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So let go…it’s alright, ’cause there’s beauty in the breakdown.

–Imogen Heap, from the song Let Go

“All great changes are preceded by chaos.”

–Deepak Chopra

Do you feel like a storm is brewing? If so, get out the candles, stoke the fire, and prepare to wait it out.

The first rune of the second aett (or rune “family”) in the Elder Futhark is all about challenges that delay and disrupt your plans. In situations like these your choices are usually few, but clear. Do you face the storm with courage, then pick up the pieces and rebuild after it has passed? Or do you deny the storm is raging around you, then stare with disbelief at the damage it leaves behind? Worse, do you spend your valuable time and energy demanding the Universe “make things the way they were before,” instead of moving forward?

It’s hard watching something we’ve spent time and energy building come crashing down around us, especially when we feel powerless to stop its collapse. But nature’s cycle of birth, growth, and death is something neither we nor anything we create can escape. At best, some of the forms we create – friendships, intimate relationships, careers, beliefs about ourselves and others – eventually stop helping us grow. At worst, these can become stifling to the point of making us feel imprisoned. Whatever the case, old forms that no longer enliven and empower us have to be shed to make room for different opportunities that bring renewed freedom, inspiration, and joy. By holding on to the old instead of embracing the new, we rot ourselves from the inside out and become what compassionate spiritual warrior and well-known medium Faye The Tattooed Psychic calls “the walking dead.”

If you’re not ready to face the challenges in your life, ask yourself why. If you’re ready for the peace that comes from accepting things as they are and would like help mustering the courage to move on, try these affirmations by Orin and Sanaya Roman, from the book Living with Joy:

I peacefully and lovingly release situations and relationships that are not for my higher good.

I view every situation as an opportunity to grow stronger and more joyful.

About these affirmations: if the words presented above don’t ring true for you, change them! The words don’t do the work on their own…it’s words + repetition + intent and emotional connection that make affirmations such powerful catalysts for positive change. Feel free to create ones that feel good and reflect who you are.

Click here to see other affirmations in this series.

Additional source material: Oswald the Runemaker

I’ve been a runology student for 20 years. See the About page or click here to learn more about my work with the runes.


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Today’s affirmation comes from the second rune of the first aett (or “family”) in the Elder FutharkUruz. Its traditional meaning comes from the Rune Poems, the oldest of which translates as follows:

The Aurochs is fearless and huge of horn
A ferocious beast, it fights with its horns
A famous moor-stalker that:
A spirited beast.

–The Anglo-Saxon rune poem, Verse II

Now extinct, the aurochs was a large and aggressive breed of ox present in northern Europe until the early 1600’s. The hunter who killed one was regarded as having great courage and fortitude, and aurochs horns were coveted trophies often used as drinking vessels, displaying the owner’s prowess for all to see.

Few would argue that it can take the strength and will of an ox to stay focused, centered, and balanced as we try to navigate the ever-changing landscape of daily life. Many of us continually encounter people and situations that threaten to knock us off our gait by pulling us out of a peaceful center.

The simple but powerful wisdom of this rune is that the actions of others and the circumstances we face can only upset us if we allow it. It counsels being the hunter, and not the hunted; being proactive instead of reactive. A successful hunter remains calm, confident, and focused regardless of how the landscape changes or how the quarry reacts. The hunted however is completely reactive, and can become agitated and aggressive in response to the hunter (everyday circumstances).

Every day I “hunt” for peace and balance, and aim to stay centered and focused regardless of who or what I come across.

And so the affirmation for Uruz is,

I remain peaceful and compassionate even when those around me are not. I stay centered and balanced regardless of what the day brings.

Click here to see other affirmations in this series.

Affirmations inspired by Orin and Sanaya Roman

Source material: Oswald the Runemaker

I’ve been a runology student for 20 years. See the About page or click here to learn more about my work with the runes.

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Mystic Lake, Mt. Rainier Nat'l Park

A p p r e c i a t i o n

I appreciate myself.

I appreciate my time, my energy, and my uniqueness.

I attract and surround myself with people who appreciate me.

I acknowledge and appreciate everyone I encounter.

I attract situations in which I feel appreciated.


These affirmations were inspired by the teachings of Orin as written by Sanaya Roman.

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I am here for a purpose – a concrete, unique, and joyful purpose.

I watch attentively as this purpose continues to unfold before me.

I have the clarity, wisdom, and courage to follow my higher purpose.

I surround myself with those who support my higher purpose.

I acknowledge that everyone I encounter also has a special and unique purpose.

This affirmation was inspired by the teachings of Orin, as written by Sanaya Roman.

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sowuloA Novel Paradigm, the fledgling online book discussion group I facilitate, is currently reading Living with Joy by Sanaya Roman. Two passages in Chapter 5 describe each aspect of the rune Sowulo uncannily well. The first describes the “bright side” of the rune:

When you feel strong and in charge of your life, you can come from the heart.

And the second describes Sowulo’s shadow side:

When you feel lacking in control you may feel you must manipulate or engage in power struggles to get what you want. You may think you have to make excuses for your behavior or tell white lies to protect other people’s feelings.

Which of the body’s energy centers (chakras) comes into play when we “engage in power struggles?” The third, or solar plexus chakra, which is the energetic equivalent of Sowulo in our physical and spiritual energy systems.

More on Sowulo at Under a Violet Sun:
Sowulo’s Merkstave?
Sowulu, converse
Daily Rune: Sowulo

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Living with Joy: Keys to Personal Power and Spiritual Transformation by Sanaya Roman

Living with Joy by Sanaya Roman

It’s ugly out there. The last several months have been some of the most difficult of my life, and I know I’m not alone.

Through April 19th, you’re invited to join me at A Novel Paradigm for the reading and discussion of Living with Joy: Keys to Personal Power & Spiritual Transformation. Though published more than 20 years ago, the wisdom it contains is timeless…and especially relevant in the present.

Come, read, and share. Take what resounds as truth for you and toss out the rest. Now is the time to remember the beautiful, peaceful, powerful beings we are. Now is the time to choose joy.

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An artist's depiction of the 4th chakra
Compassion is to joy as as air is to life.

On a spiritual and emotional level, I stumbled and fell last weekend. The preceding week offered many challenges, not the least of which was my partner’s possible job loss as part of a sweeping layoff at his company. After getting the news Friday that he’d still have a job on Monday (thank you Universe) the pressure was lessened considerably. Unfortunately it returned in earnest on Saturday morning when we found the sanctuary of our home had been violated by a thieving vandal.

I sank into victim mode in a big way on Saturday. I didn’t meditate, read, or take any constructive self-care measures to help myself shed the negativity I was feeling.

This morning I finally sat and meditated. My guide came through and told me the following:

Do not expect that you will not stumble and fall. You will, time and again, as everyone does. The issue is what you do once you’ve fallen. If you have compassion for yourself, you’ll pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and move forward. 

Suddenly so much of how I tend to derail myself (and why) made sense to me. It is not reasonable for me to expect that I’ll never feel down or experience events that shake me from my center. The only thing I can control is how I respond to these things. In this particular case, this means having compassion for myself and validating my feelings without letting them leave me in a tail spin.

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