Kalin Art & Spirit

Making Connections

So, Im still working on making connections for my website; which venues to use and how to best be able to connect with people who want to chat, take classes and buy my art. I dont know why technology seems to offer so many venues and yet be so hard to decipher as to which ones would work best. That’s me, a techno-phobe with good intentions. LOL At least I know my weaknesses and am not afraid to laugh at them.

Im trying my best to set up networks that will help me stay connected with you, my dear readers. We live in a temporal plane and time is what connects and separates us.

People of pre-historic times stayed connected to the cycles of life by keeping track of the cycles of the moon. Modern Pagans celebrate the ‘turning of the wheel of the year’ every six weeks~ with holidays based on the solstices, equinoxes and mid-points in between~ as well as moon cycles. The old church calendar had special names for each Sunday of the year. It was this way that people stayed aware of the cycles in life, as a macrocosm, much as the daily and weekly cycles mark our time today.

Things change incrementally and changes appear small, but over time, those small changes add up to larger developments  in our lives. If we can learn to appreciate that we are making the best choices, with the information that we have, moment to moment, then we can appreciate the larger changes that come over time. By living intentionally, with self-discipline of a regular spiritual practice (whatever it may be) we create milestones that mark the paths of our lives. This is how we can create a life that best serves our needs and adds to the collective good. This is how we connect our Selves to our lives.

When we spend time every day connecting with the Earth, and ourselves as parts of the whole, it keeps us ‘on track’ as to our place in time, and out of time, as eternal beings. I find a few moments a day to connect with the universe by going outside in the evening and standing in the grass, as I watch the clouds scramble past the moon in its phases. I contemplate where I stand in all my relationships and how I might take steps the next day, to move forward and add value to others’ lives through kindness and compassion. Its in this prayerful connection to the whole that I connect to the deepest part of my self and to each of you – and all that is.

May you also find peace in all your connections. Namaste’

Add a comment

Runes of the Day

Runes are Nordic symbols representing early archetypal concepts such as the weather, light and darkness, cycles of life and relationships between people and their environment.

I find it interesting that the symbols are familiar to early Hebrew and Greek letters. My theory is that the Viking traders that came through Kiev to the Levant [middle east] learned these symbols through trade, and brought them back to the North country where shaman added to the cultural flavor of these mystical symbols via astral travel.

Today’s runes Ingwaz and Othila represent fertility and homeland, which are appropriate for the first day of Spring!

Inga, as I call it, is a diamond shape and represents potential and possibilities. Named after a very old god who predates the Germanic tribes, it is a phallic symbol that can be applied to either sex; the head of the penis or the vagina. It represents the magnetic charge, and inner heat of attraction, the object of which is fruition.

So today, it is a good time to plan things, start new projects, clean up the house and freshen the linens. Bring in some fresh flowers and take a walk outdoors. Listen to see if you can hear songbirds that have returned with the melting snows. Feel the potential of being alive!

Othila, the rune of the homeland, is a diamond shape with the two lower lines extended, and expresses our primal connection to the Earth. It reminds us that we should become aware of our place on the planet and dedicate ourselves to improving mankind’s lot while we are here, rather than just taking what we want.

Choosing to simplify your lifestyle by recycling, using and reusing the things you have, giving to charity and using public transportation are a few ways of paring down your carbon imprint on the Earth.

Gardening and buying organic foods are ways to become more self sufficient and support local farmers. Petitioning for clean air, water and food are ways you can add your voice to help send a message to your representatives in government.

Consider your actions and their repercussions as to how they will affect you, your local circles of influence, and into the future generations, BEFORE you act, as chief Joseph of the Nez Perce advised.
Walk in beauty, Walk in Peace!

Recommended reading; The Book of Runes by Francis Melville, Barron’s pub.2003

originally published March 21, 2010

Add a comment