Monday, April 22, 2019

Pagan Teutonic Magic and Medicine - Odin's 9 RUNE Twig Lay


Upplands Runinskrift 871
Upplands Runinskrift 871 - (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Odin's Lay of the Nine Twig Runes 
(Used by the Vikings)

There is a big difference between Native Teutonic Magic and the Magic that came North from the Mediterranean Countries.

The Pagans believed that the four causes of disease are (1) The flying Venoms; (2) The Evil Ones; (3) The Worm as a cause of Disease; and (4) the Power of the Elves and especially "Elf-Shot."

Not only did the Northern peoples know of these causes, but they are also found in the ancient Indian Vedas.

The Lay of the the Nine Twigs,(Runes) of Odin tell us how Odin was at war against the "Worm" serpent. He cut it into nine fragments. From each fragment, a disease arose. These were: Death dealing diseases.

English: The Norse god Odin on his horse Sleip...
The Norse god Odin on his horse Sleipnir
(Photo credit: 
Wikipedia)
There is a native charm for protection against these diseases.
"Balder and Odin
Fared into the wood
There was Balder's Foal
His foot wrenched.
Then charmed Odin
As well he knew how,
As for the bone wrench
So for the blood wrench;
"Bone to bone,
Blood to blood,
Limb to limb,
As if they be glued."

Jacob Grimm demonstrated how this charm showed up in Norwegian, Swedish, Scottish and Danish Folklore.

It has also been rendered in Gaelic and in the Sanskrit Artharua Veda. Symbolically the "Nine Twigs" are Odin's Runes, which he cast for magical charms.

A little bough from a fruit bearing tree was cut into nine slips. Each distinguished with a certain mark (Rune.)

Odin's nine (Runic) twigs of Fate determine the lot of the sick man.

"Augury and Divination by Lot", wrote Tacitus (c55 - c120) of the Germanic tribes. "No people practice more diligently." he wrote.

There is an old saying, "Where there is smoke there is fire."

What happened to this wonderful "Narrative Charm" of Odin? A charm that was known about and written about, not only in Northern Europe and Scandinavia but also in Rome and the Vedic Eastern countries?

Have we buried ourselves so deeply in Materialism and technology, that we have no need for the magic of our ancestor

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Saturday, April 20, 2019

Ancient GREEK DEITIES

Bust of Zeus, Otricoli (Sala Rotonda, Museo Pi...
Bust of Zeus, Otricoli (Sala Rotonda, Museo Pio-Clementino, Vatican)
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Wikipedia)
Although they seem to be things of the past, reminders of ancient Greek deities are all around us. When you read the following names, more than a few will look familiar. 

Ancient Greek Deities

The Greek Pantheon was a polytheistic system of thought and religion that assumed its Greek deities existed independently and individually. Their role was to rule diverse aspects of the mortal's everyday life. Myth and culture are gathered in the Pantheon from where the deities leave toward their corresponding realm.

Due to the Hellenic polytheist beliefs in ancient times, deities formed relationships with each other on a more human scale. Compared to one-deity approaches in many modern religions, Greek deities had a surprising number of human limitations and weaknesses. Contrary to other religions, none of the ancient Greek deities was omniscient or omnipotent, although their power was beyond the mortals' limit.

All Greek deities had the same origin as minor deities ruled by the Titans. They later overthrew the Titans in an epic battle. Some of the most renowned are:

Aphrodite on a swan. Tondo from an Attic white...
Aphrodite on a swan.  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Aether - God of the upper air

Aphrodite - Goddess of love and beauty

Apollo - God of the light, music, prophecy, poetry, and healing

Ares - God of war, primarily violent war and bloodshed

Artemis - Goddess of the moon and the hunt

Athena - Goddess of war, wisdom, strategy

Chaos - Non-gendered deity of the nothingness

Chronos - God of eternal time

Demeter - Goddess of agriculture

Erebus - God of darkness

Eros - God of love

Gaia - Titan Goddess of the Earth

Hades - God of the underworld, the death and the earth wealth, his realm receives his name.

Hemera - Goddess of daylight

Hephaestus - God of fire and the forge

Hera - Goddess of marriage and the family, sister and wife of Zeus

Hermes - God of commerce, travel, and thieves. Messenger of the gods

Hestia - Goddess of the hearth and domestic life that gave her place in the Mount Olympus to Dionysus

Nyx - Goddess of night

Pontus - Titan God of the sea

Poseidon - God of the sea

Tartarus - Titan God of the depths of the underworld

Uranus - Titan God of the heavens

Zeus - King of the Gods and God of thunder and lightning

As you can see, the long list of Greek deities is rather amazing when compared to one-deity religions such as Christianity and Islam. Regardless of the religious connotations, the names of these figures are often found in modern civilization although Roman translations are often used. For instance, Ares has been translated in Roman to Mars, the God of War and name of the 4th planet from our sun.

Greek deities represent a unique view of religion held by ancient Greeks. If the opportunity presents itself, you should read the Greek classics to gain an understanding of the rather emotional actions of the deities.



Friday, April 19, 2019

Find Comfort in Guided RELAXATION


We need to find our own way of feeling at peace with our inner emotions toward relaxation. The guided comfort in relaxation is the key to finding ourselves. Once you have found the comfort, it will make you feel healthier and happier.

How to find your guided relaxation: 
Finding guided comfort in relaxation starts with the inner self, which has caused us not to feel the comfort we need. We have many ways to find the comfort in relaxation we just have to look for the right one and stick to it. Once you’ve found what you are looking for and start to feel better if you stop that old feeling will come back and you will have to start again. You want to focus on continuance.

Learning to find your guided comfort takes time. It takes work. Practice with learning to overcome the stress that got you where you are today is the key to guided relaxation. Stress stems from stressors, such as late bills so we have to sort out what is bothering us.

Taking the bull by the horns: 
One must face reality, realizing that stress is a part of life. The world is moving fast it takes us with it and we have to learn to just go with the flow. Riding the tides will help you make what changes you can to expel some of the stress and then learn to guide self-through the rest of it.

Resources to guided relaxation: 
Head off to the library and research the books available to you. You also have the Internet where you can research and find helpful guided relaxation tools. You will find help to assist you with learning how to manage your life to find the guided relaxation you are looking for. Look for books, videos or maybe CD’s that can help you learn the process of guided relaxation. These resources can teach you how to and what you can do to help yours.

You do need to take time-out for you every day if only for 20 minutes. Yoga is a good exercise that everyone needs to help teach us to meditate. Yoga gives you a movement to relax the body. Socializing and meeting new people is a great way to lessen stress. Find a class that teaches you to learn Yoga and you will perhaps meet new friends to build your socializing skills. Taking a class will get you out and away from everyday stress for a while, and it will give you support being with people who are there for the same reason you are. Yoga will teach you how to imagine Self-outside of problems by helping you to meditate. You reach a relaxation zone that guides you to comfort. Once you have found your guided comfort, you’ll look forward to a brighter future.

Learning how to relax your body will help you sleep a more peaceful and restful night.  Without sleep, a person can build stress and sometimes it can lead to depression.  Depression sometimes will take over your mind and body. Medical attention will be necessary to help get you back to your guided comfort zone that you’ve lost.

Listening to CD’s, reading, or watching videos can help from feeling depressed since the tools are designed to relax your mind and body.

Beginning to learn to relax, it is hard because of built-up stress that you have to get rid of. Hang on and your comfort zone will eventually come to you and you’ll look forward to your own time-out. You have alternatives; take advantage of them now to fight stress.



Monday, April 1, 2019

The Five Tenets of REIKI

Emperor Meiji of Japan (1852-1912)
Emperor Meiji of Japan (1852-1912) 
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)


The five tenets of Reiki were adapted by Mikao Usui who was a reader of the works of Emperor Meiji. 

These principles came straight out of Meiji's writings. Usui took these principles a step further and incorporated them into his Reiki practice.  The good news is you do not have to be studying Reiki to apply these principles to your life.  

The first principle is "Just for today, I will not worry."  This is probably the toughest principle listed.  It is hard not to worry about things which we have no control over.  But in meditation and prayer, we can learn to hand those worries over to a higher life force and become more open to trust and have faith about the world we live in.  

Mikao Usui 臼井甕男 (1865–1926)
Mikao Usui (1865–1926) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The second principle is "Just for today, I will not anger."  Sometimes when we get angry, we need to figure out what is causing the real issue.  Is the person who cut in front of you or is it the person in line at the store with ten returns?  Sometimes we can find behavior in other people that mirrors our own self.  That is sometimes hard to accept.  Look at other people as teachers and try to figure out what lesson they are there to teach you.    

The third principle is "I will honor all life."  You should honor all the creations of God.  You can help by planting trees and flowers, appreciating the food you have, the love from your family, the very air you breathe, and all the animals, rocks, and oceans.  

The fourth principle is "I will live my life honestly."  Did you skip the family picnic because you were sick or because you were too afraid to tell Aunt Martha you really didn't want to go?  Ask in prayer for guidance in your dreams.  You must honor the truth of your emotions and not keep it all bottled up inside.  

The fifth principle is "I will give thanks for everything."  Trust that love and happiness are supposed to be in your life and find yourself becoming grateful for the smallest of things and the gift of being here on Earth.



Sunday, March 31, 2019

Are We There Yet? Family Vacations with Autistic Children

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Although planning a family vacation with children may make any parents pull out his or her hair, it can be a rewarding experience for everyone in the end. It is no different if you have an autistic child in the family. The important thing to remember is that you need to be prepared for whatever life throws your way. To an autistic child, vacations can be scary and confusing, or they can be a great learning experience, leaving behind wonderful memories the entire family can enjoy.

First, choose your location based on your autistic child's needs. For example, if he or she is sensitive to sound, an amusement park is probably not the best idea. Quieter vacations are possible at small beaches and going camping. Overall, you should be able to find a location that everyone in the family enjoys. Once there, plan out your days accordingly. For example, you may want to see the attractions very early or late in the day to avoid crowds. You also might want to consider taking your vacation during the off-season, if your children's school work will not be disrupted. These give your autistic child more comfort if he or she is nervous in crowded situations, and provides you with peace of mind. When choosing a location, also note how far it is from your home. How will you get there? If you have to deal with an airport, remember that security may have to touch your child and be prepared for this. 

Choose a location and activities that everyone can enjoy, but also that provide learning and social interaction opportunities for your autistic child. For example, a child that does not like touch sensations may enjoy the soft sands of a beach, and the waves can provide a very different kind of feeling for him or her. Being outside, a beach is also a great place for your child to yell without disrupting others. Children who are normally non-responsive may benefit from a museum, where they can ask questions and you can ask questions of them. 

Remember that most people on vacation at the location you choose will have never dealt with autism before. Try to be understanding of their ignorance-but also stick up for your child if he or she is being treated unfairly. Know your child's constitutional laws, and also be willing to compromise. For example, if a restaurant is reluctant to serve you after your child caused a scene there last night, explain the situation and ask if it would be possible to take your food to go, even if this is normally not done. Try not to be rude to people; staring often happens, but instead of snide comments or mean looks, ignore them as much as possible and focus on having a good time with your family