"Isa" contemplation

Cat's Eye Cabochons

With the new year came the first lasting snow and in my mail arrived five little cat’s eye cabochons… I have been asked to do a runic incense for Isa and began gathering corresponding ingredients:

The rune Isa is written with a single straight vertical line. Its meaning is “ice”. Its associated tree and herb is the black alder and henbane, color black and stone is the cats eye (cymophane). Cats eye cabochons break the light in such manner that a single bright line appears across the stone. One could say the rune Isa is literally marked on it. (The effect is stronger under a light bulb or other single light source.) In Asia it is considered a magical stone that shows the direction to hidden and forgotten treasures. The stone comes in colors ranging from honey yellow to green to a dirty blue or gray. A special form is the Alexandrite, which changes color from blueish green to a deep blood red. I like the blueish gray versions best in this context, as these are also the colors of ice and winter.

Isa seemingly represents stillstand. It marks a time when to formulate dreams and vision and choose a direction. It calls for patience and contemplation, but not laziness. Now have to be done preparations and laid down the foundation for a future harvest.

Dresden Südvorstadt

In Search for Winter

This winter is pretty much the opposite of the winters it had here in the past years, with icicles reaching from our roof to the soil beneath and entire shrubs being transformed into ice-sculptures. This year we have rain, rain and… rain. Which makes it of course easier to move along, but still some snow would have been nice. So my friend drove us to Altenberg (Erzgebirge) and finally we could enjoy a little winter wonderland, tobogganing, snowball fighting and got a nice view from the Kahleberg.  Continue reading

Chasing Dreams

Entry for a contest on Deviant Art, motto: Chasing Dreams