Every month of 2023, I’ll be randomly pulling a card from a Norse rune oracle deck (The Book of Rune Cards: Sacred Play for Self-Discovery by Ralph Blum) to guide my mindfulness about where the ebb and flow of energy is this month. To be honest, I don’t really “believe” in divination. If I could tell the future, I’d be using it to win the lottery! 🤣 But I do think tarot cards, astrology, Myers–Briggs, and other mystical methods can be a reminder and a focus for thinking about where we stand, what we want more of, what we want to leave behind, and who we could become.
Nothing is set in stone, really, and even if it is, stone flows too. 💖
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January ~ Isa
The first rune card of 2023 is — appropriately enough for the Northern Hemisphere! — Isa which is the card of Ice, That Which Impedes.
This card resonates with me right now because there is a lot in my life that is stuck and “on ice”. That’s why I lit a pretty candle. But the candle was a little dusty, and the wick spat sparks and sooty speckles everywhere! That’s not even a metaphor; you can see the black dots in the wax. 😄
I saw a saying somewhere that’s also resonating: The seed minds neither the light nor the darkness, for it needs both to grow. And I guess that’s where I am at the moment, quietly waiting, biding my time peacefully. It’s hard though, when there’s so much I want to do!
The book I have for these runes says “Trust your own process and watch for signs of spring.”
For now, I shall endeavor to surrender to the restful aspects of winter. And I will remember to carry the serenity of ice into whatever likely chaos I encounter in the future.
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