What can we do right now to get better results?

DagazDAGAZ is the rune. It symbolizes the dawn, a new awareness, and a new consciousness emerging. As the old ways of thinking fade away, new opportunities arise, just as the night gives way for the dawning of the new day. Here we are reminded of the natural cycle of the universe. Drawing this rune indicates that we have already come through the challenges and wonderful events are about to happen. We have put in the hard work. A major transformation is upon the horizon. In answer to the question, the results have arrived. I would like to note here that this is usually a time when we tend to freak out a little. The goal we have been working to achieve is so close we can “smell” it. It’s like feeding the dog in the morning. He has been waiting patiently for hours while you get out of bed and head to the cupboard where his kibbles are stored. As you open up the bag he starts jumping around like a frenzied lunatic. Can you relate to that feeling? The energy has been building up. Now that you can see the results falling into place you want to explode if you don’t get them in your hands RIGHT NOW! Dagaz is showing us that we are in clear sailing, so my recommendation is we channel our energies into giving as much gratitude as possible for the fruits we are about to harvest.



How can we improve the harmony in our relationships with others?

Berkano-runeThe rune is BERKANO. It is symbolic of new life beginnings and personal liberation from past restrictions. It indicates a powerful energy of nurturing, protection, support and creation, much like the bond between a parent and a child. Can you imagine how much better the world would be if we treated everyone in our circle of contacts with same care we would give to our sons and daughters? Keep in mind that each one of us is a human development project. We continue to grow and learn until the day we die, and if we were perfect we would probably ascend! Think about a little child struggling to interpret the world and grow into maturity. A loving parent would have that child’s back, so to speak, guiding them to improve their skills and to make sense of life. In our adult relationships it helps to remember that although we have adult bodies, we may still have the emotional maturity of a 2-year-old. When we witness the people around us acting out, we have a choice. We can act out with them, or we can become the nurturing parent that assists them to resolve the dilemma they are experiencing. We can use the healing and life-giving energies of Berkano to nurture harmonious relationships with others.


How can we achieve the success we deeply desire?

mannaz-invertedMANNAZ inverted is the rune that came forward today. In its upright form it represents the joining together of people for the purpose of achieving a common goal. The success we desire happens when our goals flow into a greater purpose for the benefit of the many – the community or all of mankind. When this rune is drawn in its inverted form it is telling us to look within to remove obstacles that are acting as a barrier. It’s time to take a self-inventory. Do we have any agenda other than one that would lift others as we lift ourselves up? Remember that real success involves accomplishing our goals on all fronts. It includes health, wealth and happiness. This is the time to find peace by taking responsibility for our motives and resolving imbalances. Mannaz inverted advises us to take time to reflect inward through quiet time and meditation.


What can we do to break free of limitations?

ansuz-invertedThe rune for this question today is ANSUZ, inverted. It symbolizes all forms of creativity, music, the arts, literature, the birth of a child or an endeavor coming into fruition. Many see it as the rune used by the divine to send direct communications. In the case where it is inverted, there is a suggestion of an authority figure that is blocking progress. This could be a parent, a teacher, an employer or a spiritual leader – anyone that is an authority in our lives. However, this is a time to take an honest look at what we perceive. Is this authority really causing an impediment to our progress or are we resisting their genuine assistance? Real change involves doing something totally different. It can feel terribly uncomfortable, even suppressing to step outside our usual behavior. To this point we have been interpreting the world with a limited perspective. The authority figure might just have a view of the bigger picture that is precisely what we need. The rune is advising us that the wisdom we need to break free of our limitations is within our immediate circle of contacts, but we must be open and willing to accept it.


How do we know if we are on the right track?

Runic_letter_algizThe rune is ALGIZ, which symbolizes defense, protection and sanctuary. It was used on the shields, swords and spears of warriors as a mark of protection and a safe place from harm. When this rune appears it is notification to the seeker that there is a need to protect against something, yet within the same energy is contained the force that ensures he or she will come to no harm. It references our natural internal system of checks and balances that do keep us on track with our purpose. I see Algiz as the assurance that although we may lose our perspective in the moment to moment busy-ness of life, there is an intelligence within us that has our backs, so to speak. It talks to us through our “gut” feelings, letting us know if we are engaging in activities that are beneficial for ourselves and others or not. It is the part of us that is connected to the bigger picture and is the ever present sanctuary. It feeds us information and creative ideas that keep us on course.



How can we make the world a better place for everyone?

rune-nauthizThe rune I drew this morning with this question in mind is NAUTHIZ. It is the rune that represents the sense of lack, something not fulfilled or a need. It could be anything material, emotional or spiritual. There are some rune interpreters that say drawing this rune is not a good sign because it focuses on not having. It makes sense to me that it came forward due to the nature of the question I asked. We, as humans have a tendency to believe that we either have something or we don’t. According to mystics and quantum physicists, everything we could ever desire is right here, right now because we exist in a field of unlimited possibilities. It is the core essence of everything, including us, which means everything we want is already a part of us. What we actually have or experience is limited only by our beliefs. I see this rune telling us that we live on a planet that comes packaged with everything we could ever desire, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. What we can do to make the world better for everyone is find ways to network people together with solutions. There cannot be a problem without a solution. Each one of us is born with the ability to see certain solutions that will take care of the needs of others. Our willingness to share what we know, to reach out and act like we are all in the same community is the answer.


What can we do today to increase our happiness?

rune-jeraWhat can we do today to increase our happiness? The rune that came forward to answer this question is JERA.

Jera symbolizes two scythes poised to sweep across fields of wheat, rye and flax, indicating that the harvest of your efforts is about to happen. It represents abundance and plenty, material manifestation and gain. It can also be the reminder to stay motivated and see your hard work through to a successful completion. A couple things come to mind as I study this rune. First, when we are doing the work, it’s common for us to become so immersed in the nitty gritty details of a project that we lose sight of the overall picture and we don’t notice how far we have actually progressed. This is a reminder to acknowledge the work we have already accomplished and give ourselves credit, a pat on the back. Second, I know from experience one of the biggest challenges we have as humans is to see things through to completion. We push hard to make things happen, but in the final moments just before we reach the target, we give up in exhaustion. Our fears and self doubts take over. Again, this rune reminds us to keep going that final mile; the rewards are waiting for us at the finish line. Keep our chins up and go for it, success is imminent. Hold to the course and be open to receive the rewards and the change about to happen.

Popular Twitter Hashtags for Kindle Book Authors


On Twitter, the pound sign, also known at the hashtag turns any word or group of words that directly follow it into a searchable link. This allows you to organize content and track discussion topics based on those keywords. When you use a hashtag with your Tweet, it automatically places it in the associated category. The reason to use hashtags is to connect your Tweet with the type of audience that would benefit from your information. It is also a way to target a specific group of users that may be interested in buying your products, in this case, your books.

According to the Twitter company page, there are 288 million monthly active users and 500 million Tweets are sent each day. It’s a great way to contact people that would buy your Kindle book.

It is generally recommended that you use 2 hashtags with each of your Tweets. According to surveys on the subject, you will get the highest level of response doing this. Too many hashtags and people will be turned off because it appears that you are spamming.

Try alternating your hashtags to see what gives you the best response. Your Tweets can be no more than 140 characters, including spaces.

Here are 3 resources you may find helpful.

1. This website offers a hashtag search that shows the Top 10 hashtags associated with your hashtag. http://hashtagify.me/

2. This website provides an avergage per hour use for specific hashtags, so you can see the popularity. https://www.hashtags.org/

3. This website provides an alternative to long links. Remember that you only have 140 characters for a Tweet, so a long website link can take up a lot of space. Use the shortened version instead. https://bitly.com/

Here is a list of popular hashtags used by authors of Kindle books:

#1K1H (write one thousand words in one hour)
#Fiction and #Nonfiction
#free or freebie
#IAN1 (Independent Author Network)
#indieauthor or #indiepub
#MGLit (middle grades literature)
#MyWANA (writer’s community created by Kirsten Lamb)
#NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month is held every November)
#Novelines (to quote your own work)
#PoetryMonth (Each April in the USA)


Let me know how it goes for you!


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