The Road to Runes

February, 2019

The Road to Runes: Dagaz and Breakthroughs

Reading the Elder Futhark Runes as a form of divination is intriguing, amazing and enlightening.

Remember last month when I pulled the rune Isa? I was locked in a stagnant situation, unsure whether to move forwards forcefully or relax and wait out the freeze. My day job, which I had wanted to leave for some time, was tentatively offering opportunities but then snatching them away, leaving me stuck and not knowing whether to take the plunge.

Well, after some contemplation, I realised Isa was telling me that I was allowing myself to be frozen. I was giving in to the temptation to stare into the frozen lake; to marvel at the river that has stopped flowing. So, I quit! That’s right, beloved readers, I am outta there! I am now a full-time freelance writer and student of the esoteric and occult.

I was grateful for the rune’s guidance. Ultimately, I guess I would have made the same decision regardless of that particular rune reading. However, it was illuminating to realise just how stuck I had become, and how much longer I could be potentially stuck there if I didn’t make a move.

After my exploration of Isa, I pulled the rune Dagaz. Two triangles or arrows touch points, or as I see it, one continuous line zig-zags around a central point. The name means ‘day’ or dawn, and it’s associated with awakenings and breakthroughs. How astonishing that I should have pulled this rune just as I was fretting about being stuck somewhere, and never finding a breakthrough! It certainly seemed like a clear message.

Dagaz is associated with things that have been planned and talked about coming to fruition. The imagination has been hard at work. Now it’s time for action. Things you never quite understood or realised are suddenly so clear or obvious.

Dagaz is also about the inevitability of change. It’s almost directly opposed to Isa in this way. Isa is frozen, cold, unmoving, only hinting at the growth to come after the cold winter. Dagaz is a sure reminder that the world turns, the seasons move on and everything changes.

Dagaz is also about mystical and spiritual inspiration; being open to divine intervention. I feel that this is really appropriate right now, when I have taken a leap of faith quite literally with regards to the work situation, but also allowed myself to explore the possibilities of this realm of divination and interpretation of signs and messages.

I realise I have only scratched the surface of this intriguing rune, but I’m so blown away by how accurate and meaningful this reading is. Isa told me I was stuck, and reminded me that by staying where I was and not taking action I could metaphorically freeze to death. Dagaz highlighted that I’ve made myself receptive to these insights, showed me that action would be the way to break free, and assured me that moving away from my work-based debacle was the right thing to do, no matter how drastic.

Today, I pulled the rune Tiwaz, Tyr’s rune; the rune of justice and sacrifice. I’ll write more about this and what it may mean for me in next month’s column. Don’t forget, you can tweet me @Mabherick if you want me to focus on a particular rune for this column. Until next time!


About the Author:

Mabh Savage is a Pagan author, poet and musician, as well as a freelance journalist.

She is the author of A Modern Celt: Seeking the Ancestors and Pagan Portals – Celtic Witchcraft: Modern Witchcraft Meets Celtic Ways.

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I Went Down to the Crossroads – A Meditative Journey with Hecate

February, 2018

While it may not be what some would consider the season of Hecate; in actuality, it is always the season of Hecate. You never know when you may need Her, and so……

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HECATE Her name alone can conjure up a vision of what we imagine Her to be. She is the Goddess of the Witches, a Dark Goddess, the Keeper of Ancient Knowledge, Keeper of the Cauldron of Secrets.

She is the Guardian of the Crossroads, holding aloft Her torch, accompanied by Her hounds who are able to look at Past, Present and Future. We look to Her for guidance and protection as She encourages us through the obstacles in our lives and lights the way on our inner journey.

Go somewhere in your home where you will not be disturbed. Shut off any devices that may intrude upon your awareness. Light several candles, spaced around the room, also light an incense of musk (if you do not have musk, then burn an incense that you would use during your meditations).

Wrapping yourself in a meditation shawl, lie down on the floor, or on a bed if you are more comfortable. Place a pillow under your head and cover yourself with a light blanket (for some, meditation can bring a chill.) Place a bolster under your knees if you have lower back issues. Your arms will be by your sides, slightly away from your body, palms up.

Close your eyes and, very gently, allow them to focus up toward your third eye (located between your brows and up minutely) Begin long, deep breathing, through the nose only.

Bring your awareness to the breath, focusing on each inhale and exhale. Allow your breath to become slower, deeper, pushing yourself down into yourself with each breath, feeling your body get heavier with each breath, sinking down into Mother Earth beneath you. Allow the breath to bring you into your own inner consciousness, that place of your deepest wishes, desires, dreams and fears.

In your minds eye, you look up and find yourself on a road, lined with dark, knowing trees. You are confused as to how and why you are here. The trees whisper that you are to go forward. The path has been made ready for you.

You slowly begin to walk forward, mindful of the mists around you. One step follows another. You look to where this road will take you and see that up ahead, this road crosses another. Where the roads cross, the mists part and you see a beautiful woman, dressed in white, with Her arms open beckoning you to come closer.

Your steps come a little faster and as you get closer, the woman transforms into an older woman, dressed in red and pregnant with creativity. She continues to invite you forward.

As you get closer, She once again transforms; this time into an older woman, dressed in black. She reaches out and you take her hand. From where you stand, all is shrouded in fog. You look at Her and She smiles gently. She gestures downward and you see that She is accompanied by Her hound companions, each with three heads.

As you look at her closely, she is both kindly and serious. You are here for a reason.

Her arm indicates the road to your left. As you look, the mists part and you are able to see into the distant, and not-so-distant past. She tells you take time to linger amongst your memories, and you do so.

When you are done, you turn to look into Her wise, old eyes. She instructs you to now honor those memories, the good, the bad, the embarrassing and the painful. Now, release them into the past, where they belong. No longer will you allow them to influence your life.

She once again gestures and the path to the past is once again shrouded in mist and the one in front of you opens. She explains that the past is done, and the present is now. Take time to observe what is currently going on in your life what is going well, and what you would change.

Once again, you look into Her knowing eyes. She is aware of all that you are feeling.

One last time, She waves Her hand. The path to the present closes, and the last path opens. Without being told, you know that this is the path to your future, what may be and can be. With some trepidation, you observe this path that is now open before you. Let your intuition be guided by your wants, needs and desires.

You look at Her, realizing that this wise woman is the Goddess, Hecate, Guardian of the Crossroads, and you bow your head to honor Her. She reaches out, lightly taking your chin in Her hand and brings your head up to look deeply into Her eyes. Her message is clear.

Let go of the past, live as best you can in the present and focus on bringing your dreams to fruition in the future. Live your life the way you know is right and best for you. Claim your sovereignty.

You thank Her profusely, and with a blessing, She releases you; you find yourself returned to your body.

Bring your awareness to the here and now. Take several deep inhales, releasing them. Stretch your arms up, slightly stretching your body to fully awaken. Open your eyes and gently bring yourself to a sitting position. Inhale, bringing your hands to the surface in front of you, grounding your energy, and exhale.

May Hecate bless you.

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About the Author:

Susan Morgaine is a Daughter of the Goddess, Witch, Writer, Teacher, Healer, and Yogini. She is a monthly columnist with Her writings can be found in The Girl God Anthologies, Whatever Works: Feminists of Faith Speak” and Jesus, Mohammed and the Goddess, as well as Mago Publications She Rises, Volume 2, and “Celebrating Seasons of the Goddess”. She has also been published in Jareeda and SageWoman magazines. She is a Certified Womens Empowerment Coach/Facilitator through She is the author of “My Name is Isis, the Egyptian Goddess”, one in the series of the “My Name Is………” children’s books published by The Girl God Publications. A Woman International, founded by Patricia Lynn Reilly. She has long been involved in Goddess Spirituality and Feminism, teaching classes and workshops, including Priestessing Red Tents within MA and RI. She is entering her 20th year teaching Kundalini Yoga and Meditation, being a Certified instructor through the Kundalini Research Institute, as well as being a Reiki Master. She is a member of the Sisterhood of Avalon. She can be found at and her email is

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Book Review – How to Find Your Spirit Animal: Connect with Your Animal Helper for Guidance, Strength and Healing by David Carson

December, 2017

I was delighted to receive a review copy of this book. David Carson and Jamie Sams co-authored the 1990s classic “Medicine Cards – The Discovery of Power Through the Ways of Animals.” I spent many hours working with that deck, as the animal allies taught me about their gifts and powers and how to awake those in myself.

David Carson’s work in this book, first published in 2011, offers a brief introduction to how 4 different “medicine” traditions work with animal teachers. These overviews are drawn with a broad brush- mentioning a few North American traditions, then moving on to the Sami, the Australian First People, and finally, Mesoamerican cultures. Carson touches on animal myths and practices associated with each of these lineages and ends up with a short section on contemporary shamanism. This travel through cultures is truly an overview and not by any means an in-depth analysis. I believe it is written for those who have heard about shamanism and power animals and who are looking for a way in to see if a deeper relationship is worth further pursuit.

The book then moves in to a chapter on different ways to find and work with animal spirits. Again, this is a survey of different methods, not an in-depth discussion. Carson touches on vision questing, guided visualization, altar building, meditation and dreaming as ways to find a power spirit. I was surprised not to see “Medicine Card” work listed – I always found those cards to provide exactly the animal powers needed to address the questions I brought! He cautions against the trap of working with an animal simply because you like it and are drawn to it. This can be good advice, but is not always true. It’s quite possible that an animal has drawn your attention and affection towards it because it has teachings for you. It is always a good practice to work with a method you trust for finding “truth” and exploring what your relationship with this animal energy holds. Carson offers an excellent practice in relationship building in his advice to offer gratitude and thanks to your power animal when you find each other. As with any relationship, you and your spirit animal have much to offer to each other and can work at finding out how best to be of service and to honor your partnership.

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Carson touches on healing by asking your helping totem for a song or dance (or both) to use. He recommends working with a medicine wheel to overcome obstacles by consulting animals in the four directions for guidance. And his best advice, walk through your daily life with the awareness that your totem animal is ever present, always with you.

Most of this book contains short chapters on the qualities, gifts and powers of 50 different animals, both real and mythic. He provides information on their habits and associated myths. Again, this is not a detailed discussion, but an overview to give the reader a scent to follow. And these chapters truly are only tastes to set a trail to be followed; each person who has a relationship with Bear energy will discover the many different guises in which that energy may appear! The healing and nurturing mother bear perhaps, or maybe the grandpa bear who teaches the young ones to scamper up trees by chasing them. Or maybe the bear who speaks to dreaming and inner vision. There are no limits to what a helping spirit can teach us, so there is no one way that it always appears to everyone.

There is a short list of reference materials at the end of the book. Carson also provides a partial list of organizations working to benefit animals and suggests that readers inspired by working with their spirit animals may wish to donate time or money – an excellent suggestion that reinforces the importance of gratitude and cooperation in this work. 

This book is not for those who already work with totem animals. But for a beginner, this is a good place to learn how to take your first steps onto this path of relationship with your power animal.


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About the Author:


Susan Rossi is a Practitioner and Teacher of Shamanism. She is a long-time explorer of The Mysteries – the connections between mind, body, spirit and how to live in right relationship to all of the energies streaming through the cosmos. She works with clients as an astrologer, coach, ceremonialist and guide to the wisdom that each of us has the capacity to access. Her focus is on guiding clients to unblock and rediscover their inner wisdom. , exploration of the birth chart, ceremony, legacy writing, hypnotherapy, energetic healing practice and creation of sacred tools are integral pieces of her practice.

Susan trained in Soul Level Astrology with master astrologer Mark Borax. She delights in exploring with individuals the planetary pattern under which their soul choose to incarnate.

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