Ilmarinen (Finnish): Inventor Wind God comes this week from the East, the place of new beginnings and Ideas.

At the core of the 22,795 mystical verses in the Finnish Kalevala, are two creator gods who happen to be brothers. Väinämöinen is the wise shaman, and Ilmarinen is the innocent-wizard craftsman.

Every man, woman, and child I know who walked in the Woman’s March, could feel the magic and  a great sense of community,  with 4 million kindred spirits worldwide.  While everyone had their own personal agendas for showing up for this rally, there was unity and  sense of urgent purpose. 

Marches turned to a standstill  in every major city, as people filled each designated route before the procession  began. There was magic overtones in the single call from the woman who late one night, posted, “we need to march,” to let our voices rise above the pact.

This is the magic that Ilmarinen enlivens, when he “sets the winds blowing” in your life and community. Know that this week, the magic of alchemy is at play; yet be wary, for the gold may be otherworldly and different from what you expect. It is now time to put this energy to good use.

It is time to cast your outworn ideas into the fire, to be transformed into a magical Sampo. The Sampo appears to Ilmarinen in the flames as a mill with a multi-colored top, capable of grinding out grain, salt, and gold. With these in your possession, community will prosper. Well-being is always found in the simple riches of the earth; food, salt, and gold. “According to the old poems Sampo was made of a feather of a swan, a kernel of barley, a ball of wool, a drop of milk and a shaft of a distaff.”  Our Magical Sampos were woven as pink caps to symbolize that all life begins in the womb.

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Until the Kalevala was restored as their national tale, the Finnish people had long forgotten their origins. When Ilmarinen fans your fire, it is time to extract the truth from the brightly lit flame of the smithy residing within you. It is not enough to craft your identity from illusions, social media, or television. Immerse yourself in the deep waters of your divine inner wisdom. Great inventions are like cloths woven from the threads of innovative thoughts and ideas.

Have you forgotten the words to your favorite childhood song? Hum until the words rise up from the depths of your history. Become a fascinated seeker; search for words while you sleep and explore the worlds of magic within your dreams.

Learn to navigate the winds of change and Become a Wind Believer.

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