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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

Dagaz

Published November 30, 2017 by Dee ~ Archangel Oracle

Dagaz, from the Viking Oracle Card deck, by Stacey Demarco, artwork by Jimmy Manton

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

Dagaz: “Know that you are protected. Only positive energy flows your way. Expressing daily gratitude will create profound change. Have hope! Happiness is within your grasp – the time for sorrow is over. Grief is necessary, but soon it will diminish. Seek balance in all things.”

“The darkness is complete,
Until it is not.
The black is no longer black,
But blue, and then
Purple, then streaked
With pink,
Orange, yellow, Gold.
Warmth, hope,
Happiness.
All is changed.
I am Dagaz.”

“Dagaz, (pronounced, ‘daa-gahz’) is a rune in the Elder Futark that says good things have arrived or are coming soon. It is the rune of the miracle of the dawn, the coming of the day, the first rays of sunlight after a frightening storm. It is the awakening of hope when it seemed that hope was gone. It is the first gentle happiness after a period of grieving, the understanding that we can choose pleasure after a period of sacrifice. It is the relief after much hard work.

Dagaz is a protective force too. It enhances happiness by warding off anything that may challenge that happy state. It is useful in dispelling depression, inducing hope and bringing forth a balanced mind and body. Dagaz was painted in yellow on the doorways of halls, where happy events were held, ensuring not only that good times would be had, but that the people within would be protected from harm wile enjoying themselves.”

As Challenger: “Insomnia or restless sleep. Depression. Hopelessness and victim mentality. Stuck in the old ways of thinking. Refusing to be grateful for simple things. Refusing to be happy because we fear something may go wrong.”

Element: “Fire”*

~By Stacey Demarco

Hmmm, I’m thinking I need this rune. I could paint it in yellow on my doorways. Yes, why not do that? I love the idea of a protective force, enhancing happiness and warding off what may challenge that happiness for me. I love the idea of awakening hope where once hope seemed beyond reach. I wan to choose pleasure after a period of stress, exhaustion and overwhelm. Bring it on.

It’s too easy to slide into victim mentality; to feel like life is happening ‘to’ us, that we have no say in it. To become unwilling participants in a game where the odds feel stacked against us. It’s easy to become a martyr, believing that we must sacrifice our dreams to create happiness for anyone and everyone in our lives despite ourselves.

We need to let that mentality go. And find a way to create something better. Stronger. More suited to the reality we desire to create.

What else is possible here?

There is no such thing as coincidence. Only synchronicity. There is no such thing as jinxing ourselves. It is safe to dream big and act on it. All those limiting belief systems just hold us back from what is ours, not the other way round. And yes, you deserve to be happy.

Expect a turn of events. Expect happiness. Intend it. Find it and hold onto it. Radiate it out into the world.

Namaste

Dee

~Archangel Oracle

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

Skadi

Published October 26, 2017 by Dee ~ Archangel Oracle

Skadi, from the Viking Oracle Card deck, by Stacey Demarco, artwork by Jimmy Manton

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

Skadi: “Know yourself. It is the most important of life’s work. Express your independence. Let authenticity be your guide. Compromise is part of every relationship, but when compromise pushes you to be someone you are not, a change should be made. There is an easier way to do things. Speak plainly.”

“The horizon
Brings me joy
There is so much to discover.
Unfettered by what is not mine,
I speak my truth, and
I am heard and heeded.
I sing along with my wolves
In harmony. I am myself.
I am Skdi.”

“Skadi is a Norse goddess best known in the mountainous parts of the region. Beautiful, strong, resourceful and independent, her name is linked to the words for ‘unknown’ and ‘darkness’ and may even be the source of the word ‘Scandinavia’ – a land dedicated to her. Skadi is a huntress, an archer, a keeper of wolves and, most of all, a lover of snow and of the highest mountains.

Her mythos tell us that once married – to a husband she demanded from the other gods as recompense for the death of her beloved father, Pjazi, Skadi tried to live in her new husband’s house. But her husband, Njoror, was a sea god and lived on an island crashing with waves and smelling of seaweed. The incessant sound of the ocean and screeching of sea birds was too much for Skadi, who was used to the soft silence of the snow and the howling of her wolves. When she spoke of missing her true home and her desire to be independent, she and Njoror agreed to try alternating homes every nine days. When dividing their time between Noatun and in Prymheimr did not work out, they decided to live apart, but stay married. Skadi then returned to her beloved mountains, where she hunted from her skis – which she and the god Ull invented!

The Norse asked Skadi for protection on winter journeys, for success in hunting and for survival in harsh times. When darkness was almost total in the Arctic winters, it ws she they often referred to. She favoured those who loved the snow and ice and who were honest, open and plain speaking. Her cult extended to the Sami Arctic region and the Arctic Circle, where people skied for survival, not just for fun.

Should Skadi step into your life with this card, she is reminding you that being honest, direct and respecting your own personal freedom is paramount. If you need courage to be who you really are, ask Skadi for assistance.*

~ By Stacey Demarco

Yesterday we contemplated the power of words, today we are being asked to stand in our power and use them. Communication, honesty, authenticity and truth. It is time to let the world know where you stand. Be clear about how you really feel, what you desire, your needs. Be honest about how you plan to move forward in the world.

Have you have been holding back? Afraid what others may think, or worried about hurting someone’s feelings? You must make sure that you are not compromising yourself or your values. You cannot live your life for another. You must do what feels right for you. Think carefully about what needs to be said. Be mindful of the words you choose. Avoid miscommunication at this time, give yourself time to think things through before you speak, do not make a hasty decision or say things you do not mean.

When your thoughts are in order and you feel ready, take a few deep breaths and intend that the outcome is for the Highest Good Of All involved.

And then say what you have to say.

Clear, direct, honest and true.

Namaste

Dee

~Archangel Oracle

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

The Norns

Published September 4, 2017 by Dee ~ Archangel Oracle

The Norns, from the Viking Oracle, by Stacey Demarco, Artwork by Jimmy Manton

Daily Angel Oracle Card: The Norns, from the Viking Oracle, by Stacey Demarco, Artwork by Jimmy Manton

The Norns: “While there may be things that are fated, still, our will and energy can alter them. We all receive gifts from the divine at birth, which we can develop or ignore. Focus and energy must be put towards a task if it is to be successful.”

“The thread of of life shimmers i the dawn.
It is woven by what was;
It is entwined with what is:
And plaited with what will be.
Each has their destiny,
But each too, their will and magic.
Nothing is certain.
All is in flow.”

Yggdrasil, the tree of life that holds the nine worlds within it’s limbs and roots, grows from the Well of Wyrd. Wyrd is the flow and living force of destiny, which nourishes the world tree and all life. Seated under the tree, ensuring the flow of Wyrd, are the three maiden Norns -Urdr (What was)Verdandi (What is), and Skuld (What will be).

These deities weave the destiny of each new baby born. They visit each child and bestow upon them their fate, which they carve in the form of runes into Yggdrasil. While it is tempting to look at the Norns as similar to the Fates in the Greek Pantheon, the Norse did not see fate as unalterable, as the Greeks did. Instead, they saw fate as malleable, subject to the will and energy of the individual and the forces of their environment. So while someone could have a destiny carved for them by the Norns, by channeling their own desires and personal energy, they could change it.

If we turn to mythos, we can see this concept at work: One day, a new baby entered the world to a jarl (Danish chief) and his queen. The Norns traveled to them. The Norns wove and weaved, the silk flying around them, and after a small while, told the mother that her son would be a great warrior, who would attain great glory.

Knowing that such men often died early, the woman begged the Norns thus: “Please, great women, my son is bound to have an early death should he be a warrior If this is his only fate, I am both happy and bereft. Whist warriors keep us safe, their families must suffer, and they must lose their lives! can you not grant him another talent? Can you not soften his destiny?”

“Ah”, said Urdr, “what we give cannot be taken back.”

“But”, said Verdandi, “We are not the only influences. We can carve his destiny upon Yggdrasil, but the waters of Wyrd and the magic of the whole can change.”

“So”, said Skuld, “The will, the wave and the whole shapes his destiny too.”

And so the Norns left the woman and traveled back to the tree of life. They carved the new sons’ destiny into its wood, noticing as always that as they did the shape of the fate began to shimmer and move. As always.”*

~ By Stacey Demarco

Destiny is calling, are you listening? Are you ready and willing to accept this mission? Ready to embark upon the next chapter of your life? Destiny is calling but it is up to you to answer this call. Up to you to decide to take action towards creating something new, to grasp the opportunity, to take a chance with your heart. To step fully onto the path of your Soul.

Free will is a wonderful gift. It allows us to choose in each moment what we wish to create; more of the same or something brand new. Free will allows us to take absolute responsibility for our lives; and free will allows us to create by default if we refuse to take the reigns.

It’s all up to you.

Do you get out of your comfort zone or stay where you are? Do you dream a little bigger and put some effort into getting where you need to be? Do you dream a whole lot bigger and have faith that you possess the resources to get you there?

Or do you assume that other forces are in control and you are merely along for the ride, for better or for worse?

All up to you.

Destiny is calling…

Namaste

Dee

~Archangel Oracle

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

Ehwaz

Published August 15, 2017 by Dee ~ Archangel Oracle

Ehwaz, from the Viking Oracle, by Angela Hartfield, artwork by Jimmy Manton

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

Ehwaz: “Take speedy action. Open yourself to the power of flow. It benefits us to work with the rhythms of the natural world. Equine-assisted therapy may be of comfort to you. Eat seasonally available foods and notice the particular energies of each season. We are not our past.”

“The wind, it works its way
Through my hair, a crown of ink.
I smell its direction.
I feel its sway.
My legs, they hold
To the warmth of fur,
The bellows of breathing.
Together,
Forward,
now.
I am Ehwaz.”

“Ehwaz (pronounced, “ay-waz), is the rune of the horse, and it tells us of the importance of flow, rhythm and the gaining of momentum over time. Good riders adapt their bodies and minds to the rhythm of each of their horse’s gaits: walk, trot, canter and gallop (or, in the case of Icelandic horses, their special gliding ‘tolt). In doing so, they become one with their steed, bringing grace, ease and a deep connection between human and horse.

Ehwaz suggests we bring this same sensitivity to our everyday lives. That, rather than resisting the flow, we adapt to – even enjoy – the rhythm of life as we move with it. For example, we can align with the changing seasons, withdrawing with the introverted nature of winter, and setting forth new plans in the fertile spring. Even the foods available differ from season to season, and scientists agree that eating seasonally is better for the health of our bodies.

Ehwaz is also a rune of the now, not the past nor the future. It reminds us that by being where we are and enjoying the fullness and completeness of this present moment we create a more mindful and enjoyable future.”

Ehwaz as Challenger: “Stop resisting. What is is. What has happened is done. Accept it and move on – wiser for the experience and with a positive outlook.”

Element: “Water”*

~ By Angela Hartfield

Yesterday we were day-dreaming our desires into reality, today we take the action necessary to make it happen in the physical realm. We don’t resist change but go with it. We don’t hold on when we need to move forward because we trust in the Universe and ourselves. In this way we take a hand in creating through action, one small step at a time.

Horses are powerful and intelligent animals. They deserve our respect and we can learn as much from them as they are willing to teach us and we are willing to learn. They possess a beauty and grace that we as humans have always been drawn to. They can be strong and loyal allies if we treat them with reverence. They can be wild and free, fast and playful; and they can be still and silent, aware, watching. Many of my friends talk to their horses as if they were people, and you only need to look that horse in the eye to know they are fully aware if unable to answer out loud! There are medicine horses here too; ones that understand energy, chakras, auras and healing. They are a rare and amazing gift to those who work with them.

Let the energy of the horse drive you forward with all your grace and power. For the highest good of all. Gallop forward boldly towards your dreams.

And so it is

Namaste

Dee

~Archangel Oracle

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

Sol

Published July 21, 2017 by Dee ~ Archangel Oracle

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

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

Sol: “Your sense of personal power will increase. Be confident – your situation will improve quickly. Do not procrastinate. Choose love over hate. Do not be distracted by gossip or mockery – these are lower forms of communication. Surround yourself with positive people.”

“Every cell of my being
Reaches up
Like the face of a flower
Turning towards your greatness.
You are the source of all warmth,
The catalyst to my change,
The flow of love to all things,
Golden and beautiful.
I feel filled with now.
I am Sol.”

“Sol is both a goddess and the sun itself. Sol and her brother Mani were born of time (Mundilferi) when the universe was being created. Sol was as golden and beautiful as her brother was silvery and light. At first, Sol was not sure of her role within the new world. But then the gods created times of darkness and times of light, assigning Sol the day and Mani night.

Sol and Mani ride across the sky in horse drawn chariots. Their steeds are named Arvakr (Early Riser) and Alsvior (Swift). Other cultures have imagined the sun as a deity riding across the sky on a chariot, too. For instance, the ancient Greeks saw the sun as Helios and his horses. However, most sun deities are seen as male, which makes the female Sol unusual. Perhaps the Norse peoples saw the sun as particularly rare and beautiful, since their lands were dominated by cold, dark and ice. Also, the sun was life giving, as women were givers of life, so they associated the sun with the feminine.

In some poems, Sol is said to be chased every day by two ravenous wolves, Skoll (Mockery) and Hati (Hate). She manages to outrun them until Ragnarok, when they finally catch up to her and destroy her. This provides and alternative to the mythos of Sol being consumed by the great wolf Fenrir.”*

~ By Stacey Demarco

Again we have the most powerful creation energies, the Sun. And for a change, the Sun as Divine Feminine, which is different energy all together than what we are used to. What significance does this have? Warmth, thoughtful creation and mindful manifestation. Receptivity and fertility. Mindful, thorough and expansive creation through slow and steady action; with an aspect of the things we need coming to us and through us. Healing energy. Nurturing energy.

We can embody these energies and use them to create in our own lives. Knowing that our own Sun energy resides in our Solar Plexus chakra in our navel. When this chakra is energized we experience increased confidence, abundance, and empowerment. We can, quite literally have the ‘Midas Touch’ and accelerated powers of manifestation. Creative expression comes naturally and we are able to really be who we are without compromise.

Stand outside and tilt your face up to the Sun, palms outstretched. Feel it energize you; feel it’s life force. Use this energy to revitalize you and harness it to fuel your passions; allowing your creative juices to flow.

Namaste

Dee

~Archangel Oracle

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

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