Yesterday was the first harvest festival of the year, celebrated as Kvasi Fest (see
Forn Sidr of America’s post) by Norse pagans, Lughnasadh by our Celtic pagan cousins, and Lammas in the Wiccan-created wheel of the year. Over on Diviners Anonymous we did another set of group divinations. (You can find some of the spreads used below in our free rune booklet (PDF).
A check-in about the coronavirus pandemic, at a time when many provinces are (prematurely) relaxing all restrictions despite the Delta variant being as infectious as chickenpox. Card 1, the issue at hand: Ior, balance or hard choices. Card 2, factors working in favour of success: *Uruz, strength and tenacity. Card 3, the present state (as vaccinated people are able to relax their guard or travel to reunions in places where Delta is not yet causing problems): *Dagaz, illumination or hope. Card 4, factors working against a successful resolution: Kaun reversed, truth (scientific evidence?) being disregarded (by politicians and conspiracists). Card 5, the outcome: *Hagalaz, challenge, disruptions, or loss. I’m reading this as Delta (and possibly other variants) causing another wave of illnesses and shutdowns, with antimask/antivaxx/back-to-business-at-all-costs attitudes playing a role in the spread of the virus.
A reading for myself about my path. I used the Lughnasadh Tarot Spread by Casey Zabala, posted by @WanderersTarot on Instagram ( link). What has come to fruition? *Perthro reversed, ‘defied fate’ (a running joke between my fulltrui and me). Your energetic vibe: bindrune of *Gebo and *Ansuz, representing good luck and spiritual devotion (the rune card project going well). Your current phase of growth: *Mannaz, self-care, self-reflection, or relationships (I need to do both self-care and shadow work to prepare for the next part of my studies). How to honour and celebrate this phase of growth: Ac, steadfastnest and endurance (keep studying!). Next phase of growth: *Ansuz, communication (writing!) or coming into a leadership role.
Reading on the climate emergency. Card 1, the issue at hand: Ear, life-and-death. Card 2: “safe journey” a bindrune of *Uruz and *Raidho, reversed; a lack of safety and action. Card 3: *Naudhiz, need, constraint, plight, hardship, pragmatism, or conflict – this could be a warning of coming hardships, or advice to be pragmatic and do what we must. Card 4: Gar, fate, Wyrd, unknowable mystery — we are in uncharted waters, it’s hard to determine the outcome of this issue. Card 5: bindrune of *Laguz, *Ingwaz, and *Ansuz, also containing *Thurisaz – good health, joy, fertitity, vitality — there is hope our society will respond to the climate emergency in time and we’ll build back better.