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

 

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Beginner to Advanced Techniques for speaking with Deities


God Talk

Speaking with the Gods

When I was just a kid, I remember my Grandma keeping various candles about the house that she used for different purposes. One was in the shape of a five-pointed star and was green. This was her money candle. These early memories must have influenced me because I’ve always been attracted to candle magic. I enjoy the choice of color, scent, and shape. When developing my own rituals for communicating with deities, candles were a natural choice.

Jay’s Starting Technique

The first step is to choose an entity that you wish to speak with. It can be a God, Goddess, or nature spirit. I won’t go into communicating with the spirits of deceased humans in this article. Once you have selected your subject of interest, do some research on them. Find their associated symbols, read and familiarize yourself with stories about them, even look for related art. Really get familiar with them, and get your mind tuned to their essence.

For this technique we’ll use a slightly ritualistic approach with candle magic. Find a candle that you feel represents the deity you are going to communicate with. Try and find a color, smell, shape or size that reminds you of the deity’s attributes. For instance, I think of Manannan as a storm god, so I chose a black candle that had a very masculine and mysterious scent to it. The shape didn’t matter to me as much and so I chose something practical, but it can be helpful symbolism to chose a 3-sided candle for communicating with a triple-aspect goddess and so forth.

Once you have the candle, it’s good to add some personal touches to its appearance to give it more importance. This can be done by carving a symbol representing the god or goddess into the candle. If you are unsure what symbol to use, there are plenty of books that cover this topic, or you can try searching for information on the internet. If the deity correlates with one of the planets, you can use the astrological symbol. 0e59e842b813d62cab15bc978cf574ee--astrological-symbols-astrology-symbolsIn addition to symbols, you can attach plants and herbs or surround the candle’s base in a wreath of them. A decorative holder can also be used, such as a shining gold base for a sun god, a shallow bowl filled with water for those water related, and the same for Stones, earth, feathers, you name it! Make the candle special with whatever feels right to you and has a strong personalized connection to the spirit you want to speak with.

 

With the candle prepared, the next step is to imbue it with the energy of your will and desire. This process can be started while you are working on decorating the candle. Think about what you know of their history, their nature, and what you hope to gain by speaking with them. Feel the energy pouring out of your hands as you work on the candle. Do this at a time when you are feeling an appropriate level of enthusiasm. Give the candle your full focus, making sure distractions don’t take you away from the task. This candle is an expression of your willpower to communicate with a higher entity, and a vessel for your personal energy. It may seem like a lot of work, but this is something you will be using over and over again. I personally feel it lends extra power to the candle the more times you use it.

The second step is to plan a good a time and place to make the connection. For Manannan, since I didn’t live near the ocean at the time, I chose to communicate during a storm. Likewise, working with a moon deity is best in view of the moon at night, and a nature deity could be contacted in the woods. For some situations you’ll have to create your own environment. For fire deities, you could try it in front of a fireplace or in a dark room lit by a lot of small candles. The idea is to make you feel closer to the element of that God/Goddess, and to put you in an appropriately mystical mood. It’s not a requirement that you be near a like element at all, only a suggestion to help increase the conductivity. Of course it is also always sensible to find a place or time you won’t be disturbed during the process.

Once your candle is ready and everything is in place, simply sit there for a while and calm yourself. Get all distracting thoughts out of the way (as much as any human can expect to) and get comfortable. If you want to be in a chair, on the floor, or standing, do it. Go with whatever feels right in this situation. As you light the candle in front of you, say the deity’s name out loud like a mantra. Elongate the syllables and really feel the name. “Maa-naan-naaan” or “Briiih-ghiid” etc. Repeat the name while willing the god or goddess to appear in front of you. Make your will and your call a friendly invitation and a hopeful request for conversation. Some people will see a visual signifier that a presence has entered the room, others will simply sense a shift in the rooms atmosphere. There isn’t one key event used to signify that a deity has arrived. Sometimes they will speak first, other times they will enter and wait to be addressed. I usually sense a building of energy in front of me as the deity enters the room. When this build-up stabilizes is when I attempt to converse.

This is the hardest part to describe, as it may be different depending on the person. When I communicate with a deity or spirit, I often speak out loud. If you choose to speak out loud, also be sure to “think” what you are saying loudly. Make sure that as you are saying the words, you are also thinking of those words and what they mean. As humans we have the amazing ability to speak while thinking of something totally unrelated at the same time. Try to maintain a balance of focus and relaxation. After you speak, immediately clear your mind of thought and listen for an answer. Be patient and be open. Some people receive communication in the form of images, others hear the voice respond in their mind, and some receive mental concepts in return. Feelings and ideas can be as effective as words, and you may want to try communicating with those as well. Likewise if you relate to images stronger than words, try communicating by sending images to the god. Experiment and find the method that works best.

I recommend your first communication with the deity to be an introduction and a statement of purpose. Much like when you approach someone in person, introduce yourself and let them know why you’re talking to them. Tell them about yourself while also expressing interest in who you are speaking to. Maintain a cordial tone and be respectful until you know who you’re speaking to better. It is very possible to have a casual relationship with a deity but in the beginning I highly recommend keeping things more reserved. After introductions are out of the way, wing it. Respond to what they say or move the conversation toward your goal.

For some people, success will be instant. For others practice is needed. I find that the more times you speak with a spirit or deity the easier it becomes to hear and communicate. Some people become comfortable enough that they can communicate while walking in the woods or while driving to work. There will be days, no matter how often you practice, that your mind is too distracted or nervous, so don’t give up and don’t let failure get you down! The rewards out weigh the effort by tenfold!

Advance Spirit Bonding Technique

Before we begin with the advanced technique, I’d like to say that this is potentially dangerous. In spite of this I feel comfortable publishing it for two reasons: 1. Too many magic and occult books shy away from anything potentially unsafe or risky, which is somewhat dishonest. There are dangers on the astral plane, from immoral magic users in the form of psychic attack, and negative nature elementals. That’s a fact any active occultist will have to face someday. 2. Not everyone is going to be able to apply this technique, as it requires some amount of experience and skill. If a newbie is able to do this, then their natural gift will hopefully help them deal with the results.

This is more than just communicating with a God. It is sharing your physical body; being a host for the deity’s spirit or soul. Making one’s body available to an outside energy is the basis of channeling, and in my experience there are two levels of this process. The most extreme version of channeling has the host completely leave his body so that another entity can inhabit it. This is not only the most dangerous but also the least useful to the experiencer. Classically in this situation a second person is required to interact with the channeled spirit as the body’s true soul is pushed or displaced to a different location during the session. If you were to attempt this on your own, you would remember only fragments at best.

What I am teaching here allows a very temporary coexistence within your body. Your soul still fully inhabits its vessel and the god or goddess overlaps parts of your soul while partially occupying your body. Let me simply go over a typical session’s requirements and events and I’ll expand on this concept as I do. This should of course be done with an entity you have communicated with frequently and one with which you share a close bond of trust.

I strongly advise doing the advanced communication technique in a well shielded area that you have done magic in previously. Be at your most comfortable and secluded. Ask anyone in your home not to disturb you no matter the reason, turn off your phone, etc. Do whatever you usually do to get yourself into a trance like state. (Incense, dark room, music, whatever.) Call the deity you wish to attempt this with as you always do. You of course want to discuss this idea with the god or spirit as they may be unwilling or unable. I only say unable because of the large range in spirit or deity type, although I believe most all types are capable of this. Once the event is agreed upon, a shift in your will is required. This may vary depending on the type of psychic self defense you have. If you keep shields around you to keep out all outside energy types, you will of course have to lower these or alter their intention. If you have them you know how to do this. Next, one needs to become fully aware of his or her spiritual energies. Quiet your mind and feel the shape of your astral body and the energy that infuses your physical being. Feel the flow of energy and lightly part it in front of your body as if you were opening a door. Mentally/verbally say: “It is my will that (name) enter and share my body.” If you want to alter this sentence to have preset limitations (such as “..my body for the next 20 minutes”) it is fine of course, although you may want to question why you have a trust issue. Let the deity’s energy flow into you. Don’t feel like you have to react to it, simply let it be. You won’t have to combine your energy with that of the god, they should be able to flow over and around each other without mixing.

The experience at this point will vary depending on who or what you are communicating with. The first thing I always feel is very strong energy flowing into my body. This may be gradual, or it may be very quick. It is the entity merging with your body. Because of the size and strength of most deities, the whole of their essence will not fill your body completely. Only a portion of it will, and the rest will surround your body. My awareness increases dramatically at this point and my perception is very different. Senses like taste, sound, and smell will be most apparently different. An odd combination of divine experience and physical sensations overlap at the same time. Knowledge can be shared very quickly in this mode, although each entity should have control over what knowledge is imparted. The potential at this point is up to you and who you are dealing with. The mutual benefits should be obvious. The energy overflow from having multiple souls in one body, especially one being a deity, is too much to handle for an extended amount of time. If this is the first time you’ve attempted this, you may want to keep it short. Use your own judgment with this. Go by your gut, and if you feel like you should quit or it is getting to be overwhelming, just stop.

The separation process for me has always been a communication to the deity that it is time to stop and the energies have always willfully been withdrawn. Another reason to only do this with a trusted entity that you have worked with many, many times before. Re-shield yourself as necessary. You should find yourself feeling very energetic when this experience is over.

Question and Answer section:

Q. I’m hearing a response when I try to communicate, but how do I know that it’s not me answering my own questions? -or- Are the voices in my head coming from the inside or the outside?

A. Sometimes we question if the conversation we’re hearing is self created. For me it often feels too strong and different from my own thoughts to be doubted. Other times it may seem too much like, and may even be, inner dialog. You’ll reach a point where you’ll know you are speaking to someone else because you’ll learn things you didn’t already know, and get answers to your question that you never would have expected. Sometimes you want to hear an answer so badly your inner-self offers up an answer and blocks out the deity. This is normal. Just clear your mind, take a deep breath, and sharpen your focus. I think a healthy dose of skepticism is great, but a friend of mine advises to simply not worry too much about it and press on. With practice you’ll know for sure.

Other times our inner-voice offers up an answer because it should be listened to. More than once, while asking for advice, I have found that I already knew the answer before the question was finished. This is good too, and shows us in our busy world how little we take time out to quietly do some soul searching.

Q. I’ve tried speaking with (insert deity name here) many times now and never with any success. What am I doing wrong?

A. You may want to try a different technique than mine, or change any technique so that it works better for you personally. Also, you may want to attempt speaking with a different deity. You will find you have better connections with some more than others because of their nature and your own. Just like people in your work place and in your family, it’s simply easier to talk to some people than others.

Some deities are also more person friendly than others. Some don’t feel the need to communicate with humans, or are very selective. Most seem to enjoy it, and welcome the opportunity. You may want to make sure you are making your attempt with respect. Commanding a god or goddess to appear isn’t very effective or cool.

Q. Isn’t speaking to God or whatever a sign of insanity?

A. Ah yes, this classic idea springs from stories of mad bombers and murderers who were commanded by God to commit such heinous acts. My first response is to point out that even if someone told you to kidnap a bus full of nuns, you’d have to be really nuts to simply say: “Okay. Sure, I’ll get right on that.”

Aside from that, no it doesn’t mean you’re crazy. Pagans, Hindus, some Christian groups, and many other religions have some sort of way to communicate with god.

A pinch of skepticism is good, so if you hear something scary or crazy, by all means dismiss it. If the whole topic makes you too uncomfortable, simply don’t do it. If it makes you feel better, they say that really insane people are too crazy to question their own sanity.

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Tarot- The Minor Arcana


The Minor Arcana cards are divided into 4 suits: Wands, Cups, Swords, and Pentacles. Each of the suits contains numbered cards from Ace to 10, followed by 4 court cards, very much like a regular playing card deck. The Court cards of all suits together are known as the Court Arcana.

The cards of the Minor Arcana and Court Arcana refer to the lesser events of everyday life. Each of the forty numbered cards and sixteen court cards is illustrated and interpreted in each article dedicated to each individual card that will also cover any and all correspondences.

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The Aces, which are equal to the number 1, represent the beginning of a new cycle and signify conception and innovation. The presence of an Ace in the beginning of a reading marks the impact of a new beginning and fresh start. At the end of a reading, it can represent another new beginning, or sum up the results of all the cards proceeding it.

Aces also represent seasons in a reading can predict WHEN an even is most likely to occur.

Ace of Wands: Autumn

Ace of Cups: Summer

Ace of Swords: Winter

Ace of Pentacles: Spring

The numbers 2 through 10 in each suit represent numerological influences which will be discussed.

The Suits

The Suit of Wands:

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When you think of Wands, think of ideas, because Wands are the conception or “seeds” through which the tree springs forth. They are the original thought, intention, or primary element of growth.

Their key words are: ideas, growth, ambition, expansion. When there are many Wands in a reading, it indicates that conditions are primarily in the realm of thought, or at the very first stages of development.

 

 

 

 

The Suit of Cups:

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When you think of Cups, think of emotions, because Cups are the feeling or bridge between the original idea and the next stage, which is action. They are the glue or cohesive factor in the development of manifestation and esoterically signify the marriage of thought and feeling.

Their key words are: emotion, desire, inner experience, spirit. When there are many Cups in a reading, it indicates that conditions are felt primarily in the realm of emotion, but not necessarily as an outward manifestation.

 

 

 

The Suit of Swords:

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When you think of Swords, think of action, because Swords are the ACT. Esoterically they are like the third part or Holy Ghost in the Christian trinity of the father, son and holy ghost. On the Mundane level, the Swords often times indicate struggle, because of the difficulties man has to move through in order to turn a thought into a reality on the denser or physical earth plane.

Their key words are: action, movement, struggle, keenness. When there are many Swords in a reading , it shows tremendous activity, agitation, or acceleration, because Swords are the last stages of effort before the final result.

 

 

The Suit of Pentacles:

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When you think of Pentacles, think of Manifestation, because Pentacles are the fruits of one’s labor, the culmination of the first three ingredients, the end result or fruition.

Their key words are: manifestation, realization, proof, prosperity. When there are many Pentacles in a reading it indicates that conditions are taking form, or are in the process of being demonstrated.

The Court Arcana

There are sixteen cards that represent  the Court Arcana: The King, Queen, Knight, and Page of each of the four suits.

The Knights have a significant purpose in a reading because they are the instigators of change, marking the beginning or end of a sequence of events, When a Knight appears, a long-term condition will suddenly change.

The remaining Court Arcana serve several different functions in a reading. Each of the twelve cards is represented by an astrological sign, and in their first and perhaps most important function they represent people, the types of people defined by their sign.

Second, because they are represented by an astrological sign, the King, Queen and Page each have months of the year that their sign is related to, the same as in astrology, for example,

King of Wands: Aries

Queen of Cups: Scorpio

Page of Swords: Taurus

…and so on…

Thirdly, They can also depict events and/or the kind of vocation that’s associated with the type of person their astrological sign represents.

So, in essence, each King, Queen and Page can tell you WHEN you will start a job, WHAT kind of work you will do, and even the TYPE of person you might be working with.

In the following post we will cover each of the court cards and what they represent.

 

Source:

Tarot Made Easy written by Nancy Garen

 

Tarot -Major Arcana


The most powerful group in the Tarot deck are the 22 Major Arcana cards beginning with the Magician #1 and ending with the Fool #22. Traditionally, as well as on the card, the fool has been assigned the number “0”. However, I prefer to put it at the end of the list and call it “22” because of what the card represents, which will be explained in another article dedicated to the Fool card.

The reason Major Arcana cards are so powerful is because they predict major issues in life rather than everyday ups and downs, and as a result, they outweigh ALL the other cards in both impact and effect.

Major Arcana cards also indicate the most important positions in a card spread such as the Keltic Cross, Category,  or Zodiac Month by Month spreads.

The numbers on the Major Arcana represent Numerological influences which may or may not be addressed later on.wallpaper-tarot-9

Each deck is illustrated with symbols that depict experiences we’ve all had or could have at one time or another. Having said this you can see how some have gotten to the point of just looking at the imagery of a card and be able to identify it’s meaning. If a picture is worth a thousand words, than the imagery of a single card is worth a thousand pictures. Achieving this is done through meditation, learning and understanding the imagery of each of the 72 cards and of course practice, practice, practice.

No one is exactly sure how the Tarot cards came into being, but it is widely accepted that the ancient Egyptian Masons developed them as a means of charting their important metaphysical and transformational discoveries.

Think of them as stories conveyed in pictures. There are many different art styles for Tarot and all are equally valid to use. The cards are not “magical,” “occult,” or “evil.” They have no inherent powers of their own. Since Tarot decks and books are chosen because you identify with them or they strike a chord within you, you empower them with your beliefs, attitudes, and personality and by your level of growth or understanding at the time you choose them.

The cards of the Major Arcana are as follows.

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Source:

Tarot Made Easy written by Nancy Garen

Crystals Lesson


Lesson 6 – Crystals

Crystals have long been used in magic for their vibrations and healing properties. They are still used widely today for these and other reasons, including modern technology e.g. Computers (silicon chips), Watches, Radios etc.

Cleansing a Crystal

Crystals should always be cleansed when just purchased or if they have just been used in a healing ceremony. You should also cleanse them after they have been used in meditation practices a few times.

Crystals can be cleansed in many ways you can use salt, a smudge stick, pure water, organic dirt, sound, some dried herbs, the sun, and even the moon will recharge your crystals. Please use a little common sense when cleansing your crystals as not all stones are suitable for all cleansing types.

When using salt to cleanse your crystal, you will need:
Salt and a container to hold the salt and the crystal.

Dry sea salt is the best to use, but in a pinch, you can use a non-iodine salt. Please be cautious with some stones in the salt, because it may damage your crystal if placed directly into the salt.

When using water to cleanse crystals, I prefer to use a natural source such as a stream, a lake, a river, rain, and my personal favorite is the waterfall. Place or hold your crystal in the water source of your choice and/or availability. The length of time needed for cleansing is up to you. When the crystal feels light, and you can feel the energy flowing within the crystal, it is cleared and ready for reprogramming.

You should not use this method with porous stones such as azurite or chrysocolla.

To use dirt for the cleansing of your crystal dig a hole and place the stone point down and loosely cover it back up with dirt. This is one of the most powerful ways to cleanse your crystal and/or mineral. It is always good to use a marker to mark where you put the stone, if you are planting it outside. Otherwise you can use a pot with organic soil. It is best not to let the crystals sit in the dirt for more than twenty-four hours.

Dried herbs are probably the gentlest way to cleanse your crystals and/or minerals. You can experiment on what herbs work best for you. A few examples that I have used are: sage, frankincense, rose petals, sandalwood, clovers, daisies, and comfrey. Just lay your stone into a bowl and sprinkle the dried herbs over the top.

You can also lay your crystal and/or mineral on top of a quartz cluster, which would include your amethyst clusters and citrine clusters depending on the type of cleansing needed. Just lay your stone on top of the cluster and allow the larger crystal to cleanse and recharge the smaller one. Of course the large cluster would need to be cleansed itself after doing this a couple of times.

You can use a Tibetan singing bowl, a bell, a tuning fork or anything that creates a pure sound such as the OM meditation sound, to clear your crystals with sound. Hold your stone close to the origin of the sound until you feel the energy in the crystal and/or mineral become cleared and filled with light and love.

You can smudge crystals with a few different types of things like: sage, sandalwood, cedar, and sweet grass. There are many other herbs and incense that can also be used. Simply light the smudge material the blow it out. Hold the crystal in the smoke that is created. Depending on the smudge material used, this will help to cleanse, charge, and protect your crystals.

The moonlight is a great way to recharge crystals. All you have to do is place the drained crystal outside, where the moonlight will hit it for a couple of hours.

Charging a Crystal

When you charge crystals you’re basically giving them the chance to refresh their ability to focus and expand their energy. There are several reasons to do this.

1. Sometimes after you’ve cleared a crystal its energy may seem a little dull or flat.

2. A crystal which hasn’t been worked with for a while may also feel this way.

3. If you notice that a crystal has become cloudy you may want to both clear and activate it.

4. If you want to program a crystal for a special purpose, before you program it you may want to activate its energy for that purpose.

Charging Methods

1. Place crystals in the reflected light of Austrian crystals, i.e., where the rainbows from such crystals fall. (Note: Austrian crystals are leaded glass, hence human-made crystals). The crystals can remain in place for as long as the Austrian crystals are reflecting sunlight.

2. Place crystals on a quartz cluster. Quartz amplifies the energy of any crystal with which it is in contact.

3. Crystals can also be activated with sound. * Put a crystal near a single-note chime and strike the chime gently
several times. This has a harmonizing effect on the crystal.

* If you like to chant and make it a regular practice do so in the presence of your crystals, especially if you want to use them as part of your meditational practice.

4. Your thoughts can have an activating or de-activating effect on crystals. If your thoughts have been gloomy and you’ve also been noticing that your crystals have gotten cloudy or dull, you’ll realize that they’ve been absorbing your negativity. In this case do not delay in cleansing them thoroughly.

To activate crystals with your thoughts you could hold them in your hands and visualize them bathed in light and love. You can also tell them (either silently or aloud) how much you appreciate them. They may not understand the words (and, then again, they may), but your intention will be clearly transmitted.

Crystal Correspondences

Amber – Love, Luck, Healing, Protection
Amethyst – Happiness, Healing, Love, Peace, Protection, Psychic Work
Aventurine – Healing, Luck, Money, Peace
Carnelian – Healing, Peace, Protection
Citrine – Protection, Psychic Work
Diamond – Healing, Peace, Protection, Spirituality
Emerald – Love, Money, Protection, Psychic Work
Garnet – Healing, Protection
Hematite – Divination, Grounding, Healing
Jade – Healing, Love, Money
Lapis Lazuli – Healing, Protection, Psychic Work
Malachite – Love, Peace, Power, Protection, Success
Moonstone – Divination, Love, Protection, Psychic Work
Obsidian – Divination, Grounding, Peace, Protection
Pearl – Love, Luck, Money, Protection
Peridot – Healing, Money, Protection
Quartz – Healing, Protection, Psychic Work, Power – Use clear quartz to boost the power of any spell
Rose Quartz – Happiness, Love, Peace
Ruby – Money, Power, Protection
Salt – Grounding, Money, Protection, Purification
Tigers Eye – Money, Protection, Love, Divination

Recommended Reading

Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem & Metal Magic by Scott Cunningham
Crystal Power, Crystal Healing by Michael Gienger
Illustrated Guide to Crystals by Judy Hall

Spell for Lesson 6
Crystal Aura Repair

Use a quartz crystal to repair breaks and holes in your aura. Someone else must do this for you, ideally someone with psychic gifts.

Slowly pass a charged quartz crystal around the body.

If a ‘cold’ spot is sensed or there is a perception of a gap or vulnerability, stop and allow the crystal to hover and rest over the area. This has a rebuilding and repairing effect, although it may need to be repeated several times to be fully effective.

Gifts from the Goddess


For almost a week I had been experiencing dreams and daydreams of divination. Now I’m not big on divination and haven’t really had much interest in it. Previously, some years ago, I had a beautiful dragon tarot deck, but I had to pass it on when it reached out to one of my friends. He treasures it still to this day. I then pulled out a bunch of pennies and with my paint pens created my own set of runes. I never did much fortune telling or anything of the like. It was just nice to have for those occasions in which I needed to see or help out a friend. When my roommate came home from her sun festival this last weekend she was called to get this beautiful rune set, but she didn’t have a clue as to why. She doesn’t do anything more than scry when it comes to divination. On her way home she had an epiphany, that the stones were for me! They were perfect. The very same ones from my visions.

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I’d asked nothing of the Goddess or God but their love and guidance. They have bestowed so many blessings on me, and have steadily been supplying me with proper tools, people, and opportunities. All of which to better celebrate and practice with. I have come a long way with my studies and craft-work. I feel like a small child with a new shiny toy that is the greatest thing since the “ball”! lol Many blessings be upon you!

Blessed be