This week, the Weekly Wind Spirit Card is Ilmarinen, the Finnish Wind God of Inventions. He reminds us to ask: what can I pull from the flames of creation?  Ilmarinen is a supreme Finnish Wind Deity of divine origin who created the sky and conjures up magic from the flames of his smithy. He comes in from the West which pertains to the Physical Body, Harvest and Endings. For me, this is a reminder to use his magical energy for self-care. With his help I will take more wind walks, and consciously choose better food to fuel my body. What about You? How can you use his magical power?

Ilmarinen (ilm-arin-en)

Magic is the key ingredient of the Kalevala (cal-e-vala), an epic tale of the Finnish people who lived along the coast of the Baltic Sea, in the North Western corner of Russia. Finno-Ugric mythology has endured the test of time; music and poetry live on as everlasting reminders of the magic that transpires when humans live in harmony with nature.

At the core of the 22,795 mystical verses in the Kalevala are two brothers who are creator Gods. Väinämöinen is the wise shaman, and Ilmarinen is the innocent-wizard craftsman. Ilmarinen is a supreme Deity of divine origin who created the sky, and the son of the celestial Ilmar who was impregnated by the wind at the dawn of creation.[1]

In one tale, Väinämöinen encourages Ilmarinen to conjure a sacred Sampo, wooing him with the promise of marriage to the beautiful and mysterious Rainbow Goddess. Despite his skepticism, Ilmarinen journeys North from The Land of Heroes to the harsh-barren lands of the Lapp witches. Possessed by a fairy maiden’s charm, the alchemist constructs a smithy on a colored rock, igniting a raging inferno from which he extracts a plethora of objects, including weapons of war that he immediately destroys.  After four failed attempts, Ilmarinen calls upon the four winds for assistance. The Sampo appears in the flames as a mill with a multi-colored top, capable of grinding out grain, salt, and gold.

When Ilmarinen ushers in mysterious winds from the west, partnerships with family, nature, and community are at the forefront.Click To Tweet


When Ilmarinen ushers in mysterious winds from the west, partnerships with family, nature, and community are at the forefront. You are reminded that although supernatural rituals might produce immediate results, these gifts are not always in your best interest. Money and magic do not necessarily produce happiness. Sorrow is a process that a wizard’s magic cannot heal. The best inventions are gifts that serve the community at large. Prosperity flows freely when your intentions are pure and kind.

Broken hearts can lead to selfish motivation, if left unchecked. The beautiful object of Ilmarinen’s magic was cold, heartless, and unmoving. Eventually, he returned it to the fire and wisely fashioned millions of beautiful stars to illuminate the night sky.


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[1] The Project Gutenberg EBook of Kalevala: the Epic Poem of Finland — Complete, by Elias Loennrot. Produced by John B. Hare and Carrie R. Lorenz from the preface.

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