Yesterday was madcap in terms of stuff to do. It was my first day, and will be my only day, of missing a day of this work. Today I gave offerings of blood to Runátýr and the Runevaettir, and gave an offering of a very special beer: Hofbräu Original. I generally do not like beer unless it is a good quality one. I had one of these at Frankenmuth, MI last Saturday and it knocked my socks of. One of the people I call Brother bought me a sampler case of Hofbräu beers, and I offered this to Runátýr and the Runevaettir, and to Frigga as well. It felt very well received.
The empowerment went very well. There is an odd but good sensation to the talismans when I trace the woodburnings in them. Something like a surge of electricity that makes my arm feel odd as I press my finger to the Runes. Both of them have this sensation, almost identically. There’s a different ‘flavor’ to the wealth talisman from the communion talisman. Just two more days until the beeswax sealing of these two. I’ll be grabbing pots, possibly today, so I can do double boiling from a local thrift store, and keep them for this work.
Today went well, especially after a busy day. I think that it is a good thing that there’s not a lot of new things to write on at this point; this is, I think, where this process should be. In three days I will be finishing the talismans by putting on the beeswax, and blooding the one I am keeping.
Yesterday and today’s empowerment were quicker than usual, and brought with each a feeling of power coursing down through my arm as the empowerment was completed. I’ve had this feeling with each one, but it is becoming especially pronounced now as we near the end of the Challenge. It isn’t like lightning, electricity feeling, more like a warmth spreading down my arm. The Internet has been sporadically up and down, and here’s hoping that cuts out soon. I’m getting tired of posting these one to two days after they happen!
Today was quick but no less effective. Just a feeling of unfolding that has come in the last week or two of this work. I can feel the home stretch, with only 7 more days to go. There’s a bit of excitement to it. A hope, too.
Today was simple and clean. The energies of the talismans are in good forward motion. I’ll be experimenting with the beeswax soon in a double boiling technique with another talisman to see what the process is like, and how easy or hard it will be to coat them when the Challenge comes to a close.
Day 21: Purification Explanation, the Value of Practice and Memorization, and Empowerment -30 Days of Magic Talisman Challenge
I have not found that I have gone very far into the purification work I do prior to the empowerment work.
Generally speaking, if I have not had a shower yet I will take one. My usual routine during any shower is to set aside some time for cleansing, purification, uncrossing, and shield work. I like the flow of Water in the work, given I am physically cleaning myself anyhow. Given how madcap my scheduling can be, having a few dedicated minutes in the shower lends to a good time to do this work. After hailing and thanking the Gods and spirits of Water, and Water Itself. I will staðagaldr Ansuz to purify myself within as I am cleaning my body. I recently incorporated a new step between staðagaldring Ansuz and Gebo: I ground with Midgarð, and work on shielding. I then staðagaldr Gebo to bring myself into awareness, centering myself, and finishing up the grounding and shielding work.
After the shower I will go over to the Runes’ altar, thank the Sons and Daughters of Muspelheim, hail the Gods and spirits of Fire and Fire Itself, then light Their candle, and ask Fire to bless and cleanse me. I take special care when doing this to bring the warmth from the top of my head down to my feet, taking special care to bring it to my lips. I do this so that when I say the names of the Runes, I do so well and am careful, knowing that my words, especially now, should be mindful, and spoken with clear intent for the empowerment work. I will then staðagaldr Ansuz once more to bring myself clarity and cleansing, then Gebo for centering, and grounding in the work before me.
Then I make the prayers to Rúnatýr and the Runevaettir, and begin the empowerment work with Them. Keep in mind that a lot, if not all of this is part of my everyday routine now. It may sound long and exhaustive, but a lot of the prep work is already done, making it so that when I kneel to do the work it goes well even when I am being quick about it. With the memorization of the prayers I no longer have to think overlong about how to formulate the prayers, but to make them in the proper mindset, focused on the work at hand. With the memorization of the ritual actions I have the same result. This works quite well for me, to the point that I will probably follow this formula in the future since I spend a good deal more time on the actual empowerment now than I do worrying about the ritual actions themselves.
The empowerment work went well. There was no Internet in the train stations or on the train, so these entries are a bit late. I noticed something that was present and now has gone away: the talismans gave off this odd sensation for the last week as I would trace the talisman. Now, the talismans feel slightly warmer, lacking a better term, when the empowerment is done, and the odd, almost discomforting feeling is entirely absent prior to coming back on the train.
When I arrived home, after unpacking, I gave an offering of blood and beer, again, Killian’s Irish Red, to Rúnatýr and the Runevaettir. The ‘feel’ of each talisman is expanding, to where when I started I could only feel the energy of the talismans when I hovered my hand right over it, now I can feel it a few inches away. Progress is going well.
As with yesterday today was simple and straightforward. The work is going well and is moving steadily forward. Packing up the talismans tonight and we’ll be on the train home tomorrow. It’s been a good weekend, and I am looking forward to heading home.
The empowerment work was simple, straightforward, and is going well. Tonight’s rite was quick, but the regularity of it is instilling in me a discipline that I want to continue.
The talismans survived the trip well and I have just worked with them after a 13 hour train ride. Still as connective as ever; the train ride has done nothing to diminish their energies. It is progressing well. I know solidly now which of the talismans I will be giving up, and I am oddly comfortable with it.