This post is not intended as curse/ill-intended spell shaming. This is for anyone who is uncomfortable using a curse for any reason. In my case, I don’t like to curse people I live with, and the deities I worship are very specific about when curses are appropriate, so I have to have alternatives on hand.
All associations are based on my personal practice and research.
The first step to handling someone you cannot curse should always be to increase your personal protections. If you can’t interrupt the flow of harm, you can build up your protections to at least make it less painful.
Runes: Elhaz (to protect and maintain dignity without a fight), Thurisaz (to resist/fight passively), Dagaz (to hold back darkness)
FOR THE NEXT THREE SECTIONS: I tend to work by feel on the fly, so I had a hard time finding written spells to accomplish these tasks. I encourage writing yourown, but linked spells to give you an idea of what you’re working toward.
3. Cast a spell of understanding/teaching
If you don’t feel right cursing them, making them understand what their actions have caused might be more your speed. It’s important to the healing process or creation of remorse.
Runes: Sowulo (stark illumination in the dark), Kenaz (the light shed upon new knowledge), Ansuz (the truth)
I especially like to have people who’ve harmed me consider their past, how much kinder they once were, and all of the good people they have left in the dust. I know such instances of rememberance make me more compassionate, and hope it has the same effect on them.
Runes: Gebo (gratitude/love for those that have helped you become who you are), Eihwaz (endings and beginnings, the doors of choice)
This is another rune of protection. Drawing this rune indicates that you have set your sights on a reasonable target and can achieve your goals. There may be a slight obstacle, delay or minor problems. But it won’t cause too much trouble so don’t be too eager to move ahead. The obstacle or delay may very well prove beneficial, or it won’t turn out too big. Look at the runes surrounding Eihwaz to determine if there is an obstacle and what it might involve. You should try to anticipate problems that may arise. The advice of Eihwaz is to be flexible, work with change. Use your imagination and turn any situation to your advantage. Eihwaz has been interpreted as having a tie to the past. It could mean that you will hear from someone from your past. Sometimes this rune is an indication that problems from your past that were not dealt with effectively will be returning. In a runecast including Ansuz or Jera, problems that previously had no answer will soon be solved. Though it hints at delays, Eihwaz is a positive rune.
Converse: Your defensive abilities are dormant and must be realized. What appears as a danger will be easily averted through patience and concentrated effort.
Correspondences Alternate Names: Ezck, Yr, Eo Ancient Meaning: Yew, the world’s tree, life and death Keywords: Communication, death, regeneration, knowledge, dreaming, magic Description: Eihwaz represents the Yew tree and its everlasting nature. The Yew may bend, but it does not break. You are on the right course and have the strength and ability to meet your goals. Congratulations! Reversed Description: This may be a time of confusion for you. That which you have built may be in jeopardy of crumbling. Do not allow yourself to give in to your weaknesses. Astrological Correspondence: Scorpio Tarot Correspondence: The Hanged Man Gods/Goddesses: Odin Color: Dark Blue Tree: Yew Herb: Mandrake Stones: Lapis Lazuli, Sapphire, Blue Topaz Animals: Eagle, spider, horse, wolf, raven, serpent, dragon, jaguar, dolphin, eel, salmon, butterfly, dragonfly, lizard, kingfisher, hound, moth Element: All Elements Magic: Perception of the cosmic, Release from fear of death, Expands your artistic and magical abilities, Increased foresight, Communicates with your ancestors
I asked my runes, shortly after Trump was confirmed, what the hecking heck can we do? Is it all lost? What’s gonna happen now.
Odin came through loud and clear.
Issue at hand rune; Tyr, upright. The great rune of victory. Yep, dead on.
This is where it gets interesting. In the advice position, Eihwaz, a very powerful rune, which actually took me aback for a second. Eihwaz is the World Tree, the Yew, the tree of endurance and protection. Eihwas is endurance and hard work, but the sort that tempers a warrior and wears down all obstacles. It is justice as a result of a hard battle, and the banishment of negative forces.
So, it’s dig in your damn feet, stand your ground, and fight tooth and nail. Never stop. Never give in. A warrior becomes stronger through striving towards their goal.
Which, is what Americans have been doing. (Myself included.)
And in the results position, if that advice is followed?
Jera, the rune of the harvest, the rune of good seasons and bountiful harvests following effort. Also, not so coincidentally, the rune of cycles and of cosmic justice for a honorable cause.
As I watched the Republicans turn on each other and their disaster of a health bill fall apart in the face of staunch opposition from Americans, I remembered that reading.
A (very) brief look at the runes of the Elder Futhark
These are my basic interpretations for each of the runes of the Elder Futhark. While these explanations may reveal the basic meanings of these symbols, at least according to my own research and experience, they only scratch the surface of the layers of wisdom that can be found in the runes. For deeper study, there are many wonderful books out there that expand on them. I would personally recommend Diana Paxson’s Taking Up the Runes as a great starting point.
As a personal aside, I would consider myself a fairly conservative interpreter of the runes. I feel that the best basis for them can be found in reliable sources, such as existing lore and the rune poems. As such, I attempt to adhere closely to these sources when it comes to explaining the meaning of each symbol.
Fehu: Fehu means cattle and
signifies wealth, but it is a wealth that is best used when moving through the
community generously. The rune cautions against hoarding wealth and cites the
discord that can result.
Uruz: Uruz stands for
aurochs, which was a species of horned cattle common to the ancient world. As
such, it is a rune of primal strength and determination. The rune can also mean
Thurisaz: Thurisaz represents the giants of the
Norse tales and is a rune of chaos and unrest. It could also be interpreted as
a rune of Thor, which would turn the symbol into one of protection against
those same chaotic forces.
Ansuz: Ansuz is the rune of Odin, which makes it a
rune of wisdom. In the Anglo-Saxon rune poem the symbol also represents the
mouth, lending an additional meaning of wisdom through communication and
Raido means ride and is a rune of travel. While the journey may be swift and
joyful, the rune poem warns of the toll the journey will take on the horse.
This suggests that one must take care of those who help us along the way.
Kenaz is the torch that illuminates the way through darkness to a warm hearth
and good company. However, as the fire burns for warmth, it can also cause pain
and may indicate illness.
Gebo signifies the rune of gifts and generosity. The rune also represents the
cycle of reciprocity and the right-relationship that results when maintained.
Wunjo denotes the rune of joy. It is a bliss that can spring from prosperity,
overcoming anxiety and sadness.
Hagalaz represents hail, making it a rune of destruction and painful
transition. All is not for naught however, for the ice seed will melt, giving
water and growth to the hardier crops that survived.
Naudhiz means need, and is a rune of constraint, oppression, and hard work that
goes unrewarded. This is a challenging symbol, but the rune also indicates that
lessons could be learned from the experience.
Isa stands for ice, fair to look upon but dangerous to traverse. This is a rune
whose message is one of caution in situations where a particular decision seems
desirable, but could be perilous. On the other hand, Isa can suggest stability
Jera is the rune for year and the harvest. It is manifestation of the rewards
for hard work, with prosperity and abundance that sustains the individual or
Eihwaz is the symbol for the yew tree and can mean strength that is drawn from
the line of ancestors. Eihwaz is also interpreted as the rune of Yggdrasil,
which implies connection to the cosmos.
Perthro is the dice-cup, the vessel from which the lots are cast, and the rune
of chance. Perthro can represent uncertainty in everything from light-hearted
gaming to the vagaries of fate.
Elhaz is the rune of the elk and the sedge. The shape of the rune resembles
that of the antlers of the elk and the thorn of the sedge, making this a symbol
Sowilo represents the sun, making it a rune of illumination, victory, and
power. The rune can also mean guidance, as one can always depend on the course
of the sun to lead them to the end of their journey.
Tiwaz is Tyr’s rune and is a symbol of justice and truth, potentially at the
cost of self-sacrifice. Tiwaz also has an aspect of guidance in that
right-action will always set you on the correct path.
Berkano is the rune for the birch tree, indicating feminine strength and
resourcefulness. From this meaning, it can be a rune for nurturing, healing,
Ehwaz means horse and expresses the relationship between the horse and the
rider. It is a rune of partnership, with attention given to those who help us
along our journey. Naturally, the symbol can also represent movement and
Mannaz is the symbol for “man” or “human,” and emphasizes
the interconnected nature of human relationships. Mannaz can show the spectrum
of these relationships, from comfort in good company to the more negative
aspects of the human condition.
Laguz is the rune for lake, making this a symbol for water. As such, this is a
rune of potential and change, perhaps with the suggestion for flexibility
through various situations. It can also mean the unconscious mind and the
hidden wealth that lies beneath the surface.
Ingwaz is Freyr’s rune and takes on the domains of the Vanic god as a symbol of
fertility, productivity, and abundance. The rune can also symbolize masculine
strength and the transforming cycles of life.
Dagaz means day and is the rune of new beginnings. With the day also brings
hope, and is a welcome rune when life has been difficult. Dagaz can also signify
the present moment and a call to “seize the day.”
Othala: Othala is the rune of
the home and encompasses everything that entails, from the physical homestead
to familial relationships of blood and heart. Othala also symbolizes the
connection to the ancestors, from genetic inheritance to physical property
passed on through the family line.
Hey, all! So today I’m going to teach you about runes and how to use them in everyday magick. There are, of course, many different types of runes but for this, we are talking about Germanic runes.
So, first off I’ll tell you a little about what runes are. Runes are a form of script, dating all the way back to 150 AD. They were eventually replaced by the Latin alphabet somewhere around 700 AD. Because they are so ancient, some witches use them not only as a secret script but also in their magickal workings.
You might be asking, “Well how do I do that? Wouldn’t that be like using the letter A?” Well, yes and no. I have no doubt someone could find a way to use the Latin alphabet for magick, but in this case, runes are more… symbolic I guess? Take the rune peorth for example (see “p” above). It resembles a cup lying on its side. When the opening points to the right, it represents birth and beginnings. When the opening points to the left, it represents death or endings.
Each rune symbolizes a specific thing or idea. Say, for example, you wanted a quick charm for safe travels. You could draw Raidho ® somewhere on your person as it is the rune of travel. To use rune magick simply draw, paint, or inscribe it where you want to use it. You can also “draw” it in the air or on an object/person with your energy.
Below is a list of all the runes, their names, and their uses/meanings (order is from left to right).
My tattoo. It’s the Triple Goddess symbol with her moon dripping blessings, the runes Thurisaz (Thorn), Naudhiz (Nyd), and Eihwaz (Eoh). Strength, will-power, and transformation. All with amethyst hues for creativity and sobriety. The design went through three incarnations; my own, chill-artdude, and Chris from the Tat Cave in Chicago.
Henlo, may I ask for the Odin/Mímisbrunnr Spread? I'd like some advice regarding the development of my spiritual path. What is the current lesson to be learned?? Thanks Goat. :3
Wounded I hung on a wind-swept gallows. For nine long nights, pierced by a spear …
Odin/Mímisbrunnr Spread(Elder Futhark):
Ansuz is always in this spread, acting as Odin’s spear that pierced him during his sacrifices to gain knowledge from the Well of Urd/Mímir’s Well
What Can Be Learned : Eihwaz
Trust not an acre early sown, Nor praise a son too soon: Weather rules the acre, wit the son, Both are exposed to peril… -Hávamál
Like many things in nature, the Yew is a duplicitous thing with its shelter and poison. In the branches of Yggdrasil there is much wisdom, but also intrigue, conflict and drunken regrets. Dismissing baser experiences to preserve lofty and rigid expectations can cause hidden lessons and chances to adapt to stay obscured. Spiritual paths do not follow checklists or efficiency. An ancient tree can be cleaved by lightning in a blink.
The Web of Wyrd is ever-changing with observation, every interaction vibrates a thread that touches others on Ørlög’s loom.
~These readings are for entertainment/rune studying purposes only.
Rune casting for @lunacyashes to gain perspective on their current health situation and clarify whether or not to take action (I am happy to provide readings but ensure you are seeing trusted health care professionals as well!) I have modified the process that @witchy-words uses and created a little portable rune casting box (she is amazing- go check out her blog and consider her if you’re looking for a much more professional reading than I can provide!). This is the first time that I’ve used this method for others and I was so excited about it that I asked lunacyashes if I could share!
I began by casting my runes in the box and then removing the ones that were facedown, leaving the remains runes visible in the top two pictures.
To prepare I lit some clove incense for healing and a blue candle for healing. Defining your current situation I drew isa, which represents a challenge or frustration. This rune says it’s time to turn inward and seek clarity. For your suggested actions moving forward I drew dagez, which represents change directed by your own will and transformation, and gebo, which represents gifts (both in the sense of sacrifice and of generosity.) Finally for the future outcomes if you follow this advice I drew uruz (freedom, energy, action, strength and tenacity), eihwaz (strength and reliability), and wunjo (joy, comfort, fellowship, harmony, and prosperity.) In short, I would definitely take action!
Lammas other known as “Lughnasadh” or “August Eve”.
This celebration takes place on July 31st - August 1st.
The meaning of it is the first harvest. The coming of the dark. The wheat and fruit harvest. The wane of the light. Preparing for winter.
At this time the focused Gods and Goddesses are: Lugh, Demeter, Ceres, Corn Mother.
The symbols of this celebration are: Wheat, Corn, Barely, Oats, Onion, Grapes, Straw Dolls, Corn Dolls, Wood, Straw Bales, Tarot (strength) Rune (Eihwaz).
Its colors: yellow, orange, bright red, violet, dark green, brown.
The stones: Camelian, Cat’s eye, Citrine, Marble, Sale, Granite, Lodestone.
Herbs: grapes, heather, blackberry, pear, rose, sandalwood, goldenrod. Foods: bread, apples, grains, corn, beer, grapes, onion, apricot.
This is an experiment to try to familiarize with the [Elder Futhark] runes. All I’ve done is briefly meditated on each rune and interpreted how I perceive them as personified figures. My understanding of each is subject to change, but it was an interesting and helpful exercise.
positive:Possessions won or earned, earned income, luck. Abundance, financial strength in the present or near future. Sign of hope and plenty, success and happiness. Social success. Energy
negative: Loss of personal property, esteem, or something that you put in effort to keep. It indicates some sort of failure. Greed, burnout, atrophy, discord. Cowardice, stupidity, dullness, poverty, slavery, bondage.
positive:Physical strength and speed, untamed potential. A time of great energy and health. Freedom, energy, action, courage, strength, tenacity, understanding, wisdom. Sudden or unexpected changes (usually for the better). Sexual desire, masculine potency. The shaping of power and pattern, formulation of the self
Tiwaz: courage, compassion, bravery/fearless. new challenges but perseverance.
negative: naivete, shyness, cowardice, need for concentration.
Berkano: birth/growth (both physical and mental), new beginnings.
reversed: lack of growth, decline or loss. a bad time for new ventures.
Mannaz: the self / humanity / inner self / your ego
balancing mind and body and spirit. balancing ego. self actualization and self awareness (similar to the hermit major arcana card — note that for reversed)
creativity/going with the flow/positive outcome if you tap into your subconscious (deep like the ocean).
reversed: struggling against the current. the tide may take you away from the shore you know but to new horizons.
Ingwaz: internal growth, personal development
Inguz is that potential energy that must accumulate gradually in storage before being released as a single surge of energy. It represents the process of a mental ‘seed’ desire implanted by the conscious mind into the subconscious for incubation and gestation, later to emerge as a new creation in your life affairs.Thus, Inguz contains within its lore the true meaning of sacrifice. Such sacrifice occurs when one form is called upon to die so that a newly evolved form may begin to grow.
Dagaz: day or dawn
awakening, awareness, change, illumination, bold new beginning
reversed: A completion, ending, limit,
Othala: homeland, ancestral power
connotations of family and ancestry.
Generally can be a warning to be more forward thinking, not to overall romanticize or focus on the past.
Hi there! ☺️ Hope the free readings is still up! 🙏🏼 I wanted to know what should I expect from this new business I recently tried? May I please have a Loki is a Drama Queen spread? Thank you so much in advance! 😊💚
‘In I shall go, into Ægir’s halls to have a look at that feast; quarrelling and strife I’ll bring to the Æsir’s sons and thus mix their mead with malice.’ -Lokasenna
Mead and Malice Spread or Loki is a Drama Queen(Elder/Anglo Futhark):
Mead : Eihwaz
There is a reasonable goal, and the flexibility to compensate/adapt if it is not reached. There is something needing protection, so dig your heels in like roots.
I got a chuckle when this one rolled out, as this rune’s base meaning is for a god/male fertility. So it was as though when asked what connives against you, the runes said, “MEN.” But it can also reflect the hearth and home, a sense of security and the labours it takes to maintain it. A new growth may demand the loss of an old relationship.
The Web of Wyrd is ever-changing with observation, every interaction vibrates a thread that touches others on Ørlög’s loom.
~These readings are for entertainment/rune studying purposes only.
The element of Air is all around us and, more than that, within
us. I often refer to this as the easiest and most difficult element
to express and understand. Air is how the soul connects to the
universe. It is associated with the mind, visualization, all forms of
travel, music and song, communication, dreams, artistic creation,
inspiration, freedom, knowledge, astral work, psychic talents, any
Type of Energy: Projective
Colors: Yellow, white, silver
Gender Association: Masculine
Zodiac Associations: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
Environments: Museums, Book stores, Theaters, plains,
heights of any variety, roller coasters, the tops of hills and
mountains, cliffs, henges, bridges, coastal areas where the water
doesn’t quite touch,
Essences: psychic work, letting things go, overcoming
mental blocks, slow changes, moving on, knowledge, astral projection,
spirit work, studying
Spell Associations: Using any type of incense, feathers,
Forms of Divination: All. But especially: cloud watching,
numerology, smoke watching, automatic writing, dream interpretation,
Runes: Ansuz , Raidho Eihwaz, Tiwaz
Parts of the
Body: Nose, ears,
Herbs and Plants: Acacia, Aspen, Alder, Anise, Ball
Moss, Birch, Cedar Elm, Lavender, Lemongrass. Mistletoe, Mimosa
Stones and Metals: Citrine,
Copper, Rainbow Crystals, Mica, Tin
Animals: All flight capable birds, Bees, butterflies,
dragonflies, Pegasus, spiders
Elemental King: Paralda
Elemental Spirits: Sylphs
Time of Day: Dawn
Musical Instruments: All wind instruments
Magical Tool: censers, wands, swords
Tarot Suit: Wands (though
some artists depict swords as the air symbol)
Major Arcana Cards: The Fool, The Magician, The Star,
A yellow triangle point facing up, bisected by a single line, smoke,
feathers, spirals, breath, clouds
Hi there! Incense, any form of smoke. (I often burn a chant or blessing on paper, let it burn slowly and use a raven feather I have to direct the smoke.) If you can, sounding things like wind chimes, bells, horns or woodwind instruments like flutes etc work well. Any form of sound. Feathers, wands, athames, brooms, yellow, blue, pastel colors, even your own breath. (The act of blowing on things can be powerful.)
Anything to do with winged creatures like butterflies, bats, owls or other birds and flying insects. Lavender (I grow my own and often burn dried lavender as incense), lemongrass, anise and birch. I also work with runes so for offerings or air/wind related magic, I like to use the Elder Futhark runes Dagaz, Tiwaz, Raidho, Eihwaz and Ansuz. Also, from tarot decks, the suit of wands or swords correspond well with air and wind! ^.^