Posts Tagged ‘Rune Magic’

Water, Water Everywhere and Not a Drop to ….

Some recent water stories for your consideration:

“Collecting rainwater now illegal in many states as Big Government claims ownership over our water.” That headline actually ran in July 2010 on Natural News in an article that details how diverting rainwater from your roof is severely restricted in many Western States. What I found most interesting, especially in light of the video I posted yesterday was this little tidbit about Utah:

“After constructing a large rainwater collection system at his new dealership to use for washing new cars, Miller found out that the project was actually an ‘unlawful diversion of rainwater.’ Even though it makes logical conservation sense to collect rainwater for this type of use since rain is scarce in Utah, it’s still considered a violation of water rights which apparently belong exclusively to Utah’s various government bodies.

“‘Utah’s the second driest state in the nation. Our laws probably ought to catch up with that,’ explained Miller in response to the state’s ridiculous rainwater collection ban.

“Salt Lake City officials worked out a compromise with Miller and are now permitting him to use ‘their’ rainwater, but the fact that individuals like Miller don’t actually own the rainwater that falls on their property is a true indicator of what little freedom we actually have here in the U.S. (Access to the rainwater that falls on your own property seems to be a basic right, wouldn’t you agree?)”

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For those who didn’t watch the entire video yesterday, the Corbett Report reveals how the NSA data collection facility in Utah will require 1.7 million gallons of water per day in order to run. The city of Bluffdale, Utah supplies that water, so there’s now a movement to demand that Bluffdale stop providing material support to violators of the Fourth Amendment. Water — one of the four sacred elements — has become a point of power. In the “second driest state in the nation” does it make any sense to divert 1.7 million gallons per day for a spying program that no one but a bunch of paranoid control freaks and bought off politicians want to run? (Pro-NSA Congressional voters got twice the defense industry campaign contributions.)

Spying is one thing, and could (and does) have its own posts, but water, ah, water, we would do well to remember and reclaim your value. I posted a couple weeks ago about ho’oponopono as a spiritual offering to heal the waters. That’s one level of healing, but we would be wise to honor water, by purifying, protecting, preserving and conserving it. With the Gulf Oil “Spill,” Corexit “clean-up” nightmare, Fukushima, fracking and God/dess knows what else, I’ve had this issue of poisoned and controlled water on my radar for awhile. I’ve also watched with growing concern Nestle CEO’s comments and actions supporting the idea that “Water is not a human right; [it] should be privatized.” Reading “The Fifth Sacred Thing,” by Starhawk, has amplified my awareness of the control mechanism working behind the scenes. In that book — a realistic vision of what could easily happen when water wars become more overt than they already are — water becomes the key to totalitarian control.

I just ran across this under the radar news in the Midwest, an area that has suffered droughts, but which seems to have lots of available water in the Great Lakes:

“A little more than a year ago, The Center for Western Journalism ran a story on Obama’s war on America’s fresh water supply. People scoffed and called the outlet doomsdayers and Obama naysayers, but now, it appears their warnings may have been accurate, as record low levels for the American Great Lakes have been reported.

“The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers reported earlier this year that Lake Huron and Lake Michigan have achieved their lowest water levels since records for such information began being kept back in 1918. In spite of the record low levels, the Obama administration has still given the go-ahead to export water from the lakes to China for commercial sale, to the tune of between half a million and nearly two million dollars a day in profits. Nestle corporation, a Swiss company, is also sold water from the Great Lakes.

“Little known to many, is the fact that the Great Lakes hold roughly 20% of the world’s fresh water supply, and much of that water is being exported to other countries due to a loop hole being exploited by the Obama administration. Knowing how precious fresh water is, and how rare it is in much of the rest of the world, former U.S. President George W. Bush set aside the water in the Great Lakes to be protected. However, the Obama administration has relabeled the water in the lakes a ‘commodity’ which allows them to sell it, which is what they are doing.

“In the past, only third world countries struggled with fresh water supplies. This was a harsh reality in rough parts of the world that Americans had always been sheltered from. But now that the Obama administration has allowed for the privatization of America’s water sources, Americans too may someday soon understand the struggles of simply obtaining fresh water.” (source)

I could spend all morning linking to articles to prove my point, but I’d rather use this information to pivot back towards what I do want. In a world where collecting rain water from our own roofs is (or likely will eventually become) illegal, what can we do? First, we can collect water while we still can. We can also align ourselves with the sacred element of water. We can learn to work with Nature like natives have done for millennia — rain dancing, speaking with the Undines — the water elementals and asking for their support. In exchange, we can do our part to demand an end to fracking, to demand implementation of solutions to Fukushima and to stop thinking of the ocean as our personal dumping grounds. We can stop using toxic cleaning products, and we can convert our water hogging lawns into native landscaping, or –better yet — edible yards.

We can learn permaculture principles that help to make the most natural use of water, through digging swales, enriching our soil so it can hold more water, and using loads of mulch, especially wood mulch, which can absorb massive amounts of water and then release it like a sponge as needed. Organic mulch like wood, leaves or straw also enriches soil and keeps it cooler, a double whammy for water conservation. We can plant more trees and create microclimates that foster water retention. (The book, “Gaia’s Garden” is a good place to turn for inspiration and instructions.)

We can press for more mainstream options to our outmoded and incredibly wasteful sewage system. Things like humanure and composting toilets, or even something as simple as collecting your urine in a bottle and dumping it onto your compost pile or diluting it to fertilize your plants — all of these things reduce the amount of water we waste every single day. Low flow washing machines and shower heads, fixing any obvious drips or leaks, adding a stone to the tanks of higher flow toilets to displace some of the gallons used to flush — conserving water in our homes allows more for gardening and drinking.

I will leave you with a message from the Hopi and a water Rune. This last part is repeated from an earlier post on water, but their petition has still not received quite enough signatures:

Here’s the Hopi message to our world:

“The Hopi call on all people from around the world to protect the element of water, life itself, for all people, for all life on this planet.

“We, the Traditional Hopi people as Caretakers of the land are asking you to now come forward in your communities to protect the waters in your area as well as help us stop the United States Senate from passing Senate Bill 2109.

“For the first time in history the True Hopi Leaders of the Mother Village of Shungopavi are speaking to the public. They share a warning for the world that the Prophecies of the their Ancestors is now taking place.

“Each year we plant our Sacred Corn in the dry sand fields of the Arizona desert. Calling for the rain clouds to come and bless our people, our crops and all the world in our Ceremonies. We follow in the footsteps of our Ancestors we have followed for thousands of years.

“We the True Traditional Hopi Indians of Arizona request respectfully an immediate and complete stop to Senate Bill 2109 from being passed. This Bill and its companion Bill will give private corporations the rights to our water with immunity to pollute, waste and sell the element of life itself, water.

“Your support is needed to stop the prophecies of our Ancestors from unfolding and protect all life on the planet. This is a warning to the world, if the waters are taken from our people, the world will dry up.


“Join us in Protecting Life, Protecting the Future and Protecting the Life of Water.”

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Here’s a link to the petition itself.

Remembering to recognize and honor the sacred element of water brings balance and flow to life. It can also make you more aware of the beauty and interconnectedness of all things. You can click here to read a magickal story that happened during the 2011 drought, and here’s some information on the Rune I mention in that post:

Leguu, also called LAF, Lagu, or Laguz, is the oldest Rune, symbolizing water, flow and laughter. When you feel dry inside or outside, brittle, unable to laugh or connect with the Source of all abundance, you can draw upon this Rune to shift your energy. Motion it over a drink or scratch it onto the land; form sticks into this shape. Runes are not just for divination! They are building blocks of the Universe. LAF will calm your emotions, allowing more positive manifestations in your life. Create and flow:


Yes, we face challenges from those who do recognize the power of water, as well as from our own negligence in caring for this precious element. Fortunately, we can transform this situation through multiple levels of awareness, intention, healing, and action. May we each do our part.

“All know that the drop merges into the ocean, but few know that the ocean merges into the drop.” ~Kabir

Door Number 16: “UR~Not All Who Wander Are Lost”

This week marked the completion of Divine Doorway and Portal Painting Number 16, entitled, “UR ~ Not All Who Wander Are Lost.”

UR: Not All Who Wander Are Lost (by Laura Bruno)

UR: Not All Who Wander Are Lost (by Laura Bruno)

This painting is dedicated to healing journeys of all sorts and features the UR Rune as an archway into a magical tree-scape. UR invokes healing of the root causes of any dis-ease or situation. Closely tied to the Mother aspect of a Mother-Father Divinity, UR also stirs ancient memories of a much deeper connection to Earth. The repeated sequence of Runes within the portal reminds us that infinite degrees of healing exist, so long as we continue on the journey.

Close-up of the UR portal

Close-up of the UR portal

I bought this canvas with an idea of putting it above our stairwell, and I already had the idea of using UR as a healing archway inside a tree. Imagine my surprise when I got the blank canvas home and realized that our stairwell itself forms an UR Rune! You can see it here, hovering above Door Number 4 at the base of the steps:

UR Stairwell

UR Stairwell

I originally planned to dedicate this painting to anyone recovering from Lyme Disease, since I know so many people whose lives have been touched by this disease. Even more than most illnesses, Lyme Disease responds to vibrational shifts, so I thought a heavily coded Rune portal would help. As I continued painting, though, I began to include intentions for healing the root causes of all dis-ease in our world, with extra emphasis on: the so-oft misdiagnosed manifestations of Lyme disease; Shame caused by abuse and the destructive propaganda of Original Sin instead of Natural Goodness; the genetic modification of humans; and the cancerous effects of Shadow Government on human rights and the health of our planet.

When I began to intend healing from such entrenched illnesses, the painting took an interesting detour. I finished the three phases of the Moon and coding Runes for reception into the hills (as trees) and sky (as stars), emphasizing the waxing and waning of the healing process, which continues even when we can’t see exactly where it’s going:

Crescent Moon on UR (by Laura Bruno)

Crescent Moon on UR (by Laura Bruno)

UR (Full and Waning Moon) close-up

UR (Full and Waning Moon) close-up

The triskele (three-armed-spiral) echoes the three phases of the Moon and further draws upon female healing energy. At this point, another obscure trinity symbol started stalking me: something known as a trifos. I kept seeing it in my mind’s eye, and then came across it in two different books, including Brian Froud’s and Ari Berk’s “The Runes of Elfland.” It looks a bit like a triple spiral, but the spirals are three feet surrounding a face. This little guy would not take no for an answer, and the story from “The Runes of Elfland” could be read as a dire warning to those who would enslave humanity, either financially or through genetically modified diseases and toxic chemicals that prevent thriving. One could think of the trifos energy from this tale as a kind of “cosmic-karmic treatment” to destroy the destroyer, remove the parasite, dissolve the cancer. Since this trifos would not leave me alone, I meticulously painting him into the portal, just below the main tree.

As soon as I added him, the entire picture changed. Instead of feeling a Tahoe-like woods and crisp mountain, starry night energy, whenever I looked at the painting, my eyes went directly to the trifos. He completely monopolized the painting, and I tried everything to return him to his proper perspective. I even tried blacking out his face and filling it with Runes that spilled out to the rest of the green. I browned out some of his red legs and feet. No matter what I did, this trifos energy completely pervaded the painting. It reminded me of how people sometimes get so caught up in fighting illness that they forget to imagine health. Aggressive treatment distracts from the healing journey itself by obscuring the overall beauty and dominating the bigger picture.

In pondering the story (on pages 44-47 of The Runes of Elfland), I decided I really didn’t want to invoke that energy after all. I just wanted the results to occur from behind the scenes — like the Mystery of healing itself. I received a clear message of the importance of continuing to focus on beauty and the bigger picture; to let the “how of healing” take care of itself. As I painted over the trifos, whose behind the scenes energy continues to do its work, I felt an immediate sense of relief. I kept hearing Tolkien’s line “Not all who wander are lost” and decided to paint it beneath the tree:

UR Tolkien

Only after adding that quote and experiencing several other Tolkien synchronicities from the same poem did I realize how that line describes the healing process — whether individual, societal or global. There comes a time during the healing process in which we must decide whether to focus on cursing and attacking the old, diseased, and broken … or honoring the medicine by inviting it to bring back health, wholeness and beauty. The moment the cure or solution overwhelms the healing itself, then we have wandered off path. But this detour can become an important part of the journey, too. I speak to so many clients who catch glimmers of complete healing but then return their focus to destroying whatever they view as obstacles to wellness. That process of seeking out any and all treatments often exposes them to experiences and parts of themselves that they would never have (re)discovered in any other way. Although healing takes longer with such detours, this type of healing reaches deeper into the soul and infuses all of life. Indeed, “Not all who wander are lost.”

With heartfelt blessings to everyone on the healing journey: may we find ourselves and each other. And thrive.

UR: Not All Who Wander Are Lost (by Laura Bruno)

UR: Not All Who Wander Are Lost (by Laura Bruno)

Berkano and Chaga!

I’ve had Chaga on the brain for awhile now. Chaga, that King of Mushrooms who grows like a black charcoal tumor on the sleek white birch tree. Chaga, the ultimate in wild food and free medicine. I love birch trees, and I love Chaga.

Loving the Mystical Birch Tree!

Birch trees are represented by the Berkano Rune, with a mystical meaning: “The most obvious Truth is hidden deep within, and only you will ever know it.”


Berkano reminds us of the mother who nurtures her unborn child, trusting the growth process, even though the inner workings remain unseen. Secrecy, especially secrecy that eventually births something new and marvelous, is another meaning of Berkano. Think about potent inner transformation bursting forth as undeniable external reality. Think “womb.” Think breasts that nourish the newly born. Deeply feminine, the birch grove offers sacred sanctuary and a chance for rebirth and rejuvenation. Berkano stands for new beginnings, as birch groves reveal the arrival of Spring after Winter’s “Death.” The Robin Wood Tarot deck picks up on this theme by picturing Death alongside birch trees and a yellow butterfly:

Robin Wood Tarot Deck "Death" Card

Springtime buds and the sugar substitute known as “xylitol” or “birch sweetener” come from deep within the birch tree, but we might also consider Chaga in relation to Berkano. This magical black mushroom grows on the white bark, offering a strong male counterpart to the feminine birch. They grow in harmony, and due to the doctrine of signatures, whereby a wild edible resembles whatever it treats, Chaga’s tumor-like appearance suggests its traditional use as a folk remedy for cancer. Recent scientific studies recognize Chaga’s extremely high antioxidant levels, supporting its use as an immune tonic in Asia and Siberia.

As I mentioned earlier, I’ve had Chaga on the brain for awhile. I had only had Chaga tea once before, when I still lived in California, but I never forgot its simultaneously grounded and expansive energy. I know some Chaga foragers in Wisconsin, and last week I sent a request to the Universe: “I’d like some fresh Chaga, and I’d like it now. Sorry, faeries, as much as I love the woods, climbing trees to harvest my own Chaga is still out of the question with my back. How ’bout a little help, though, eh? What say you bring some Chaga to me in a magical way?”

The very next day, I saw my friend and Reiki Master Teacher student Nalla’s post. She and her lovely husband Taylor had been harvesting fresh Chaga in a pristine forest in Vermont:

Taylor Harvesting Chaga

We made our arrangements and three days later, I had two pounds of fresh Chaga to play with. Aside from the synchronous answering of my request, I find it utterly magical that the very, very pregnant Nalla and her tree climbing hubby are foraging for Chaga together in a birch grove. Berkano in action! They are all beautiful souls, and this experience has more magic than I can relay in a blog post. Suffice to say, they’ve got a lot of Chaga, and just look at that love:

Nalla and Taylor in the Berkano Chaga Dance

Meanwhile, back at the ranch … er, back in Madison, David and I have been enjoying some tasty brews. I’m experimenting with the best ways to use the Chaga. This morning, I took a fresh hunk and powdered it dry in the Vitamix:

Hunk 'O Chaga

Fresh Powdered Chaga

I then boiled 2 TBSP to 2 quarts clean water for about 1.5 hours. The fresher the Chaga, supposedly the less boil time you need:

Boiling a Chaga Decoction

I boiled it with the cover on so as to retain more of the moisture. Once cooled, I transferred the Chaga tea to a Mason jar, ready for use. It tastes slightly vanilla and earthy. First treat? As a base for our green smoothies. Second treat? Oh so decadent:

Mocha Chaga

I don’t measure, and I don’t usually drink coffee, but this Mocha Chaga drink rocked!

1 Reishi Coffee packet (Reishi mushroom powder cut with coffee)
Fresh Chaga tea
Coconut water
Maca powder
Raw cacao nibs and powder
Hemp Seeds
Vanilla Stevia (if I’d been thinking I would have used birch sweetener)

I have one word for this one: yummmmmmmmmy! I’m sure I’ll go back to more traditional Chage recipes and uses, but for some reason I just really wanted the Reishi-Chaga-Maca-Hemp-Cacao-Mocha flavored combo. It definitely hit the spot. How you use Chaga depends on whether you’re wanting to get more in tune with wild foods, boost your immune system, shrink tumors or simply add more energy to your life. Any or all intentions are fine. As always, I share things here for information purposes only, not to diagnose, prescribe or make medical claims. I simply love birch, Chaga, Nalla, Taylor, the unborn one, and Life. I wish you much love and enjoyment if you decide to research and embrace Berkano magic and the King of Mushrooms.