Monday, August 24, 2015

Sumerland 2015


Summerland 2015 and the week after.


The last 2 weeks have been wonderful. I attended my first summerland festival located in southern Ohio. This is an ADF festival, and as I joined ADF earlier this year I decided to attend. Well, not just decided, my friend Amy was being ordained and I would not have missed that for the world.

As out grove was running the kitchen, I had decided to work in the kitchen as much as needed, and put in quite a few hours. But I was able to attend a few workshops and learned a few new things that is always a good thing.

I also took my Zentangle kit with me, and ended up giving a couple impromptu classes. As I was teaching friends, it was not planned, and they were not full classes, I did not charge them at all. It was nice to teach it again.

Interesting to note, though I love Zentangle, and I plan on doing more, I have recently been slacking. The one place it has been used though is for offerings/sacrifices. There have been a number of rituals where I will create a tile for the purpose of offering it to the fire at ritual.  While at summer land I created 3 tiles as offering in the future to various Gods I associate with.


The weekend after summerland was also great, we had a S’more party and it went well. I made homemade marshmallow, and the strawberry ones were amazing. We had lots of different toppings, and cookies to put them on. Hot dogs were wonderful over the fire, and it was a great fire. Was wonderful to see friends I have not seen in a while, all in all a great couple weekends in a row.

Summerland Tiles               S'more Party 
Created as an offering for Sygin

The Fire
The Layout 

An offering for Enki














Another offering tile for Lugh 




Marshmallows in the making






Friday, August 21, 2015

A good day

Today is a good day, aside from having to leave work early to get steroids to treat my poison ivy. I always put it off, when I should know that I need them for my body to get over the rash, the sooner I get them the quicker I heal. This post however is about accomplishments. I am super happy to say I have done my 90th daily rune draw. I still am leading them, and will add quizzing myself on their meaning soon, but 90 draws makes me happy. It is interesting to note how often the draw lines up with what happens during the day, and it matters not if I draw morning, noon or night.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

This is on the July rune draw page, but I think it should be here also.

Day 73: Wednesday July 29th, (Rune Drawn: Laguz) : So I drew this rune, and was thinking about it. It can mean success in an upcoming trip, with the possibility of loss. I am planning a trip to Indianapolis this weekend to attend another Lughnassadh ritual with the protogrove that is there. So I thought it might mean the trip would be good and I would not be winning the games, though I am not sure that is the definition of loss in the definition of the rune. Sometimes I am a silly person, and need to take things at their face value. You see the core meaning of Laguz is water. Well when I ran out today to grab some lunch, it was sprinkling…. So I grabbed an umbrella. By the time I reached the end of the first block it was raining hard. Once I grabbed food and headed back to work it was pouring, and raining sideways. When I got to work, I was able to wring at least a half cup or water out of each sock. The umbrella protected my head, body, and one arm, but the rest was soaked. So my lesson for the kindred today is, look deeper for the meaning of the runes, but do not forget what each one represents.

My pants when I got back to work....


Thursday, July 9, 2015

Daily Rune Draws June 2015



Day 55: Tuesday June 30th, (Rune Drawn: Jera) A year, a good harvest: The results of earlier efforts are realized. A time of peace and happiness, fruitful season. It can break through stagnancy. Hopes and expectations of peace and prosperity. The promise of success earned. Life cycle, cyclical pattern of the universe. Everything changes, in its own time.

Day 54: Tuesday June 29th, (Rune Drawn: Jera) A year, a good harvest: The results of earlier efforts are realized. A time of peace and happiness, fruitful season. It can break through stagnancy. Hopes and expectations of peace and prosperity. The promise of success earned. Life cycle, cyclical pattern of the universe. Everything changes, in its own time.

Day 53: Tuesday June 28th, (Rune Drawn: Ansuz) The As, ancestral god, i.e. Odin: A revealing message or insight, communication. Signals, inspiration, enthusiasm, speech, true vision, power of words and naming. Blessings, the taking of advice. Good health, harmony, truth, wisdom.

Day 52: Tuesday June 27th, (Rune Drawn: Raidho) Wagon or chariot: Travel, both in physical terms and those of lifestyle direction. A journey, vacation, relocation, evolution, change of place or setting. Seeing a larger perspective. Seeing the right move for you to make and deciding upon it. Personal rhythm, world rhythm, dance of life.

Day 51: Tuesday June 26th, (Rune Drawn: Sowilo) The sun: Success, goals achieved, honor. The life-force, health. A time when power will be available to you for positive changes in your life, victory, health, and success. Contact between the higher self and the unconscious. Wholeness, power, elemental force, sword of flame, cleansing fire. 

Day 50: Tuesday June 25th, (Rune Drawn: Othala) Ancestral property : Inherited property or possessions, a house, a home. What is truly important to one. Group order, group prosperity. Land of birth, spiritual heritage, experience and fundamental values. Aid in spiritual and physical journeys. Source of safety, increase and abundance.

Day 49: Tuesday June 24th, (Rune Drawn: Perthro) Uncertain meaning, a secret matter, a mystery, hidden things and occult abilities. Initiation, knowledge of one's destiny, knowledge of future matters, determining the future or your path. Pertaining to things feminine, feminine mysteries including female fertility, and vagina. Good lot, fellowship and joy. Evolutionary change. 

Day 48: Tuesday June 23rd, (Rune Drawn: Perdhro) Dice Cup, Perdhro reminds us of the uncertainties in life and represents freewill and the connection of the restrictions we have due to our circumstances.

Day 47: Tuesday June 22nd, (Rune Drawn: Naudhiz) Necessity, This rune represents how our need or want of something can put a restriction on us. It restricts our possibilities but also contains the power we need to break free from those restrictions.

There was a break here for Lakes of fire, though I took my runes to do a mid-summer ritual, I decided not to do daily drawings while there.

Day 46: Tuesday June 17th, (Rune Drawn: Sowulo) With the help of this rune we tend to be able to see things more clearly. Like the sun sheds light on dark times, with Sowulo we too can find the light during dark times.

Day 45: Tuesday June 16th, (Rune Drawn: Sowulo) With the help of this rune we tend to be able to see things more clearly. Like the sun sheds light on dark times, with Sowulo we too can find the light during dark times.

Day 44: Tuesday June 15th, (Rune Drawn: Laguz) Water,  Laguz represents the power of water and its easy flowing nature. We must learn to “go with the flow” when this rune shows up in a reading so that we can take full advantage of our powers.

Day 43: Tuesday June 14th, (Rune Drawn: Fehu) Cattle, Fehu is a rune of power and control. It represents new beginnings and “movable” wealth such as money and credit. It is a rune that gives us the power we need to obtain wealth as well as the power we need to hold on to it.

Day 42: Tuesday June 13th, (Rune Drawn: Fehu) Cattle, Fehu is a rune of power and control. It represents new beginnings and “movable” wealth such as money and credit. It is a rune that gives us the power we need to obtain wealth as well as the power we need to hold on to it.

Day 41: Tuesday June 12th, (Rune Drawn: Mannaz) Mannaz has many powers. First it is a rune that lets us know we can achieve our fullest potential. Secondly it reminds us that we, as humans, all have shared experiences in life. Lastly we can use the power of this rune to gain the upper hand in disputes and arguments.

Day 40: Tuesday June 11th, (Rune Drawn: Ehwaz) Horse, Ehwaz reminds us that in order for success there must be a natural flow in the task at hand. With this rune to give us power as well as it making use of our good intentions we can surely achieve such success.

Day 39: Tuesday June 10th, (Rune Drawn: Berkano) Birch Tree, Like the birch tree coming to life from a seed planted in the earth, Berkana represents a new beginning and is also a powerful birth rune.

Day 38: Tuesday June 9th, (Rune Drawn: Thurisaz) Thorn, This rune represents the ability we have to resist unwanted conflicts in a passive manner. It is a rune of protection and can tell us of a possible change that would have otherwise come without warning. You can use the protection aspect of Thurisaz as a defense against adversaries. 

Day 37: Tuesday June 8th, (Rune Drawn: Fehu) Cattle, Fehu is a rune of power and control. It represents new beginnings and “movable” wealth such as money and credit. It is a rune that gives us the power we need to obtain wealth as well as the power we need to hold on to it.

Day 36: Tuesday June 7th, (Rune Drawn: Perdhro) Dice Cup, Perdhro reminds us of the uncertainties in life and represents freewill and the connection of the restrictions we have due to our circumstances.

Day 35: Tuesday June 6th, (Rune Drawn: Kenaz) Torch, Kenaz is a rune of knowledge, understanding, learning and teaching. It allows us to view situations with more clarity than we normally would.

Day 34: Tuesday June 5th, (Rune Drawn: Naudhiz) Necessity, This rune represents how our need or want of something can put a restriction on us. It restricts our possibilities but also contains the power we need to break free from those restrictions.

Day 33: Tuesday June 4th, (Rune Drawn: Raidho) Wheel, Cartwheel, This rune allows us to focus our energy so that we may obtain our goals

Day 32: Tuesday June 3rd, (Rune Drawn: Perdhro) Dice Cup, Perdhro reminds us of the uncertainties in life and represents freewill and the connection of the restrictions we have due to our circumstances.

Day 31: Tuesday June 2nd, (Rune Drawn: Othala) Home, Wealth that cannot be sold. 

OK I have been lax in posting these, but many days I have actually drawn my runes… Here is chunk of them, without much of a write up. I am sorry. I will do better. I am heading to Sirius Rising, but will draw my runes there, and do a write up each day. Then post them when I return.


Day 30: Tuesday June 1st, (Rune Drawn: Fehu) Moveable wealth, I know what this is about. I have let my funds get low, and I always worry when that happens. I believe the kindred are just saying hey remember to save, and that tomorrow is payday. In other news I have begun to dream about drawing Jera. I think the Kindred are pestering e to start implementing my plans to get healthier/happier. I really do want to start working out and eating better, I am not worried about my weight, but I really just want to have more energy and to feel better. So tomorrow I begin my new life! As of tomorrow anyone who sees me with a bottle of soda is allowed to take it and pour it out. From now on it is reserved for going out and movies. 6oz cans are OK for a while, but only 1 a day to help deal with withdrawal.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Wellspring 2015

Well this is going up a few days later than I planned, do to being tired, then burning myself. I wanted write something up on Wellspring 2015 as this was my first Major Druid event. All in all the weekend was amazing; the weather aside from Friday night was wonderful camping weather. Friday night it was bitter cold, but we did have enough equipment to keep up warm. Something I learned though is if it is too cold my breath will condense before leaving my CPAP mask which is no fun. The remaining nights were not bad (Saturday) and perfect (Sunday.) The daytime weather was also great, even warm enough that I would have used the pool if it was open.

There were two things from the weekend that really made it stand out. One was the warrior games, and the people of the warrior’s guild. The second was the main ritual. Each of these events spoke to me in very profound ways, and in very different ways. I will address each of them, and the only fair way is to do so in the order I attended them. I am not sure if I could say which my favorite was, so doing them in order is the way to go.

The warrior games: Saturday morning…
The games took place Saturday morning, and I really wish I had decided to play in them before that morning. This would have allowed me more than a few moments between matches to work on my bardic piece. It would have allowed me to practice on Friday, and I would have met some of the guild a night earlier. This was a truly amazing group of people. This event was a real home coming.  By the end of the event I knew I would be bringing these games home with me, and coming up with a way to do them with my grove. I have already bought rock for the stone throw and stone and peg. I am planning out purchases, and also am redesigning my new workout schedule to include games as part of the work outs. I will soon be joining the guild, and look forward to seeing where this is going. I have heard it said that no one is born a warrior, but I am not so sure. I knew I was one from a young age, and with lead to me joining the Army as soon as I was allowed. Once I left the Army, I thought I had left that part of my life behind, yet now I am not sure, I believe I have a place within the guild of Warriors in ADF.

My awards from the Warrior games:
 


My purchase of stones to train with:

64 pounds of Rocks, I now need to figure out what each ome weighs.





The main ritual: Sunday night...
Saturday night around dinner time I developed a horrible headache, and headed for bed very early. I drugged myself pretty well, to deal with both headache and my allergies, and took a nap, or so I though. I slept all night and I slept hard. When I woke on Sunday, I was still pretty out of it, and stayed that way most of the day. Amy and I went out for food, off site for dinner, and I had hoped that it would help and it did not. I was thinking of skipping the ritual, but with Amy having a part, and with her talking about how amazing they are, I decided to attend. Jen was a saint and gave me a couple peppermints that helped soothe my stomach. So going into the ritual I felt like someone had run me over. By the end, I was in amazing shape. I may write up the ritual, as a latter post but honestly I was so invested in experiencing it that I am not sure just how much I remember. I do know that when we invited all of the shining ones whom we have worked with into the circle, that Sigyn was there, and that she gave me more energy. And or reduced my fatigue. I remember the point at which I felt her hand on my brow, and the starting to feel better right after, and continuing to feel better as the night went on. Watching the clergy work was something to behold. When I was a child, well late teen, I thought about going into the Christian clergy. Obviously that did not happen. However, I have been giving thoughts to what I will do once I finish my dedicant path, and the clergy may be something I pursue.  


I also need to mention the Artisan guild contest. I had entered 3 Items, and though I did not win, it was great fun entering. The people I lost to I am more than will to admit were better than me. ADF has some truly amazing artists.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

A bag for my Runes

Thank you Amy!

Well as I had mentioned before I have finished my set of handmade runes. I was goig to look around online for a nice sack to keep them in, but Amy was having none of that. She told me that she would make a bag for me or help me make a bag. We pulled out the tub of fabric she has, and she allowed me to choose whatever I wanted. I looked at almost everything she had, and kept being drawn to a beautiful hand dyed fabric. We pulled it out and Amy asked what size bad I wanted. I showed her the approximate size I wanted it, and then things were put on hold for a bit. Well Tuesday, while I was working on a cake for a grove mates birthday, Amy was nice enough to make the bag for me. She did an amazing job, used French seams an all. Here is a photo of the sack, I don’t think I could have bought a better bag for my runes.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

My 1st Tattoo

It has taken me years but I have finally gotten my 1st tattoo. This may not seem like a major accomplishment, but for years I had resigned myself to never having one. Over the years I have attempted other tattoos, but major issues kept coming up. My 1st attempt happened when I was in the Service, and a friend and I were going to drive to Pittsburgh, to a famous artist to be tattooed,(I don’t remember what I was planning.) When we pulled out of his driveway he rear ended another car, and though we were not going fast, the accident sheared off him engine mounts and pretty much totaled his car. The second tattoo, I had another appointment, I had chosen the tattoo, and all was set, and then my marriage fell apart. My ex-wife and I had made our appointments the same day, and though she was able to make it to her appointment, I was reeling from the divorce and did not make it. The Third attempt was also thwarted by a car accident, I had found a place here in Lansing, and the day of my appointment my mother was in a car accident and totaled my parent’s car, and broke her arm. Needless to say I was at the hospital instead of getting tattooed that night. I took this as a sign that I was not to get tattoos.

That feeling lasted until a few years ago. When I felt pilled to get a tattoo, I began looking and for a while I thought I wanted a greenman tattoo, but that did not feel right. As time went on I was leaning more and more towards a tree, the tree. I wanted the worldtree represented and I started looking at various images. It was not until I was in a tattoo studio looking around on the internet while my friend was tattooed that I found something close.  I showed the photo to the tattoo artist, said I want something like this, with x changes, and in grey-scale, and he said sure. The tattoo was actually just drawn on in red sharpie, then free hand tattooed, and he could not have done a better job.


So here is the tattoo……