Daily Angel Oracle Card: Ull, from the Gods and Titans Oracle Card deck, by Stacey Demarco, artwork by Jimmy Manton
“Clear mindedness and a focused intent are necessary for success right now. You need stamina for long-term projects.”
“In the blanket of white that is the snowfield, a figure with a bow waits. He is camouflaged against his enemies. He is the picture of stillness, hardly moving, but when he does, it is with deliberate grace and absolute surety.
The sure, clear-eyed gaze runs along the straightness of the arrow. The arrow’s tip dully glows against the flush of the fingers holding it steady. Without ado, with complete ease, the figure releases the bowstring, and there is a hiss of energy and then the dull thump of the arrow impacting deep into its target. Then and only then does the bowman breathe out. Only then does he move to become more leather clad deity than snowman. As he rises to his full height, we see Ull, Norse god of marksman.
Ull is a very old deity associated with Germanic and Scandinavian people. Being a great marksman could mean the difference between eating and an empty belly, or between killing and dying, so Ull is an important god to have on your side.
Should you be going out to hunt something (think beyond hunting animals), to trap an idea, to chase a goal, or to travel in harsh environments (whether that means physical snowfields or emotional minefields), you would call upon Ull for the focus required for success. It is Ull who invented skiing and snowshoeing, and ancient artwork depicts him with sleds and skis.
Today Ull is a popular god of skiing. Some modern Nordic Olympians wear symbols of Ull on their clothes and equipment. It is certainly worth saying a few prayers to him next time you wish to tackle a harder than usual ski run!
Call on Ull when you need more focus and clarity in your life. No matter how harsh the terrain, literal or emotional, Ull can get you through to where you wish to be. He can lend you the stamina you need to complete a task when there are distractions, obstacles, or haters all around you. He is the essence of calm centeredness and will help you to achieve what you wish to achiever with a minimum of fuss.”
Shadow Side: “Focus is generally a good thing; however, if we focus on one thing and one thing only, to the exclusion of all else, this can be an issue in the long-term. We all know people who focus wholly on school and forget they have friends or other commitments – this is the shadow side of being focused. Focus is important, but so is balance.”
Symbols: “Bow and arrow, skiing, sleds”
Invocation: “Find or fashion an arrowhead. Hold it in your hand and say:
No matter what I chase,
No matter what I do,
Clear flight to my arrow
May it hit my true target!
Ull, I need your assistance with (state what you need to focus on)
Be with me on my journey; show me how to hit my mark!”
I love doing an invocation to Ull when I am in the snow. Try this blessing before you head out for a day on the slopes.
Place your skis or snowboard upright in the snow. Make a snowball or two. Stand back at least five paces and throw your snowballs at your skis. When the snow hits the target say:
“Blessings from Ull. I hit my target true.
Bless my skis/snowboard through and through.”*
~ By Stacey Demarco
We are reminded here of the importance of clarity and focus. Of getting really clear on what it is that we wish to create, and putting the necessary energies into it. Laser focus. Conviction that the goal is possible. No distractions. No one to take away our power. Absolute commitment to the end result.
What are you creating? Where is your focus? Are you taking responsibility for your life or are you blaming others for your predicaments?
How can you get crystal clear on what you are manifesting? A dream board? A list? An altar? How can you bring to your conscious mind where your energy is going, and correct what must be corrected in order to master your ability to mold your life into what you desire?
How can you be of service? What can you do in order to give back? How can you incorporate more healing, expansion, awareness and love into your life now?
This is a card of victory, of goals achieved and success attained. It is a message of possibility, of belief in the self and what is possible. Will you follow the guidance? Will you find your clarity, vision and focus? Will you commit to something new and put in the necessary effort to see it through?