Tardy post tonight totally not my fault. WordPress apparently caught whatever FaceBook had yesterday and wouldn’t connect.
Thank you all so much for your kind and healing thoughts about my Pop Tart incident. Much improved today, and I’d like to give credit to my lavender oil as well as the magical blue stuff. We keep lavender oil in all the bathrooms and one bottle in the kitchen, for exactly this purpose. It works miraculously well. Usually. But this was a pretty major burn, so it took slightly longer than I was comfortable with. I also keep a bottle of this blue stuff in both bathrooms, last night I used up the last of one. It is a product I found some time back, and have relied on for many of my “incidents.” Johnson & Johnson makes it and I’ve never found a generic equivalent, nor any other brand, so I just keep buying this. It’s called antiseptic/analgesic and says “hurt free” on the front. I love it. And I squirt it on liberally. I have some blisters forming, and the skin is still very tender, so I am limiting my typing for one more day. My finger tips are shiny, as though the burned skin is already healing. Whew. That was another close one. (Damn toaster.)
Our card today is from The Druid Animal Oracle deck and the descriptions in the companion book are pretty detailed, with a story that goes along with each animal.
“Boar ~ Torc ~ The Warrior Spirit, Leadership, Direction
The card shows a boar in the forest. In the foreground lies a bronze carnyx, with its mouth in the form of the boar’s head. Such a battle-trumpet has been found in Grampian, Scotland. By the path, and also from Scotland, is the Boar Stone, beside which all Pictish Kings took their oaths. To one side we also see the discarded bronze helmet of a warrior, complete with boar crest – as found in Powys, Wales. In the foreground grow mugwort, dandelion, and wild asparagus.
Torc can open you to the warrior spirit, helping you to find your direction in life. A wild and powerful animal, he calls you into the forest to discover a secret about yourself and about the world. The ritual boar-paths that exist in Wales, Cornwall, Ireland, and Scotland exist in the Inner World too, and if you follow them you will come face to face with an animal embodying the wild and untamed power that lives within each of us. Stare closely at him and you will discover he is representative of the Goddess – his skin will heal you, he can inspire you to write, his primal power can make you leader and chief. See if you can use your wildness and your energy for genuine acts of heroism in a world that longs for insight and healing.
In the Celtic tradition, Boar symbolizes raw power, which is often destructive but which can be used and channeled by the hero, the heroine, the warrior. Many terrifying and magical boars are depicted in the old tales. Torc is also the inspiration for songs, poetry, and art of all kinds.
The boar’s wildness and destructiveness were used by the Celts to arouse their fierceness and to terrify their enemies. His likeness was used as an emblem on helmets, shields, and jewelery. At the celebration feasts, the best joints of meat were given to the champion of the day, and these servings were known as ‘The Hero’s Portion.’ But boars were not generally eaten except in times of great need.”