Blessed Solstice, friends! Here in the northern hemisphere it’s the winter solstice and we celebrate the return of the light. Today is a day to relax and enjoy being with friends and family. Let yourself play a little if you can. Take deep breaths. Practice laughing. Drink deep, and release fear and regret. Don’t worry about what’s past and gone, especially as regards decisions and choices you’ve made. Let them go and draw strength from the conquests you’ve made over previous demons. Don’t let yourself get lost in nostalgia and daydreams about the past and what might have been. Let it all go and put your energy into facing forward and moving on. You’ve got adventures coming, no matter how impossible they might seem right now. So put your energy into planning and taking the steps you need to take to get ready to move when the time is right. And for now, let your hair down and relax a bit! Take a moment to acknowledge the seasonal shift wherever you are, and raise a glass to your ancestors. Hail, Yule! Or Hail, Midsummer! Hail, Litha! Blessings to you all!
You have every right to be proud of yourselves, my dears, but don’t get too carried away: the work is not done yet and there’s still a long way to go. But you’ve got more strength in you than you perhaps realized, and you have what it takes to put those ideas into action. Keep dreaming, but keep the umbrella handy because rain is coming (for good or ill). Your manifestations are alive and coming home to roost (as it were). Look to your gods and ancestors for help, and keep going.
Decks: A Curious Oracle by Holly DeFount, The Thoth Tarot by Aleister Crowley and Lady Freida Harris
Set your burdens down. Sort through them. Look at them from a bit of a distance, and you’ll see that they are not real. Give yourself the spaciousness that comes from quieting your mind. Breathe and relax. You are not alone. Seriously, look at the photo here: There is a key right in the middle of the prayer wheel for god’s sake. How much clearer does it need to be? Your powers are with you, protecting you, marveling at you a little bit. Let your mind relax and be free of its constraints. Write, speak, tell stories about what’s real for you. And let your faith be your shield.
Today’s draw is about recognizing that there is magic out there, people. Just because the Age of Reason happened doesn’t mean that magic stopped flowing in the world. It didn’t. We here in the “enlightened” west just tuned into a different sort of very authoritative, patriarchal magic. And that’s all fine–we need that. Because of that magic, we’ve put men on the moon, we’re investigating weird shiny objects on Pluto, we’ve (mostly) eradicated smallpox. Yay these things. But it would be a serious mistake, it HAS BEEN a serious mistake, to disregard the other forms of magic in the world, the darker magic, the more hidden flows. Tap into that today, darlings. When the wind blows in your face, whisper your prayers onto it. Put your blessings onto the wind so that they may be carried all over the world. Be wary of the authority that says, “DO IT MY WAY WHICH IS THE ONLY WAY.” Nod to that authority if you must, for your safety’s sake, but do your own magic once you’re free of its sight. Wish. Act on those lucky impulses. And don’t look too deeply into where they come from. You don’t need to know right now.
Today’s draw is about scattering and frittering away your energies. You’re wasting your time on things that don’t matter. Now, this is not necessarily a bad thing. It’s different for everybody. We here at Muse’s Darling Industries have been through a very intense spiritual process over the last week and a half, so a little frittering isn’t going to do any harm–or at least we’ve decided to not worry about it for today. Maybe it’s the same for you. Maybe things have just been so goddamn hard lately that you need some frittering away time. The warning from the rune Algiz is to not go all blithe spirit into oncoming traffic. Be aware of where you are and what you’re doing, and try not to get yourself into any commitments or agreements today. And for god’s sake don’t be a distracted driver/walker/biker. By all means fritter if you must, but pay attention while you’re frittering.
Today’s draw is The Empress (the eldest of the mothers of the Rokkr, the giantess Laufey); the rune is Kenaz and the charms are The Child, The Mirror, and The Flying Pig. Look within, my dears, and be your own best nurturing mother today. Take care of yourselves, and do what you need to do to soften and heal yourselves. Take the time to go within; do your work and nourish your inner fire. What makes you happy? What lights you up? Do that. Be that, as best you can. We all have responsibilities and roles to play in life that don’t allow us to take care of ourselves the way we should, perhaps, but try to find the time today, even a moment, to stop, breathe, and remember joy–no matter how impossible it seems.
Take heart, my darlings! The God Voice Itself is singing words of hope and joy to you today. The card is The Star, Nott, ancient giantess mother of the Dawn. The charms cast for today are The Lighthouse, The Blessed Heart, The Flying Pig, The Bullet Shell, and The Ancestor Gnome (who is awesome). Runes drawn for today are Os and Wunjo. Don’t give up. Don’t give in to self-destruction. Believe in the impossible, because you can make the impossible possible–you do it every single day. You are so close now, and are being guided home. HANG ON. Morning is nigh, my beautiful dears.