1. Huath

Barriers, toil, hard work, obstacles

Hawthorn (Crataegus spp.)

Letter: H

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Huath indicates an obstacle or series of obstacles that must be overcome with no going around. This could mean learning a subject, for instance playing the piano, and the infamous 10,000 hours of practice any instrument requires to attain mastery.

Huath is a task that you must go through the long haul to make happen. For instance, Huath could be overcoming your own self-destructive behavior or getting over an obsession. It could also be starting the business of one’s dreams or mastering a field of study. Any way you slice it, there are no short cuts. The task at hand takes patience and immersion. You must look at the task from all sides, brainstorm it — Huath is the Spirit of Fire for a reason — and understand its limits. Forcing a route will simply not work. Huath is the idea that worthwhile goals often require personal sacrifice and perseverance through challenges. Look at the goal as no less than a test of your own character. Many lifetimes have brought you to this. Rise to the occasion. Be determined, even when the rest of life tries to distract you, deter you, and defeat your best efforts. The physical plane is designed to beat you down; that is this plane and it sucks. Too bad. Figure it out. Master yourself first, cast no blame, and learn to adapt to challenges.

Questions to ask when you draw Huath:

-What would I do with my life if I won a billion dollars?
-What will I do with my life if my income is exactly the same as it is now or less?
-What large challenges in my life have I tried to force a solution for? Did it work out?
-What am I here to learn?

Huath ill-dignified excess: Forcing things
There is no magic, hoodoo, or elixir that can make you better at learning a complex skill or lesson. Use magic to help you along the long path of the work, but do not expect it to instantly deliver you to the treasure at the end. Simply, you can’t always get what you want exactly when you want it, no matter what the church leader implied about Jesus or what Rhonda Byrne promised in The Secret. Throwing a bunch of money at a problem is stupid, yet it is exactly what many people do or want to do in absence of money. Looking to blame others is weak.

Huath ill-dignified dearth: Giving up/Avoiding
Trying to avoid the work altogether does not save you. The work was put there for a reason. No risk, no reward. Playing fiddle while Rome burns. Example: think of that person who dreams of winning the lottery and puts quality time into fantasies of how altruistic he will be, the homeless shelters and orphanages he will build, the books he will write, and the great shape he will be in because he will hire a small army of personal trainers for his home gym. Meanwhile, the same person won’t donate even a few hours a year to helping the poor homeless orphans, struggles to write a paragraph outside of angry electronic tweets, and buys a treadmill that serves as a clothes hanger. So what happens to the lesson? Does it just go away to the Land of Dreams from whence it came? Or is it likely to hit the person in the face over several lifetimes until he learns to work with what he has got instead of drooling over pie in the sky?

“Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety percent perspiration.” -Thomas Edison

“I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.” -Thomas Jefferson

Robert Snyder asked Pablo Casals, the world’s foremost cellist, why he continues to practice four and five hours a day at over 80 years old. Casals answered: “Because I think I am making progress.”