Friday Poetry ~ The Sword



I have several lovely swords I have gathered over the years. But the first one I acquired is my favorite. I found it in a movie prop shop when I worked for a major studio many years ago. It was one of many that I looked at…but it was the one that called to me, and I was compelled to bring it home. And, of course, it was the only one that was broken. As was I too at the time, and so it was kismet. I asked the sword keeper to repair it, and discovered what the symbols engraved on the hilt meant. Yes, this was the piece for me, and I felt we had had many adventures together. When I got it home, this poem came to me, as I imagined our meeting in another realm, at another time, in a land far, far away…

Sword 1

Sword 2

The Sword

There is a sword
That lay atop the hill
Seeming forgotten
Or cast aside
With no scabbard to clothe it
The sword lay bare
Shards of steel and splinters
Lay about
What tales it could tell, I pondered
As I looked upon it

Oh weary burdened sword
What battles have you seen
How came you
To be so abandoned
To this lonely field

But…What Ho!
I shall take you up
And clean and polish
Until you gleam
And fashion a scabbard
With symbols and colors of strength
With my own hands
To clothe you in the Power
You once did wield

And then
Shall I sling you across my back
And together we shall forge
The path ahead
Two wearied souls come together
Two warriors made whole
Once more

Rune Message For A Saturday


Well…my blog friends…this has been quite a week! I have heard from so many people that had so much going on…and it was a difficult week to navigate. Change, in its purest form, is upon us. Movement is happening in people’s lives, whether they want it or not. Some of it is joyous, some of it tedious and unnerving. So…I wanted to seek a good message to help you handle and understand it all. I was drawn to my Runes for this one…and picked up my bag and “The Book of Runes” by Ralph Blum to see what they had to say. The one that came into my hand was:


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:

It is interesting to me (of course!) that this Rune came up because I spoke frequently to people and clients this week about seeing themselves as a Spiritual Warrior. Life movement is upon us and the energy is accelerating. 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 are unable to make things happen, or they do not happen as we wish. OR, think we wish!

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.

Teiwaz Sword

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. It is time to wield that sword and strike through the muck…cleanse it away…and allow the True You to emerge. Only then will you know your True Path. And when you do this with single-mindedness and awareness…then anxiety and stress will dissolve and you will find the gift of perseverance comes to you to aid you in walking your path in Total Trust.

Teiwaz SW 1Seek your Source, Spiritual Warrior! (read the post “Our Source For This Life, July 13th). 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. When I traveled through the “dark night of the soul” journey in my life, there were moments when I raised my voice to the universe and wailed, “I can not take it one more moment! I can wait no more!” And then the moment passed…and I dug even deeper…and I found more patience, and went on. And…I came out of the tunnel into the Light and I am a better person for it. A stronger Warrior.

Teiwaz Patience

You have that in you too! I promise! So garb yourself in your Spiritual Warrior gear. 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.