Odin & The Nine Realms Review

Odin & The Nine Realms Oracle – Sonja Grace

54 card oracle & booklet

I think most of the money spent on this deck goes toward the box and the colored booklet.

I’m really conflicted with this deck. Sonja Grace obviously knows her Norse history & mythology. It shows in the booklet. The artwork I think is weird. I don’t dislike the style at all, but it’s laid out very plain for a deck & doesn’t do the Norse mythology justice.

My biggest issue is the author of the deck. The booklet begins by telling her personal experiences with the Gods & Goddesses. That I can try to be open minded to, but the fact that only the well known ones came to her is stretching my patience.

She then writes of them & how each spoke & interacted with her. This is my problem. Anyone wanting a deck like this, obviously has had some experience within the Norse world… & anyone who has would see her story is bullshit. A typical fairytale like story, told by a novice, who believes everything they’re told without any critical thought going into their experiences.

I believe she truly thinks she has had these experiences bc she wants them so badly, but it will fall flat to anyone who actually has.

That being said, I love the information for each card, that it is more than just a rune oracle – though they are in there, & I’m willing to test it out to see if it resonates.

Here’s a link to the flip through video from youtube to see the deck for yourself, minus the mind numbing story in the beginning. Flip Through

Ash,

9 Realms Spread

1 – Hel – What can you learn from your ancestors?

Ehwaz Merkstave – shows I am about to face a huge challenge, and there will be some metaphorical mountains to climb. It’s possible that someone has broken my trust or has been disloyal to me. I may feel at a loss, and the experience will bring my progress to a standstill. If things appear out of balance it’s because I need to be patient. Wait for the right moment to act. It’s not a missed opportunity after all. Be still and consider the best course of action.

2 – What do the dwarfs of Nidavellirhave to show you or have you learn as something new?

Gefjun Merkstave – this card suggests that I am lying to myself, or someone else is. I have to be careful about my sexual energy. Refusing to acknowledge myself as a sexual being with needs and desires is the exact opposite of promiscuity. Both of which are out of balance. He wants me to be aware of my sexual energy and how I use it. It’s possible that I am locked in self criticism or bound by the criticism of others. It’s taking me down the karmic path of persecution.

3 – What do you need to learn from the light elves of Alfheimr about duality?

Skadi – Love relationships need your attention, and you may have to make a decision. Picking the right partner takes time, patience and self-awareness. Be aware of your unwillingness to see the truth. Like her, make sure that your intuition is attuned to the gods. In other words, as the Norse would have it the raven is on top of your head.

4 – What does the fire element from the fire giants of Muspellsheimr have to teach you?

Tyr Merkstave – you’re in a conflict with something or someone. This card puts you on Red-alert to prepare for the destruction that conflict often brings. Are you willing to lose everything for this? Is the hill worth dying for? If you decide that you want to take a different course of action, you need to make a personal sacrifice, such as releasing whatever it is you’re attached to. When we are odds with another person, we must be willing to look at ourselves first and our role in the conflict.

5 – In the mist of Niflheimr lift the veil to see your shadow self.

Bilrost Merkstave – I am out of alignment with heaven and earth. This disconnection means that no matter what I do, things will not sync. Sit in meditation, so that I can reconnect with the natural flow between the head and heart. This card suggests I sense the energy of the gods flowing through me, from the crown of my head to the earth rising through my feet. Build a bridge between my head and heart, and realign myself.

6 – Listen to the ancient wisdom from the giants in Jotunheimr.

Hel Merkstave – this can mark the death of a friend or family member. I am urged not to fear, but instead to rejoice as we are infinite souls having a human experience. We go on and take a new form. The reversed card indicates that I may be helping a loved one prepare to cross over, or I have received the news of the loss. I should take comfort and knowledge that friends and family are always waiting on the other side.

7 – Representing fertility in Vanaheimr, the Vanir give advice in matters of the heart.

Elhaz – this is the rune of protection. The powerful elk addresses as the warrior and is a mirror that reflects the inner self. The battle is always with yourself. This rune encourages me to survey the land, to know my parameters from where the danger may come. If I draw this card I am being protected.

8 – What human matters need attention in Midgard?

Hagall – Disruptive forces are at hand. There is a desire for freedom. The rune represents the power of nature and natural forces. These energies are barrelling down on your life, causing distraction. It is time to surrender and see your part in the creation of all this. Use your inner strength to support you and give you the stability and guidance need it to endure such change.

9 – What is the god’s message for you from Asgard?

Isa – I am frozen in time and I’ve lost all momentum. The freezing temperatures create a hostile landscape in which nothing can grow, and everything has come to a standstill. It is suggested that I let go and release what I’m holding onto, Isa is the I of the ego and what we feed or deserve and should have. It is due to the ego that I lose sight of my purpose on earth. My ego is protecting me no matter what the state of my consciousness. My karma plays a big part in the development of my ego. This rune encourages me to take the time to examine what my ego is trying to protect. Do I need to continue holding onto this part of me? Just as a frost giant grasps the Isa symbol whatever it is I’m attached to, let it go.

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Versace Synchronicity

Happen to be looking at a fashion article that mentioned Gianni Versace was born on the same day as me.

Then I look up his profile online and he was born Dec 2, 1946. He’s a life path 7 like me. Cool!

The guy was murdered by gunshot after his morning routine around his area just outside his home with his partner, Antonio. I find it cool they became a couple the year I was born, but both were originally born in Italy. Antonio’s a life path 9.

Gianni was murdered on July 15, and him and Antonio were together 15 years. 15+15=30/3. Add up July 15, 1997 =12/3. Gianni was pronounced dead at 9:21am = 12/3

His murderer committed suicide 8 days after killing Gianni. July 23. 7/23 = both numbers follow me. 7+2+3= 12/3

Antonio is 61 now 6+1=7 again my life path.

Just thought I’d share 🤘🏼💕

Ash,

Who Was Saint Patrick?

Saint Patrick was a 5th-century Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland. Much of what is known about Saint Patrick comes from the Declaration, which was allegedly written by Patrick himself. It is believed that he was born in Roman Britain in the fourth century, into a wealthy Romano-British family. His father was a deacon and his grandfather was a priest in the Christian church. According to the Declaration, at the age of sixteen, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken as a slave to Gaelic Ireland.[15] It says that he spent six years there working as a shepherd and that during this time he “found God”. The Declaration says that God told Patrick to flee to the coast, where a ship would be waiting to take him home. After making his way home, Patrick went on to become a priest.

According to tradition, Patrick returned to Ireland to convert the pagan Irish to Christianity. The Declaration says that he spent many years evangelising in the northern half of Ireland and converted “thousands”. Patrick’s efforts against the druids were eventually turned into an allegory in which he drove “snakes” out of Ireland, despite the fact that snakes were not known to inhabit the region.

Tradition holds that he died on 17 March and was buried at Downpatrick. Over the following centuries, many legends grew up around Patrick and he became Ireland’s foremost saint.

Cited Wiccapedia

Happy St Patty’s! 🤘🏼

Ash,

Self Reading

Decks used:

Mystical Shaman Oracle – Colette Baron-Reid

The Hermetic Tarot

Going East to North

The Rainmaker #42

East / Air

If you’ve been wanting to start a new project, now is the time to start! Don’t hold back!

The Hunter #37

South / Fire

As you move forward, be sure to always listen and follow your instincts. Don’t hold back for anyone.

Wild Woman #62

West / water

A change is coming. Something that no longer serves you, is about to fall away to make more room for new adventures.

Ancient Ones reversed #1

North

Be thankful for your ancestors and use their wisdom. Honor and listen to what they have to say. Forgive and move away from drama in your life currently.

Knight of Swords Reversed

Air – Aquarius

Could mean lack of movement, sickness, surgery or even death.

Nine of Penticles

Earth – Virgo

Hard work brings success, but also isolation as you spend much time alone working at your goals.

Ten Of Cups

Water – Pisces

Things coming into your life in your favour. Can indicate healing. Enjoy and be thankful for all you have.

Shows with hard work, goals as well as healing can come into my life, if not a sense of peac

Ash,

4:01am

It’s early morning Wednesday. I think. I am feeling like garbage health wise. Going through my mind the things I am thankful for – the people. I tossed a lot of selfish people from my life who couldn’t handle me sick, so didn’t deserve me if I ever got well.

I enjoy telling the people I love how much they mean to me. I like spoiling them with gifts when I could afford it and little things like letters to know I care. Especially when there are a lot of times I’m just too sick to be there in the ways I wish I could be.

I’m really tired. And I mean physically. Seems like two steps forward, three steps back and it’s getting worse. I get up to grab toast and spend majority of the time gasping for air bc my heart rate has gone so high just from me being upright. Everything I do almost always requires a chair, a stool, most comfortably the floor.

I am a fighter and have always exceeded my specialists expectations of me. I get real sick fast, but do the work to bounce back quickly. I can’t do that this time. The more I fight, the more my illness requires of me. One thing after another.

I used to work all the time and loved it bc I needed to always be busy, but now I am stuck on disability and fighting through to do the job I love most, my passion and the only reason I do that is to get by without starving each month.

My family isn’t really apart of my life anymore. Im not well enough to do the trips there and back and they don’t come around unless they need something, so now that I am broke, they don’t come. My dad lives further away.

I am so grateful for my fam I’ve found, but they are all so far away, but do an amazing job at keeping in touch so I don’t get too lonely.

What is the point of this post? To remind you to tell those you love how you feel every day. To be there as a support for those who have supported you. To count your blessings, bc I have more than most ppl ever will.

Ash,

Boar Deity

Weirdly in my meditation this morning, I saw a beautiful woman – with a pig’s snout! So on the hunt for this person, I came across quite a bit, but most were male, or pigs associated with deities. Below are who I was able to narrow it down to:

Guarding the gates at the city of Kathmandu Valley, in Nepal, Varahi are four sow deities. The first, is in the West colored red, protects livestock, the second, in blue watches over the East, in the South there’s the white and North in beige, defends the valley against cholera. They are considered Dakinis.

Usually, in Buddhist iconography, the pig represents desire in all its forms.  This ranges from identification with one’s body, and /or a general love of material possessions, and /or  the lust for food or sexual satisfaction.   Therefore, the pig is 1 of 3 animals depicted at the Buddhist Wheel of Rebirth – in  both a figurative and a literal sense.  That is, they symbolize the impediments to our release from the round of rebirth, and they are:  desire/attachment (the pig,) anger/aversion (the snake), and ignorance/confusion (the rooster.)  

Tibetan Buddhist deity, Vajra Yogini, is also known in the form of Vajravarahi the “Adamantine* Sow” (Tibetan: Dorje Phagmo,pron. pah-mo.)  In that special form, a small sow’s head embellishes the right side of her human head.  

Vajravarahi is considered the consort of Maha- or Chakra-samvara (Tib. Demchok) who “tears asunder the elephant-hide of ignorance,” and 4 of his 16 arms embrace her.  Their palace is said to be atop Mount Kailash.  The mountain is his symbol; the lake Manasarowar below it is hers.  Together they symbolize the union of method and wisdom; some would say, compassion and wisdom.

There is more to the symbolism of the animal-head that crowns Dorje Phagmo.  Besides the usual totemic and generative aspects associated with the sow, the throat and head evokes the characteristic ear-splitting cry of the pig.  The shrieking squeal of the sow reminds us that Dorje Phagmo is a presence that can shatter illusion, obliterating all concepts and enabling us to realize the ro-chig or One Taste of Emptiness- as- Form-as-Emptiness (as proclaimed by the Heart Sutra .)  

This squeal is also the cry of Compassion that complements the stallion’s shriek giving voice to the Wisdom of the Amitabha Buddha family.

The Hindu Goddess Durga in wild boar form is Bajrabarahi [Nepali pronunciation.]  A small temple dedicated to her is in the Chapagaon Forest, Lalitpur, Nepal.  It was constructed by Sri Bas Malla, and empowered by Hindu guru, Viswanath, in 786 CE.  In the great earthquake of 1990, the temple was unharmed although all surrounding buildings were destroyed.

Another Barahi Temple is on an island in the center of Phewa Lake in Pokhara, Nepal.  It is dedicated to the boar protectress form of Shakti in the manifestation called Ajima (ancestress.)  On Saturdays, Hindu devotees carry male animals and fowl to be sacrificed to her there.

In Indian mythology, the activity [shakti] of all the gods manifests as Durga who was many times victorious over demonic forces.  Her yearly festival in the autumn is the Naava Ratri [the Nine Nights].  It celebrates her 9 battles in the war against the forces opposing the gods.  To her millions of devotees, she is the most compassionate, most pleasing supreme manifestation of godhead.  Charming, blissful, skilful and compassionate, she is the peerless mother who prevents the defeat of the lord of gods, Devendra (Shiva) and protects the heavenly realm (Swarga)

On the eight day of the decisive battle against the ashuras sometimes called ‘anti-gods’ or ‘titans’ in English, she assumes the form of each of the consorts of Lord Vishnu’s avatars.  One of them is Varahar the boar and so she becomes Varahi, piercing her opponent with her sharp tusk.

Will write more as I find more.

Ash,

metaphysics

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