Monday Message ~ The Self


Good Monday Morning! I hope everyone had a lovely weekend enjoying the summer. For our Monday Message , I turn to the Rune’s today for the nugget of wisdom we will take with us into the week. As I draw “The Book of Runes” by Ralph Blum to me and plunge into the bag of stones, the Rune that comes to hand is:

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Mannaz: “The Self”

Message (paraphrased): “The starting point is always with the Self. The essence is water. Only clarity, willingness to change, is effective now. A correct relationship to yourself is primary, for from it flows all possible correct relationships with others and with the Divine.

Remain modest – that is the Rune’s counsel. Regardless of how great may be your merit, be yielding, devoted and moderate, for then you have true direction for your way of life.

Be in the world but not of it. That is implicit here. And yet, do not be closed, narrow or judging. Remain receptive to impulses flowing from the Divine within and without. Strive to live the ordinary life in a non-ordinary way. Remember at all times what is coming to be and passing away, and focus on that which abides. This is the time of major growth and rectification and, as a rule, rectification must come before progress.

This is not a time to seek credit for accomplishments or to focus on results. Rather, be content to do your task for the tasks sake. This is more of a problem for those whose eyes are always on the goal than it is for those who have not forgotten how to play and can more easily lose themselves in doing the work, for its own sake. Herein lies the secret of experiencing a true present.

Balancing is called for now – the Self is required to balance the Self. Nothing in excess. Know thyself.”

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from The Desk of MarDrag:

Of all the struggles we have in life, the greatest struggle is always with the Self. We have so many aspects of life that influence our thoughts and behavior, that we are constantly dialoguing with ourselves about what, when, who, how, and why. What Mannaz is telling us today is…that all of that “stuff” is not as important as the cultivating of the relationship of the Self to the Self. That should be our primary focus…because if our relationship to our Self is healthy and in Balance…then all else flows from that relationship, and flows “rightly”.

We are conditioned to think that if we just had “this”, or if “that’ would just happen, we would be content. With that as our focus, we are always looking outside and ahead of ourselves for something to make everything “right”. But that is a fallacy…for nothing can make us happy, content, and balanced…but ourselves and our relationship with our Self.

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Mannaz says, “Be in the world, but not of it”…meaning…seek to know thyself with clarity and willingness to change and progress. Learn from the world around us, but do not become embedded in its confusion. Rise above the mundane and nurture the relationship with the Divine…whatever that means to us. Because it is there that we will find the answers we seek and the contentment too. And most importantly…the Balance. (Take on the task to connect or reconnect with our Spiritual exploration and work to aid us).


And finally…take on this task, and any task in life, for the tasks sake and not for the goal. It is in the doing the task that enlightenment and accomplishment comes…the goal is the reward. It is in focusing and being in the moment with our tasks that we experience the true feeling of being present in our lives…and we will not miss important clues and messages.

So the message today is…be present in every moment of every day, take life tasks on for the sake of the task and what we learn from it and how we accomplish it, and most of all…seek to cultivate, clarify, and focus on our relationship to the Self, which leads us to the Divine and Balance so that we can live our best life. Which is what we, ultimately, all seek.

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Rune For A Monday


Welcome Back to Monday! I hope everyone had a lovely long holiday weekend! After time off and celebration…it is difficult to get back into the flow of “regular” life…so to start our Monday off this week, I was drawn to pulling a Rune (from my set and book by Ralph Blum)…and here is the symbol that presented itself with its message for the week:


Laguz: Flow, Water, That Which Conducts

Message: “Unseen powers are active here, creative and fertile powers of Nature. The attributes of this Rune are water, fluidity, the ebb and flow of tides and emotions, of careers and relationships. Laguz fulfills our need to immerse ourselves in the experience of living…without having to evaluate or understand. It speaks to the desire for comfort and the satisfaction of emotional needs, to the lunar side of our nature. For while the sun strives for differentiation, the moon draws us toward unity and merging.

This Rune often signals a time for cleansing: for revaluing, reorganizing, realigning. A Rune of deep knowing, Laguz may call you to study spiritual matters in readiness for self-transformation. Success now lies in contacting your intuitive knowing, in attuning to your rhythms. A Rune of the Self relating rightly to the Self, Laguz signifies what alchemists called the conjunctio, or sacred marriage. In fairy tales, it is the end where the hero and heroine live happily ever after.”

from The Desk of MarDrag:

Well…there is most definitely a pattern emerging from the messages we have sought these past couple of weeks. This is the third in as many weeks that speak about Cleansing, Water, and Flow. I think a tide is turning…and we are being counseled to “go with the flow”…instead of against it. Laguz talks about the ebb and flow of life…as well as the active forces around us…and tells us to become as fluid as the water.

There may be changes or upheavals in our lives right now…but Laguz says we are not being called to evaluate them or understand them (just yet)…but to flow with them as they merge into our lives. Rather than trying to understand all that is going on, or change it…we should spend our energy on examining what holds value to us, and reorganizing our priorities. It calls on us to be in contact with our intuitive side…listening to that Inner Wiser Voice…and turning to the study of the spiritual aspect of life so that we may be in better touch with the Self. When the Self “relates rightly” with the Self…a deeper connection with our Spirit, Truth, and Power is created. A unity occurs…within and with the Self. It is in that unity that we find exactly what we desire to fulfill our needs.

Laguz River

Cleansing, water, tears and flow are the message here…so continue to cleanse yourself of negative energy and thought…rinse them away in the water…allow the cleansing tears to come…and go with the flow of what is happening (for now)…until the energy transforms…as it always does. Seek answers in the spiritual realm…because understanding in the physical is not within our grasp at the moment.

We are being called to Trust our paths…and the Wisdom of God and the Higher Powers and the Universe…and to take care of our own rhythms that guide us on that path. Be Present, See to our needs…and all, in the end, will be well.


Bits of Inspiration


This long, intense week has come to a close and now we can spend a few moments in reprieve as we look to the weekend for a much needed break. I gathered just a few bits of Inspiration for you to carry with you through your day. May it be a lovely, calm, and rejuvenating one…be good to yourself and take care of YOU! Sending waves of Love & Light!

Spirit Soar

Courage Fear

Be Proud

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And now…because every day needs some comic relief…your chuckle for the day…

Chix Cross road

Now that the chicken has crossed the road…it is safe to say…

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Saturday ~ Thought For The Day


Over the course of my long years of life study, I have gathered many tools from all walks of life that impart pieces of wisdom that have added richly to my self-discovery and ability to learn from life lessons. Those tools have come in the form of the Affirmation Cards I have mentioned here, the Animal Medicine Cards I have written messages about here, and a book of Wise Quotes by a Reverend that I have written about as well…just to name a few. In my travels and gathering, I also came upon a tool used by the Vikings in ancient times. They are called “The Runes” and it was a type of alphabet they used to communicate and they painted some of these symbols on their shields for protection and guidance when going to war. I have a set of carved stones with an accompanying book, and at times, I look to them for messages, just as I do the other tools I have written about.

I was looking at them last night, and one stood out to me, with a lovely message that I wanted to share with you here, as I often do. This is taken from “The Book of Runes”, interpreted by Ralph Blum, with a preface by Dr. Martin Rayner, University of Hawaii School of Medicine.

The Rune I pulled is: Mannaz

It’s Meaning is:         The Self

Message (paraphrased): “The starting point is the Self. Its essence is water. Only clarity, willingness to change, is effective now. A correct relationship to your Self is primary, for from it flow all possible correct relationships with others and with the Divine. Remain modest, regardless of how great may be your merit, be yielding, devoted and moderate, for then you have a true direction for your way of life.

Be in the world, not of it. And yet do not be closed, narrow or judging. Remain receptive to impulses flowing from the Divine within and without. Strive to live the ordinary life in a non-ordinary way. Remember at all times what is coming to be, and passing away, and focus on that which abides. Be content to do your task for the task’s sake. Herein lies the secret of experiencing a true present. Know thyself.”

The Self

from The Desk of MarDrag:

I love this message because it speaks to what I believe so deeply and write about often on this blog…being true to the Self. And in order to be true to the Self….we must know the Self. If we strive to learn all we can about who we are and what our true path is in life, then from that clarity, all that we do and all our relationships will be true and correct…including our relationship with the Divine, that Greater Power that has such influence in our lives. By whatever name we call that Divine Energy…we are connected to it.

Through the knowing of the Self comes peace and calm and acceptance. In accepting our Self, we gain compassion and patience and can be more accepting of others and their lives and paths. It is not within us to judge when we are accepting and compassionate. If we can allow our Self to Be, we can allow others to Be as well and yield to harsh sentiments, focusing on love and positive energy. And through this love and compassion, we can remain receptive to the messages, love, and answers that come from the Divine…for that is what the Divine is about, how the messages come to us.

And this is how we “live the ordinary life in a non-ordinary way”. To rise above judgment, fear, and closed hearts is to “be in the world but not of it”. We do not need to follow “the norm”….we need to rise above it and bring others with us so we can have a world that is free of pain, sorrow and oppression and cause “the norm” to change.

Do this task…and all life’s tasks for the sake of the work…not for the outcome. Take joy and pride in living the truest and best life you can. Remember the lessons of the past and be mindful of the future while you focus on the present. You are living the future that your past created….and you are creating the future from your actions in the present. Be Mindful!

Above all…know thyself. The true, deep, knowing Self. It is the most beautiful You!