The Rune of Protection

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Every few years, I seem to encounter some major changes in my life often tied to moving, or changing jobs. It would be great if the changes were more like getting a new hair style, or a new car…

This morning, as part of my morning meditation, I drew the Algiz Rune, a powerful rune of protection. For those of you who may be unfamiliar with Runes, they are basically letters that were used before the Latin alphabet was adopted to write various Germanic languages. However, It’s thought that because rune letters were often found on artifacts, that runes were used for magical purposes to be used as charms. The meaning of ‘Rune’ is ‘Something secret, hidden’. There’s an indication that the runes were originally considered esoteric.

The elder Futhark Runes consist of 24 runes, and are of the old Germanic alphabet. Over centuries, other new variants such as, Anglo-Saxon Futhorc runes that consist of 33 runes, Turkish and Hungarian Runes, Etruscan alphabet, and the Scandinavian Futhark, have been created. Rune symbols can be carved into different kinds of material. The most common are gem stones, wood, and other ceramic materials.

In fact, a lot of mystery surrounds runes, and their origin. But right now, I’d like to focus on the Elder Futhark, which are the runes I work with. By the way, the first six letters of ‘Futhark’ make up the Elder Futhark (spelling out ‘Futhark’) rune alphabet. Here, I am using rune cards. I found that when I use gem stones or ceramics, they break on me. The cards are a safe bet!

As I mentioned earlier in this entry, I have undergone many changes; I drew a rune for today – a way to get some more guidance as I continue on this journey fraught with changes. To draw the ‘Algiz’ rune was comforting. One of the questions I ask myself often is, will I be ok? Will I be protected from negative influences? Or even just my own negative thinking… So many things can go wrong while on a new path, and the rune Algiz – or Elhaz – meaning elk literally, is just the encouragement I need.

So, the answer is yes I’ll be protected against any obstacles, or threats that may come as a result of stepping onto my new path. I will also be protected from myself – thank goodness! I can often be the biggest and best obstacle to my own success. Well, not today!

Many blessings!

Sandi

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Polarity

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Dark crawls through jagged edges of

light

Light, suspends its wings

it stops, mid-flight

The flicker pauses

unsure of day or night

Black streaks break up the bright

as flickers of white

race to make it alright

Dark is lost

suspended in time

All can be seen in its

infinite divine

… Dark is lost

 ©Sandi Martinez

In the rough

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When I first took this pic (above), it was spring of this year, 2017. The vibrant colors spoke to me. The star-like image in the center of this beautiful flower, reminded me that life always begins. Even when it ends. Winter had just wrapped up – the ground had already thawed.

As I look at my life now – mid-summer – hot, sticky, and well, wonderfully warm, I am brought back to this image. All life is now in full-bloom. All gardens are mature, and flowering… smiling. But somehow, I feel a bit rough around the edges. As if I’m not quite myself, and yet all the changes I’ve been through, have led me here: to a moment of understanding.

All life will continue living. Being. All the changes I’ve encountered mirror that. Though it hasn’t felt like it, this I realize is my inner truth: Through all the unknowns, worries, and more worries, one thing remains true, life continues to unfold. Will I continue to move with that sure movement, or will I hang  back observing, as if it isn’t my life?

I’d like to. Because the worst feeling is to feel as if there is no choice. My choice? Flow with the waters that eventually lead to the oceans of time, life, and love. Flow with universe and trust all has its own time. Trust that the universal power has the upper hand.

Oh, and smell the lovely roses in bloom, because soon, my favorite season will come: fall… in all its raving mad, colorful beauty!