Daily Angel Oracle Card: Vulcan ~ Inventiveness, from the Gods and Titans Oracle Card deck, by Stacey Demarco, artwork by Jimmy Manton published by Beyond Words
Vulcan ~ Inventiveness: “Think outside the box and go for the most creative solution. Hold your emotions in check and think rationally.”
“There was one god the ancient Romans valued above all others for his inventiveness and ingenuity: Vulcan. In his Greek embodiment, Hephaestus, he is both respected and courted by the other gods for his skills, yet scorned as well, for he is not perfect physically, as are the other gods. In fact when Juno, Vulcan’s mother, saw her son, she flung him from Olympus, down to the island of Lemnos on earth. (The airport there today is called Hephaestus!) Thetis (who was also eventually the mother of Achilles) raised him, and he invented the art of blacksmithing.
There is nothing that Vulcan cannot make. His creativity and inventiveness abound. He crafts items that are not only beautiful but supremely practical: the winged boots of Mercury; the armor of Achilles; Sol’s sun chariot; the unbreakable chains that held poor Prometheus to his rock; and incredibly, the first women, Pandora, is also his divine handiwork.
His intelligence and mastery shone when he tricked the rather unmotherly Juno not only into allowing him into her home but also into granting him the hand of the most beautiful of goddesses, Venus. Vulcan never quite forgave his mother for he slight upon him as an infant. He made her a golden throne that was untouched in its artistry, under the guise of a gift. Juno accepted it (how could she not?), but as soon as she sat on it, mechanical coils sprang forth, trapping her in the chair. No matter how hard she tried, she could not free herself. The son she looked down upon now had the upper hand and negotiated his return to Olympus with Venus as his wife.
When you need to think outside the box, when you have run out of ideas, when you need to create something practical to solve a problem, Vulcan is your god! Celebrating or further developing your uniqueness and cognitive abilities are also Vulcan traits.
It is said that the geeks have inherited out earth now! These are the people who use their minds and inventiveness rather than their force and brawn. Vulcan would appreciate this very much. He was a misfit and was literally cast out of Olympus, but he accepted who he was and found his place in the world. Should Vulcan step forth in your life today, using your rationality, rather than your emotions, to make decisions may be the way to go.”
Shadow Side: “Only using our head and never our heart is not the best path. Vulcan, for all his practicality and skill, was not lucky in love. Venus cheated on him with hot-blooded Mars partially due to Vulcan’s coolness.
Those who are different in some way are sometimes feared. Vulcan’s appearance and his magical skills as a blacksmith made him difficult to understand for those who did not take time to know him more deeply. Are there people you fear or are intolerant of because of their differences or skills? Or are you, yourself, the victim of this? Intolerance is a theme running through some of Vulcan’s stories, so ask his assistance in coping with this should it be affecting you in any way.”
Symbols: “Anvil, hammer and tongs, fire”
Invocation: “You will need a hammer and a piece of metal to bang on – anything you do not mind denting a little! It should make a good ringing sound when you strike it!
Light a red candle. Make a rhythm by hitting the hammer on the metal just as a blacksmith would. Sing or say:
Let’s sing the praises of Vulcan
Let’s hear his hammer beat.
Let’s sing the praises of Vulcan,
Feel his mastery and feel his heat.
Let me learn what I can from Vulcan.
The solution is what I fashion.
I learn what I can from Vulcan,
Full of fire, full of ration.
Let’s see what I have from Vulcan,
More ingenuity in every beat.
Let’s see what I have from Vulcan.
My solution is complete.
Ban hard three times on the metal and repeat:
My solution is complete
Ask Vulcan to tell you what to do next, to give you some hint or first step toward the solution. Write anything and everything that comes to mind down and later, act on anything that seems urgent. These are your instructions from Vulcan.
Leave the metal piece on your altar or desk or throw it in a fire to complete the invocation.”*
~ By Stacey Demarco
We are all connected, all part of the whole. Part of something so much bigger than our individual selves. Yet we are all like the cogs on a wheel, each one is important to the whole. And as much as we are all intertwined, we are also unique and individual. We have a skill set, we have gifts to share that make us stand out.
Your gifts are needed now. Your special way of communicating; your unique way of seeing the world. Your heart, your soul, your Light. Maybe there are aspects that you have dropped or hidden along the way, scared of rejection or of not fitting in. Maybe someone told you that you are not special, or tried to keep you down. Maybe it is your own nasty voice inside, doubting and fearing and keeping you small.
There is an opportunity coming to you that will require you to be comfortable in being You. Something that suits you perfectly. Something that allows you to shine your light, to be of service. Most likely it won’t really feel like work as there is passion in stepping into your power and doing what you came here to do… unless of course you have veered off track and that is no longer your comfort zone. Only you know.
Embrace it. Allow it to empower you and pull you forward into doing what you should be doing.
We need you. All of you. Each and every one of you.
*Gods and Titans Oracle Card deck, by Stacey Demarco, artwork by Jimmy Manton published by Beyond Words