation, but a very real trip to Thailand which was determined this weekend.
I came for inspiration, education, and connection and left with all three in abundance!
Here are some of the rune sets I have for sale at the Metaphysical Fair at the Monarch Hotel in Clackamas, Oregon this weekend. I also have rune/tarot reading cloths. Lots of great vendors here-you’re sure to find something you love to take home with you.
I have brought a Prototype of my new rune dice set for people to play with this weekend. The readings have been awesome and people love the feel of tossing them onto the reading cloths. Stop by and take a look!
Kenaz in the flowering of Spring. Not only is this at a V in the tree, it is renewal at a site of loss. Spring is a healer, a time of renewal and recovery. Kenaz is a primal force of creation–based in the deep connection of “ken”ship or knowingness. What is the core essence strives to be…finds a way to continue.