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Going Old School With Odin Meaning and Messages

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The Norse god Odin with his two ravens

Norse God Odin Meaning and Insights





If pressed to make a choice, I’d say Odin is one of my favorite ancient gods.  Why?  Because he’s old school.  While Zeus was out playing pranks and scheming for more power – Odin had other motives.

What sets Odin apart from most gods in most cultures is that he was for the people.  While many gods in cultures around the world were fixated on self preservation, Odin made great sacrifices to give humans the gifts they needed to survive in a harsh world. He was a true benefactor to the human race.

Here are a few reasons Odin makes my top 5 list of favorite deities:

  1. He was a humanitarian
  2. He was an animal lover
  3. He had a great appreciation for art and poetry
  4. He was a fearless warrior
  5. He respected his comrades in arms
  6. His thirst for knowledge was unquenchable
  7. He never gave up, even when he knew fate suggested he should
  8. He didn’t say much, but what he did say was profound
  9. He understood great sacrifice is required for great gain
  10. He was a pretty good-lookin’ dude from what I can tell ;)

Odin The Norse God and the Nitty Gritty of Creation

Odin is a father-god as well as a sun god.  His association with the sun makes him a light-bringer, a creator, a passionate leader whose destiny simply must shine brightly.  Indeed he was bright, and he did a crackerjack job and creating stuff.

Well, sure, there’s that little detail of Odin almost killing his father Ymir which isn’t a very creator-type thing to do. However, by slaying Ymir, Odin (and his brothers Vili and Ve) created middle earth. You see, Ymir was the first giant.  After he was sacrificed, his blood became our oceans, his bones became our mountains, his flesh became our land, and his hair became our vegetation.  To his credit, Odin didn’t entirely off his dad.  Ymir still lives, although in a subdued state.  You know Ymir is still alive and kickin’ when earthquakes happen, that’s Ymir shifting his body.

After middle earth was created, Odin got the bright idea to populate the place. So he took an ash tree and crafted the first man.  From the elm tree, he sculpted the first woman.  I’d say he did a pretty fine job on both physiques.

Odin was an industrious dude because he didn’t stop at creating the earth or humans.  He also separated day from night.  Quite a neat trick if you ask me.  The ever-savvy Odin figured all this stuff needed a bit of organization, so he established Midgard (middle earth) for humans, then Asgard – the home of the gods.

The Secret Life of Odin – The Personality Behind the God

Within the god neighborhood of Asgard, there was a great hall called Valhalla.  That’s where Odin chose to spend his days and nights.  Interesting, the term Val means ‘death’ or ‘slain’ and halla means ‘hall.’ So essentially, Odin’s address was ‘the hall of death.’  But it’s not as macabre as you might think.  This was a place of warriors who died bravely in battle, fighting for the cause.

Valkyries (which means ‘choosers of the slain’) also lived in Valhalla.  These were lovely, strong women who at Odin’s bidding, brought the bravest fallen warriors back to Valhalla.  This wasn’t a gloomy glum place to pass your time in the afterlife. Nope. Big feasts were thrown every day and night. Sometimes warriors had friendly tests of strengths against each other.  Wild boar was served every night, and the mead (beer) flowed like waterfalls.

You’d think Odin would be whooping it up with his warriors and Valkyries, but hid didn’t.  He never ate.  Rather, he gave his meat to his two wolves, Geri and Freki.  But boy-howdy he drank mead like a fish.  A god after my own heart.  Odin also preferred to be alone rather than join the antics.  He was a deep thinker.  I suppose the alone time allowed him focus and the concentration he needed to protect, organize and enhance his kingdom.

Odin had an inside edge when it came to wisdom.  He had two ravens (sometimes crows, depending on the literature you’re consulting).  Their names were Hugin, which means ‘thought’ and Munin which means ‘memory.’  Every day Hugin and Munin would fly throughout the land gaining information.  They would return at dusk and report all the going’s on they observed to Odin.

As far as Geri and Freki – these weren’t any ordinary wolves. They were supernatural.  These were warrior wolves gifted with super-canine strength.  They adored Odin, and never left his side.  So loyal, they would protect Odin with their lives.  Woe to the fellow who went up against those hell hounds. Mangle-mania! Oy!

Always the animal lover, Odin also had a horse.  But not just any horse.  His name was Sleipnir, and he had eight legs.  His name means “slippery” – I suppose he would be a slippery one to catch, having eight legs! Sleipnir was as devoted to Odin as Geri, Freki, Hugin and Munin. This horse was also endowed the gift to travel between dimensions.  In essence, no place was off limits to Odin as long as he had his noble steed.



An Ode to Odin Meaning and Accomplishments

Odin had a phenomenal reputation for tending to the needs of the other gods in Asgard.  He also paid special attention to his warriors.  They were his pride.  He took great care in their training and well-being.

Odin was always thinking of better ways to protect his people from the evil giants always wanting to pick a fight with Asgardians. So intent upon providing a peaceful, long-lasting existence for his people of Asgard, he made a gruesome sacrifice.

One day, Odin decided he needed more insight as to how to guard his people. So he went to the Well of Wisdom, which was guarded by Mimir. Odin asked for a drink from the well, but Mimir said there must be a price to be paid for such knowledge (there’s always a price, ugh).  In Odin’s case, he had to pluck out his eyeball.  Why Mimir wanted a slimy eyeball, I have no idea – but he got what he wanted, and Odin did too.

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Odin never gave up finding solutions for his people, even though he knew Asgard would end.

Ironically, with only one eye, Odin lost half his sight as well as his depth perception. But he gained ‘second sight’ or ‘otherworldly’ sight from the wisdom juice.  From this ‘second sight’ he could see into the future, and what he saw was not good.  He saw the ultimate demise of Asgard.  But even after seeing this, he never gave up trying to find solutions to prevent its eventual end.

As mentioned, Odin also had a soft-spot for humans.  None of the other Norse gods could really figure out what his fascination with us was, but Odin didn’t care – he kept looking out for us all the same.

He made yet another great sacrifice, this time on behalf of humanity.  He wanted to obtain the powerful gift of Runes to give to humans.  Runes are magical inscriptions that can be engraved on wood, stone, whatever. These inscriptions are a language that can guide people and also offer protection.  They can’t necessarily tell the future, but the inscriptions can reveal certain potentialities that offer forewarning.  The runes can also offer advice and solutions for various tribulations.

In order to get this gift for the humans, Odin hung himself from a wind-rocked tree for nine whole nights while being impaled with a spear.  Ouch!  But he won the right to have the Runes, and gave them to humans.  Humans used them to help predict weather, crop behavior, oncoming threats, solutions to family squabbles, and much more.

Closing Thoughts on Old School Odin Meaning

In summary, it should be clear Odin was one bad as* when it came to protecting his soldiers, his Asgardians as well as human kind.  It should also be evident that Odin was outrageously determined to think his way through any problem.  He was rabid about finding solutions – even if it meant self-sacrifice.

Odin also stood up for his beliefs.  Even when the other gods were questioning his motive for fiddling with us humans – Odin still provided regardless.  He provided a home and happiness to his warriors even in the afterlife.  He created an almost Utopian place to live where all kind could live in harmony – at least for a time.  I’d say that’s pretty epic.  And it’s pretty old school to have a vision and hammer down on it, no matter what.

I hope you enjoyed this article on various thoughts on Odin meaning as a wicked-awesome Norse god.  Of course there is tons more to Odin, so don’t stop here.  Keep researching.  You’ll find out about his lovely wife Frigg, his buff son Thor, and his emo son Loki.  Keep diving into the fascinating saga of Odin, and you won’t be disappointed.

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Akashic Record Meaning Simplified

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 Akashic Record Meaning




Wish me luck on simplifying the concept of Akashic record meaning.  This concept is not the easiest nut to crack. Let’s start with the meaning of the word.   The term Akashic is Sanskrit for aether (aka: ether).  Ether, in the spiritual sense, is the essence that dwells beyond our physical reality.  Some schools of thought believe ether (Akasha) is a place located in the higher-most regions above the clouds in the sky.  Interestingly, the term Akash is the Hindi word for ‘sky’.

Akashic record meaning is an obscure thing. It is submerged in a sea of opinions from religious scholars, renowned psychics, theosophists and a few crack-pots who have no idea what they’re talking about.

According to The Dictionary of the Esoteric by Nevill Drury, the definition of the Akashic Records is:

“Theosophical concept for an astral memory of all events, thoughts, and emotions that have arisen since the world began.”

That is a swanky way of saying the records are a celestial storage facility for all memory, experiences and potential of every living being for all time.

Will you allow me to go on a tangent here?

Once upon a time I used to manage a storage facility.  300+ units holding people’s stuff.  That storage facility was kinda like the Akashic records.  How so?

Each unit held people’s treasures, their memories, their history.  Some units held people’s future too. For example, a friend of mine kept a unit to protect a classic car he was working on; he planned on burning the road with it one day when he completed repairing it.

So imagine an infinite number of storage units holding all memories, all experiences and all futures for all living beings.  That’s Akashic record meaning in a nutshell.

Regrettably, it’s not that simple when it comes to these weighty concepts…it never is.

Rather than storage units, most scholars agree the Akashic records are tomes…big books, if you will.  They are stored in a library that is incomprehensibly massive.  This library puts the Library of Congress to shame – it is endless, immeasurable.

Each book within this limitless library is a historical document of every being.  Each edition is a detailed account of every human’s past, present and future.  Each volume documents memory, emotion and experience.

Moreover, these books also contain pure potentials…actions not yet taken, experiences not yet felt.  These potentials shimmer in expectation, because the only thing that sets a potential in indelible writing in your Akashic record is choice.  Once you make a choice, the potential then becomes a permanent entry in your record.

So where is the library of Akashic records located?  In another dimension of course (I told you this stuff is never simple).

This is Madame Blavatsky’s take on Akashic record meaning and its location:

“…Located at the next level called the Fifth Round that is the fifth Element, Ether, which is the gross body of Akasha. As air is familiar to us now [Akasha] is the agent of all things. It is only in this Fifth Round detected with those of higher sense that growth and development of Akasha serves complete expansion.”

That’s pretty heavy.  Let me lighten the load.  Akashic record meaning in Blavatsky’s terms implies Akasha is synonymous with Ether. As such, Akasha is everywhere, pervasive, omnipresent…’like air.’

The  Akashic record meaning gets a little more muddled when we consult Edgar Cayce’s opinion on their location.  According to  Awakening Your Psychic Powers: Open Your Inner Mind And Control Your Psychic Intuition Today (Edgar Cayce Guides), the location of Akasha is in within the human soul.  To quote the book:

“He [Cayce] referred to the…Akashic Records as that domain where all memories are stored. He indicated that the soul contains a record of all its experiences, that the soul is built from those experiences. And yet, at the same time, all memories are ‘as One.’  The universal awareness is the consciousness of all those soul memories.”

This implies that the soul and spirit are connected to the animating force of life. Call it God, call it the Universe, call it Divine Spirit…it is the unifying power that is both the glue and lubricant for all existence.

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Are the records real?  That’s conjecture.  Meaning, there is tons of information on the existence of Akasha, but there is no hard evidence it exists for real.  Many theosophists and psychics are absolutely convinced of its existence.  Furthermore, experts claim the Akasha can be accessed.  Yep, like checking out a book from the library – but on a grandly divine, universal scale.

Is there a way to access Akashic records?  Yes and no.  If you doubt the existence of the records, then there’s no point trying to check out your book from the Akashic library.  If, however, you believe in such a phenomenal data-bank of all human existence, then you can absolutely obtain your library card and enter the grand halls of Akasha.

Can we view other people’s records?  Some scholars believe so.  Edgar Cayce healed hundreds of people by accessing their records in the Akasha.  Some psychics claim to do the same.  In truth, I’d rather not elucidate on this question.  Each record is extremely private, and to access someone else’s Akashic record without express permission, is a spiritual abomination….one that is unforgivable both in the physical and the non-physical realms.

Avia’s Experience with Akashic Record Meaning

In my experience, I gained access after six months of research into the Akasha record meaning combined with an equal amount of intense meditation.  Yep. Daily, for six months I endeavored to reach the ‘Hall of Remembrances’ (as Cayce puts it).

Did I make it?  Yes.  Conclusion?  Magnificent insight.  Did this experience change my life?  No.  The knowledge guided me – but I’m still human.  I’m still going to make crappy choices, no matter how illuminating my Akashic experiences were.

Did I learn my future from tapping into my Akashic records?  Yeah, sort of.  As mentioned, the book resonates with pure potential.  There are some future possibilities written in my book. But it seemed to me, my future is written in pencil….the writing was faint…whereas my past was in permanent ink.  This tells me my future is not set in stone.  It tells me that my choices are key to erasing the future written in pencil, and creating a better future written in pen.

Your experience with the Akasha may be completely different than mine.  As with all things spiritual and ethereal…this stuff is linked to the soul.  Every soul is unique, so therefore you’re spiritual journey will offer you different insights than mine.

In the end, the choice to believe is yours.  Don’t take my views as the ultimate answer. I strongly encourage you to do your own research, and make your own decisions.

I hope you have enjoyed this article on Akashic record meanings.  As always, thanks for reading.  If you liked this article, please check out the links below listed:

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Why Do We Call It A Blue Moon?

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Symbolic Meaning of Blue Moons


At the time of this writing a blue moon is approaching tonight, May 21, 2016.  What’s up with that?  What’s does the blue moon mean?  Plenty.

Let’s start by explaining what a blue moon is.  Basically, there are normally three moons in a season.  Every couple years an extra moon crops up.  Hence the cliché “once in a blue moon” akin to describing a rare event.

Pretty simple explanation, right?  But what’s up with the colorful moniker? Why do we call it a blue moon?  Why not “weird extra moon”?

I mean, blue moons aren’t even blue all the time They can be any color.  The hue of this moon comes into play as an effort to identify an anomaly.  Why? I’ll explain.

As par with all assignments in symbolism – it’s hard to pinpoint an exact origin.  The term “blue moon” crops up in lots of places during different eras.

It’s widely agreed blue moon is a term of the Old Ways.  It started with those savvy country folk who lived and died by the rule of Nature.  In ancient Gaelic, the word blue identified the color, but it also had dodgy connotations.  In Gaelic slang, the word blue was used to express indecency or inappropriateness. In old French, blue signified a low mood.  Hence the phrase “I’m feeling blue”.

If we pull on this blue thread, we might wonder why dub an extra oddball moon as a bad thing?  Pretty simple answer.  Country folk of the Old Ways were profoundly connected to the earth.  When I say they lived and died by the rule of Nature, that is oh-so-true.  From crops to cows, cures to ceremony – earth and sky was the source of it all.  So what’s the blue moon connection?

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An extra moon in a growing season can do some really wonky things to everything.  It affects human behavior, animal behavior, and it certainly influences growth of crops/plant-life.  Full moons pack powerful punches once a month.  But twice a month – whoa Nellie!!  Stand back for a walloping effect.  Ergo, this renegade extra moon became known as the ‘indecent moon’ or ‘inappropriate moon’.  Basically it was an unwanted moon because to ancient country folk, it wreaked unpredictable results in life.

So that’s the winding road to answer the question “why do we call it a blue moon?”  But I can’t leave it at that.  I have this compulsion to turn frowns upside down.  What if we flip this bad blue moon rap into a better perspective?

We can look to the same ancient folklore that gave the blue moon its indecent proposal from the beginning.  The Old Ways tell of amazing results when we appeal to the power of the blue moon.  Whoa?  Yeah! Instead of getting freaked out over the unknown influence of this moon – we can harness its power – purposefully and profoundly.

This rare’ish lunar event is a perfect time to get serious about our affirmations.  When we solidify our intentions during a blue moon, this moon blesses it in a big way.  Think of it like sowing super-sonic powerful seeds in our lives.  Then consider the blue moon adding magic lunar juju to our seeds – insuring the likelihood of successful sprouting of our dreams.

In short: Offer up your dreams and expectations for the future to this blue moon.  Connect with Dame Bleue Lune on a personal level.  Envision this dynamic, cerulean Lady Luna as a giver of second chances and big gifts in your life.

Blue moons have historically proven themselves to be catalysts for mind-blowing life-events.  Don’t miss the chance to utilize this thin slice of night life.  It’s time to boogie in the moon light and dare to dream for your best future.

Interestingly, the Old Ways document a domino effect with this action.  If you engage the blue moon to aid you in your future manifestations, it will set factors in motion that will last until the next blue moon – which is about three years in the future.  Considering this is a time of impressive influence, energy and potential – it behooves us to choose our wishes for the future wisely.

I hope this post on “Why do we call it a blue moon?” was illuminating.  At very least, I’d like to think this post inspires you to wander outside and simply appreciate the bountiful beauty of this blue moon (even though it likely won’t be blue).  If you do go lunar-watching, do me a favor.  Just give thanks.  Thanks for the little things, big things, and everything in between.  But especially give gratitude for this glorious universe in which we live.

As always, my thanks to YOU for reading!

Bright lunar love,

Avia

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Reading Tea Leaves

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Tasseography: The Art of Reading Tea Leaves

Tasseography is the practice of reading tea leaves with a goal to derive deeper meanings.  These meanings could be of a fortune-telling nature, but I’m more inclined to read the leaves for the purpose of broadening perspective or confirming intuition.

Tasseography was initiated and mastered by the Chinese who have held a deep reverence for tea and its life-affirming qualities for centuries.  Coffee grounds and wine remnants can also be interpreted, and these practices also fall under the heading of tasseography.

This article offers a few tips on reading tea leaves as was passed on to me by one of my teachers.

Choosing a Tea:

Choose a tea of choice.  Black, green, herbal – it makes no difference.  Whichever you prefer.  Choose a loose tea for optimal results (I love oolong, rolled or cut – makes great designs in the cup).  If you don’t have loose tea, you can cut open a bagged tea.

Brewing the Tea:

Put your loose tea in a small teapot.  Fill the pot with water and put to a boil.  Swirl your teapot a bit (think of your question as you do so) to kick up the loose tea and then pour out the tea in your cup being careful not to burn yourself.  Note: Use a teacup with a handle.

Settling the Sediment:

1)  Enjoy drinking your tea.  As you do so, think about a question you want clarification on.

2)  When you are almost done, swirl the last little bit of liquid and tea remnants three times:  Clockwise if you need clarity on future events, counterclockwise if you need clarification on past events.

3)  As you are swirling think upon the issue/question  you are seeking guidance about.

4)  Place your teacup rim-down on the saucer to empty out the last bit of liquid remaining.

The sediment left in your cup is what you will read.

Reading the Tea Leaves:

The Chinese have a whole dictionary of tea-leaf-shapes and meanings.  These reference guides are filled with hundreds of potential symbols that may be interpreted from remnant tea leaves.  You can certainly use reference books (there are several books on the market, or you could go to your library).  However, my teacher encouraged the use of self-determination and imagination to interpret leaves.

There are a few ground rules however.  Your teacup will serve as a guide in your tea leaf interpretation.  Specifically, the position of the handle on your teacup in relation to the tea leaves will help you determine the timing of your oracle (past or future).  The cup will also help to determine if your oracle is referencing you, or other people – consciousness or unconsciousness.

Here are some diagrams to illustrate what I’m talking about:

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When you are contemplating the arrangement of tea leaves, and they are mostly flowing to the left half of the teacup (according to the left-pointing handle) then you are dealing with past issues.

Alternatively, if most of your leaves are arranged on the right half of the cup (according to the handle), then you are dealing with the future.
How you turn the cup handle will be determined by your intuition.  You will see, during the practice of tasseography, the leaves will convene naturally to make a coherent design.  That design will look differently according to how you turn the cup.

The tea leaf design will look more coherent and take on a real shape depending upon which direction you’re turning the cup.

The last illustration on this page will explain this more fully.
In the same way, you can determine if the tea leaves are offering an oracle about yourself or about others.

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Likewise, your leaves can tell you if your question/issue is rooted in your conscious awareness, or buried in  your subconscious.

So how do we read the actual leaves? 

Turn your cup around to get the best view of your tea leaves.  You will notice that turned in different directions, there will be no discernable feature.  Yet turn the cup in a different direction, and you may be able to make out a clear figure.

Take this image (left) for example.  When I turned the cup clockwise (with the handle facing left), my intuition could not make out any definitions.

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However, when I turned the cup the other way (handle facing east/right) then I could clearly see a rabbit leaping about.

Can you see the rabbit?

You will have to move the cup (not the remnants, that cheating) around and your intuition will tell you which position offers the clearest tea-leaf-symbol.

Once you define a specific symbol in your leaves, allow your intuition to provide the answers.  My tea leaves form a rabbit, so I ask my intuition “What does the rabbit mean to me? How does it relate to my life?”

Rabbits, in my training symbolize fertility.  And, as I’m not having babies any time soon, that means my future is filled with a different kind of fertility.  I could interpret this as: “New creative ideas will be born in my future.”

Keep it simple.  Let your intuitive vision fall on very simple symbols. Then allow your basic reasoning skills to understand what that symbol means to you, and how it applies to your life experience.

And don’t forget the most important rule: Have fun and enjoy yourself during the process.

I hope you have enjoyed these thoughts on tasseography as a means for clarification.

Wishing you happiness while reading tea leaves,

Avia

Rain, Rain Go Away. Folk Predictions of Rain and Storms


Folk Predictions of Rain and Storms

It’s that time of year again. Spring is pushing into our lives, stomping her foot down on Winter.

Spring can be a crazy-unpredictable time. It has to do with the transitional nature of the season. Winter and Summer tend to take command of their time in the year. Spring and Autumn, however, are all about shifts and changes. For more symbolic seasonal insights click here.

So Spring is springing (in the Northern hemisphere). That means rain. It can also mean big honking storms.

Now, I’m a huge fan of rain. It’s symbolic of neat stuff like:

  • Healing
  • Renewal
  • Cleansing
  • Emotional Rebirth
  • Gifts from the Heavens

All good things, right? Indeed, rain is a super-keen meteorological event. Without it, we’d all be in a world of hurt. From replenishing vital water tables, to insuring food on our tables – we owe a lot of appreciation to the rain spirits.

But sometimes Mother Nature can go bonkers. Whatever the reason, sometimes Madame Nature takes those life-giving raindrops and transforms them into bullets of destruction in the form of a storm. You’ve heard it said “Into every life some rain must fall”. Well, same is true with storms. Both literal and metaphorical storms happen. To all of us.

So what? Nothing we can do about it, right? Wellll, I wouldn’t be so committed to that view.

I grew up with a friend whose mother was a walking encyclopedia of folk wisdom and medicine. She had hundreds of ways of predicting the weather. She also had equal amount of ways in thwarting bad weather.

Did her methods for shooing away storms work? I can’t say for sure. But I do know her prediction skills were better than the weatherman on TV!

Whether you believe in folk methods for weather prediction and prevention or not – sometimes it’s fun to entertain the ideas.

The following are some old folk tips on predicting rain, as well as ways to dissuade storms ruining your Sunday picnic.

Folk Ways to Predict Rain and Storms

Turning over a new leaf:
When leaves begin to turn over, it’s often a sign of upcoming rain or storms. I’ve written about this phenomenon on a symbolic level here: Turning Over a New Leaf – It’s Symbolic.

Pitter pat, check out the cat:
When cats rub behind their ears during a cat-bath, rain is on its way.

Down came the rain and washed the spider out:
Spiders are predictors of many things in folk lore. Spiders ducking for cover and seeking shelter is a sign of rain or storms.

Oh! My achy breaky bones!:
Perhaps the very best barometer of rains a’coming is aching bodies. I know it certainly works for me. So pay attention to those cranky corns on your feet, creaky bones and stiff joints – it could mean impending rain storms.

Folk Ways to Prevent Storms

Pass the salt, please:
Sprinkling salt on a ceremonial fire is thought to thwart torrential storms in the Spring.

X marks the spot:
Appalachian lore says marking an X on windows with your right index finger protects the home from storm damage.

More bark than bite:
Find a piece of bark from a tree that’s been hit by lightning. Folk tales say keeping this tree bark will protect you from lightning and ill effects of a bad storm.

Get stoned:
No. Not like that! Striking two stones together sends a message to the thunder and storm spirits. One stone must be black, the other white. If you’re about to be caught in a storm outside, strike these two stones together until you are safely under cover – it’s said to protect you from storm damage.


All superstitions aside, deluges of rain and epic storms are nothing to snicker at. It’s up to you whether you want to employ any of these folk tactics to predict or avoid weather threats. Admittedly, I find myself doing some of these things out of habit. I remember my old friend employing her folk remedies and predictions – and I guess they rubbed off on me over time.

Belief is a big ingredient in any method of honoring rain and storms. Symbolism certainly plays its part too. While the folk ways offer nostalgia, I still find the best tact is a path of respect. For example, tap into the symbolic meaning of rain. Once we’re familiar with the deeper meaning of rain and storms, we tend to connect with it. We may even auger a sense of honor and respect for it. I certainly do. In that same vein, I practice a simple ceremony. Just a closing of the eyes and uttering words of honor and gratitude for Mother Nature and the nourishment she provides. I also pay respect to Her power in the form of storms. All that said, I ask for the very best outcome for all involved. Then I sprinkle salt on the fire, X my windows and put Ben-Gay on my poor knees. LOL!

I hope you found this post on folk predictions of rain enjoyable. Maybe it will come in handy. Maybe not. Either way, I’d like to think you came away with a little laugh and a renewed respect for Mother Nature.

As always, thanks for reading!

Mightily Brightly,

Avia

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Natural Phenomenon – A Symbolic Moment

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Someone asked me recently to describe a memorable experience had in Nature. It was hard to pin down just one remarkable communion, but this one moment in time was a real soul-shaker for me….

I remember walking on the sun-baked earth, flat and expansive, somewhere between Midland and Odessa, Texas. It was evening, and the moon was full, casting illumination across the parched expanse. A breeze lifted the heavy heat of the air, and a light sprinkling of rain began, which suddenly gave birth to a torrential rain.

In seconds, the cracks in the earth began to fill. My shoes became sponges as I continued to walk through the accumulating rain (squish, squish). Just as suddenly, the rain stopped and the moon returned, lighting my path once more. In the distance stood a lone mesquite tree – short and squatty – a rebel to stand out so staunchly in the flat dessert terrain.

While focusing on that mesquite tree in the moonlight, I was stopped-short by a behemoth strike of thunder. Lightning followed, cracking open the night like an onyx egg. A tendril of lightning touched a slender branch of the tree and ignited it into a bright fire suspended in the black night. Softer rain then fell, but the fingertips of the mesquite tree kept burning.

I sat and watched this for as long as the fire flickered at the end of the branches. Eventually the fire was quelled, and so was I.

—That was a very symbolic moment for me; namely, it represented all four elements (fire, earth, air, water) in a crazily unlikely, but well-choreographed dance. It was Nature’s allegory about balance, and how sometimes oddly cool things can happen at the most unexpected moments.

So, allow me to ‘pay it forward’ and ask you to contemplate a moment in which you bonded with Nature in such a way as to make it memorable and profound for you. I found re-experiencing this moment really shifting – I hope the same will happen for you.

Brightest,

Avia

Other Pages of Interest:

Meaningful Messages from Nature

Tuning Into Nature’s Symbolism

Moon Meanings and Symbolism

Symbolism of Trees