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Pearls of Wisdom - The World

It's Show Time. The stage is ready, the training and practice sessions are over - time to step through the door and show everyone what you can do!

A woman in a dancer's costume of top hat, tails, and what look to be tap shoes steps onto a gridded floor, twirling a baton in her right hand and holding another baton under her arm with her left. Her outfit is in blue and green stripes similar to water and earth. Her vest button is a circle decorated with continents and ocean. The dancer's hair is flowing as are her coat-tails. She wears a long pearl necklace, pearl earrings, and a pearl bracelet on her right wrist. She wears a blue and green garter decorated with pearls above her left knee.

The batons are twisted crystal, they have no beginning or end, they continue their sinusoidal wave pattern. The baton in her right hand is held high overhead. The dancer is twirling it. The other baton is held motionless, but ready.

The dancing floor is a gridded pattern of clouds and sky with tree in leaf. There is a single torch at the lower left-hand edge of the floor and a heavily grained door on the right-hand side. This door has heavy hinges and locking mechanism. There is a half-moon shaped window through which we can see three golden stars. Is this the dancer's dressing room door or a general stage door that anyone can come through?

Beneath the gridded floor, we see moving water - an ocean, lake, or bay. The water is moving, we see moonlight playing on it's surface.

The moon is almost directly above the dancer's head. There is a lavender and blue spiral coming from it. There is a similar spiral formed by the twirling baton.

The border of this card holds one long, continuous strand of pearls - bits of wisdom connected. There are two brackets on the side walls. Both are a golden triskelion on a green background. Crystal batons are resting in both corners. A bouquet of roses is placed in the lower left-hand corner; a large key with the Earth at the top is set in the lower right-hand corner. The key to the World? and a corsage rests nearby, too.

Four Runes are present: Sowilo, Mannaz, Dagaz, and Ingwaz.
Sowilo = Second Aettir, eighth Rune = Success
Mannaz = Third Aettir, fourth Rune = Man
Dagaz = Third Aettir, seventh Rune = Awakening
Ingwaz = Third Aettir, sixth Rune = Internal Growth

Sowilo+Mannaz+Dagaz+Ingwaz = 16+20+23+22 = 81
81 = 8+1 = 9 = Hagalaz = Completion; Inner Harmony; the ability to face what comes

More to follow.
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Rede Seeker  Rede Seeker is offline
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My mistake

What I thought were three golden stars are actually two hinges and a handle - it's not a window, but a peep-hole in the door.

More on the World card:

The wave pattern in the water is similar to the grain pattern on the door.

The gridded floor appears level and solid. It's not floating on the water but suspended over it.

The twirl-pattern of the baton matches the swirl pattern around Mani Full-Bright, the Full Moon, that watches over the Dancer. There seems to be a resonance between them

The Runes tell an interesting story. To the Dancer's right - Success and Humanity (Sowilo and Mannaz). We who dance this dance were born in human form. The success we achieve enriches not just us, but all Mankind. To the Dancer's left - Awakening and Internal Growth (Dagaz and Ingwaz). Ingwaz is the seed planted that waits for proper conditions (eg Springtime) to break free of its casing. Dagaz and the infinity symbel (lemnescate?) have similar shapes. Perhaps what we gain in this life, we carry with us in the next.

Sowilo + Mannaz = 16 + 20 = 36 = 3 + 6 = 9 = Hagalaz = The ability to withstand what comes our way, to use it to consolidate our Might.

Dagaz + Ingwaz = 23 + 22 = 45 = 4 + 5 = 9 = Hagalaz

Sowilo + Mannaz + Dagaz + Ingwaz = 81 = 8 + 1 = 9 = Hagalaz

Here we have the Hagalaz Rune three times = 9 x 3 = 27 = 9 = Hagalaz; but more importantly, in Rune Work, the number 27 is the number of the ALU galdar (Ansuz-Laguz-Uruz) which can be interpreted as 'to grow in wisdom and might'. A very potent Runic Formula. (Ref. 'Rune Song' by Edred Thorsson)
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