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The radical magic can be used in the form symbols to increase your happiness and joy. Although very early agricultural societies – in Babylon, Egypt and China – linked the regular movements of the Sun, planets and stars to the seasons, the rains and the growth cycles of their crops, the principles on which modern research is based were laid down around 4000 years ago in Babylon. All languages began as picture writing, hieroglyphs. In Ancient times, symbols were understood to capture, communicate and even transfer the energy of that which they represented. That is the magic of language and as we study the mystic symbols, we shall develop a greater appreciation of all languages, our ability to communicate and the true power of words. Our own Alphabet is derived mostly from the Ancient Norse Celtic Runes and our words and language, then, hold primal powers. Let us see how this works. A single symbol or letter holds the essence of the primal energy to which it is aligned. These elements are assigned to a God or Goddess, the personification of different universal energies. Each symbol carries with it a whole story. In our gemological context the word “symbol” literally means a secret writing over the stone. There are some letters of the Teutonic alphabets from North European Script. The taxonomy were used to cast the future through casting the runes. They are the stones on which mystic symbols are engraved – began several thousand years ago in Scandinavia, and has its roots in Scandinavian mythology. The symbols represent birds, animals and other things from the world of nature, although their precise meanings are now lost to us.

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Vikings are an ancient alphabets denoting mystical meanings. There are many versions of the viking, called alphabets. Symbols and symbolism are popular in almost every civilization, culture and religion that has evolved on Earth. They are deeply ingrained in the way of our life itself. Symbols impact our subconscious mind and if their influences are strong enough, then they could stimulate confidence, effort and good outcomes. Whether we realize or not paintings, pictures, jewelry, statues, birds, animals and so forth have meanings and effect on us.

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WHAT ARE RUNES? The word ‘Rune‘ means secret writing. Runes are the letters of the Teutonic alphabets of North European Script. casting the runes -’stones on which mystic symbols are engraved – began several thousand years ago in Scandinavia, and has its roots in Scandinavian mythology. The symbols represent birds, animals and other things from the world of nature, although their precise meanings are now lost to us. Runes were dedicated to Odin, the supreme deity in the Scandinavian pantheon, and associated with travel, healing, communication and divination. According to Scandinavian myth, in his search for enlight¬enment, Odin hung himself upside down on Yggdrasil, the World Tree, and impaled himself on his own spear for nine days. Gazing at the ground, rune stones hidden in the Yggdrasil’s roots revealed themselves. The word “Rune” denotes secret and Magickal use. One of the older meanings of Rune is “to whisper”. Runes are an ancient alphabet, and are used for divination, writing, and Magick. They date back to the 4th century. Runes were utilized by many peoples and periods. Early Kelts and their priests, the Druids, used “Ogam Bethluisnion”. Runes fall into several categories: Germanic, Scandinavian, Anglo-Saxon (commonly called “Futhorc” or “Futhark”), and under this area falls the Celtic sub-category (employed by the Gardnerian and Celtic covens, and the Saxon runes are the ones favored by the Seax-Wica). Each person uses Runes in their own fashion, the most common way being to “cast” them and read the message they share. There are many versions of the runic alphabets.

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BASIC OF RUNES

Mankind, after closely watching nature, events and environmental life over a period of centuries, has developed a vast and time tested database of positive symbols. When the geometric shape, size, meaning and their other nuances are properly understood and activated, it results in transmission/amplification of “energy” – the vital life force that governs everything in the universe.

All languages began as picture writing, hieroglyphs. In Ancient times, symbols were understood to capture, communicate and even transfer the energy of that which they represented. That is the Magic of Language and as we study the Runes, we shall develop a greater appreciation of all languages, our ability to communicate and the true Power of Words. Our own Alphabet is derived mostly from the Ancient Norse Celtic Runes and our words and language, then, hold Primal Powers. Let us see how this works. A single symbol or letter holds the essence of the primal energy to which it is aligned. These elements are assigned to a God or Goddess, the personification of different Universal Energies. The Rune or letter becomes a whole character; we know it fully without thinking it through or naming it’s attributes. If you read the word “fire”, you know well of what I write. Through past life experience you have a full understanding and there is no need to give a description of what fire is, the word tells it all.

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HISTORY Of RUNES

The magic of rune can be used in the form of charms to increase business and draw money. However, it has been less accepted part of life for many centuries, a class of people have been using the same. Although very early agricultural societies – in Babylon, Egypt and China – linked the regular movements of the Sun, planets and stars to the seasons, the rains and the growth cycles of their crops, the principles on which modern astrology is based were laid down around 4,000 years ago in Babylon (modern south-eastern Iraq). During the Middle Ages practitioners of the craft used secret alphabets for several reasons:

  • They guarded their methods, and by writing formulas, spells, and such in a secret code they insured other practitioners couldn’t access their methods.
  • Using code assisted in avoiding persecution by those involved in witch hunts,
  • When one writes in ordinary script one doesn’t concentrate as hard, therefore, by using an uncommon form of writing one directs their energy and power towards what they are working on.
  • Examples of Witches’ Alphabets are: Malachim, Theban, Rune, Heiroglyphic, Passing the River, Angelic, and Pictish.

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TYPES OF RUNES Through the Magic of Rune all our words have stories to tell. Our very names become magical words as potent as ‘Abracadabra’!

  • “F” (the rune Feoh) is the Primal Symbol for Fire, an absolute necessity of our Ancient Ancestors. We get words like fear, first, flame and find from this Rune’s energy. In the word Fire it tells of the hard won acquisition of Fire itself and how frightful the loss of it would be.
  • “I” (the Rune Is, pronounced ‘ice’) is the primal symbol for ice, oneness and alone, we get our words I and isolation and independent from this Rune. In the word Fire, it tells us the story of ice, cold and being alone.
  • “R” (the Rune Rad) is the symbol of journey or going around in circles. We get our words radius, radial, and radio from this Rune; the energy to radiate out from the center, make a circle. In the word Fire it tells us of the radiant circle that comes from the fire and the circle that gathers around it.
  • “E” (the Rune Elks) is the symbol of Elk horns. This is a great clan symbol, the power of family and coming together for protection and the Good Luck that provides. If our Ancestors could follow a herd of Elk they were better assured of survival and a sure food supply. Words like each and every come from this Rune. In the word Fire it tells us of the clan brought together because of the Fire. Everyone’s Survival by depending on each other.

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MEANINGS OF RUNES Limited meanings for the Runes are as follows:

  • Fehu: Possessions, earnings, luck, social success, prosperity. Reversed: Loss, disappointment, failure.
  • Daeg: Growth, ambition, increase, awakening. Reversed: (Daeg can’t be reversed, but may lie “in opposition”) coming full-circle, hopelessness.
  • Beorc: Home and family, birth (it’s a fertility Rune). Reversed: Domestic trouble, anxiety about a loved one.
  • Sigel: Victory, great health, vitality. Reversed: it is so powerful and positive it cannot be reversed.
  • Kenaz: Strength, power, energy. Reversed: Loss, ending.
  • Mannaz: Cooperation, aid. Reversed: Obstacles, no help from others.
  • Nied: Patience, passing through a difficult learning, constraint. Reversed: Improper course of action, think twice about starting new projects.
  • Othel: Possessions, money. Reversed: Delay, frustration
  • Raidho: Travel (sometimes “of the soul”), change of place or setting. Reversed: Unexpected journey, disruption (Ex: other people visiting at a bad time), delays or breakdowns.
  • Tir: Motivation, success, competitive spirit. Reversed: Waning enthusiasm, lack of fidelity.
  • Perdho: Rune of Mystery, secret..(Experts cannot agree on it’s meaning). Reversed: Unpleasant surprises, nasty secrets revealed.
  • Eolh: Fortunate new influence, protection, new relationship. Reversed: Vulnerability, sacrifice with no personal gain, being mislead.
  • Thurisaz: Protection, luck. Reversed: Caution advised but not followed, luck “running out”.
  • Eihwaz: Physical movement or shifts, new dwelling place, change. Reversed: it does not automatically assume a negative-it depends on surrounding Runes.
  • Uruz: Good health, resistance. Reversed: Failure, weak will power.
  • Ansuz: Acquisition of wisdom, test, taking advise. Reversed: Lies, trickery, deceit.
  • Gifu: Gift, partnership, generosity. Reversed: it is so powerful and positive it cannot be reversed.
  • Wunjo: Joy, happiness, success. Reversed: it is so powerful and positive it cannot be reversed, but it’s meaning can be affected by surrounding Runes.
  • Hagall: Disruption, limitation, delay. Reversed: It cannot be reversed, but may lie in opposition depending on surrounding Runes.
  • Isa: Delay, challenge, frustration. Reversed: It cannot be reversed, but may lie in opposition depending on surrounding Runes.
  • Jera: Harvest rewards (can be Karmic), justice. Reversed: It cannot be reversed, but may lie in opposition depending on surrounding Runes.
  • Lagaz: Intuitive knowledge, psychic matters, renewal, mysteries. Reversed: Temptation to follow the wrong path, confusion.
  • Ing: Successful conclusions, change to better, rest stage. Reversed: It cannot be reversed, but may lie in opposition depending on surrounding Runes.
  • Wyrd: (not shown) Karma, destiny.

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CELTIC

Celtic Runes relates the Celtic astrology sign with Rune Stones. This generates your Celtic Tree sign and finds the corresponding rune stone from the Futhark. This helps you understand better the effect of the characteristics of the particular rune stone on your life. The Celtic Astrology is basically considered to be the Druid zodiac. This gives a detailed interpretation of the sign you belong to in the Celtic zodiac, your lucky colors, lucky month, lucky letter, lucky flower, lucky gemstone, ruling animal, ruling deity, ruling planet, your polarity and your class and also some eminent personality born under the sign. The thirteen zodiac signs of the Celtic Astrology are as follows: The Birch, The Rowan, The Ash, The Alder, The Willow, The Hawthorn, The Oak, The Holly, The Hazel, The Vine, The Ivy, The Reed and The Elder.

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LEGENDS

The legend probably has its own roots in the mythology of the Volsungr, a tribe of priest-magicians and guardians of the ancient forests who used an early form of runes to divine the future. At the end of the last Ice Age, the Volsungr spread south, bringing their knowledge with them. Later, they retreated back whence they came, but by then runic divination had spread throughout Scandinavia and into central Europe.

Legend has it that a Norse warrior called Odin, seeking wisdom and understanding of life and death, fasted without food or water, hanging upside down from the World Tree. After nine days, he saw a vision of the runic symbols. Since this time, aided by Viking travels, the runes have been exported to much of Europe. The runes stones are an alphabet of symbols that represent energies and meanings and that also lend themselves to the use of intuition – feeling for further information beyond the description of each stone’s meaning. The runes stones can be used to help us understand ourselves and the world around us better by asking questions and then casting the runes stones for answers.

By Roman times, the runes had evolved into Futhark, a runic alphabet. Interpreting the meaning of the stones was a mystery granted only to a few. The Roman historian Tacitus writing in Germania described a runic ceremony during which a branch was cut from a nut-bearing tree and cut into small pieces (rune slips) on which runic symbols were marked. These were cast on a white cloth and interpreted by a priest.

Whenever a journey had to be made the runes were cast to establish the most propitious time to set out, and so the runes followed the trade routes, across Europe and into Mediterranean lands. The Vikings took them from Iceland to America, to Russia, Turkey, Greece and even North Africa as evidenced by the runic carvings found on monuments and other artefacts.

In Anglo-Saxon England, kings and bishops had the power to read the runes, but the practice gradually died out, not just in Britain but also in other parts of the world where Christianity (which regarded the use of runes as pagan) was taking hold. Some people continued to cast them, and some people continued to believe what they said, but just as people who read the future through other means often came to be regarded as harmless eccentrics at best, dangerous heretics at worst, so casting the runes was sidelined to be something of a ‘party trick’.

Interest in them was renewed during the rise of German nationalism in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, when there was a revival of interest in Teutonic folklore, fuelled in no small part by Wagnerian operas. But when this revival came to be intricately linked with Nazism, the runes once again fell into disfavour. But with the renaissance of the ‘New Age’, runes have once again become popular, not just for divining the future and for increasing one’s knowledge of oneself but to be carried as talismans, each sign having its own association.

The runes that are popularly used today are the Germanic Futhark set, which is divided into three sets {‘aettirs’} of eight runes each, making twenty-four in all. Each of these aettirs is named after a Norse deity. The first eight are dedicated to Freya, the goddess of love and lust, war and death. Hagal, the guardian of the other gods and goddess in the Norse pantheon, presides over the second set. And Tiwaz, god of justice and law, of war and of the sky rules the third aettir.

The qualities of these three gods influence the runes in the aettir dedicated to them, each rune having a double meaning – a material one and a spiritual one. Nine of them read the same whichever way they are looked at. The others can be drawn upright or reversed. But any of the runes may appear as a ‘merkstave’ (which literally means ‘dark stick’ and implies a ‘dark’ meaning), depending on how the runes are cast. Note that a ‘reversed’ or ‘merkstave’ meaning is not the opposite of its primary meaning, but usually has a more negative connotation.

Runes can help you to look deeply into the inner self, pinpointing fears and desires and highlighting the hidden factors that will shape the future. They describe the positive and negative influences, pointing out ways to use the former and overcome the latter, and to make constructive choices for the future.

The way in which the runes can be interpreted is given below. Being of such antiquity, there are variations in the names of each of them. We give the two most commonly used names for each symbol along with the literal runic meaning and the facet of life with which it is most intimately associated.

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SPREADS

There are several spreads that can be used to divine the future by casting the runes. The twelve-rune circle is one that is often used, as is the nine-stone sacred grid and the cross. Many commercially available rune sets come with instructions on these and other ways of using them, many of which are based on Tarot spreads.

But perhaps the simplest is the three-rune spread whereby the querent focuses on the question to be answered and casts three runes. The first one indicates the situation, the second the action required and the third reveals the outcome. Once the various symbols, their meanings and the variations that result in a rune being drawn merkstave, have been understood, it is not too difficult to use the runes to help find the answer to any question.

Modern rune sets often contain a blank one. Being an invention of the 1980s, there is no historical support for this and it should not be used by anyone who takes the runes seriously. But, those who do use it refer to it as Wyrd and interpret it as a sign that all possibilities are open: that life is what you make it, although it does acknowledge outside influences that are beyond the subject’s control. Being blank, it cannot be cast, reversed or merkstave.

Traditionalists also scorn the use of rune cards – the term is hopefully self-explanatory – but they are convenient and can be slipped into a handbag or pocket more conveniently than a bag containing twenty-four stones. They can be used more discreetly when a question arises suddenly, and a believer wishes to consult the runes to find the answer.

Both cards and stones are readily available at specialist shops. Some people prefer to make their own, and do so with appropriate ceremony. Whichever, the runes should be kept in a special bag, velvet or silk is best, and perhaps of a colour with which the user has special associations.

Single Spread

This spread is used for daily forecasts. It provides an exact answer to a problem. It provides better focus on a “YES” or “NO” typed questions. It can give you the general overview for the day or an answer to a specific question. The Single Spread is the most using one among all of the runes.

Cross Spread

This spread is used to find the forces acting on your life. It is a very popular and common spread as it gives a deep insight to your life. The left rune represents an important happening in the past. The middle rune represents a deciding element of the present. The top rune represents a force that will work for you. The bottom rune represents a force that will work against you. The right rune represents the final outcome of the situation.

Diamond Spread

This spread is used to understand hidden divergence. The bottom rune represents the origin of the issue. The left rune represents one of the applying forces on divergence. The right rune represents another of the forces acting on the issue. The top rune represents the outcome of the contradiction.

Fork Spread

This spread is used at a crucial decision making point in life. The left rune indicates the first possible outcome. The right rune represents the second possible outcome. The bottom rune represents the critical factor that will decide which outcome will happen.

Norn Spread

The rune on the far left indicates the first Norn, the subject or what the question is about. This indicates the set of events which occurred in the past that are responsible for the present situation. The middle rune indicates the second Norn, the course of actions that should be taken or the present situation. The right-most rune indicates the third Norn, the outcome of the problem.

Three Rune Spread

The three rune spread is a simple cast that’s ideal for beginners. With this cast, you should randomly select three runes from your rune bag and place them on the table in front of you. Rune one should be on the right, rune two in the middle and rune three on the left hand side (so they should be in the order 3, 2, 1).

  • Rune 1 represents the overview, or your situation or query.
  • Rune 2, in the middle, represents a challenge.
  • Rune 3 represents a possible course of action that could be taken.

Five Rune Spread

With the five rune cast, or five rune spread, the aim is to select five runes, one at a time, and lay them down on the cloth in specific places. The first rune should go in the middle, with the subsequent runes forming a cross shape around it. Rune two should go on the left of the centre (west), rune three on the top (north), rune four at the bottom (south) and rune five to the right (east). You can either lay them face down and turn them over as you read them, or put them face up straight-way. The idea of this layout is that three runes in a horizontal position (rune 2, 1 and 5) represent your past, present and future. The rune below the central rune (4) shows what elements of the problem or issue need to be accepted, whilst the rune to the right of the centre (3) shows what help you could receive in relation to your problem or issue.

Nine Rune Spread

In Norse mythology, nine is a magical number, so it’s appropriate to have a nine rune cast. This cast is best used if you’re trying to determine where you are in your spiritual path and what the next stages or opportunities could be and it’s a cast where you can really put your intuition to good use. When you’re trying this casting method, you need to think about your spiritual yearnings, randomly pick nine runes out of your rune bag and hold them for a moment or two. Then scatter them onto your rune cloth. It’s generally regarded that the runes nearer the centre relate most to the current situation, whereas those lying on the edges are less important. If runes are close together or touching each other, then they may be complementing influences, whereas runes that are on opposite sides of the cloth represent opposing influences. Your attention should first go to the runes that have landed face up – it may help to note these down, so you can refer to them and study them in detail later. Then turn around the ones that landed upside down and read them, keeping them in their same position. These latter runes are believed to represent outside or future influences and could highlight potential new possibilities. When you’re interpreting the runes and what they might mean, make good use of your intuition. This is one rune casting where there aren’t hard and fast rules and it’s very much down to your own interpretation.

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CASTING

Find a quiet place to do your reading and start by having a period of quiet, where you clear your mind and focus on the reading you’re about to do. Think about the issue or question you have in mind and, if you so desire, you can say a prayer or call upon higher spirits to guide you with your reading. Your rune cloth should be spread on the table in front of you, ready for the runes to lay upon it. There are various different types of rune castings you can do – which are similar in idea to tarot layouts – but on your very first attempt, you might just like to start by picking out between one rune and analyzing its significance. This is also quite a useful method to use if you’re feeling unsure or uncertain – picking out one single rune can give you something to focus on. Once you feel happy to progress, then have a go at some of the rune layouts and casts.

There are no formal rules for consulting the runes. You should try and find a time and place where the distractions of everyday life do not intrude. Keep the light to a minimum; draw the curtains if it is daylight. Candlelight is most conducive.

Relax as much as possible and try to focus your mind on the subject of the consultation before casting. If there are others present, they should be in accord with your thoughts and aspirations for the cast; confusing answers will result if two minds are on two different matters.

Familiarity is an important factor to the runes. They will be more responsive when handled by a single person, when kept in the same place, and when cast in the same manner. That is why my runes are supplied in a box and with a bag.

It is quite acceptable to enter into the cast with no further preamble, though many prefer some formal ritual to assist them (and the runes) in achieving the fine focus required for best results. An invocation or short prayer would be appropriate.

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APPLICATIONS

Human body is composed of cosmic radiations and seven colors – violet, indigo, blue, and green, yellow, orange and red which become imbalanced in time. Cosmological stones should be carefully selected for use to affect the body beneficially through their measured radiations. The vikings increase the psychic powers of an individual, in addition to warding off the ill effects of planets by their curative powers. They do storage of cosmic energies. Runes are worn to give strength to the weak planets in a chart and also to neutralize the malefic power of the planets and increase the vibrations of the planet it is associated with. Runes should not be worn if a planet in the chart is functionally malefic in nature or is already strong. However it is worthwhile to note that s they can increase the flow of the vibes of destiny.

Sunlight is composed of seven colors in its spectrum. Sun rules over the visible and invisible spectrum of light. All the colors in the spectrum have different wavelength. Infra red and ultra violet rays are invisible rays. These rays are hot and cold, cosmic rays which are continuously absorbed by our body. Each rune is associated with a specific planet according to its wavelength. Rune application can help for health cure, career advancement, protection and lots more purposes.

Runes consist of with secret writing over the stone. It contains the letters from the Teutonic alphabets of North European Script casting the emblems on which mystic symbols are engraved – began several thousand years ago in Scandinavia, and has its roots in Greek mythology. The symbol represents impressive persona, protection, pleasure and safeguard against all kind of evil energies. Note: You should keep this stone away from direct sunlight and daylight for better results.

The rune brings tradition, support, honor and magic. The symbol represents sparkle, mental strength and guard against all kind of evils. They expresses faith in the pagan religion and was originally a symbol of the Vikings.

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