Consent, Trusting Your Intuition, and Going With The Flow

Well, I had a post about creating your own incense blends thought out, but sometimes you just have to scrap your plans and do as the universe commands. It’s possible that this whole month will just be about divination, who knows? It IS October.

I woke up this morning LOVING life. I channeled the fuck out of Hestia yesterday, and got my house in shape. I’m still riding those good vibes. I do my readings in the mornings, so after I got my furry children and myself sorted, I sat down to do some work. I finally had a couple of actual yes or no questions for Samantha (my pendulum), so I asked my first question as a quick formality more than anything. “Do you want to work with me today?” A small jump, and then the tiniest of circles counter-clockwise. Well of course that was wrong, and we’re both just waking up, and my hand wasn’t in the right position… So I reset and asked again, and a much stronger circling came through this time. She did NOT want to work with me today. I’ll be honest I was really thrown for a loop. Do I keep asking until I get the answer I want? Of course not, but I wanted to SO badly. Instead, I thanked her for being honest with me, and put her back in her place on my mantelpiece/altar and went on with my morning rune casting and card spread. I’m confident that this was a test, to see if I really would respect and honor the answers I am given. I’m very proud that I seemed to have passed.

The cards/runes/pendulums have their own minds and personalities and wishes; their own autonomy. That’s the point of divination, at least to my uneducated understanding. You create a partnership with these tools (I wish I could come up with a better word, because they are much more than tools to me at this point), and they guide your understanding of the situation and outcome. You can’t force them to do anything, and if you try you’ll have broken your trust with your partner, as well as your trust in yourself. So basically, consent is as important in divination as it is in all other aspects of our lives.

Now branching off of consent, learning to go with the flow is also important, and is a lesson I have really been learning this week. I asked the runes yesterday about job searching and finances (I’m currently on sabbatical but that will be changing soon). The first cast I did all fell out of the circle. Ok no biggie; sometimes I can throw my runes a little too eagerly. So I reset and cast again. One rune barely in the circle and it was face down, hmmm. So I checked myself, and asked “if today’s not the day for job searching, what DO you want me to know?”. Well of course my cast actually worked that time. Spoiler alert: it was not about job or money prospects. ๐Ÿ˜‚ I got a talking to about my relationships and communication skills and when I need to mind my own damn business. Cool cool, good to know ๐Ÿ˜‚ I didn’t even ask my subsequent card spread about business matters, and just let it tell me what it wanted me to know. Apparently I REALLY need to mind my own business and work on my own damn self, and practice effective communication skills ๐Ÿ˜“ . It was not the day for job searching, and I took the message to heart. Well yesterday was AMAZING, and I did work on myself and my home and getting my own head and hearth ๐Ÿ”ฅ in order.

Today I came back to my runes and asked if it was time for career and money matters, and if so, what guidance could the runes give me? What a casting I got! Today is DEFINITELY the day to get to work on my new career path. I tried to label the runes on the picture but that was a disaster, so I’ll just describe them ๐Ÿ˜‚.

Mannaz – the rune that looks like a fancy M is suggesting that I will find success with new skills, and to keep in mind my own strengths and weaknesses.

Dagaz – the rune that looks like an infinity sign is pretty much the hype man for my goals. It is the light at the end of the tunnel, new beginnings, sudden opportunities, learning of new skills, and positive job prospects. I couldn’t have gotten a better rune! Today is definitely the day to put in that work and reap the rewards.

Uruz – now Uruz landed face down outside the circle. A lot of times I will read runes that fall outside the circle as things to come in the distant future. I think this is more of a gentle reminder to get back on track if I forget the message I’ve been given. It warns to be vigilant against pressure towards a path I do not want, and that many of the obstacles I’ll find are actually of my own making. It reminds me that I have a CHOICE in these matters and that I choose my own path. It reminds me not to forget my own power, strength, and tenacity.

A MUCH different casting than yesterday, and one I will definitely heed. I moved on to my morning card spread, and I’m not ashamed to reveal that I wept openly for the entire reading. I come from a place of intense doubt and skepticism for many things that can’t be explained by science. That doubt was significantly challenged today, and I can say that I no longer question the power of divination or my own natural talent for this aspect of the Craft (as much as possible, of course. Everyone will have doubts and should have them, but I no longer feel like I need to test the cards or myself to prove anything). The reading itself is too personal to share, but it matched my rune casting and then told me some things that were less of a punch to the gut and more a reminder of who the fuck I am and what I’ve survived. Definitely a message I needed to hear.

I keep saying that I’m really in my infancy with Witchcraft. It feels like everything I’m experiencing and learning is an intense epiphany or wild discovery! I honestly hope that never changes, even as I become more confident in my beliefs and skills. What a magical world ๐Ÿ˜‰ I hope all of you are as blessed today as I have been ๐Ÿ’œ

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