Introduction to the Runes

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Introduction to the Runes

Runes originate in the Viking period, in the time of Odin, the chief god of Norse mythology, a time
when longboats sailed from the fjords of Scandinavia on military missions. It is part of Viking legend
that Odin’s horse, Sleipnir, had runic symbols engraved upon its teeth. Maybe for this reason, the 19th
rune is called Ehwaz, the horse.

Fortunately runes and runic symbols did not die with the Vikings. Thanks to television and film, many
people who would otherwise know nothing of the Vikings are aware of them, their gods and their
lifestyle, but relatively few also know that the lore of the Vikings continues well into our modern-day
lives through the use of the runes.

Every rune symbolises not only an alphabetical letter, but a deeper meaning, an energy. It is our aim
to show the relevance of the wisdom of the runes even…

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Consulting The Runes

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Consulting The Runes

The runes can be consulted in many ways, principally, however, by casting them. It is said, as we
have already briefly mentioned, that they can also be used for protection, in matters of health and
finance, and we will discuss these suggestions briefly before moving on to the most common usage of
runes. The lettering used for such matters will be discussed as we progress through the alphabetical
system.

Protection
Viking legend suggests that runes were buried around items needing protection from wandering tribes
likely to rape and pillage, as well as being used for the protection of women and children whilst the
Vikings were away.

I have heard of people leaving runes to care for their property whilst going on holiday – with some
success. Some have hewn runic symbols above their front door for protection, whilst others have even
used runic symbolism to protect their…

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The Runes & The Ogham Script Connection

In will not be posting as much on runes as I planned to this week because of the upcoming Sabbats. I will do only 1 or 2 rune posts until after Friday. I deeply thank Lady Abyss for posting all of this wonderful information! As I said before my knowledge is very limited working with them. So I am learning along with you.

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The Runes & The Ogham Script Connection

Several of the runestones still remaining have running around their edge a different alphabet from the
runic, but one which still uses short, straight lines. This is the Ogham script (also seen as Ogam, but
pronounced O’am).

Ogham is connected to the Celtic god Ogma, Ogmios or Ogmiua, who had connections with the sun.
Whilst Odin seems to relate to Mercury, Ogma is linked with Hercules as champion of the gods.

Just as Odin is said to be the father of the runes, so Ogma is credited with having invented the Ogham
script. This method of writing seems to have begun in Ireland, spreading to Wales, Scotland and parts
of southern England.

Like Odin, Ogma was a poet and considered wise and powerful. Ogham was a secret method of
communication, again only known by the learned. The connection with poetry has led Ogham…

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Ways Of Casting The Runes

Since I posted this before posting the meaning of each tune, I will wait to post all the runes and their meanings tomorrow.

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Ways Of Casting The Runes

There are probably hundreds of different ways to lay the runes for a casting. What is given here is
only a selection. It is by no means exhaustive.

I would suggest that you try some of these, going for the ones with which you feel comfortable before
trying your own ideas out. The reasons for this are many, not least of which it is important to
familiarise yourself with the runes and how they are read as a group before progressing.

It should also be remembered that you may have some personal thoughts on the meanings of the runes
at the time you are carrying out the casting, which you should not dismiss out of hand. The meanings
given here are basic, and again by no means exhaustive. You may for example wish to use all
the reverse meanings given, even though some runes look…

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THE ORIGINS OF THE RUNES

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THE ORIGINS OF THE RUNES

While runologists argue over many of the details of the historical origins of runic writing, there is widespread agreement on a general outline. The runes are presumed to have been derived from one of the many Old Italic alphabets in use among the Mediterranean peoples of the first century CE, who lived to the south of the Germanic tribes.[7][8] Earlier Germanic sacred symbols, such as those preserved in northern European rock carvings, were also likely influential in the development of the script.[9][10]

The earliest possibly runic inscription that we know of is found on the Meldorf brooch, which was manufactured in the north of modern-day Germany around 50 CE. The inscription is highly ambiguous, however, and scholars are divided over whether its letters are runic or Roman. The earliest unambiguous runic inscriptions are found on the Vimose comb from Vimose, Denmark…

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RUNIC PHILOSOPHY AND MAGIC

Lady Abyss works with and knows more about runes than I do so we can all learn from her together. I work with Tarot cards and Ogham Staves or cardss.

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RUNIC PHILOSOPHY AND MAGIC

n the pre-Christian Germanic worldview, the spoken word possesses frightfully strong creative powers. As Scandinavian scholar Catharina Raudvere notes, “The pronouncement of words was recognized to have a tremendous influence over the concerns of life. The impact of a sentence uttered aloud could not be questioned and could never be taken back – as if it had become somehow physical. … Words create reality, not the other way around.”[20] This is, in an important sense, an anticipation of the philosophy of language advanced by the twentieth-century German philosopher Martin Heidegger in his seminal essay Language. For Heidegger, language is an inescapable structuring element of perception. Words don’t merely reflect our perception of the world; rather, we perceive and experience the world in the particular ways that our language demands of us. Thinking outside of language is literally unthinkable, because all thought takes place within…

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A Tarot Death Card Usually Does Not Mean a Phyiscal Death

I have an app on my Kindle that sends me a Tarot card every day from the Rider – Waite deck. On my birthday and today I got the “Death” card. Do those of you who do not know Tarot meanings the Death card can represent the end o something in you life not necessarily you or someone you know is going to cross into the Summerlands.

Just after my birthday I found out where I worked might be moving or closing next year.  Well that small part o my life changing has happened by the time my doctor release me to go back to work it will not be there. Long story short it is in a strip mall foreclosed on about 5 years ago finally decided to kick out the remaining businesses by midnight December 31, 2018. Getting this card on my 60th birthday which is also Beltane or Samhain depending where you live was a little shocking as I’ve had this Tarot deck app for a couple of years and it has never came up before. But keep reading it was fire telling me of things to come like not having a job I need to leave home for.

So when I got the Death card this morning I wondered what door is going I close this time? Than it dawned on me I already have a couple of new projects I am working to help this website. One will help new novices with a small scholarship if they need it to take the course. While th other I am working on with Lady Abyss to help fund operating cost for this site and WOTC we hope. Sorry, but no spoilers yet on what these projects are. I also can take the time to write the book I outlined years ago that will be similar to taking the online novice course for those that want to work strictly as a Solitary Witch.

So yes while something in my life “dies” it is so something new can blossom in my life. The “Death” card does not always mean a person is going to cross into the Summerland most of the time it means a major change in a person life.

I do plan on doing a full physical reading with my two favorite Tarot deck later today to gain more insight to what is changing in my life. I am looking forward to whatever it may be.

Shuffling the Cards, Your Daily Influences for November 20

Your Daily Influences for November 20

 

Tarot Influence

Ten of Swords Reversed

Evil will be defeated. Courage is needed to face challenges. Develop your spiritual self.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Astrological Influence

Gemini

While Gemini always has its duality to keep under control, it does manage to bring both humor and intelligence into any situation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Element Influence

Water Reversed

Water reversed denotes secrets to which you are not privy. Approach all ventures with caution.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Your Daily Tarot Power Card for November 20 is The Chariot

The Chariot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can succeed in your efforts if you maintain that willpower, and most of all, self-confidence! Sometimes this card can represent a physical journey that can take you to new lands for work or to chase a lover. Sometimes, however, this journey is more metaphorical, and can indicate that you’ll have to keep up the good work for quite some time. Recognition of your triumph can then come with financial rewards or some much-needed attention and praise for your achievement.

Your Daily Tarot Love Card for November 20 is The Pope

The Pope

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The word “experience” reminds us that some things, even involvement in faulty love, improve us through the practice. This card invites you to new, truthful relationships because you have been there and done that with deceptive people who dare to lie, even to the Pope. You are one step closer to the love you desire and deserve. Two people’s duet or symphony reaches a higher octave if in a relationship.

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