The Barbell

Daily Draw: Green Woman, Surt (Destruction), The Devil (Fenris)

The forces of negativity that you’re up against are formidable, and it’s important to not take them lightly. Keep your focus, though, and be strong. Face your fears, and be guided by the light of your heart. Now, having said all that, let me also say that sometimes there are Things out there that you can’t defeat or avoid. You’re going to have to do battle. We can’t let somebody else do all the fighting or just pretend that the fights don’t exist. They do. Our lives are at stake, and if you want to keep a grip on the good life for yourself and others, you’re going to have to fight for it–not fight just to keep what’s comfortable and cushy for yourself, but fight to end the sources of negativity and evil that are trying to take the good life away. Do you remember that scene in “The Lord of the Rings” in which Frodo is facing Shelob in her lair, and the only thing he has is the vial from Galadriel and his own courage? Yeah, that’s us right now. We’re facing Shelobs out in the world all over the place, and all we have is faith and our own courage and a little bit of magic. Don’t back down. Let the purity and beauty of your courage and your faith in what’s good and right blaze forth and drive evil back to where it came from.

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Daily Draw: Ephemera, Knight of Wands (Daeg), & The Lovers rev (Loki, Angrboda, and Sigyn)

All things pass away, even those things to which we thought we would be tied forever. Let them go, and even move away from them if you can. Trust your own inner strength, which is pretty fantastic, and don’t rely on the wisdom of others to get you through. Today’s cards show a rejection of any authority that is not innate, and a protection of that which is most precious. You don’t need permission. You don’t need to explain. Just be your powerful, magical self and know what you do for yourself is right.

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Daily Draw: The Arch & Aether

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams today, and don’t be afraid to step into the enormity of that possibility. Take a single step toward making your dreams a reality, and it can be as big or as small a step as you like. But you are on your way, so you might as well put some gasoline into that engine and go. Power it up! Charge up that courage machine, people! Deep breath, and go!

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Daily Draw: 10 of Coins (rev), Bestla

Today’s draw is about going with it. Whatever your fate is for today, your choices have set events in motion and you can’t stop it even if you wanted to. Just roll with it. Be strong, use the knowlege you’ve gained so far, and don’t just throw your money away. Use your common sense, my dears. You’ve got a lot that other people want, and they may be coming at you with negative intent (or perhaps it’s just cluelessness and not meanness or evil; people sometimes are just well-meaning dopes). Don’t commit to anything just to make other people happy. Keep your own best interests right up front, and don’t give away the store. Not yet. People can wait.

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Daily Draw: 10 of Wands (Rym)

Today’s draw is about overwhelming burdens and coming to the end of a period of great trial; the burdens of the 10 of Wands have been blinding and often not of one’s own making, but we carry them to help someone else. The rune Dagaz signifies both significant transformation and the light at the end of a very long tunnel. We have been strengthened by this journey, and we’ve sacrificed a lot. Now is the time to start looking for what can be let go of without dishonoring self or others; what can be released gently and with respect? You don’t have to drop it like it’s hot, but you also don’t need to keep carrying it.

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Daily Draw: XX Judgment (Mordgud)

Today’s daily draw is XX Judgment, the giantess Mordgud, guardian of the gates of Helheim. The rune is Berkana, and the charms are The Artist, The Bullet Shell, The Life Preserver, The Barbell, and The Heart and Key. Take a deep breath, my dears. Judgment is at hand. You’ve done the work, submitted it for review, and now there’s nothing left for you to do but wait for the final pronouncement. Relax. Seriously, take a breath. Doodle. Go to the gym. Do your artwork. Face your woundings in whatever way you can. Let it come up, because it needs to. It’s time.

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Daily Draw: VI The Lovers (REV) Loki, Angrboda, and Sigyn

(The Lovers reversed with Loki, Angrboda, and Sigyn from The Giants’ Tarot by Raven Kaldera; also featuring the rune Laguz and The Noose, The Broom, and The Barbell charms) Today’s draw is about balance, flow, and directing your energy at the wrong targets. Don’t be too sweet, too kind, too forgiving. Don’t be afraid to call people out on their shit. Just make sure your wrath, your energy, your power, your sexual desires are all directed properly and not at false things. And if you can’t, go work it out. Seriously, taking it out on the gym is so much more advisable than taking it out on the wrong person. We’re all in this together, and even if you’re alone, you’re not alone. Ponder that for a bit.

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