Yel Ana; Ancient Turkey, Patience

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Yel Ana (Cel Ene) Patience
This Weeks Wind

Imagine being blinded by a wall of shifting sand while crossing a desert during a violent windstorm. In order to successfully navigate this journey, it is essential that you allow your inner voice to guide you. Before the Muslim religion became established in Ancient Turkey, the wandering tribes (“Yörük”) were Wind Believers.

At the core of their beliefs was a deep respect for Nature. Wind-slapped and dizzy from hunger, these people meandered slowly across the ever-changing landscape during their annual migration. For days, powerful, dust-laden windstorms (Simoom) would blow violently, constantly shifting the sand, and obliterating most landmarks. During these storms the desert herders relied on their intuition to guide them safely to their destination.

Yel means wind, and Ana (Ene) means mother. Women were the caretakers of homes. They oversaw the survival of the community, and were responsible for conducting tribal rituals. As the feminine aspect of the wind, Yel Ana represents a mothers patience for her children.

The appearance of Yel Ana in your spread signifies that a Simoom may be blowing through your life.

This is a time to pause, reflect, and be patient. Like the herders traveling through the desert, Yel Ana is asking you to bolster your faith and listen to your inner voice of wisdom before proceeding.Click To Tweet

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Nomads were keen observers of constellations; they waited out sordid windstorms and traversed harsh, ever-changing landscapes using the temperate night sky as their map. Yel Ana is beckoning you to carefully observe your thoughts; they are important markers that will guide you during your sojourn. Like shifting sand in the wind, thoughts may mutate over time. Self-mastery requires patience to see the truth during the ever-changing phases of the moon.

If Yel Ana is pelting your backside with grains of sand, be on guard, because your mind may be playing tricks on you. HALT, before proceeding and ask, “Where am I out of sync, am I hungry, angry, lonely or tired?”

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Yel Ana’s appearance in the south indicates that you need to hunker down, stay put, keep your mouth closed and listen. Relax and pamper yourself. Know that when each individual is safe, secure, and healthy, the entire community benefits and flourishes.

Emotions can be like lone mugwort bushes in the desert, exposed to natures harsh elements. Yel Ana’s screeches can be heard above your cries when she appears in the contrary position. Seeds may remain dormant, while you survive the drought. Pain can be the patient fruit of the caper bush, slowly ripening, waiting for the wind to shift.

Patience comes from the Latin word to suffer, so whenever the wind exposes your raw emotions, take time to heal, and remember that the pain shall pass with the shifting winds.

This Week’s Wisdom

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To an untrained eye, the desert is a homogeneous landscape with no distinguishable features. To a keen observer, however, there are subtle clues and signposts that lead to one’s intended destination.

The goddess Yel Ana asks you to organize, nurture and protect the physical space inside your home. Like the nomads who created wind blocks with their tents, Yel Ana is suggesting that it is time to create a safe and secure environment, which is essential for the well-being of yourself and your loved ones.

When a project feels like it is at a standstill, Yel Ana may be blowing in reverse.

Everything always happens at the perfect time. Click To TweetEven a change in your diet, exercise, or habit has it own cycle, and the harsh wind blowing against your plans is the precise force of nature. Sometimes doing nothing is the best way to surrender to the wind.

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Seeing clearly when the Yel Ana is blowing in the North requires you to trust in a power greater than yourself. It is time to penetrate the deeper aspects of your inner self through ceremony and ritual. These components are necessary if you want to achieve balance and joy in yourself, your home and your community. All joy stems from within and floats outward on the breath of the wind.

In reverse, Yel Ana signifies a barren, yet bruised landscape. This a time to pause, reflect and determine if you are manifesting your dreams, wishes and aspirations. What is full must be emptied. Ask Yel Ana to enter your life and show you how to manifest peace, unity and harmony in your life.

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Oya; Change is imminent

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Oya is a powerful wind, a harbinger of change. Her husband Shango, a thunderous raging storm God, usually accompanies her. The combination of her sword and his fire purifies everything in their path, as they use hurricanes and cyclones to clear the way for new growth. Legend states, “What Oya destroys, you no longer need.”

As Goddess of commerce, Oya keeps a watchful eye on all activities occurring in the marketplace. Those who heed her message will see their struggling business rise from the ashes and transform into a prosperous enterprise. Her name means, “She tore,” and if a business lacks integrity, Oya rushes in, and slices it up into shreds with her sword, ensuring that justice will be heard and seen.

Often disguised as a water buffalo, this Goddess is a fierce protector of women, capable of violent outbursts whenever a wrong needs to be made right. Despite her fiery side, Oya has a nurturing side, and is also known as a mother of nine, with her offspring representing the tributaries of the Niger River in Africa. When summoned by prayer, Oya empowers mistreated women, and engenders feminine leadership.

Whenever this passionate wind Goddess appears in your life, it is a fortuitous omen signifying that you are about to undergo a powerful, spiritual transformation.Click To Tweet

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East

When Oya arrives as a tempest East wind, a rapid transformation of your belief system is eminent. Your ideas, plans and memories may be scattered far and wide by the force of her raging storm. Once this upheaval subsides, stillness will settle in. This is a time to be patient and watchful, as vistas of exciting new possibilities are projected onto the screen of your mind.

Resisting change is a fruitless endeavor when Oya appears in the contrary position. Surrendering, and allowing Oya to “Clear the air” of old habits and rigid forms that stand in the way of progress will reveal new possibilities.

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Without the invigorating breath of wind, stagnation sets in and death is sure to follow. Oya appears as a purifying rainstorm to saturate and nourish your arid emotional landscape. As a mother she understands that while you cannot always protect your children from the storm, your love can provide a safe haven where healing can take place. Call upon Oya to guide you to a place of serenity so that you can nurture yourself or a loved one.

Are you stuck in an unhealthy situation or relationship? If Oya appears as a south wind, hang on, and prepare yourself. Shango is never far away, and together they will ignite your inner fire. Oya is here to protect you in a loving manner as she nudges you toward a place of calm and security.

 

West

A change of season is in the air when Oya appears in the West quadrant. As a gatekeeper of life, Oya can guide you through transitions at home, business or within your dimensional Self. If you are experiencing a loss, keep in mind that the cycle you are presently in is quickly waning. The fruits of your harvest will become evident after the next growing season.

If you are unwilling to plow your fields of negative thoughts and feelings, Oya appears in the contrary position. You may be feeling pains in your body that may indicate feeling a lack of support.  Oya manifests as a violent rainstorm to wash all obstacles standing before you, so that you can embark on new journey with confidence and enthusiasm.

Oya-Subconcious TransformationNorth

Inner transformations unfold at a subconscious level before they become apparent. The presence of Oya in the North quadrant suggests that you may be on the cusp of a cycle, and on the verge of a great change.

Oya is preparing you to make a leap from your current state into the unknown.Click To Tweet Even though your coordinates may not give a clear indication of your present condition, you can be sure that Oya is aligning you to your magnetic north.

The appearance of Oya in the contrary position signifies that deep spiritual forces are at work. Every change has a tipping point, where old forms and ideas are cast aside, as a new higher state of consciousness rises to the surface. Be patient and know that all is well; feeling unstable is part of this transformational process.

 

Njord: Prosperity

Njord-ime to reconstruct old ideas, and venture forth into newNjord • Norse • Prosperity

Imagine a time when giants, dwarfs, wizards, dragons, elves and trolls interacted with Gods, aristocrats, warriors and peasants. The traditions of the fiery Vikings have been immortalized in poems where wars were waged, and battles fought, using sword and magic. Poets were myth keepers; their stanzas held the records of creation, art, adventure, expansion, community, war, and magic. Favoring their pagan traditions over Christianity, the Scandinavian Vikings (Danes, Norwegians and Swedes) spread their beliefs throughout Europe from 780 to 1070 A.D.

Njord was a Vanir God who calmed seas and fires, and ruled over the summer winds. According to the poet Snorri, in the Prose Edda, Njord had vast wealth, distributing land and treasures as he pleased. Today. Scandinavians still strive to be “as rich as Njord”, and he is often offered the second toast for peace and plenty.[1]

The Norsemen were innovative ship builders, pirates, merchants and skilled navigators. They traveled by sea, expanding their trade routes east to the Black Sea, west to Iceland, and south into Scotland, Wales, France and England. Archaeologists have unearthed burial sites proving that their clinker-built ships reached Newfoundland five centuries before the arrival of Columbus. However, not all Norseman were pirates who conquered the land and seas; many lived peaceful, physically demanding lives as fishermen, hunters, and farmers.

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Njord loved the hustle bustle of life near the sea.

When Njord’s light breeze blows into your life, your waters become energized and invigorated, signifying that it is time for extraordinary growth in your life.Click To Tweet

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Arriving from the East, Njord offers a bountiful breeze of fresh, innovative energy. In order to expand trade throughout Europe, the Vikings built artistic, innovative wooden ships that resembled royal yachts. These marine vessels were great technological advancements during the dark ages; they were fast, shallow, and could also be used as rowboats whenever the seas were calm, without wind. Now is the time to reconstruct old ideas, and venture forth into new, prosperous trade routes. Like a Viking ship, your ideas need to rise above, and beyond the status quo. Enlist new solutions in preparation for those times in the future when the wind will cease to blow.

If Njord blows in as a strong headwind, grab your oars and start paddling with gusto! This is not the time to give up on new ideas; perseverance and hard work are required if you truly want to succeed.

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When Njord makes his appearance in the South, you’ll become aware of the polar opposites residing within you. In Scandinavian mythology, Njord was offered in marriage to the Ice Giant, Skadi, as restitution for the slaying of her father. While Njord cherished the hustle bustle of the fertile seaport, Skadi preferred the dead stillness of the dark northern landscape. Concessions were made, and to appease everyone, they spent equal time at each place. This is a reminder that two opposing emotions, such as the warmth of summer and the cold of winter, can exist simultaneously. A compromise is needed in order to reestablish a balance between your emotional wealth and overall well-being.

If the sea turns choppy, and your boat is rocking and ready to capsize, Njord is telling you that you are neglecting your personal needs and desires by focusing your energy on others.Click To Tweet Eventually, Njord and Skadi realized that their differences were too great and eventually separated. In order to refill your emotional cauldron, you may need to cut emotional ties with certain people, places or things.

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When Njord appears as playful west wind, universal secrets of prosperity are looming on the horizon, and will soon be revealed. This widely venerated Norse God was shrouded in mystery. Even the birth of his prominent offspring remains sacred. Some historians suggest Njord was a hermaphrodite, and that the Gods, Freyja and Freyr, were born of an Immaculate Conception, while others suggest they were the result of Njord’s incestuous behavior with his sister, the earth Goddess, Nerthus. The time has arrived to cast away memories and ghosts of the past. Infuse your life with a new magic and discover where prosperity reigns. Call upon Freyja to teach you the magic of wealth.

When Njord smacks your ship as a crosswind, you are reminded to use discretion and express yourself with kindness so that others don’t get hurt. Not all secrets need to be shared. Be mindful of gossip that keeps you connected to negative forces that prevent you from moving forward. Prosperity comes from hard work, not from the labors of others.

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Magic or Brute Force: which one is the better way to attain prosperity in your life? According to legend, a war occurred between the combative Aesir, and the magical Vanir. This conflict lasted more than a century, as neither was able to claim victory. Eventually a truce was made, and peace was restored onto the scarred lands. To seal the pact, both Gods chewed cherries and spit them into a cauldron. This action gave birth to the clever God Kvasir, who shared his wisdom as he wandered back and forth between the two regions. As part of the settlement, certain Gods were traded as hostages. Njord of Vanir, and his children Freya and Freyr, were sent to live as priests in Asgard, located east of the river Vana (Don River, which separated Asia from Europe. The appearance of Njord as a North Wind indicates that a conflict exists in a particular area of your life. Now is the time to end this conflict by striking a truce and calming the waters. Graciously offer peace to a problematic situation in your life, so that an era of joy, bounty and prosperity can begin.

If Njord shipwrecks your plans, look around to see where your actions are out of alignment with the good of the community. Ask Njord for protection as you plant your sacred seeds of prosperity and replenish your fields.

[1] [1] The Religion of Ancient Scandinavia, Sir William Alexander Craigie, Archibald Constable and Co LTD, London 1906 p.

Mari, a Gift is Forthcoming.

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Mari, a Gift is forthcoming. Photo by Igor Mugerza

Mari, Basque Wind Goddess

Gift

Mari is a prominent mythical deity of Northern Spain, a mysterious Goddess who resides deep in the base of the Pyrenees Mountains. Malevolent and mischievous, her influence has been felt throughout the ages. The Basque people regard her as the source of all creation. Her beauty is as rich as Mother Earth herself. Much like the weather patterns that she oversees, her surname and appearance often change. Sometimes Mari appears at Anboto in the North of Spain, bringing wet weather, and then moves on to permeate Alono with her hot, arid breath. She is able to manifest as a woman-tree joining earth and sky, as a bird, or as an elegant woman draped in a red gown as she drives her cart across the face of a full moon.

Whenever you need guidance, call to her three times by one of her many names; Andre Mari, Ama Lurra, Old Woman of the Mountain, or Marien Damea, and she will come to your aid.Click To Tweet

According to the Anthropologist Marija Gimbutas, the cultural origins of the mysterious Basque language, Euskara, predate most Indo-European linguistic formats.[1] The Basque people consider themselves to be the original occupants of Northern Spain. Jesuit Priest, Jose Miguel de Barandiara, painstakingly recorded thousands of Basque myths and tales by means of the written word.[2] The Basque were Goat WorshippersGoats were used as sacrifices to appease Mari, and while the goat cult was originally organized as an attempt to explain and control natural phenomena, it later became a strong cultural resistance movement that was used to fend off orthodox religions. The Basques were the last pagan strongholds in Western Europe, with only a few converting to Christianity in the late 1600’s. Priests allowed, and participated in the Witches’ Sabbats that were held in remote mountainside communities.[3]

“Like many in the world of the old day”[4], witches were a common but contradictory theme, enticing Europeans to listen to carefully crafted tales. And, while you shouldn’t believe in them, you shouldn’t disregard them either. In those parts, people would always air on the side of caution when approaching Mari’s lair, praying for grace outside her cave, not daring to enter in fear of the cave dwelling spirits known as the Sorguin.

If Mari casts down a storm from her cave, be assured that a gift is forthcoming. Click To TweetTo receive it fully, you will need to coax its essence from the depths of the rich, dark, feminine mother.

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You may feel shaken by the urgency of the wind when Mari plummets from the Eastern sky as a fierce ball of fire. Her jolt will stir long forgotten memories of the magical powers waiting within, as she brings the ageless gift of wisdom. Start by recalling the favorite tales of your childhood. Find the themes of creativity woven within them, for therein resides the mystery of your own soul’s calling. As you reassemble your memories, your personal tale of being will be revealed.

Mari brings a gift of contradictions when she side-slaps you and bursts into your life like a lightning bolt. Mari refuses to adapt to consensus and will shake your beliefs to the core. When missionaries encroached her cave, she transformed one into a raven who later died from fright. Ask yourself, “Where am I compromising or abandoning my own knowingness in order to follow the herd?” Determine the areas in your life where fear is the prevailing wind, and make the necessary adjustments so you can move forward with confidence.

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Like a fragrant perfume gently wafting through the air, Mari drifts in from the south to stir, and fully awaken your erotic potential. Mari was an androgynous, passionate lover. Although she had a husband named Sugaar, she also brought willing young village maidens to her cave for extended visits. Mari is also the mother of balance; her offspring were Attarrabi-good and Mikelats-evil. Call upon Mari to reveal and balance the themes in your life with your inner emotional winds of needs and desires. If you are feeling emotionally undernourished, seek out the companionship of women, or take on a new lover.

When Mari blows in as an arid south wind, your passion may feel diminished and parched. She arrives as the Divine Mother, bearing gifts to resurrect and nourish you. Visualize her red swirling life force dancing passionately in your second chakra. Call on Mari to remove any emotional blockages that are preventing you from loving your self, the essential force that nurtures your creative soul.

Painting: Nori Ushijima
Mari enters her cave at at Anboto in the North of Spain. Painting: Nori Ushijima

West

When Mari comes calling from the West she is asking you to sit alongside her on her golden couch. Your attention to details and devoted practice of your rituals has paid off; Mari is offering you the gift of power. Be mindful of the code of ethics as you tap into the powerful waters of the mountain spring. Power expands when used in service to others, and contracts and vanishes with misuse.

If Mari shows up as a raging storm in your life, the gifts she bears may sting. No mortal was allowed to enter her dwelling without permission, as she does not tolerate a lack of respect for other people’s property or possessions. Ask yourself if you have overstepped the boundaries of others, acted with greed, malice or allowed your arrogance to rule. Mari can quickly turn your dreams to coal. Withdraw from her cave using the same path that you used to enter; Mari is a stickler for ritual. Once outside, reassess your current situation and search diligently for the gold hidden in the ashes.

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Mari provides spiritual guidance to help you find your way. She resisted all religious efforts to convert her to their beliefs, and now her powerful wind offers you warmth and protection within the walls of her sacred cave. Her gift to you is discernment. Examine your beliefs and all of the knowledge you have absorbed during your life. It is time to drink heartily from the well of milk and honey that flows constantly below the earth’s surface. Quench your thirst and receive the spiritual guidance you need to achieve your goals. The soul is like the wind, it moves whenever and wherever it chooses.

Is there a raven tapping on your window? When Mari blows in as a moist North wind in reverse, she may disguise herself as a bird to get your attention. When you feel the flapping of the bird’s wing and darkness prevails, Mari is inviting you to visit the underworld. Do not be afraid, the underworld pulses with magic, wisdom and clarity. Visit a well or a cave, and speak to the ancestors. Mari’s gifts of wonder can arrive in a variety of different ways, so be sure to keep your eyes, ears, mind and heart open at all times.

[1] The Living Goddesses By Marija Gimbutas, Miriam Robbins Dexter.

[2] The Survival of Myth: Innovation, Singularity and Alterity edited by David Kennedy, Paul Hardwick, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Apr 16, 2010 accessed on the web

[3] http://alkman1.blogspot.com/2006/08/basque-paganism.html

[4] A common beginning to the storytellers tale. Traditional Storytelling Today: An International Sourcebook. Margaret Read MacDonald Routledge, Dec 16, 2013 – Literary Criticism . Accesed on Google books.

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Stribog: Slavic Wind is blowing Good Fortune your Way

Stribog Wind God of Good FortuneStribog

Slavic Wind God

Disperse

Historically, the Slavs occupied the most western part of Eastern Europe. The linguistic root is ‘Slovo,” meaning people who speak the same language. For centuries the organizing principles of their faith and shamanic rituals were kept hidden behind a veil of secrecy from those who spoke in a different voice.

Early mercenaries endured bitter conditions, persecution, war, and death, while defending their polytheistic beliefs from the invading Byzantines. Click To TweetShamans, who were keepers of the secret oral traditions, eventually retreated and went underground to preserve their beliefs, ceremonies and rituals. Trying to piece together the remnants of the early Slavic cosmology is as difficult as catching the wind in your hand; paganism persisted “as a quiet neighbor” alongside early Christianity in the Motherland.

What is known is that the Slavic people had a three-world cosmology centered on a world tree. This system was composed of seven primary deities including Stribog. In Slavic cosmogony, when Rod (creator God) broke free from the cosmic egg, all the elements of nature, including the wind from his breath, were pulled from his body. Stribog is the ancestor of wind; the intermediary who delivers (gives voice to) the prayers and invocations of the people to their creator.

Stribog is also grandfather of the eight directional winds. While he is often portrayed as old man winter, he is also connected to the invigorating fresh air of spring.

The roots of his name Stri, means to spread, and bog pertains to God. Stribog is best known as the disperser of wealth and spirit. Click To TweetThe Slavs were pragmatic people, who intimately understood that living harmoniously with nature required an understanding of the harsh winter winds as well as the cool summer breezes. Although the winds were severe and bitterly cold as they blew across the rivers and steppes, the Slavic myths still viewed Stribog as the deliverer of good fortune.

slavicTo this day, Wind Whisperers remain scattered throughout the Ukraine, and they continue use wind to cast spells and send healing charms. The existence of these peasant shamans is a testament to the enduring nature of these earth traditions. Ancient rock altars that were built to worship the Gods, have survived thousands of years of political and religious oppression.

Stribog arrives as a cool passionate breeze to remind you that every season is part of larger life cycle. It is time to restore peace, rhythm and order to your faith.

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If Stribog blows in on the back of his eagle as an easterly spring wind, it means that seeds of creation are being pollinated. New thoughts and ideas are abundant. Remember to ask, “Is now the time to act, or should I set my intentions to prayer for manifestation?” In either scenario, ask Stribog to answer your prayers. Patience is a deliberate action set forth by the mind. Once you decide to act, know that Stribog will blow fortune your way.

Stribog in a contrary position may feel like an unfavorable condition, but remember that great intellectual discoveries are often uncovered due to necessity. If the cupboards are bare, use your divine imagination to create a meal fit for a king. This is the ideal time to set your intentions with prayer.

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The timing is right to pollinate your emotional seeds when Stribog appears as a South Wind. Breathe the rejuvenating cool air of humility into your rich, emotional landscape. Use common sense when it comes to sadness and melancholy, as these are essential aspects and natural rhythm of your soul’s existence. Become the active observer and discover the gift you deserve. Offer up your gratitude to Stribog and share your tears of sadness with all of creation.

If Stribog arrives as a cross wind, it is time for deep introspection. Examine the areas where you are slave to your feelings. Are you leaving a trail of emotional baggage wherever you roam? Ask Stribog to help you find peace and calm. In order to receive the exhilarating breath of unconditional love, you must first heal your emotional wounds and then surrender to a higher power.

West

When Stribog, the disperser of wealth, arrives in the west, it is a sign that your prayers have been heard and answered. Smile and enjoy the fruits of your labor. An abundant harvest is intended to provide sustenance for the long winter ahead. Be mindful of how you expend your energy. A wise person who is in sync with nature can enjoy a bountiful harvest while conserving valuable resources.

If Stribog is blowing as a head wind into your sails, it’s to seek out and eliminate areas of resistance. Being prepared is essential as the sun sets down below the Tree of Life and into the underworld. Ask yourself, “Have I left valuable resources rotting in the field?” Get your affairs in order and prepared for restrictions that will accompany the long nights ahead.

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Stribog blowing in from the North is an indicator that good fortune has arrived; your Lucky Star is here. The Slavs were pragmatic and grateful to be alive, regardless of external conditions. Prayers are a request, while meditation provides insight. Stribog reminds you that it necessary to give and receive every day. Long before the advent of temples, the Slavs created sanctuaries of worship in the natural world that surrounded them. Acknowledge Stribog’s energetic breath that greets you every morning when you wake up. Be grateful for the little things in life, such as the food you eat, the convenient parking space that suddenly appeared, and the sun that shines upon your face.

When Stribog blows as in a fierce cold north wind, it is time to get grounded and establish a practical working relationship with your creator. Peace can be elusive when you take more than you give. When Old Man Winter comes knocking at your door, it is time reconnect with your tribe, and volunteer your services in a selfless, loving manner. It may be time to renew your altar. Make your faith a dynamic spiritual expression that enriches your soul and enriches the community in which you live.