Norse Runes – Ansuz

 

Odin - Lynn Perkins

Odin – Lynn Perkins

 

Ansuz
“Anne-sooz”

Translation
Literally: the As, the ancestral God, or Odin
Associated: breath, ancestral sovereign God

Meaning
When Ansuz shows up in a reading, it is a time to be on the lookout for messages and communications. You could be just about to receive some information, or the Rune could be telling you to be mindful of your communication skills with other people. Be open and aware of the words you hear and the words you choose to convey your thoughts, use your intelligence and wisdom.

It is also a rune of inspiration, of that ecstasy that allows inspiration to flow in. Remember, it is connected to Odin, and He is the very epitome of ecstasy. Connected to this inspiration is also poetry, voice, chanting, singing, songspells, language. The tools we use to convey whatever inspires us.

Touching on the ancestral aspect of this Rune, it is the breath of the ancestral line that we take in for the first time when we are born, given to us by our Ancestors. It is also exhaled the last time before we die, given back to our ancestral line, ready for the next life.

Reversed or Merkstave

It goes without saying that Ansuz reversed denotes misunderstandings, miscommunications. You will not be able to receive clear information at this time, whether that is because you cannot understand it at this point, or because someone is being dishonest.
This isn’t a time to debate or reach a decision as you will not have the right information.

Inspiration is blocked, and words fail you.

Ansuz reversed also reminds us that we may have many words to describe something, but it doesn’t mean that those words are said thing. Can we not experience something we have no words for?

New Imagery?

So I just found out earlier this week, we can now upload background images to wordpress blogs! It’s about time, I must say! So as soon as I discovered this, I decided to make myself a background. I love Photoshop, I really do! I decided to go with some written words because, well, this is a blog, I do write here!! lol. And some feathers and birds because they are creatures of the air, and air is associated with communication, ideas, thoughts, creativity, the mind. I thought it was appropriate 🙂

How do you like the new look?? 🙂

Anywho… strange things a-happening yesterday. We went out to get groceries, etc, and for some strange reason, I was so disoriented and felt very weird. It was like I couldn’t look at enough around me, and for the life of me, I couldn’t focus visually on one thing very well. Had to give the shopping list to the man so he could make sure we had picked up what we needed. Needless to say, it was very strange and I was glad I wasn’t out and about alone. It seemed to clear up when we got some food… strange, very strange. If anyone has experienced this or knows what it is, I’d love to find out! That’s pretty much the first time it has ever happened to me though.

I’ve been thinking about plants again! He-he. I just can’t stop it. The winter weather here in the Pacific Northwest is just so different, that although we’re still in January, I feel like Spring is just around the corner. I feel sorry for my family in Ontario who are dealing with three feet of snow, and crappy winter weather, but am glad all I need are a good pair of rubber boots and an umbrella, lol. This year, I want to finally grow the lovely witchy seeds I bought over a year ago. I think I will buy a few more seeds some witchy (belladonna, henbane, clary sage, angelica) and some for foods ( chiles (jalapeno & ancho), I already have some nice tomato seeds, so salsa and tomato sauce here I come!). I’m also thinking of growing from a bought avocado and getting some seeds to grow my own bay laurel tree. That would be wonderful. Although, I will have to sit down and really think about what I can realistically grow because my apartment is quite small, and the windows don’t bring in an enormous amount of light. I’m also not sure if I will be able to make a little garden in the yard.. will have to chat with the owners about that one!
What are you folks planning for your gardens, witchy or otherwise?

Elemental Magic(k) – Fire

It’s now time to discuss Fire elemental magic(k). Fire is the element of the South (or East, depending on your tradition), Summer, the Spirit, youth, will, the masculine, activity, sexuality, transformation, courage, protection, physical strength, physical exercise, passion and growth. We work with Fire when we dealing with issues of will power, being fearful, and generally moving forward (motivation).

Herbal/Oil/Incense Associations:
Copal, Frankincense, Rose, Olibanum, Orange, Cinnamon, Calendula, Saffron, Almond, Basil, Juniper, Lime.

Stone Associations:
Pyrite, Fire Opal, Fire Garnet, Amethyst, Firestone, Fire Agate, Ruby, Obsidian, Lava, Red Jasper, Bloodstone, Carnelian, Quartz Crystals, Tiger’s Eye, Rhodochrosite.

Elemental Beings:
Salamanders: beings who excite passions, powerful emotions; help in tearing down the old and making way for the new; help in healing the body and mind; stimulate spiritual ideas and perceptions.

Animals:
Lion, Phoenix, Dragon, Lizards, Praying Mantis, Ladybug, Bee, Scorpion, Shark, Horses, Coyotes, Foxes, Snakes.

Tarot:
The Wands suite, The Emperor, The Tower, The Wheel Of Fortune.

Gods:
Hestia, Brigid, Hephaestos, Adranus, Belenos, Ayao, Belisama, Sekhmet, Ra, Loki.

Magic(k)al Workings:
Will power, creativity, healing, purification, passion, love, courage, motivation, growth, spirituality/faith.

Elemental Magic(k) – Air

Elemental magic(k) is a basic sort of magic(k) that is easier to learn if you are new on the path because of the focus on the elements, and easier to work with if you’ve been on the path for a while and you are in need of something really quick in an emergency as we generally familiarize ourselves with the properties of each element fairly early on in the magic(k)al learning process. This sort of magick makes for a good basis to work more elaborate magic(k)s down the road. Of course, you can make quite elaborate spellwork calling upon more than one element, and more than a few correspondences.

Air is the element of the East (or South, depending on your tradition), Spring, the soul, creativity, the mind and communication. When you feel as though your mind is stagnant, your focus strained, your creativity has run out and you are surrounded by miscommunications, petitioning and working with this element is a definite must.

Herbal/Oil/Incense Associations:
Agrimony, Butchers Broom, Caraway, Red Clover, Dandelion, Eucalyptus, Hops, Lavender, Lemongrass, Lily of the Valley, Linden, Mace, Meadowsweet, Mistletoe, Sage, Slippery Elm, Star Anise, Pine.

Stone Associations:
Aventurine, Azurite, Mottled Jasper, Celestite, Kyanite, Mica, Pumice

Elemental Beings:
Sylphes: wish, dream and knowledge granters; rulers of weather; protectors of magic(k); beings who fly.

Animals:
Birds, flying insects, dragons, flying horses.

Tarot:
The suit of Swords (although when not reading, I feel that Swords should be fire as they are made in fire); The Magician; Justice; Wheel of Fortune; Temperance; The Star.

Gods:
Zeus, Hera, Uranus, Chaos, Amun, Horus, Nut, Shu, Latobius, Caillech, Arianrhod, Thor.

Magic(k)al Workings:
Communication, knowledge, ideas, education, creativity, freedom, travel, writing skills, meditation, divination, visualization.