The Veil is Thin.

Whether they be your ancestors of the Craft, your ancestors of your blood, or your ancestors of your people ... they will speak, if you will but listen.

Sometimes with voices strong and bold, sometimes with mere whispers ... they will speak, if you will but listen.

When you ask them or your Gods and Goddesses for help, for change, for power, for evolution ... they will speak, if you will but listen.

Are you open to the change you seek?

Will you embrace the Turning of the Wheel?

- Rath, Alexandria Virginia

Spring renewal

The warmth of spring has come early to our section of Western New York and brings with it a sense of renewal and breaking free from the cold, preserving ice.  Someone reset the Goddess's alarm clock and we are waking up much sooner than expected.  Science tells us that this is not a good thing, and with good reason.  Mother Earth's climate is changing.

Here at the Albino Bat covenstead we have started to see change come in more positive ways.  Seeds that were planted last fall are now beginning to break through the soil and stretch their way to the sun.  The warmth of inspiration and the fresh, new growth is riding high, encouraging the sap in older trees to flow more abundantly.  

Seven years ago, at a time of great upheaval, I leaned my soul shocked, empty shell of a body against a slumbering Oak.  The Oak, still and patient, shared with me a small secret of hope.   Although the tree looks bare and dead, the stirring of life still remains underground.  A reflection of my soul.  The strength of my blood.  The sap of this Oak.  The promise of renewed vitality.  

Uruz.  Uruz.  Uruz.  

Rune of the aurochs, of strength and vigor, and overcoming impossible odds.  

 

Hygge - creating calm

"Hygge - a Danish word that means a sense of wellbeing, a comfortable feeling, coziness, and pleasure in the simple things in life."  Clare Youngs, Scandinavian Needlecraft

The Danish have a long tradition of creating moments of comfort to bring an extra touch of contentment to their lives.  This practice is a way to combat the cold environment that they live in.  I've started including a bit of hygge into my life and have found that it adds a little light to my commonplace chores.    

I find the love of the gods in this practice.  We as witches, pagans and heathens already have a sort of hygge.  When we talk about every single act of or day being sacred, this is a form of hygge.  

My hygge right now lies in Tim Horton's coffee, medium double double, a jasmine scented candle lit over our hearth which reminds me of a Christmas gift that my sister gave me 15 years ago, and our cat sitting on my lap in a favorite blanket.  All gifts from the gods, all bringing comfort and contentment.  

Skol and good health to you!

Ivy

 

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A Gift for a Gift

"Holy water, sacred flame,  Bridget we invoke your name! Bless my hands, my head, my heart, source of healing, song and art."  Diane Baker

 I'm working on writing a public ritual for the Buffalo pagan community.  The goddess Frigga is at my side while I prepare this holiday for our guests.  As hostess, it is my honor to offer the welcome cup to Brighid.  Our home holiday will center around the Aesir and the blessing of our work items by Thor, but our open holiday will be dedicated to the "Fiery Redhead" of martial arts, smithcraft, and creativity.  

To the Norse people, hospitality was a way of life.  No one could be turned away.  The table and welcome cup were always full and there was always room for one more in the household; a place for guests coming in from the cold.  Odin in His guise as Wanderer, could be the guest who knocked on the door late at night, and who would turn Him away?  It was understood that if the guest was treated well, they were to be respectful to the host and the host's family.  

Gebo is the rune of gift exchange and the promise of mutual respect.   Exchanging gifts creates an energetic bond between people and families, and can form kinship.

Kindling the need fire

 

I kindle this flame as Sunna gives light to the world.  Thor on top of this house, Frigga and Odin at its center and the eight strongest ALGIZ surrounding!

When I was a young witch, I fell in love with a prayer to the goddess Brighid.  This prayer was said under the breath of the woman who stirred the coals early in the morning to kindle the cooking fire for her family.  I used to say it daily as I lit our gas stove to make dinner for my family.  When Eldraun and I started building the lesson structure for the clan and chose to work with the Nordic deities, I changed the prayer to reflect our honoring of these gods.     

Algiz is the seventh rune in the second group of eight runes (called an "aett") in the Elder Futhark.  A common use of this rune is for protection.  The rune (seen below) can represent the intimidating horns of the Elk or the footprint of the Valkyries in their form of a swan which both relate to warding, consecration and blessedness.  

Algiz