Saturday, January 21, 2012


Well after 2 1/2 months our water situation is finally all sorted out! We paid a visit to the Ramah Navajo Tribal Chapter and they were happy to provide us with a water card for access to Jacobs Well. Water is now a very economical 2 cents a gallon...YAY!!! After hauling water 160 miles one way it's a relief. We had been bringing it up from the old place but now that the trips are becoming fewer and fewer it was critical to find a water source. A well is still out of the question several thousand dollars and all of the equipment required is a bit out of reach at the moment...but that could change :) Really though hauling water is not as tough as it may sound and it is more common than you may think. The well where we happen to be getting our water is the water source for the community of Pinehill. That means the water is filtered..through three huge filters provided by the USDA to the Ramah Navajo Community. The day we got our card we drove down to check out the condition of the road and the well we happened across Everett the technician that works on the five community wells. He was thrilled to show us the facility and explain how the water was filtered and the depth of that particular well. Lets just say the well is very deep much deeper than what you would have for a private well. The reason we are able to access the Navajo Tribal wells is that our property is surrounded on three sides by tribal land so we are checker boarded in. We can go to the tribal community meetings as well, we can't vote but are considered friends of the Navajo so we are welcome to attend. Fun! We made two trips to the well and now our tank is full.  On our second trip to the well we ran into Leyton...the director of the Wolf Sanctuary... he was on his way to the transfer station at Pinehill to drop off some trash. He lost a bit of it on the road and was patiently going along picking up each and every piece. We stopped and visited for a few minutes when he asked where we were going to get water. We explained the situation with the Candy Kitchen Ranch well at capacity and how we had been bringing water up from the old place but were finally able to get water from the Navajos.  He said if we wanted to we were welcome to go get water at the Wolf Sanctuary camp ground anytime..... for free. I think we are lucky to live in a place with such kind people...a rarity these days.

Thursday, January 19, 2012


I spend a great deal of time creating Runes for my Etsy shop "inkleing" working mainly in deer antler and Mammoth fossil ivory. I love working with these mediums and discovering the Rune hidden within the antler and ivory. Sometime you get the surprise of lovely shapes as seen here particularly in the Runes Teiwaz and Jera

and sometime it is fantastic color as seen here in the fossil Mammoth ivory. These are cut and polished I have as yet to burn the Rune symbols... these may or may not be listed in the shop the indigo blue intrusions are quite rare.

There are hundreds of books about Rune divination and dozens of variations of the symbols themselves. The symbols I prefer to use are the most simple form and the oldest. These are the ones that seem most natural to me. The more modern versions of the symbols can be a bit more ornate with a couple of extra lines drawn here and there. They can also vary according to tradition and path. The meanings and the names remain the same with occasional spelling variations.

As with most oracles of divination - Runes mean different things if held 'straight up' and mean the opposite if held in the 'reverse'.

Fehu - F: Cattle
Abundance through effort, inheritance of self and self-value, material gain, earned income. Success, happiness and wealth.
Reversed: Abandonment of plans, loss, disappointment, and frustration.

Uruz - U: Brute Strength
Strength, home love on all sides, health, changes, a forceful masculine archetype.
Reversed: Missed abilities, weak will power, lack of motivation

Thurisaz - TH: The seeing of the future
Open the door or gate to seeing the future, luck reflection for action, protection. You will see the truth.
Reversed: Not willing to heed information given, having a stubborn mind-set

Ansuz - A: references the ancestral god, Odin.
Message from within (listen to your 'little voice'), advice from others, chance encounter, careful thought so you will know what to do from this point in time
Reversed: Watch out for trickery, the dark side of yourself when others interfering with your plans, or there is failed communication

Raido - R: Journey
You're about to embark on a journey, either in the physical world or a journey of your soul to heal something that needs healing.
Reversed: Unexpected, unpleasant journey, transit problems, upsetting plans, lost tickets, communication

Kenaz - K: Beacon or torch.
When you feel in the dark this rune will bring an opening, to help you open to who you are and your highest possibilities. From the darkness light will come.
Reversed: withdrawal, anxiety, closing, loss

Gebo - G: Gift of Harmonic Relationships
Unity with self and all others especially with our higher selves, nature and all things around us. Cannot be reversed.

Wunjo - W or V: Bliss and Glory
You do not Need anybody. Peace, pleasure, self-worth, joy and serenity, happy results, harmony, prosperity
Reversed: Sorrow, dissatisfaction, disappointment, friction, delay, possession by higher forces

Hagalaz - H: Destructive forces
This refers to the destructive forces of nature, and things that are out of our control.
Cannot be reversed.

Nauthiz - N: The Negatives of Human Needs
Caution, hold, coming in touch with a side of you that you may not like, resistance, distress, delay, constraint or restraint. Reflect on how bad things can and appreciate what you have.
Reversed: Improper course of action, think twice before acting, don't make hasty judgments.

Isa - I: Ice
Frozen in time, calm, non-action, everything on hold, letting go of ego and seeking your inner truths, you are blocked by your emotions. Cannot be reversed.

Jera - J or Y: The Cycle of One Year
Reaping of a reward when your world seems stagnant, harvest the seeds you have planted, gain, fruition, things happening in their own time and space when they are supposed to! Cannot be reversed.

Eihwaz - EI: Yew Tree
Stability, doing the right things, patience, perseverance, endurance. Decided what is the right way to get the things accomplished in your life. Cannot be reversed.

Pertho - P: Initiation, Things Unexplained, Something Hidden
A hieratic or mystery rune pointing to that, which is beyond our frail manipulative powers.
Perth is associated with the Phoenix. On the side of human nature this Rune is symbolized by the flight of the eagle. Soaring flight, free from entanglement, lifting you above the endless ebb and flow of ordinary life to acquire broader vision - all this is indicated here.
Perth stands for the heart of Initiation - Nothing external matters here, except as it shows you in its inner reflection. This Rune is concerned with the deepest stratum of our being, the bedrock on which our destiny is founded.
For some Perth means experiencing some form of death or transition. It is a letting go of everything, no exceptions, no exclusions. Nothing less than renewal of the Spirit is at stake.
Hidden information and truths, mysteries, esoteric, that which is unknown on a conscious level, it could come into the light and you would understand the 'higher meaning' of things.
Reversed: Events stalled, you need to clear out something. Unpleasant surprise, the old way has to come to an end, do not focus on outcomes, nor bind yourself with memories of past achievements or you will orb yourself of the true present. When your inner being is shifting and reforming, on a deep level, patience, constancy, and perseverance are called for.
Do no repeat the old - let it go!

Algiz: Z
Spirit guides, protection, fortunate new influence, making the connection with spirit and working through your issues.

Sowulo - S: The Sun
The circle is completion wholeness, the sun, the path to awareness and self-knowledge. See your dark side, that which makes you destructive to yourself and others. Seek change to heal and be complete with yourself. Cannot be reversed

Teiwaz - T: Tyr, the sky god.
To be successful in competition, very motivated, finding the spiritual or transcendental self.
Reversed: Low energy and lack of enthusiasm

Berkana - B: Birch-goddess
To be prepared, cautious in what you do. Also references your family and home.
Reversed: An unfortunate domestic situation - so use caution.

Ehwaz - E: The Sacred Horse
The balance of things in the universe, stability, move forward carefully focusing on the tools that will help you get there
Reversed: Sudden unexpected change that is not wanted

Mannuz - M: The nature of Humanity
The self and its place in the collective conscience of humanity. We are all part of the collective unconscious. Your attitude towards and their attitudes towards you. Take this time for personal reelection. Cannot be reversed.

Laguz - L: Water - Emotions
The moon, the flow of emotions and all things into the collective unconscious, all bodies of water Aquarius feminine energies, higher mind, spirituality, health and healing, a time of cleansing.
Reversed: Not listening to your inner voice, tackling something you know you should not do or are not capable of doing.

Inguz - NG: Fertility
Fertility of the joining of human beings, usually for a new life, a pregnancy. Finish what you are doing, tie up lose ends and start something new. Cannot be reversed.

Dagaz - D: Daylight or Dawn.
A new day begins and goes to work. You become more insightful, breaking through your new ideas. Light is around you. Cannot be reversed.

Othila - O: Ancestral property Inheritance
Freedom and independence through releasing ideas and things that keep you 'stuck'.
You will feel 'free'. You will inherit from someone.
Reversed: Not letting go of outmoded ideas and concepts. You will feel 'stuck'.

Blank Rune: Sometimes called “Wyrd” or "Odin's Rune":
Anything is possible and can happen. The sum total of who you are, what you have done, and what you have become. Choose a direction and go for it.
The blank Rune was added to the others in the 1980's. It shows that as humanity has grown – While this is a nice thought I still can’t bring myself to use the blank Rune. Some believe the possibilities are beyond what was conceived by the original Runes. Some include the blank Rune in a reading - while others leave it out!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Snow Dogs!

There are a dozen or so other things I should be doing...such are dealing with the leaky roof, fixing the wavy floor (think funhouse) unpacking more boxes, painting walls...on and on but I would much rather watch the girls romping in the snow.

Grace and the new baby Blaze wearing themselves out in the snow drifts :)