I hope your halls are decked, the aluminum pole (or tree) is up and that loved ones, family and friends are near your heart or hearth today. Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, Blessed Solstice, and Happy Festivus, everyone!
This week’s symbol is not a card but a very special rune from my nearly 30 year old set of hematite rune-stones. They were the first “oracle” I ever got and I keep them in a brocaded box in a place of honour on my shelf. For many years these smooth, cool stones gave me excellent advice and were the stones I cut my teeth on as a reader. I always lay them out on this special handkerchief, grandma’s Christmas hanky which is almost 80 years old. Every holiday season I pull a special stone. Let this one inspire you as we pass through the joys of the season and into the New Year before us.
Laguz is a rune of “flow” and water energy. It represents the unconscious, dreams, fantasy and imagination. It asks that after the last crumbs of fruit-cake are eaten and all the packages put away, that we quiet our conscious mind and the tumble of thoughts going on upstairs and pay attention to those dreams, imaginative yearnings and thoughts quietly flowing behind active attention. Instead of putting all your attention towards the things (or people) OUTSIDE yourself, allow your inner mind to speak to you. Even if you don’t know how to listen to your intuition or even to your dreams, or if you find yourself oddly blank – at least giving them permission to start whispering in your ear is a place to start. Believing that YOUR imagination and dreams are important, matters! We’re not talking “dreams about others” or fantasies here either. We’re talking about your own rhythms and your own being, your ability to love life.
There is power and wisdom in this part of ourselves, and it’s this part of us that can get things flowing again. It is this intuitive side of us that can connect us to our OWN dreams, to our emotional side, to knowing ourselves. And ultimately, what a wonderful way to go into the new year. Ralph Blum wrote in his book, ‘The Book of Runes’ (one of my all time favourite lines and probably one of the few I remember from the book):
“ Rune of the self-relating rightly to the Self,
Laguz signifies what alchemists called conjuctio or sacred
marriage. In fairy tales, it is the end where the hero and heroine live
happily ever after.”
HAPPY holidays– and I’m wishing you peace, love, joy and all good things to you and yours.
About this deck oracle: Runes are an ancient indo-European alphabet (known as a runic alphabet) from about AD 150 that were used in Norse and old Germanic languages before the adoption of a Latin alphabet. Today, the “Elder Futhark” alphabet is often used as charm symbols for clarity and insight into oneself. This set is carved in hematite (mineral iron oxide) and inlaid with gold enamel. You can make your own set out of wood, stones, paper, clay or other objects.