One of the things that many witches, including myself, seek, is balance, harmony, to rest between two opposing states, and today is a great time for that. Yesterday we celebrated the beginning of the runic half month of Thorn, which represents protection and control of fire, and tomorrow is sacred to Loki, who represents destructive, consuming fire. This is especially good for male practitioners, as the fire is also an expression of male energy, of the active principle that brings order and accomplishes tasks; with Lughnasa just days away, this is an excellent time to draw on your energy reserves and accomplish a difficult task or finish a project.
The half month of Thorn is sacred to Thor, and so is a time for the control of energy; its element is fire, and is invoked to protect, but also to get things accomplished. The rune itself is an axe shape, and is a powerful agent for working your will; when the God Frigg was in love with a cold hearted Jotun maiden, he used the rune to curse her till she relented. Beware of employing it, especially during this month, as its power is tricky to hold and shape, and you may cause more harm than good. Inscribing this rune on a thornbush is strong protection against fire and storm, or any ill luck, as the power of the earth will flow from the plants roots to you. You may also use the rune on iron, or unworked stone, as they too draw on the power of earth, but the affect may be less than you want, centered more on the objects than on what surrounds them. The blackthorn, hawthorne, bramble and oak are all connected to Thor, and excellent woods for working your magic through at this time.
Tomorrow is sacred to Loki and his reluctant consort Sigynn; Loki is the trickster, the shapeshifter, the cunning God who brings both good and bad to the gods, and to mortals. He is the flickering flame that seems to be controlled one minute, and then bursts into a consuming blaze. He is not worshipped so much as propitiated, though some have been known to invoke him for clever tricks or deceit, but be warned that any such magic is not likely to go as planned. Like him or not, Loki represents needed trickery and guile, and the victory won through strategy other than strength. Loki’s wife Sigynn, given to him by the Aesir, is a symbol of the faithful wife, who remains with her husband despite his notorious deeds. Not very popular today, but still representative of women who endure bad situations, especially ones made for them by their families. Loki is also the father of Hel, the deathly hag who guards the unhallowed dead, the gigantic Midgard Serpent, and the devouring Fenris wolf, and so is a source of many monstrous ills. On this day we thank the gods for imprisoning these monsters, but acknowledge that they will one day be free, and so we celebrate what is good now, for we know it won’t last.
In preparation for Lughnasa, this is a good day for dwelling on your own energy, your will and ability to act; is it in balance? Do you have too much, perhaps over managing every little detail or never being able to let go? Or do you have too little, putting things off or only giving half-hearted effort? Try to recognize what you need to change; imagine the fire within you, and feed or bank it as is called for. Remember that soon we will be passing into the colder months, and your energy will be sorely needed, so enjoy the sun, and take from it the energy you need, always mindful of the balance. When we are in harmony with the world, all our actions and magics, will meet with greater success, for now we move with the rhythm of the spirits.