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Wordless Wednesday

Posted by on 26 Mar 2014 in Wordless Wednesday | 0 comments

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The Weekly Rune – Laguz

Posted by on 24 Mar 2014 in The Weekly Rune | 2 comments

Weekly Rune - Laguz, by S. Kelley Harrell, Intentional InsightsLaguz - Water - I’m seeing an interesting pattern with Laguz. The last two times it presented as The Weekly Rune, Mercury was retrograde.  This week it arrives merkstave, though it is pictured brightstave. Despite being home-free of the morass MercR brings, this connection begs us pause.

The prevailing idea here is something else must come to pass before what we’re working on at the moment can manifest. We’re in the groove. We’re flowing, we’re trundling through our paces, paying our dues, entering the home stretch.  We know we’ve got this. So what’s the problem?

Anytime this symbol of flow shows up merkstave, we’re missing part of the picture. We’re so hyper-focused on a passion project that we’re not covering the bases of our heart’s needs.  It can be so easy to miss this, when we’re otherwise hitting on all cylinders. After all, actively experiencing connection with All Things feels that way, yes? Why would we detour, at all?

Well, because Laguz merkstave says to. That’s its purpose. We’re still going to reach the finish line. This stave merely cautions us to take care of this other little heart thing along the way.

It feels like a distraction. In terms of focus, it likely is a distraction. However, without giving attention back to the inner compass, we can’t reach the finish line–no matter how convinced we are that we’re perfectly aligned with that outcome.

Futhark_RSSx150Just as the elements are rallying around us to manifest this passion project, so do they ally with us to make this pit stop.  Remember, this little memo wouldn’t be announcing itself if it didn’t put us in direct contact with deep, unconscious drives to fulfill our desires. It is right.

You’re doing the right thing. Hold that thought, and do a self-check of the heart for the stamina to see it through.

Contact Kelley for a personalized Rune Reading.

Celebrate the Small Things – Gratitude

Posted by on 21 Mar 2014 in Blog Hop | 2 comments

Photo by The Shopping Sherpa @ flickr My weekly gratitude post, in the Celebrate the Small Things [ongoing] Blog Hop.

I’m grateful for Rob, and the fact that he rocks!

I’m thankful to have a job to return to.

I’m happy that my healing has been slow, but steady, two thumbs up from the surgeon.

What are you grateful for this week? How will you show thanks?

This post is part of VikLit‘s blog hop, Celebrate the Small Things. Participate by following the link and adding your name to the Linky list, then post your gratitude every Friday.  Easiest blog hop ever!

Click here to hop on… the hop, and thanks for coming with me on this journey of self-empowerment.

Thursday Betwixt – Working with Home Spirits

Posted by on 20 Mar 2014 in Thursday Betwixt | 13 comments

Wherever you stand, be the soul of that place.  ~Rumi

"Spirit House" by Basil Strahm So often we talk about totems, helping spirits, deities, Guides–which are all well and good. There are other influential souls with whom we can enter into deep relationship, and they’re right under our noses, every day. I call them our Home spirits, though I suspect they can be identified many ways.

These are the Nature spirits, land elders, and the consciousness of your actual home–the dwelling in which you live–who are guardians with whom you are in relationship all the time. They may be your favorite hellebores in the side garden, the cactus in a planter by the front door, the lawn, itself. They may be souls of indigenous land keepers, elementals that have never been in form, the spiritual manifestation of your town or bioregion. The soul of your home, each room, every beam, can engage you.

Being aware of spaces and how we use them, move through them, contribute to them, are affected by them, affect them–all of these are important. Despite that we use them for spiritual practice, most of us don’t bring them into our personal spiritual practice. We’re more conscientious of the rituals we do in spaces, the fetishes bring into them, the altars we build in them, yet how often do we actually engage the spirits of our home space? How often do we inquire about the needs of the land’s elders? How do they embrace (or not) other cultural flavors/allies of our spiritual path?

Acknowledge them, first of all. Create an opening to interact with them. Get a feel for what beings are ever-present in your home space. Invite them into your etheric space and communicate with them. Are they ones you already engage with, or are they new? How are they connected to the land, the home? How do they want to connect with you?  Ask what they need from you. State what you need from them.

This ongoing dialogue is key to being fully present in an animistic life, certainly in fulfilling the role of shaman. Historically, shamans served the tribe, a particular territory. Their relationship with the Nature spirits of that terrain enabled their success at caring for their tribe, at growing into their skills, and in working with other shamans, other terrains.

We don’t all have the same access to nature. Some live in city flats, others on farms, carefully manicured suburbia–none of which really matters when we consider the uniqueness of the relationships we form with and around our personal space. For that matter, some of us aren’t that enthused about direct interface with Nature. Sit with that contradiction, truly.  Honestly open up to what your role in working with local spirits is, and what they need from you. You don’t have to suddenly become a gardener, wilderness enthusiast, or master of sacred space. But you do have to become the master of your sacred space, or at least its willing host to be part of its mastery of being, of relating. These spirits are the eyes and ears of the places in your life that you can’t attend. They are the true guardians of your home, your personal domain. You are the manifestation of theirs.

When I first started working with the Home spirits of our current residence, I was greeted by many. They told me that in order for the balance between the physical and spiritual world to sustain and evolve, every place must have a human conduit. There must be a sentient bridge through which an exchange of life force happens, a consolidated awareness is forged, and all involved benefit.

We can’t deeply root into our own gifts and fulfill our needs until we connect with the spirits most immediately around us. They’re viable. They are important to our personal path, and our relationship with them is vital to the collective path of the planet. They are the roots we so often try to find in ourselves, forgetting they were already there.

Invoke them.

Bless them.

Thank them.

Serve them.

Be them.

Working with Home spirits isn’t just about where you are. It’s about where you’re going, where they have been, and where the planet needs to be.

Wordless Wednesday

Posted by on 19 Mar 2014 in Wordless Wednesday | 2 comments

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Weekly Rune – Ingwaz

Posted by on 17 Mar 2014 in The Weekly Rune | 0 comments

Jera - Intentional Insight's Weekly Rune by S. Kelley HarrellIngwaz (or Inguz) - People of Ing - It’s been a long time since Ingwaz appeared as The Weekly Rune. In fact, it’s been almost a year, to the week.

This stave calls to mind the adage, “where there’s a will, there’s a way.” While it portends the end of a cycle, it also brings a sense of survival and sacrifice to get there.

We tend to look at progress as a steady jaunt to some expected outcome, marking completed items off a list along the way. Ingwaz reminds us that true progress is measured not by our ability to tick off goals or reach the finish line first, but to reach completion in a way that supports and fosters our integrity, shares our truth, and inspires others to hold to theirs. In short, Ingwaz cautions us that plans change, and it’s okay to roll with what comes. Notice Ingwaz can’t be reversed. Change can’t be avoided.

Ingwaz is what I call a ‘hinge’ Rune, in that it’s about that tiny space–or maybe nonspace–between Here—> and <—There.  It’s not so much about the events themselves, where we started, or where we end up.  It’s about how the whole process changes us inside.  It’s about finding that well of nonspace, the inner Void where we create ourselves every day, and conscientiously, intentionally beginning that creation process again.

 

Celebrate the Small Things – Gratitude

Posted by on 14 Mar 2014 in Blog Hop | 2 comments

Photo by The Shopping Sherpa @ flickr My weekly gratitude post, in the Celebrate the Small Things [ongoing] Blog Hop.

I’m grateful for Rob, for all of his care and tending over the last week. He’s the best Lover, ever!

I’m thankful for all of the family and friends who came by to make sure we were fed, and that the kids hadn’t torn the house down (and for fixing it when they had).

I’m happy to have such an awesome online community of support and understanding. I don’t always know how far it reaches, though in this moment I do, and I thank you.

I’m grateful to my blog readers. We don’t always cross paths in other forums, so thank  you for commenting and staying in touch here!

I’m happy to have celebrated my Mom’s birthday this week!

I’m very pleased to welcome little Matilda to the adventure of formed being!

What are you grateful for this week? How will you show thanks?

This post is part of VikLit‘s blog hop, Celebrate the Small Things. Participate by following the link and adding your name to the Linky list, then post your gratitude every Friday.  Easiest blog hop ever!

Click here to hop on… the hop, and thanks for coming with me on this journey of self-empowerment.

Wordless Wednesday

Posted by on 12 Mar 2014 in Wordless Wednesday | 0 comments

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The Weekly Rune – Perthro

Posted by on 10 Mar 2014 in The Weekly Rune | 2 comments

Weekly Rune - Perthro - Intentional Insights

Perthro - chance - Many scholars regard Perthro as “luck,” though I find that our modern definition of the word doesn’t do it justice.  Usually, we think of luck as a random force that may work to our advantage, or suck the wind from our sails. An older understanding of luck falls more along the lines of a system, a force that ebbs and flows. As animistic creatures, we have the ability to be in touch with that system and to know how to read it to determine our success or failure. We can’t control The Force, so to speak, or outcomes, though we can control how in sync we are with The Force.

Reversed, as Perthro is this week, it takes on an even more personal tone. All you have right now is the moment. That’s all we ever have, really, though when Perthro is on the horizon, to live otherwise is to scatter ourselves to the wind. No looking forward to what we can’t know, no looking back at what is no longer. Be. here. now.

Note that the image at left presents the Rune brightstave.

Futhark_RSSx150This week, expect the unexpected.  The second verse is not the same as the first, and we don’t necessarily know how this tune will end.  With Perthro, we realize that we have as much control as we do not. What is before us now is the change that is always the same. The riddle we constantly mine for meaning and outcome is the truth we are never sure we know.

With this Rune comes the whisper that what determines luck isn’t the outcome of our efforts, but how we react to the outcome. When we own failure as compassionately as we hold success, perhaps that is how we create luck for later endeavors.

Go into this week focused, prepared for change, and armed with deep compassion for every present moment.

Contact Kelley for a personalized Rune Reading.

Celebrate the Small Things – Gratitude

Posted by on 7 Mar 2014 in Blog Hop | 0 comments

Photo by The Shopping Sherpa @ flickr My weekly gratitude post, in the Celebrate the Small Things [ongoing] Blog Hop.

I’m grateful for all of the support shown to me and my family as I prepare for surgery this week.

I’m thankful for good, healthy food.

I’m relived by the promise of less pain.

I’m happy for all of the Pisces in my life!

I’m grateful for the best flist, ever, on FB!

What are you grateful for this week? How will you show thanks?

This post is part of VikLit‘s blog hop, Celebrate the Small Things. Participate by following the link and adding your name to the Linky list, then post your gratitude every Friday.  Easiest blog hop ever!

Click here to hop on… the hop, and thanks for coming with me on this journey of self-empowerment.