The Runes


Runes And Tarot Cards

ABOUT THE RUNES

The runes were created in northern Europe around the 4th century AD and are still just as popular today. The story told is that the Norse God Odin speared his body to a tree to gain a greater understanding of the symbols he then passed on his knowledge to the Vikings and the runes have been known since then as the Viking runes.

Among early peoples writing was a serious thing, full of magical power. The Greek Epic poem, The Iliad, calls this writing “baneful signs.” Meaning they are signs that cause harm, ruin or death. The Germanic peoples used a runic alphabet as their form of writing, using it to identify the possession of an item, such as a sword, helmet, or staff. They used runes to make calendars, encode secret messages, and mark funeral monuments.

Runes were also used in casting spells. Spells for love or war, and even healing often employed the use of runes. The runes would be carefully ordered to spell out the name of an enemy or the desire of one’s heart; while the caster would whisper or quietly chant a poem or incantation. These two meanings also appear in Old English rûn, the ancestor of our word. The direct descendants of Old English rûn are the archaic verb ”round”, “to whisper”, “talk in secret,” and the obsolete noun ”roun”, “whispering”, “secret talk.”

“Casting” runes is a form of divination. It involves “casting” or dropping the runes and letting them fall into a pattern, then deciphering the message from that pattern. In theory the runes ‘write’ out the message to be delivered from the spirits and all you have to do is read it.

They are thought to have magical and mystical powers and were used in spell casting and to offer wise counsel. They were said to have protective powers and warriors would engrave their weapons with runic symbols. The ancient Rune casters did not record their secrets but as we are all in a state of becoming the runes can help us be the best we can be.

The symbols were chiseled into stone, there are 25 runes and they can be used for readings and offering wisdom and guidance. When using the runes you are urged to remain in the present and work on what is going on around you in the moment, you will find the message in the runes relevant to some area of your life and the more you use them the easier it is to understand the message. The runes speak to the deepest part of your being.

By understanding the inner your growth is assured, using the runes can help you to transcend difficulties and help you to make breakthroughs in your life, all that is hidden surfaces when you consult the Oracle.

To read the runes you put your hand into the bag of runes and pull out one then another then another this is called a three rune reading it depicts the past, the present and the future. The runes are read from right to left you ask a question before you choose, and remember the runes are an Oracle, they are offering wisdom rather than telling your fortune. It takes time to understand the runes but once you get to know them you will find yourself consulting them often.

Being a lite form of divination/communication it is a great place to get your hands dirty for the first time when you’re just starting out or looking for trying something new. The symbols aren’t just used as divination but the aspects of each symbol can be applied to rituals, spells, tools and such by inscribing the rune that represents the desired attribute.

Interpretation of the runes

Mannaz = The SelfMannaz

Mannaz Upright – The Self, this rune is to let you know that by being self aware growth is promised and it urges you to be open minded and to work on yourself, learn from your past mistakes and apply your knowledge, this rune is urging you to be open to the unusual. You are striving for balance if you pull this rune and you are being urged to work with the auspicious energies surrounding you.

Mannaz Reversed, Let go of old habits they are now longer working for you, stop and rethink the way you approach things. If you are feeling restricted look at your own behavior.

 


 

Gebo = PartnershipGebo

Gebo Upright – Partnership, this rune is letting you know there is an impending partnership either in a love, relationship or business and you are being guided to keep your individuality and separateness, and not to collapse into the partnership. You are urged to develop as a unique and separate entity and not in the shadow of anyone else. This rune can also symbolise a greater understanding of self. The rune is saying if you truly understand yourself and your motivations there is not a thing, you can’t do.

Gebo has no reversed meaning

 


 

Ansuz = SignalsAnsuz

Ansuz Upright – Signals, with this rune you are being urged to be alert to what is going on around you, change and awakening is about to occur and you must be focused and ready to take advantage of the moment. Self-change is imminent when this rune is drawn, it is a rune of exploration and understanding, and by working on and nurturing yourself, you have more to give to others, family closeness or family business is also depicted by this rune.

Ansuz Reversed, there may be a lack of foresight that has stopped your progress and possibly you are not communicating with yourself or others at this time, rethink your approach towards others.

 


 

 

Othila = SeparationOthila

Othila Upright – Separation, you are being urged to let go of all that is not necessary to your life at this time, don’t fight what is taking place it is necessary at times for you to let go so that there is space for you to receive. This rune can mean property, or the receipt of money in the form of an inheritance, or win. You are being asked to re-evaluate your life and to be totally honest with yourself about what is important and what isn’t.

Othila Reversed, you need to be very honest at this time as everything you know as your reality is being tested, bow to the lessons of the moment , to fight what is taking place is futile.

 


 

Uruz = StrengthUruz

Uruz Upright – Strength, the end of one way of being and the beginning of another there is something that is no longer relevant or necessary in your life and it is time to let go, you may at this point need, and desire, some time alone to go inwards and think about things. Events at this time may cause you to stop and re-think everything then to come up with a new approach and whether or not you are ready, some area of your life is about to change. This is the rune of momentary withdrawal you then come back with renewed strength.

Uruz Reversed, be careful that you don’t miss out on opportunities through lack of concentration, read the signs and look at warning lights, above all think before you take action.

 


 

 

Perth = InitiationPerth

Perth Upright – Initiation, sometimes in life you are presented with situations you feel you are not ready for, then when you look back and think about what took place, you realise you gained from it. A situation beyond your control requires you to work with what is happening from this there will be a transformation. The universe is taking over at this point and you are being forced to look at all you have taken for granted in your life, you are undergoing an initiation.

Perth Reversed, not everything you did in the past worked look at your mistakes and let them be your teachers you are being called upon to apply a new approach, do not repeat the old it will only cause you discomfort. If you are feeling tired contemplate what new steps you can take, a small change in your behavior will make a huge difference.


 

Nauthiz = ConstraintNauthiz

Nauthiz Upright – This is the rune of constraint you are being forced to look at your weaknesses and action at this time may be limited. We are all light and shadow and you are being encouraged to look at the shadow side of your nature, and to think about what steps you have a habit of taking, that don’t work. I call this rune the teaching rune, it is as though it stops you in your tracks and forces you to look at your own behavior. It is a time to tie up loose ends, clear out dark corners and become more organised.

Nauthiz Reversed, this rune spells limitations, blocked movement, it is your teacher disguised as mishaps and uncertainty, don’t hit things head on retreat and let things be look at your part in what is taking place and take responsibility for your actions.

 


 

 

Inguz = FertilityInguz

Inguz Upright – Fertility, this rune is to do with partnership on all levels, business, romantic and so-on it cites the end of one way of being and the beginning of another. A time of achievement and completion, finish what you started, let go of negative thoughts that stop your progression. This is the time to watch what you planted grow, this can be actual such as a partnership, business, or the birth of a child. This rune alerts you to rid yourself of any negativity in your life, and to let your thoughts and actions be optimistic. If you have been doing something that isn’t working at all, now is the time to let go.

Inguz has no reverse

 


 

 

Eihwaz = DefenseEihwaz

Eihwaz Upright – Defense, if there is something stopping your progress at this time, be still, this is not the time to force anything this is a time to be patient, it also urges you to re-think aspects of your behavior, and look closely at why something is not working. This is absolutely a look before you leap time, a time to think about the consequences of your actions, take head and you will be guided, the universe always helps those who help themselves. This may be a challenging time, this rune urges you to pay attention to what is working for you and wait for the universe to act on your behalf.

Eihwaz has no reverse

 


 

 

Algiz = ProtectionAlgiz

Algiz Upright – Protection, this is a time when you must be in control of your emotions and not overreact, opportunities are promised you are being tested. Look at it as a time of weight-lifting, at first it is difficult but with practice it becomes easier. There is some inner conflict you are dealing with, and when this rune appears you are being assured that you have the strength to overcome it. If you are feeling some emotional pain acknowledge it, don’t try to block it out, this is a time to learn about yourself and your capabilities.

Algiz Reversed, this is the time to take care of your health and to be optimistic it may be that you are feeling somewhat pessimistic at this time, also be aware of who you are associating with, choose to be around uplifting people.

 


 

 

Fehu = PossessionsFehu

Fehu Upright – Possessions, this rune spells fulfillment and it urges you to look at what in your life is working for you, you are urged to treasure and maintain what you have while you work on attaining more. It is a time of re-evaluation and to look at what is important to you and acknowledge it ,it also urges care financially. When you work hard and build something you must also protect it, you are being urged to protect what you have and to appreciate it.

Fehu Reversed, things may not be happening in the way you want them to it is not a time for sudden or rash actions, you are being tested while some area of your life is going out of balance, there is a learning curve in what is taking place. The best action in this moment is inaction.

 


 

 

Wunjo = JoyWunjo

Wunjo Upright – Joy, this is the rune of attainment something you have wanted for a long time is to be yours, you have reached a point in your life where there is a reward in some way shape or form. You also have greater understanding of how to progress from here, a difficult thought process or actual difficulties, are to be lifted. Somehow or other there is completion you are being reminded to remain mindful of what you already have and to maintain it. This rune usually precedes a greater understanding of who you are and what you have.

Wunjo Reversed, you are waiting for something to come to fruition and it isn’t happening, keep the faith and it will happen just not in the way you expected, some difficulties are to be presented to you but you will prevail.

 


 

 

Jera = HarvestJera

Jera Upright – Harvest, most anything you start when this rune shows up will work for you, as long as you are committed and persevere. This is the time of planting seeds and watching them grow. It is also a time to show patience, and to realize growth comes at a steady pace, you will have your desired outcome but you are urged not to rush things. You are being encouraged that you will be successful providing you nurture your project.

Jera there is no reverse

 

 


 

Kano = OpeningKano

Kano Upright – Opening, there is an area of your life that hasn’t been working and by pulling this rune there will be clarity over something that may have bemused or upset you. It is saying you can move forward and receive, providing you are being realistic about what it is you want. This is the rune of clear thinking and appropriate action, a worry is dispelled when Kano appears.

Kano Reversed, in some area of your life there is dramatic change and there is nothing you can do to stop it you can only acknowledge what is happening. Something is ending which means a new way of being for you to adapt to.

 


Teiwaz = WarriorTeiwaz

Teiwaz Upright – Warrior, this rune lets you know that life is in a constant state of flux and you have to be prepared for the changes that do occur. Understanding what makes you tick is the message that comes with this rune, you have to look deep within and learn to cut away the thinking that is no longer necessary to you, embrace change, embrace growth. If there is a relationship enquiry and you draw Teiwaz, it is saying the relationship is timely.

Teiwaz Reversed, when Teiwaz is reversed it is time for you to look at your behavior, are you behaving appropriately or do you have some adapting to do, be honest as you look at yourself.


 

 

Berkana = GrowthBerkana

Berkana Upright – Growth, this is the rune of the caterpillar turning into the butterfly and recognising its beauty. Berkana is saying, embrace yourself and who you are, it is a time to nurture, pamper and pay attention to you. It also promises growth as it represents fertility, the fertility can be in any area of your life, be assured there is change afoot. You may be asking the question what am I meant to be doing? This rune guides you to be patient and assures you that what is yours will come to you, have trust and faith.

Berkana Reversed, a new way of life can be yours but it seems you are doing something to stop the flow, recognize what is going on within your shadow side.


 

Ehwaz = MovementEhwaz

Ehwaz Upright – Movement, if a situation is stagnant this rune is saying that is about to change, this is the rune of new living environments and situations flowing into a new way of being. You are being told steady growth has occurred, and you can now be rewarded. An idea, or business may be highlighted at this time, and you are being told you have made progress which allows you to rest momentarily, it is a time of sharing good fortune.

Ehwaz Reversed, you may be jumping the gun if you take action now, make sure what you are doing is appropriate and timely. If you are unsure do not act.

 


 

 

Laguz = FlowLaguz

Laguz Upright – This is the rune that lets you know you don’t have control over everything in your life, it urges you to get on with life in the moment and to stop worrying so much about what is to happen next. It also reminds you that you are now in the moment that you were worrying about yesterday, it encourages you to embrace life now while still making plans for the future. You are likely to be studying, or about to study spiritual matters, if this stone appears in your reading, your intuition is heightened and you feel in tune with others. There is happiness associated with this rune and positive outcomes.

Laguz Reversed, this is not a time to push yourself to do something, especially if you are not ready, listen to your intuition go within and draw on your strength.


 

Hagalaz = DisruptionHagalaz

Hagalaz Upright – Disruption, this rune often appears when you feel everything is out of your control and you may be feeling overwhelmed you are being urged to remain strong and to realise this moment will pass and there will be change. It is also the rune of awakening in some way or another, it could be that you are looking at your life with a new perspective, your relationship may be going through changes. Hagalaz lets you know that change will occur whether you are ready or not, don’t struggle just go with the flow. It is very likely you subconsciously wanted change but didn’t know what action to take hence the universe assisted you.

Hagalaz has no reverse


 

 

Raido = JourneyRaido

Raido Upright – Self-worth is an issue if this rune appears, and belief in self, this is the rune of understanding what moves or motivates you in life, and what it is you really want to attain. You are being urged to be realistic and honest with yourself, when Raido appears you can be assured you are about to go on an inner journey. Raido heralds deep thinking and powerful understanding, new conclusions are usually formed when this rune appears.

Raido Reversed, sudden growth is taking place and you are finding it difficult to adjust to, don’t panic and be patient with yourself. When you are faced with difficulties it is time to reach inside and ask for guidance, stay positive at this time it will pass. Do not push yourself to do something you know you are not ready for.


 

 

Thurisaz = GatewayThurisaz

Thurisaz Upright – Gateway, this rune is staying you are standing before a gateway with your past behind and your future in front, be still, look behind you look at what brought you to this point in life, and recognise the learning that has taken place. Thurisaz promises forward movement and asks you to contemplate your past before you step through the gateway. Thurisaz is saying, look at the learning and bring it with you to help you in the future. Inner changes are taking place of that you can be assured, give thanks for the learning, and step through the gateway.

Thurisaz Reversed, this is not a time to dwell on your problems, it is a time to rise above as your perspective, and attitude is all important at this time to help you overcome, no hasty decisions are to be made.


Dagaz = BreakthroughDagaz

Dagaz Upright– Breakthrough – When you pull this rune be aware that change is dramatic, a 180 – degree turn is promised and nothing will stay the same, this is a positive rune telling you that change has occurred at the right time. It is saying be alert, as opportunities will come to you in an abstract form, and you must be ready to embrace them. Life is to take on a new tone, a new way of being will be yours. Dagaz is often followed by abundance and urges you to protect and treasure what you are to receive. Expect nothing less than total transformation either mentally and emotionally, or actually, this rune speaks to urge you to embrace a new way of being, even turning around a difficult thought process.

Dagaz has no reverse


 

 

Isa = StandstillIsa

Isa Upright – Standstill, when this rune appears all you can do is be still, it is like being snowed in, and when this happens there is nothing you can do but wait for the thaw. Inaction is the right action at this time, it could be that it is necessary for you to let go of something to allow you to move forward, recognise this and the thaw will begin. This is a natural progression in life, let go and be open to the new, be patient and go within.

Isa has no reverse

 


 

Sowelu = WholenessSowelu

Sowelu Upright– Wholeness, this is not a time to expend your energy or waste it on others who may be demanding your attention. You may find it necessary to retreat from situations, or a situation that is not working for you, and for you to re-think some area of your life. You are looking for balance and harmony, at this time it is necessary to slow your pace, you are urged to smell the flowers, look at the trees, notice the sky, and be present. Nothing can be forced at this time, it is a time for you to show strength and stand up for yourself.

Sowelu has no reverse

 


Odin = UnknowableOdin

The Blank Rune – Kismet and Destiny is associated with this rune, it promises new beginnings, letting go and moving forward, there is ultimate potential all around you and anything is possible when you pull the blank rune. It speaks of dreams, hopes, and promises joy. The Blank Rune holds within all that is yet to be, stand back, relinquish control and let things happen, it also carries with it the element of surprise.

The Blank Rune has no reverse

 

Resources:

 

Elements of Magick


This is one big collection of a bunch of correspondences for the elements. I personally like having my information in easy to find formats. Hope you guys find it as equally useful. Organized by the 5 elements; earth, air, fire, water, spirit.

Earth earth

Winter’s Slumber

Rest & Renewal

North

Time of day: Midnight

Season: Winter

Time of Life: Advanced Age

Astrological Signs: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn

Tarot Correspondence: Pentacles

Type of Energy: Receptive

Basic Nature: Fertile, moist, nurturing, stabilizing, grounding, protective

Colors: Black, brown, green, earth tones

Tools: Pentacle

Spirits: Gnomes, ruled by King Ghob

Archangel: Gabriel

Wind: Boreas

Sense: Touch

Stones: Moss agate, emerald, jet, olivine, salt, black tourmaline, onyx, rock salt

Natural Symbols: Salt, clay dish of fresh soil, rocks, sheaves of wheat, acorns

Tree: Oak, pine, elm, earth mother – birch

Plants: Comfrey, ivy, grains, barley, oats, corn, rice, rye, wheat

Animals: Stag, cow or bull, snakes, bison, dogs, horses, earthworms, unicorns in

their groves

Places: Caves, canyons, chasms, forests, groves, valleys, fields, farms, gardens,

parks, plant nurseries, farmer’s markets, kitchens, baby nurseries, basements,

mines, holes.

Goddesses: Ceres, Demeter, Gaea, Mah, Nephthys, Persephone, Prithivi, Rhea,

Rhiannon

Gods; Adonis, Athos, Arawn, Cernunnos, Dionysus, Marduk, Pan, Tammuz

Rituals: Money, prosperity, fertility, stability, ground-breaking, employment,

introspection, divination, gathering of personal strength.

Ritual Forms: Burying, planting, making images in soil or sand, energizing crystals,

feeling the stillness in stone.

Earth Represents Law, solidity, reliability, recognition of the

inescapable order of things, Nature in its permanence aspect.

Farrar- Spells and How they Work

Rules over: physical body, growth, the natural world, the earth, stability,

foundations, material wealth, silence, introspection, self-perception, rest,

renewal, (re)storing energy, creativity, metals.

“I look to the North, to the mountains, the caves and the

ravines hidden in darkness. The Earth is solid beneath my

feet, I am filled with the energy of growth, of fulfillment, of

permanence.” – Ariendel

 

Airair

Spring’s Rebirth

East

Air represents Life, the principle of mind, intelligence, the

left-brain, linear-logical faculty, creativity and the

healing of functional disorders.

Farrar- Spells and How they Work

Time of day: Dawn

Season: Spring

Time of Life: Infancy

Astrological Signs: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius

Tarot Correspondence: Swords

Type of Energy: Projective

Basic Nature: Flying, moving, fresh, intelligent, suspending, Sound is a manifestation

of this element.

Colors: Yellow, white, chartreuse, purple/lilac, sky blue, pastels

Tools: Wand, athame, sword, censer

Spirits: Sylphs, ruled by King Paralda

Archangel: Micheal

Wind: Eurus

Sense: Smell, hearing

Stones: Imperial topaz, citrine, mica, opal, pumice

Natural Symbols: Feathers, incense smoke, fragrant flowers, eggs, seeds

Tree: Aspen, pine, maple, eucalyptus

Plants: Frankincense, myrrh, pansy, primrose, vervain, violet, yarrow, dill &

other culinary herbs

Animals: Birds and insects, spiders, hawk and eagle in particular, butterflies,

dragonflies, griffons

Places: Mountaintops, windswept plains, cloudy skies, high towers, airports,

schools, libraries, offices, travel agencies, psychiatrists offices.

Goddesses: Aradia, Arianrhod, Cardea, Nuit, Urania

Gods: Enlil, Khephere, Mercury, Shu, Thoth

Rituals: Travel, instruction, study, freedom, knowledge, recovering lost items,

beginnings, setting things in motion, starting a journey.

Ritual Forms: Tossing objects in the air, suspending tools in high places, falling

light objects, visualization, positive thinking, planting seeds, blessing the earth.

Germination, Budding

Rules over: logic, intuition, wisdom, learning, theory, fertility, the breath of the

body, new beginnings, starting over, planting for the future, making plans.

“I look to the East where the rising sun peeks through the clouds, over

the treetops, and on high plains. The winds caress me, bringing inspiration,

wisdom and clear thought on a breath of Air.” -Ariendel

 

Firefire

Summer’s Bright Energy

Frenetic Growth

South

Fire represents Light, energy, drive, potency, fertilization in

the organic and energizing sense, desire, the healing of organic

disorders, the destruction of outworn or negative.

Farrar- Spells and How they Work

Time of day: Noon

Season: Summer

Time of Life: Youth

Astrological Signs: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius

Tarot Correspondence: Wands

Type of Energy: Projective

Basic Nature: Purifying, destructive, cleansing, energetic, sexual, forceful,

healing

Colors: Red, orange, gold, white(pure heat), hot pink

Tools: Censer, sword, knife, wand

Spirits: Salamanders, ruled by their king Djin

Archangel: Ariel

Wind: Notus

Sense: Sight

Stones: Amber, obsidian, rhodochrosite, ruby, lava, garnet, fire opal

Natural Symbols: Flame, lava, heated objects, cauldron, forged metals

Tree: oak, holly, chestnut, cedar, walnut

Plants: Garlic, hibiscus, mustard, nettle, onion, red peppers, red poppies, cacti,

coffee beans (stimulant)

Animals: Snakes, lions, horses whose hooves strike sparks, crickets, scorpions,

ladybugs, bees, sharks, dragons, the phoenix

Places: Deserts, hot springs, volcanoes, ovens, fireplaces, bedrooms (sex),

weight rooms, locker rooms, saunas, athletic fields

Goddesses: Brigit, Hestia, Pele, Vesta

Gods: Agni, Hephaetus, Horus, Prometheus, Vulcan

Rituals: Protection, courage, sex, energy, healing, strength, authority, banishing

negativity

Ritual Forms: Burning or smoldering, heating, jumping a flame, candle magic

Rules Over: Heat, Passion, Energy, Healing, Purification, Joy, the spirit within us, destruction,

spirit, sexual tension/sexual attraction, fertility, growing into one’s potential.

“I look to the South, the noonday sun bakes down upon the deserts, the

plateaus, and the volcano’s mouth. In the heat I am consumed by

passion, filled with energy, healed and reborn by Fire.” -Ariendel

 

Waterwater-element

Autumn’s Harvest

Promise Fulfilled

West

Water represents Love, relatedness, the right-brain, intuitive

function, the cycle of death and rebirth (and therefore initiation),

Nature in its cyclical-growth aspect, the formative womb and

the nourishing breast

Farrar- Spells and How they Work

Time of day: Twilight

Season: Autumn

Time of Life: Maturity

Astrological Signs: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

Tarot Correspondence: Cups

Type of Energy: Receptive

Basic Nature: Flowing, purifying, healing, soothing, loving

Colors: Blues and greens of the sea, gray, indigo, black

Tools: Cup, cauldron

Spirits: Undines, ruled by King Niksa

Arc Angel: Raphael

Wind: Zephyrus

Sense: Taste

Stones: Aquamarine, chalcedony, coral, jade, lapis lazuli, moonstone, sugilite

Natural Symbols: Cup of water, seashells, sea stars, ice, scrying tools.

Tree: Ash, willow, apple, poplar, elder, hazel

Plants: Ferns, lotus, mosses, rushes, seaweeds, water lilies

Animals: Dolphins, fish, seals, whales, octopi, water creatures and sea birds,

sea serpents, Nessie

Places: Lakes, springs, streams, rivers, beaches, oceans, wells, swimming

pools, bathtubs, showers, bedrooms (for sleep), health spas, steam rooms,

fountains

Goddesses: Aphrodite, Isis, Mariamne, Mari, Tiamat, Yemaya

Gods: Dylan, Ea, Llyr, Manannan, Osiris, Neptune, Poseidon

Rituals: Purification, love, psychic awareness, dreams, sleep, peace, marriage,

friendships.

Ritual Forms: Dilution, placing into water, washing away, bathing, messages in a

bottle, setting leaf boats afloat, freezing.

Rules over: Emotion, Intuition, Love, Feelings, the Womb, the blood in our veins,

sorrow as healing, divination, tapping into the unconscious mind, allowing ourselves

to fully feel.

“I look to the West, I see the reflection of the setting sun on the

lakes, the rivers and the seas. The Waters swirl around me,

shifting emotions, perceptions, ever changing and renewing.”

-Ariendel

 

Spiritspirit1

Transcending Balance

Deity Within

Center

Also known as Akasha the immutable, changeless source of all energy.

Time of day: Beyond all time, all time is one

Season: The turning wheel

Time of Life: The cycle of life and rebirth

Tarot Correspondence: Major Arcane

Type of Energy: All

Basic Nature: Mystery, the unknown, deity within and without, the force of change

Colors: White, Silver, Purple

Tools: Cauldron

Sense: Hearing, Intuition

Stones: Quartz crystals, pearl, opal, agate, magnetite

Natural Symbols: Humanity

Tree: spirit, to hear – poplar, spiritual focus – oak, spiritual struggle – chestnut

Plants: Mistletoe

Animals: All and none; Sphinx

Places: The void, vacuums, outer space, inner mind

Goddesses: Isis, the Secret Name of the Goddess, Shekinah

Gods: Akasha, Iao, JHVH

Rituals: Self-knowledge, self-affirmation, communing with deity, seeking religious

direction

Ritual Forms: Meditation, communion with nature/deity, divination

Rules over: Transcendence, transformation, the deity within us all, all other elements in

balance, seeking the mystery, the spirit that moves us, that calm space where we can

renew our spirit when it is worn.

 

“I look within myself and I see power, mystery, and potential.

To find my Center is all that I need to know deity and live my

life to the fullest.” -Ariendel

Air is the wind, the breath of creation;

Fire is the sun, the spark of creation;

Water is the oceans and rains, the blood and tears of creation;

Earth is the mountains and soil; the body of creation.

These combined with Spirit are the elements of life and magic.

– Sherry Lore

 

 

References:

The SpiralDance Starhawk, 1998, Harper San Francisco; SPELLS and How they Work Janet & Stewart Farrar, 1990, Phoenix Publishing

Inc.; EARTH, AIR, FIRE & WATER Scott Cunningham, 2000, Llewellyn Publications; Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner, Scott Cunningham,

1988, Llewellyn Publications.; Tree Medicine, Tree Magic, Ellen Evert Hopman, 1991, Phoenix Publishing Inc.

This work © 2003 Iowa Pagan Access Network, http://www.ipan.org. For republication permission contact IPAN, PO Box 861, Iowa City, IA 52244-0861

Non-Ritualistic Possession (Banishing, Exorcism and Possession Part 4)


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 Original Article by Arachniastoneskull

The last article focused on possessions that could be invoked or obtained through ritual. This article will focus on common possessions — possessions that happen through non-ritualistic events. It is to be noted most possessions and obsessions are not picked up from ritual, but circumstantial situations. Most people carry a feeder or two on them. This is nothing to be alarmed about, unless it starts to effect your behavior or mood. There are ways to get rid of these, and other types of entities, that do not reside in the body. However, the discussion in this article is going to focus on possession where entities actually reside in the body, or it is forcing its way into a physical vessel. Actual possession is very rare, and obsessions are uncommon.

Common Possessions

For simplicity’s sake, I will define common possessions as those that a host did not incur through ritual. These possessions can be gained in any number ways. As I stated in the previous article, these are very uncommon. There is nothing to fear from daily activities; this is just a short list of some ways you can pick up an attachment that may lead to possession.

Drugs: This is one of the most common ways to pick up a possession or an obsession. A person’s body has energy centers that act like portals and beacons. When a person abuses certain drugs like methamphetamine, opiates, and alcohol, these energy centers become weakened and unguarded. If a person who heavily uses chemical substances is possessed, there is usually an infestation of entities in their area of residence. Both the person and their residence must be exorcised, and an additional banishing must done in the place of dwelling.

Because chronic users can attract these entities at any time, it is best to get the person help to become sober and clean. If you exorcise the host in this condition, because they still use drugs, it will attract another possession or obsession. However, since the host will be weakened from the exorcism, they may incur a worse possession during the time they are recovering.

Trauma: When a person is forced to face a lot of trauma, they may enter in a dissociative state. While this in itself is not enough to allow for possession, continual trauma with the addition of physical and emotional pain may factor into a possession. In this case, a person’s will to live and frequency of dissociated states may play a large part in these types of possessions. Interestingly enough, the entities that enter into a traumatized person’s vessel are usually very protective of the vessel and the consciousness that resides within it. I have seen obsessions with traumatized children that function the same, but do not enter the body. These types of entities usually act like guardians or parents, but can become very violent when provoked. Many people with these types of possessions and obsessions will be less willing to give up the connection, because they feel protected and safe with the entities they bonded with. These do not necessarily need to be exorcised as long as the person and entity involved are satisfied with the bond, and it’s not interfering with their daily life.

Malignant or Viral Infestations: Some possessions and obsessions can be “viral”. This can occur when another person has several possessions and obsessions with them. Most people who have these types of possessions/obsessions will also have a lot of malevolent entities residing wherever this person lives. The most common type of viral possessions/obsessions is surprisingly fae. A friend mentioned that this is because the fae can be very vengeful and sees anyone that enters the house of their target as being an ally of that person. It’s rare, but I have seen people where one person had a fae infestation and their partner had an infestation of Abyssian creatures. Any time I would go to their house I would bring back entities with me, and have to do a banishing. When I figured out what was going on, the last few times I visited, I told the entities that I was there on business and that I was not associated with them as friends.

In this situation, I would suggest cutting off ties with these types of people. Most people will try to blame their infestations on those that come and visit, or other people that they perceive as “enemies”. If there is an infestation of entities, it was invited in through ritual or disrespect. It can also be induced by deities punishing a practitioner (which was the case with the example above).

I would suggest adding banishing and exorcism wards to your personal residence in case you do meet someone with an infestation. Unfortunately, I did not have this knowledge at that time, but I will include some sigils and symbols in a future article that will keep these types of entities out of your sacred circle and home.

Portals and Ley Lines: One of the best places to conduct ritual, and carries great energy when exploring the outdoors, are portals and ley lines. I mention this as a non-ritual possession, because portals and ley lines are a natural occurrence, whether we are aware of them or not.

A portal is a doorway to another plane or dimension. It may be anything, including a tree, a specific place, a river, even a person. In fact, every person has several portals on their body (the modern terms are energy centers or chakras, which are all over your body). Portals may also be artificially created through ritual or through events that generated a lot of energy (usually a place where mass murders or violence had taken place).

Ley lines are like “highways” of energy. There are naturally everywhere, and some even create geometry (these are considered very powerful). It is said fae and spirits use ley lines to travel . Ley lines are natural and not created.

Natural portals and ley lines are usually not a problem. However, if a person has desecrated an area or offended the natural land spirits, they may find themselves with a new companion. I surmise that it is why some people have angry fae and forest spirit infestations. Repeated offenses are not taken lightly with these type of entities.

Feeders: Feeders are entities that attach themselves to the ethereal body, and can effect the spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical. These entities are relatively weak and are pretty easy to deal with, mostly by changing habits. They feed off emotions and mental states (including love, joy, and other pleasurable feelings). Most are not a problem and will eventually leave unless they find a really good food source they can manipulate. If some one sees “snakes”, “squid/octopus”, “black tendrils”, “black blobs”, etc. on a person, this is a description of a feeder. These can be removed through emotional regulation, energy healing, or having a shaman “pull them off”.

I would suggest emotional regulation for most people. The other simple option is “bathing” one’s self in destructive light throughout the body.  The light breaks up and disintegrates any negative energies or entities. Unless you are experienced, I would not suggest getting rid of feeders yourself if these simple techniques do not work. Feeders have hooks and tendrils that if left behind can burrow into your energy centers and continually cause problems.

If an exorcism is considered, the host must go through some life changes to ensure that the entity cannot reenter their vessel. It is also a time to observe when the entity steps in and out of the body, as you need to learn the signature of the afflicted versus the signature of the entity. This is important if you are to bind and remove the entity, safely. You must also help change the traits and behavioral patterns of the afflicted; there is always something that drew the entity to them the first place.

In the next article I will discuss the interviewing phase. This is probably the most important when preparing for a banishing or exorcism.

-Arachnia Stoneskull

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June 4, 2017 10:41 A.M.

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