Runic Magic or Divination uses stones with alphabetic symbols that are used to predict one´s future. They are from different materials and usually kept in a pouch.
Like Ryley and Ishani found out, a symbol can mean different things , you need to pick the meaning that applies more to the person who made the question and it also depends on the circle it falls. Be it your “Self”, “Influences”, or “Future Events”. The combination of the runes that fell are the answer to the question.
✧*:・ﾟRemember that above all, it takes time and practice. Remember to be open to different methods and always charge the runes with the energy of the one who asks. *:・ﾟ✧
✨So here’s my grimoire again. I’ve been working more on it. I was nervous to fuck it up since the notebook is very special (it was a gift). I understood then that grimoires have to be practical and useful so I focused on making it that way. I know a lot of us don’t use lovely notebooks because we don’t know where to start. Just make it useful and then make it beautiful.
A cleansing, purifying, and uplifting spell for the turning point after a depressive episode or I suppose any difficult period of time, when you want to distance yourself from past suffering and invite joy back in. **
you will need: ~ 6-8 handfuls of salt ~ 3-8 drops of eucalyptis oil ~ 8-12 drops of tea tree oil ~ 20-25 drops of sweet orange oil ~ 2-3 drops from a peaceful body of water like a lake, lagoon, or bay (optional)
steps: ~ pour salt onto the bottom of the tub in the shape of this bindrune (a combination of Dagaz/Daybreak and Wunjo/Joy):
You can also draw this bindrune on your wrist for some extra oomph if you like.
~ drop the essential oil into the salt: eucalyptus in the center, tea tree on the outmost corners, and sweet orange along the lines of the middle X, then put the drops of lagoon water in your right palm and sprinkle it over the bindrune
~ run the bathwater nice and hot but not scalding - now is the time to light candles or incense if you like, or any other beginning-of-spell rituals you may have. maybe put on your favorite music, tv show, or audio book, whatever will make you happy and relaxed during the soaking-in portion of the spell
~ once the salt bindrune is submerged and the tub is about halfway full, stir the salt into the waters with your right hand while focusing on joy and relief and fresh beginnings
~ climb on in and soak for 20-40min. let go, relax, let yourself really feel happy again after all those days in darkness
It’s always better in my experience to do bath spells right before bed or when you have a chance to nap afterward bc hot salt water can really take it out of ya. sleep is restorative, too, so embrace it as the after-effects of the spell
Also, you can sub in any citrus-y oil or even zest or juice for the sweet orange oil if you don’t have it; I just happened to have a bottle from my sister, but the idea is to get the citrus element in there
I took the time to do this for myself yesterday afternoon and it was exactly what I needed!!
**disclaimer: I know you can’t magick yourself out of a depressive episode, this is for when you already feel yourself coming out of it for whatever reason, to sort of help you along with that process
Loitsu is the Finnish word for a spell, an incantation. Loitsu Crafts is the shop of my incredibly talented friend Renée, and how fitting it is - she came to Finland from the other side of the world, yet all of her creations sing the songs of ancient Northern magic. And right now, her shop needs your support. Please visit LOITSU CRAFTS to help my dear witch friend.
This is going to be a little introduction to runes. It’s very messy because I suck at writing essays, but should hold useful information.
In here, I will talk about:
1. The Origins
2. The Power/Potency
3. The Alphabet and Pronuciation
Runes: The Origins
Runes were used by Pagan tribes across Northern Europe. There’s a few possibilities as to how or when they originated, from scholars saying they date as far back as 500BC or were invented by Vikings around 800AD, the general agreement is that they’re old and were used in Europe.
The word itself is derived from an Old Norse word, Run and Old German, Runa, meaning ”whisper” or “secret.”
Runes are closely tied to Odin, Chief of the Gods, as he is a travelling Shaman, and was associated with Wisdom and guidance. He was extremely wise, having undergone many journeys with his familiars such as Hugin and Munin or his eight legged horse, Sleipnir (Courtesy of Loki, who turned into a Mare to seduce a magical stallion.). Sleipnir is an important figure in shamanism, seen as the shamanic horse par excellence, that transports shamans in their journeys when in trance.
Here is the figure of the nine staves, in which Odin observed the 24 runic shapes.
Runes, according to ancient Germanic people, weren’t created or derived, but an eternal, pre-existing existing force that Odin discovered.
The runic alphabets are called “futharks” after the first six runes (Fehu, Uruz, Thurisaz, Ansuz, Raidho, Kaunan). Much like ours, the elder futharks have 24 characters. The younger futharks have 16, and diverged from the Elder Futhraks in the start of the Viking Age. The Anglo-Saxon Futhorc with 33 characters that altered and added to the Elder Futharks in England.
Since runes were to be carved on bone, wood, stone or other hard surfaces, their angles make sense. Curves are harder to inscribe.
The 24 characters of the Elder Futharks, as drawn awfully by me, apologies.
So here you have a quick overview of where runes came from, both religiously/spiritually and historically, though it’s nebulous on both sides.
Runes: The Potency
In ancient times, runes were never vibrated or resonated. That was introduced by sorcerers/witches that treated runic names as magical words that could invoke powers and manipulate energy in order to obtain what they desired. Inversely, Runic Shamans only whispered the sounds, as a secret.
A secret could be defined as a message that is concealed only to be revealed to those who have been prepared and trusted to receive it. The knowledge was seen as so sacred that it was only transmitted to those who’s minds and hearts had been prepared to receive this secret.
The staves (Elder futharks) have been misunderstood to be the runes themselves. That isn’t the case. The runes are a process by which the fundamental potencies of Nature may be carried or conveyed. The images are more like vessels of the potencies. The knowledge of the runes and the runic patterns where what allowed them to access it.
A Rune-stave is an energy pattern that is inherent in Nature and within ourselves. Each pattern, each stave is a transporter of a potential quality which once released, acted intelligently to change the material world. Which explains why runes are associated with deities. They work in godlike fashions.
The Nazis also used runes in hopes that it’d help them on their way to victory, but only took the runes meanings in their most superficial sense, just like they did with the swastika and many other powerful symbols. (still pissed bout’ that.)
Runes: Alphabet and Pronunciation
Here, I’m just going to give you a picture from one of my books on runes, since the chart I made in my Grimoire is really bad.
Rune Power, by Kenneth Meadows
This should give you a fair idea of the pronunciation, and I definitely recommend the book to anyone interested in Runes and Norse Paganism in general. It’s one of my favourites and my copy is so old and crumpled, it barely stays together. If you want, I can scan the above chart in a clean manner for you to print if you want it in your book of shadows/grimoire.
Next time, we’ll explore the runes individually. Then we’ll look into how to make our own runes, spreads for rune reading, the runic cycles and more!