Well, here we are…the first week of the New Year. The party is over, and we begin our sojourn back to our regular lives, with holiday reveling behind us. Some say this is one of the hardest Mondays of the year on everyone, so I am looking forward to our Monday Message today. Of course, to begin this week, I must take up the Runes for the wisdom that will help us get through it. So I open my “Book of Runes” by Ralph Blum, slide my hands in the velvet bag that cradles the stones, juggle them about, and feel one nestle into my hand to be drawn from the bag to impart its message. The Rune is:
Teiwaz: “Warrior Energy”
Message (paraphrased): “This is the Rune of the Spiritual Warrior. Always the battle of the Spiritual Warrior is with the Self. Funding a will through action, yet unattached to outcomes, remaining mindful that all you can really do is stay out of your own way and let the Will of Heaven flow through you – these are the hallmarks of the Spiritual Warrior.
Embodied in this Rune is the energy of discrimination, the swordlike quality that enables us to cut away the old, the dead, the extraneous. Patience is the virtue of this Rune, and the molding of character.
Here you are asked to look within, to delve down to the foundations of your life itself. Only in so doing can you hope to deal with the deepest needs of your nature and to tap into your most profound resources. Associated with the Rune are the sun, masculine energy, the active principle. The urge toward conquest is prominent here, especially self-conquest, which is a life-long pursuit and calls for awareness, single-mindedness and the willingness to undergo your passage without anxiety and in total trust.
This Warrior Rune counsels perseverance, although at times, the kind of perseverance called for is patience. What are your priorities? How are you using your energy? Teiwaz is a Rune of courage and dedication and strengthens your resolve in the struggle of the Self with the Self.”
from the Desk of MarDrag:
And so, the year of the Spiritual Warrior begins. The energy is accelerating, movement forward has begun, a new phase is at hand. And the Warrior within is being called to action. As the Rune says…we are being called to look within and delve down to the deepest depth of our nature, our souls, seeking the truth of who we really are…our True Self. It is when our Surface Self is in battle with our True Self that we become confused and clarity is clouded.
Only in going deep within to get to know our True Nature can we know what we truly need…and also…tap into the unlimited and profound resources within to create and/or draw to us the fulfillment of those needs and desires. We must be absolutely honest with ourselves about our deepest nature. And deep within that nature, is the Spiritual Warrior.
A Spiritual Warrior has the magic swordlike quality to cut through the cr*p…to cut away the old, stale layers to get to that True Nature. In this new year, it is time to wield that sword and strike through the muck…cleanse it away…and allow the True Self to emerge. To cut away the attachments from last year so that we can move freely into this one before us. Only then will we know our True Path. And when we do this with single-mindedness and awareness…then anxiety and stress will dissolve and we will find the gift of perseverance comes to us to aid us in walking our path in Total Trust.
Seek your Source, Spiritual Warrior! Draw your Source to you, let it flow into you, and fill you with its Power, your Power.
And then persevere…which sometimes means…be patient. The art of a Warrior is knowing when to be patient, to lie in wait, until it is time to strike…with success.
So garb yourself in your Spiritual Warrior cloak. Take up your sword and fight for your life…your True Life…and then step out of your own way and let your Source flow through you…guiding you always in the right direction.