Tag: S. Kelley Harrell

Weekly Rune – Kenaz

Kenaz - Intentional Insight's Weekly Rune by S. Kelley HarrellKenaz – Torch – A complex Rune, Kenaz, its meaning calls us to examine the flame in our lives. On the surface it seems easy to recognize the places that are lit,particularly when we examine what is most dark. Sometimes even the tiniest flicker blazes bright and illuminating, when we’re surrounded in darkness.

Another layer to this Rune references a ‘boil,’ or more specifically a blemish, that which is inflamed and restrained. The pain of suffering buried hurt is no less a wound, an impediment, than navigating in darkness.

Futhark_RSSx150 Consider this week what sore spots need to be revealed. Likely a specific concern already flickering on the radar, make the choice to give it voice, listen, and let it be laid bare. There is deep, clear enlightenment here, that can’t be revealed until  some measure of light is shone.  While it may be challenging to process, it will not overwhelm. One of the hallmarks of Kenaz is small, digestible bits of insight, revealed as needed, as processed. What a wonderful opportunity to take stock, make wanted changes.

This Rune comes now as a courtesy, a memo reminding us to actively participate and craft our paths. It’s a tool, giving us control over our assets, which in this case are the little hurts we otherwise ignore on a day-to-day basis. In willfully yet soulfully excising them,  we honor the wound. By shedding light on the causal irritants, we can find meaning in the discomfort and move on. The wound will heal; its wisdom is imparted and applied for new direction.

In the context of this reading, Kenaz is politely saying, “You can make the change, or it will be made for you.”

Contact Kelley for a personalized Rune Reading.

Celebrate the Small Things – Gratitude

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My weekly gratitude post, in the Celebrate the Small Things [ongoing] Blog Hop.

I’m grateful for rest, acupuncture, and more rest.

Very thankful for the new blogging opportunity at PaganSquare.

Thrilled with the amazing endorsements for Teen Spirit Guide to Modern Shamanism.

Happy for opportunities to continue to grow, love, and create myself.

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.

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Weekly Rune – Dagaz

Dagaz - Weekly Rune on Intentional InsightsDagaz – Day – Down in the easy chair, up go the feet, arms behind to cradle the head. It’s okay to assume the position of a job completed, work well done.

These last few weeks we’ve been in a current of tying up loose ends, making sure we’ve rallied allies, learning when to swim and dive deep at the times that floating along the tide isn’t enough. We’ve done a little happy dance to acknowledge the blessings we’ve attained, the wisdom this cycle has brought us. And now, in Dagaz, that cycle closes, begins a new one.

Dagaz is about cycles, specifically how we are guided through the day. How to prepare for the day ahead? Leap at the sound of the alarm, stumble into the shower and some combination of clothing, somehow managing to show good face for the work ahead? Meticulously lay out the day’s clothing and align all details the night before just so to ease the shift to morning, and greet the chores ahead with a task list and immaculately detailed day planner?

Then comes the summary of the day’s end: what was accomplished and what wasn’t; who did what, where, when, why, and how it affects us; how we feel about all of the above. And guess what? We get to do it all again tomorrow.

Futhark_RSSx150 That’s how most of us trek into and out of our days. If studies on Dagaz are correct, our ancestor’s day minders weren’t that different from ours. Therein lies its greatest wisdom of the human perception of the sun’s rotation: we did what we did, and learned what we learned, how do we move on?

I sometimes call Dagaz the ‘so what?’ Rune, because that’s its simplest, yet most profound teaching. Certainly a huge task has been completed, and celebrations are in order. So what? Don’t get too emotionally involved in things. Keep the ego in check, and do our best, because in the end, there is no end. Only a chance to do it all, better.

Contact Kelley for a personalized Rune Reading.

Celebrate the Small Things – Gratitude

Small Things Photo credit: Shermeee / Foter.com / CC BY

My weekly gratitude post, in the Celebrate the Small Things [ongoing] Blog Hop.

This week has danced a one-step-forward, fall-on-butt tempo. That said, I’m very pleased to have signed a publishing contract with Soul Rocks Books!

Happy that despite a household of illness, everyone is doing reasonably well.

Elated to still be on lowered medication for two weeks, despite aforementioned plague.

Happy to have another blogging platform inquire about writing for them. Now to get more time in a day.

Pleased that I can recognize privilege and First World problems.

Speaking of, thanks to Nick Wale for a great discussion on writingGift of the Dreamtime, and creative passion.

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.

Photo credit: Shermeee / Foter.com / CC BY

Weekly Rune – Wunjo

8_WunjoWunjo – joy – Years ago one of my shamanic teachers told me he hated moments of clarity. He went on to say that they were wonderful, vivid, heart-affirming, though elusive and ultimately not as clear as his ecstasy presented them to be. I knew what he meant, but I remained hopeful that wonder could sustain, that wisdom could override impulse, that awareness could last. He said clarity always preceded a big fall, and he’d grown to despise the feeling of elements aligning.

I can’t say that I share his angst in realizing awareness, or any good thing when it visits, though I fully understand such moments to be delicate and fleeting. This is the message of Wunjo. This week joy is visiting. Savor it. In this moment alignment with All Things delivers the object of dreams, fruits of labor… clarity. If this week was a cake glowing with candles, Wunjo is the wish made behind closed eyes. It is the split second during which every cell conspires in support of deepest desire, and aligned elements usher that manifestation forward.

Know that for this time the clarity is real. It is the result of a lot of hard work and being true to self.

I admit I was very starry-eyed when my teacher revealed this tender point to me.  Even though my instinct told me all hills must be crested and descended, I wanted the view at the top to last. Yet, my teacher wasn’t wrong, just a bit ‘half empty’ in assessing his own process at that time. The reality is Wunjo is the end of a cycle–literally the last Rune of the first aett. It’s a transient state we pass through when we succeed, complete, step into new personhood.  The completion of one passage leads to another. That’s the story of humanity. The end of a cycle gives us the opportunity to pause, reflect, and derive meaning before we move on to the next challenge. It’s our choice to fret what comes next, or draw on experience to grow beyond it.

For the record, clarity does last, until with further experience it yields to some other insight.

Joy lasts in memory, it thrives in sharing.

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Celebrate the Small Things – Gratitude

Small Things Photo credit: Shermeee / Foter.com / CC BY

My weekly gratitude post, in the Celebrate the Small Things [ongoing] Blog Hop.

I’m grateful for affirmation from peers and mentors in the writing community.

Thrilled to have had a wonderful birthday with my friends and family.

Grateful for how cool Facebook can be, sometimes.

Thrilled with the reception of Gift of the Dreamtimes 9th birthday.

Thankful for the trust and faith of the people I work with.

Healthy enough to step down a medication I’ve been on for a couple of years.

Blessed to have the opportunity to speak up.

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.

Photo credit: Shermeee / Foter.com / CC BY

Weekly Rune – Laguz

Weekly Rune - Laguz, by S. Kelley Harrell, Intentional InsightsLaguz – Water –  Fascinating that Laguz visits as mere miles from me Chapel Hill is flooded with more rain to come, while across the country in Arizona, wild fires blaze out of control. In that light some greater bid for balance comes to mind, and the ever-humbling knowledge that humanity is but one tiny component of Nature.

Weather shamanism  is all about balance–not controlling rain or shine, but coming into concert with Nature in a way that the atmosphere isn’t just predictable, but the inner scape healthily adapts to it. Thus, when the inner being is tamed, surrounding elements rally in support. Balance is attained. Indeed, Laguz reminds us of the fact that it is our nature to go with the flow, a feat more challenging than just ego surrender.

In order to go with the flow we must be in balance internally, as well as externally. We must be able to release and trust the elements to carry us, without controlling where we go. How many times can we reinvent ourselves along the passage to faith? How many shadows, insecurities, and fears can we confront in the narrow gap between the realization that change is needed and the acceptance of it? A whole lot more than most of us would care to admit, I’m certain.

The surrender Laguz brings isn’t in masterminding a needed outcome or reaching a coveted conclusion, but in letting go in order for it to find us. Laguz reminds us keenly that it isn’t about the destination, but the journey, that when we let go, what we need is already there.

This week consider your relationship to Nature, and honestly assess how well your inner processes surrender to those seeking to provide support around you. Stop fighting the current. Whatever the circumstances, regardless of the weather, let go of what does not serve you and let it carry you.

Honoring Cycles

S. Kelley Harrell's Gift of the Dreamtime - Awakening to the Divinity of Trauma For years I thought I had reverse Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). I never felt particularly down in the gloom of winter, but in the overwhelming bright sunlight of summer. Funny acronym, SAD. I knew deep down, though, that’s not what it was. This time of year for me is a collusion of cycles ending and beginning, by which I specifically mean birthdays, anniversaries.

Just as there are the micro cycles we see and know throughout our lives all the time, also are bigger ones we aren’t so familiar with, until something happens, until something demands that we respect them.

However sad or appropriate it may be, the last time I was abused was the night before my 7th birthday, which is to say that I remember it vividly. There were candles, a pool party that wasn’t, rallying of troops, and a dire negotiation with the Multiverse–which for whatever reason worked out on my behalf. The juxtaposition of that event with my birthday, the most hallowed of holidays any of us can ever have–the opportunity to stand in the presence of the Multiverse and say, “I’m Still Here…” Well, let’s just say that for a very long time, I wasn’t convinced of that, and even when I was, it wasn’t easy.

I reached a point of quiet on that front some years ago, in my mid-thirties. The sting was gone, though a dull nothingness took up its place. Then something truly miraculous happened, again. On my birthday in 2001, I first held in my hands my memoir, Gift of the Dreamtime. The irony wasn’t lost on me, though I didn’t shrink to that. I realized as I thumbed through those crisp new pages that a new era was beginning. I had to bless the old, take up its weary bones, and let new being take form.

So it has. This year I celebrate my birthday, honor the child who brought me to it, and the support of people from around the world who first read about the crossroads of my birthday in Gift of the Dreamtime. It has become more than my memoir. In the true sense of the ancient healing story, it has inspired many others to listen to their own, to tell them, to share their truths.

This ninth year of its being, you can download the ebook from Amazon for free 28-29 June.

Thanks so much for giving it your blessing on its amazing journey around the world!

Celebrate the Small Things – Gratitude

Small Things Photo credit: Shermeee / Foter.com / CC BY

My weekly gratitude post, in the Celebrate the Small Things [ongoing] Blog Hop.

Wonderful run of teaching for the last three weekends. Great inspiration and sharing, wonderful discussion, and unapologetic trust.

I’m grateful for this first month of engaging with the Tribe of the Modern Mystic. This resource I’ve wanted to create and manifest for several years, though as I move deeper into it, I realize how much I have needed it, myself.

Lots of openings to go deeper into projects, thus closure to that raw creation and waiting period. This is relief I can allow.

Foraging and the food frontier manifested a tasty gluten-free blueberry bar.

Happy to be relieved of the cold I had earlier in the week.

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.

Photo credit: Shermeee / Foter.com / CC BY

Engaging the Spirit World, Edited by Lupa, featuring the essay "Remembering the Tradition: Timeless Heritage, Curious Fate," by Kelley.

Engaging the Spirit World

Engaging the Spirit World, Edited by Lupa, featuring the essay “Remembering the Tradition: Timeless Heritage, Curious Fate,” by Kelley.

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Animism–the belief in spirits–is considered to be an integral part of many pagans’ paths. We call on these beings when we create our rituals, when we work magic, and even in our everyday lives. For some, though, spirits are the very center of their practices. This book collects writings from a variety of practitioners, exploring animism in nature, in technology, and even within the human psyche. Speaking from both theory and practice, the authors present personal experiences to demonstrate concepts, and provide ideas and tools for the reader to work with. Featuring essays from Dawn M. Allenbach, Kali Black, Vronica Cummer, Kenn Day, jaymi elford, Taylor Ellwood, S. Kelley Harrell, Raven Kaldera, Erynn Rowan Laurie, Rhiannon Louve, Lupa, Bari Mandelbaum, Paleo, Pia Van Ravestein, Andrieh Vitimus and Mel White.