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The Unknown

Published September 10, 2018 by Dee ~ Archangel Oracle

The Unknown, from the Gospel Of Aradia Oracle Card deck, by Stacey Demarco, artwork by Jimmy Manton

Daily Angel Oracle Card: The Unknown, from the Gospel Of Aradia Oracle Card deck, by Stacey Demarco, artwork by Jimmy Manton

The Unknown: “Ignota”

“No one person can know everything. The void can be a comfortable place – and one of profound creativity. Make sure to rest during busy times. We need to create space to heal or to make big decisions. It is okay not to know. Move forward fearlessly and trust in our own in your own innate wisdom.”

“When all falls apart,
Space opens up.
Courage and trust
Must fill our cup.

The void is not dark,
Yet our shadows and fears
All swirl and rise up,
Then our wisdom appears.”

“It is nice to know there are still things that are unknown, isn’t it? Or do you not agree? We have always had both a fear of, and a curiosity about, the unknown. we fear what we do not understand – which is natural, because our earliest survival as a species depended on our knowledge of our surroundings. But that survival instinct has evolved in ways that may not always serve us today. In our search for scientific certainty, we can scrutinize ever smaller details until we lose sight of the magic that exists in the whole of which those details are only a part.

Our society prides itself on knowing – and knowing now! We carry phones, tablets, and computers around with us that can spew out a multitude of answers to any question on demand. Information is so prevalent that we may feel anxious if we are not able to explain a new idea or a more subtle feeling on the spot. But in my opinion, there is still a place for the unknown, for the power of the void in our world.

Aradia reminds us how awe-inspiring mystery can be – witchcraft, for example. Yet, if asked how witchcraft works, some might say that it is just a form of self-hypnosis. In their haste to label witchcraft in a way that makes it easy for them to explain, they would have forgotten to consider all that we do not now about the factors that comprise the craft – among them, the potency of ritual and intention and synergy. I believe that Aradia, if asked how witchcraft works,would simply smile and say, ‘All in all, we do not need to know how it works – we just need to know that it does!’

In magic, we consider the dark moon (the night before the new moon appears, when it looks as if there is no moon in the sky at all) ‘the void’, which we could also call ‘the unknown’. It is a period of great gentleness, a time when any thing is possible. This makes the dark moon the perfect phase under which to plan the ‘what’s next’ in our lives. Then the next night, the new moon brings us the opportunity to intend new beginnings and fresh starts.”*

~ By Stacey Demarco

And here before you stands a door. The door to a brand new chapter in your life. The door to the unknown.

An opportunity is coming your way and very very soon if not today! It may feel just as daunting as the image in the card above. Two big, solid, heavy doors, looking old as time itself. But do you see the Light there, shining from just above them? A positive sign for sure!

The opportunity coming to you is the right one, you must take it. You will know in your heart that it is safe to open the doors. Trust your gut. Heed your intuition. Do not seek advice this time, trust only in yourself and follow your inner guidance.

These doors are heavy, and as sure as they will open to you, the will surely shut securely after you pass through them. This is absolutely necessary. The door opens and then shuts. The future opens to you, the past recedes. The opportunity comes, then passes if we do not take it. There is so much power in the decision before you.

Choose wisely.

Do not fear the unknown

Namaste

Dee

~Archangel Oracle

*Gospel Of Aradia Oracle Card deck, by Stacey Demarco, artwork by Jimmy Manton

Vulcan ~ Inventiveness

Published June 26, 2018 by Dee ~ Archangel Oracle

Vulcan ~ Inventiveness, from the Gods and Titans Oracle Card deck, by Stacey Demarco, artwork by Jimmy Manton published by Beyond Words

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.

Namaste

Dee

~Archangel Oracle

*Gods and Titans Oracle Card deck, by Stacey Demarco, artwork by Jimmy Manton published by Beyond Words

Ull

Published April 5, 2018 by Dee ~ Archangel Oracle

Ull, from the Gods and Titans Oracle Card deck, by Stacey Demarco, artwork by Jimmy Manton

Daily Angel Oracle Card: Ull, from the Gods and Titans Oracle Card deck, by Stacey Demarco, artwork by Jimmy Manton

Ull: “Focus”

“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?

Namaste

Dee

~Archangel Oracle

*Gods and Titans Oracle Card deck, by Stacey Demarco, artwork by Jimmy Manton

 

 

Nuada ~ Perfection

Published February 20, 2018 by Dee ~ Archangel Oracle

Nuada ~ Perfection, from the Gods and Titans Oracle Card deck, by Stacey Demarco, artwork by Jimmy Manton

Daily Angel Card: Nuada ~ Perfection, from the Gods and Titans Oracle Card deck, by Stacey Demarco, artwork by Jimmy Manton

Nuada ~ Perfection: “Love and appreciate your uniqueness and you ‘imperfections.’ Question the costs of chasing perfection. Delight in who you are.”

“The story of Nuada is a very ancient one that has woven itself into different themes and variants over different times and places. One thing that stays constant is his exploration of suitability and perfection.

Nuada is the King of Erin, one of the heroic Tuatha de Danann, which was one of the mythical ancient races of Ireland. According to myth, these early Celtic times were far from peaceful, with bloody battles being waged continuously. During one of the major battles, the Dananns, led by Nuada and his sword of invincibility, defeated the Firbolgs. The fighting was so bloody and fierce, though, that Nuada lost his right hand. This was a disaster for Nuada, as there was an ancient law that precluded anyone who was not ‘whole’ from being kind. His mutilation lost him his rule even though he was a victorious, just and benevolent leader.

The Dananns then chose Bres ans their leader. Bres, although a skilled fighter, had little of Nuada’s wisdom and fairness. The kingdom soon felt the effects of this discordant king.

Nuada’s brother, the physician Dian Cecht, fashioned a magical silver hand to replace the one Nuada had lost. Not only functional, the silver hand was beautiful too. Nuada became Nuada Airgedlamh (Nuada of the Silver Hand), again worthy among his people, and Bres steppe down from the throne.

Today, more than ever, we chase perfection, but what is it really? We often see external perfection as necessary to success. The quest for perfect beauty and a perfect body has thrown us toward a predilection for worrying about our external looks, ‘enhancing’ ourselves with too much makeup and even surgery, and obsessing over dieting and unhealthy eating habits. When did the fact that we have healthy, strong and functional bodies become not enough?

We are born with everything we need to be what we are meant to be. We are born imperfectly perfect! Our uniqueness has a reason. Nuada reminds us that to be perfect, we need not pursue some unattainable and false idea. Perfection is a subjective judgment and not an objective reality. In Nuada’s case, he was the best leader; his missing and did not take away from his great leadership qualities.”

Shadow Side: “Many people state that they are perfectionists like it is a badge of honor. While trying to be excellent and the best we can be is admirable, striving for an unattainable illusion is tiring and damaging. Remember, should Nuada show his hand to you, consider that you may well be good enough already!”

Symbols: “Silver hand, invincible sword.”

Invocation: “You may like to place a silver object on your altar as an offering to Nuada. If it is a piece of jewelry, you may wish to wear it in honor of Nuada and as a reminder of your own unique perfection!”

Light a silver candle. Say out loud:

Beloved of the Tuatha de Danann,
Great chieftan Nuada,
Hear my petition!
I feel judged.
I feel I am not enough.
Help me feel my wholeness.
Cut through my insecurity.
(State here what you need help with.)
Help me feel my birthright flood through me
like blood through my veins.
You who heal, you who know,
Guide and protect my next steps.
I honour you, Nuada of the Silver Hand!”

~ By Stacey Demarco

Sometimes we hold ourselves back for the most absurd reason: Perfection. We believe that we have to be perfect in order to deserve what we desire. We believe we must be successful, or svelte or beautiful before we get what we truly want out of life. So, in the pursuit of perfection, we lose out on our dreams. We quite literally push them away seeking something better because we cannot see what is before us.

This has to stop.

There is so much emphasis on wealth and physical attractiveness and / or fitness in our culture that we have all but lost our minds. We value people for all the wrong reasons. We put people above us for all the wrong reasons. I will not mention names…

We look at what someone else has, and if we do not have it then we assume that they are simply better than we are. In turn, we look down on those who have less than we do, blaming them for their own twist of fate. We even have labels for different parts of the world being first world, third world, etc. Many people truly believe that they cannot improve their circumstances and they focus so much on the lack or the chaos in front of them, that it becomes a self fulfilling prophecy.

But maybe there is another way. Maybe if we valued ourselves more, it would change the world around us. If we could truly love and accept ourselves, we wouldn’t need the big bank account or the plastic surgery to prove our worth. Maybe we could judge ourselves on our own scales by our own level of peace, joy and happiness. And let others do the same. Truly celebrate our individual diversity as well as our deep connections to each other, knowing that we all have something valuable to offer, regardless of race, gender or lifestyle choices.

Rather than striving for perfection, strive for passion and joy; inspiration, acceptance and a heart full of love. Yes, we all need to get by, but we can do it without judging ourselves or others harshly. We can work together to support each other on our unique and individual life paths.

For the Highest Good Of All

And so it is

Namaste

Dee

~Archangel Oracle

*Gods and Titans Oracle Card deck, by Stacey Demarco, artwork by Jimmy Manton

Gaia ~ Creation

Published February 6, 2018 by Dee ~ Archangel Oracle

Gaia ~ Creation, from the Goddesses and Sirens Oracle Card deck, by Stacey Demarco, artwork by Jimmy Manton

Daily Angel Oracle Card, Gaia ~ Creation, from the Goddesses and Sirens Oracle Card deck, by Stacey Demarco, artwork by Jimmy Manton

Gaia ~ Creation: “You are creative in every way. There are no barriers to constant, consistent creation. Allow yourself to create in joy, not because of pressure. Connect more deeply with the earth.”

“Almost every culture has a creation myth, and the ancient Greeks were no exception. They believed that there was nothing at first but a primordial whirl of matter. This state was called Chaos. Then some organizing influences formed and stepped from Chaos, the first of which were Eros (love) then Gaia (earth).

Gaia then gave birth to Uranus, the sky; Ourea, the mountains, and Pontus, the sea. Gaia considered Uranus her equal, and they joined together. Uranus exploded in joy and love, showering Gaia with stars and rain, and she bore other gods, goddesses, and titans including Rhea, a daughter; Cronus, a son; and the terrible titan, Typhon.

The earth goddess has been venerated in her role as creator since time began. She may well have been worshipped originally as the ultimate mother, the first energy to nourish and provide creative fertility. She deserved the attention – she provided early humans with everything they needed to survive: food, water, shelter, and even plants for medicine.

Gaia celebrates and rejoices in her creations whether they are plant, animal, wind, rain, sight, sound, titan, or animal. Even when her creations horrify her, she still protects them and finds a place for them. True creation always brings with it a spark of joy.

Gaia has become a popular goddess among modern spiritual people and no longer belongs only to ancient Greek mythology. When people speak of the living spirit of the earth, they often name it Gaia. We know much more about the earth and the systems that make it work now than the ancient Greeks did; however, the way they saw that Gaia was a living cycle with interconnecting influences does them much credit. Even the idea that there was a sort of big bang out of the primordial Chaos is something that our brightest scientists are only just getting their heads around, but it was simple truth for the Greeks.

Gaia is the ultimate expression of creative power. When you need a creative spark to arise within you, when you are tired of doing things the same old way, when you need growth within yourself, turn to the deep, loving, creative energy of Gaia. If you are drawn to something that calls for consistent creativity – such as the arts, music, drama, or invention – or even if you need a new approach to writing something as simple as a paper, she is a wonderful deity to help you maintain a steady flow. For those involved in environmental protection, she is an invaluable ally.”

Shadow Side: “Gaia eventually faded from the active worship of the Greeks in favor of other deities. Over time, humans forgot about the earth and her delicate cycles and began to worship the gods of industry with little thought to the impact on the earth. Today we are well aware of the consequences of a growing human footprint. We wipe whole species from the earth, we destroy her very fabric with atomic bombs, we mine her lifeblood, we rip out her trees from already depleted soil and we influence her temperature with our pollution. Gaia has always sought to balance herself – this is the nature of her creative energy – and so the consequences of our human actions upon Gaia are already being seen. Rising water levels, depleted soils not bearing enough food, fiercer weather because of the warming of the atmosphere – all are Gaia’s efforts to rebalance. Will we be able to cast off our destructive nature and connect with our peaceful, creative one in time? Will we be able to connect with our original mother with balance again?”

Symbols: “Woman with broad hips and breasts, pregnant woman, woman inside the earth.”

Invocation: “Most of us have become incredibly cerebral creatures. We live in our minds in order to navigate this increasingly complex world. We connect through cell phones, social networking, and other electronic means. There’s nothing wrong with that some of the time, but our bodies need to be fully inhabited for us to experience a rounded life. We often forget the body’s amazing ability to connect us to what is divine and good through Gaia. If you are feeling disconnected despite all these new ways to connect, or you are not feeling in touch with yourself and the earth, you might like to try this meditation, which will connect you to Gaia’s energies.

Other great ways to express your love for her are to actively contribute to environmental activities, such as land care programs, conservation charities, animal protection work, or gardening.

Go to a favourite place in nature, one that speaks to you of groundedness, earthiness, and Gaia. This must be outdoors; you cannot do this mediation indoors.

Light a green candle and say: ‘Gaia, the oldest mother of all, allow me to join with you now, allow me to feel your green energy through my heart.’

Begin to breathe slowly and deeply slowly becoming away of your relationship to the environment around you. If you are female, you may like to take your breathing down through your belly into your womb. Imagine breathing in and out through this sacred place of creation. If you are male, connect and breathe through your sacral zone (extreme lower back).

Begin to open all your senses to Gaia, extending yourself and reaching out to her like roots would search through the soil. Pull up some energy, just like the roots would search through the soil. Pull up some energy, just like the roots would draw up water and nutrients.

Now, open your eyes: look around you, open your peripheral vision, look at the detail on nature, from the tiniest insect to the expanse of the sky. Soak in what you see and give thanks to Gaia.

Go to your aural sense. Close your eyes and concentrate on the sounds around you. Listen closely to the layers of life. Be very still and listen to your heartbeat and the way it melts into Gaia’s soundtrack. Again, give thanks to her for her connection with you.

Continue this through  your other senses, taste and touch.

When you have connected completely this way, make a mental and physical note of the grounded feeling that you have; connected, stable, secure and creative. You can come back to this feeling any time.

When you are ready, thank Gaia and begin to come back to yourself. Know that you are changed and energized! Blow out your candle.”*

~ By Stacey Demarco

Our beautiful Mother Goddess needs our help. She needs us to make change, big change… individually and collectively we can make a difference. WE are the ones… there is no THEM. They, the government, the big corporations… they are us too. We keep them going with our participation in their systems. Not that I am suggesting we overthrow them, yet… but that we peacefully make as many changes close to home as we possibly can. Day after day. Committed to the very best cause. Our planet.

Where will we live if we destroy her? How is it that many of us don’t see and ultimately feel our deep connection to her? We get so wrapped up in the mundane routine and drama that we have completely lost perspective. We are the problem and we are the only ones who can fix it.

And this is not rocket science here. It’s stuff we read about every day. It’s stuff we have heard our whole lifetime… or a good part of it anyway. We feel powerless because so much damage has been done. But we cannot let despair throw us into apathy. We must move forward fearlessly.

Every single moment of every single day we have choices. Choices in our lifestyle, how we live and the impact it has on the environment around us. We can change these choices to have less impact. We can choose not to engage in the consumerism. We can choose to make a much smaller footprint. We can choose to turn things around.

Remember how important you are in this. Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Inspire others to do it too. Buy only what you actually need and use. Go for quality over quantity. Choose something gently used without all the packaging. Donate. Give experiences instead of stuff. Give of yourself instead of material items. Spend time instead of money. And teach those around you by example, encourage them to follow your lead.

Before it’s too late.

Namaste

Dee

~Archangel Oracle

*Goddesses and Sirens Oracle Card deck, by Stacey Demarco, artwork by Jimmy Manton

Mani

Published January 29, 2018 by Dee ~ Archangel Oracle

Mani, from the Viking Oracle, by Stacey Demarco, artwork by Jimmy Manton

Daily Angel Oracle Card: Mani, from the Viking Oracle, by Stacey Demarco, artwork by Jimmy Manton

Mani: “Time is precious. Be grateful for each passing minute. Using time well is a virtue. Be mindful of how you use your time – which may mean doing very little, if that is of benefit.”

“A circle
Within a circle,
The whirling wheel.
By nine times three,
I measure my life,
I gather my magic,
I shine my light,
Waiting for Fenrir
To open his jaws.”

“Mani” is both one name for the moon as well as the name of a god within the Norse cosmos closely connected with the moon. In the Poetic Edda, it was told that Mani was the brother of the goddess Sol (the sun) and was fathered by Mundilferi (time). It is unusual in any mythos for the moon to have a masculine association. With Mani, we may have the origins of the man in the moon. Both Sol and Mani were seen to circle the earth each day in a chariot.”

‘Mundilferi is he who begat the moon,
And fathered the flaming sun;
The round of heaven each day, they run,
To tell the time for men.’

“The Vikings told time by the moon, not the sun. The twenty-eight day moon cycle was a reliable timekeeper. Also, being seafarers, they were aware of connection between the cycles of the moon and the tides – especially around peak tides of the full moon. Incredibly competent navigators, they relied on the position of the moon, as well as the planets and stars to guide them on their voyages.

In the Eddic poem ‘Grimnismal’, when Thor asked the dwarf Alviss about the names for the moon on the other worlds, Alviss said Mani is called the ‘moon’ by mankind; ‘the whirling wheel’ within Hel; ‘fiery one’ by the gods, ‘the hastener’ by the giants; ‘the shiner’ by the dwarves; and ‘the counter of years’ by the elves. Mani, as a creation of the Aesir (gods) was consumed by the wolf Fenrir at Ragnarok (the end of the world cycle).

Within the Norse tradition, Mani is a keeper of time and cycles. When we receive this card, we are reminded that time waits for not one and that time is precious. To the Vikings, whose life expectancy was so much shorter than ours, to waste time was to waste life.”*

~By Stacey Demarco

Using time wisely is a valuable skill. We don’t realize until later in life that one of our most precious resources is time itself. We don’t realize how much we waste of it, and we don’t realize when we are wasting it how quickly it goes… never to be replaced in this lifetime.

Do you use your time wisely? Do you use it with mindfulness and focused intention? Do you allow for rest and recovery, nurturing of the body, mind and spirit? Do you value yourself and your time? Do you realize that the most valuable gift you can give your loved ones is quality time together?

Of course one of the most dangerous of time wasters these days is technology when not monitored. Social media, television, video games to name a few. Binge watching episode after episode of whatever catches your fancy. Escapism at it’s best. Comparing ourselves to others. Worrying that we may not measure up. Jealousy, envy, despair. Media, the news, the fear mongering. Politics… yikes worse than a horror movie these days.

Remember to unplug. Remember to be grateful for what you have. Remember not to get all caught up in other people’s lives. Or fantasy.

Get outside. Spend some time in silence every day; meditation or contemplation. Self heal. Cultivate self love. Reconnect to your loved ones.. eye to eye, heart to heart. Listening, laughing, removing the distractions for a time and just being. Intimacy. Fresh air. Exercise.

Live life organically, not vicariously.

Namaste

Dee

~Archangel Oracle

*Viking Oracle, by Stacey Demarco, artwork by Jimmy Manton

Fehu

Published January 7, 2018 by Dee ~ Archangel Oracle

Fehu, from the Viking Oracle, by Stacey Demarco, artwork by Jimmy Manton

Daily Angel Oracle Card: Fehu, from the Viking Oracle, by Stacey Demarco, artwork by Jimmy Manton

Fehu: “The skills and gifts you have within you are your greatest treasure. They will never be stolen. Pay attention to the way you view the links between personal power and wealth. Prosperity needs to be developed over time – and then shared.”

“I am the way to wealth,
The power of having and moving,
The freedom of having enough,
With more to come.
I carry my treasure.
Within me is all.
I am Fehu.”

“Fehu (pronounced as ‘fay-who’) is one of the runes of the Elder Futark. It literally means ‘cattle’ and the symbol itself resembles the horns on cattle.

The Vikings, who travelled quite a bit, had to carry portable forms of wealth with them as they traded or explored. Their wealth, therefore, was not measured just in gold. Cattle and other livestock, for instance, represented a type of mobile wealth – wealth that was literally ‘on the hoof’, so this rune is an apt symbol for the idea of prosperity within the Viking paradigm.

The Vikings also relied upon the development of a variety of skills. Boat builders, carpenters, stone masons, weapon makers, hunters, weavers, story tellers, artists – whatever your skill, when you developed it with excellence, it was seen as a valuable treasure. You could take this portable form of prosperity with you wherever you went, and your craft, unlike gold or jewels, could never be stolen.”

Fehu as Challenger: “You do not know it all. More education or skill in a matter is needed. There may be a threat to your prosperity, so take heed. Although it is said that everyone has their price, you are being warned that not everyone can be bought. If you are thinking of taking a risk, be forewarned. Your luck with money has run out.”

Element: “Earth.”

~ By Stacey Demarco

Discernment and keen judgment are key right now. You have all you need within you in order to succeed, but you must be very clear on what it is that you are creating. Do not give your power away to another. Do not be impulsive, and be sure you don’t get sucked in by ‘get rich quick schemes’ and do not compromise your integrity or your morals in order to please others.

Use your skills and talents. Do your research. Make a plan of action and stick to it. Make sure you know your end goal and stay the course for you are going to get where you need to go by trusting your own instincts and intuition. Do not let fear get in the way of your progress and success.

If you have an idea, keep it to yourself until you have fully developed it. Be very discerning when looking at who to trust with your passion, your ambition and your inspiration. There is no need to be paranoid! Just be smart. Know that what you set your mind to is absolutely possible for you, but that others may either side track you or try to make your ideas their own. Trust in your intuition and move slowly when you are involving others in your plan, knowing that you do not actually ‘need’ anyone else’s opinion or advice at this time.

This is your chance to create something big, something new and something very close to your heart. Trust that all you need you have access to, and that the Universe will support you all the way. Take your time to create something strong and stable, and then, when you are truly ready, you can share it with the world.

Namaste

Dee

~Archangel Oracle

*Viking Oracle, by Stacey Demarco, artwork by Jimmy Manton

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