have been used for divination almost since they first came into being.
But their first use was a representation of the world.
a representation of sounds..the sounds of all living things,
not unlike the Buddhist OMN, which is the sound of the universe,
their spiritual meanings evolved right along
with their more mundane meanings
missive is not intended to be a complete work...
but a basic introduction to the realm of runes...
The basic meanings..
By Popular request I have added phonetic spellings to aid in pronunciation
And Thanks Ever so much My Lady Tegan for the Rune stone images :)
These are a combination of the Younger, Elder, Germanic, and Old English Rune forms,
so you are seeing a little of all of them, some newer, some older
My thanks to Lady Tess for pointing out an error in placement to me .. BB Esta
(Ahn-zoo) Signals and signs, the sound of the divine
( Behr-kan-na) Sign of growth,creativity
( Ken-ahz) Opener of the way, the direction of travel
(Dah-gahz) A breakthrough prosperity bow to hit the mark
(Eh-waz) Movement, creativity,
the realm of action
|Fehu~ (Fay-hoo) Possessions, community link. wealth and gain.|
gift, partnerships, marriage
with the divine
(Hah-gall-ahz) Disruption, Natural forces at work, damage and delay
Ice, the mode of non movement, times for which to do nothing
(Yeh-rah) The harvest, a period of time, the wait for the ripening.
(Lah-ghuz) The flow, fertility, that which comes into and out of our lives
(Mah-naz) The self, the whole of humanity
(Naw-thiz) Constraint, the lessons of
(Oh-tha-lah) Separation, retreat,
home and inheritance
(Per-throw) The opening of life, initiation, secrets
(Ing-wahz) New beginnings, fertility release of the old , on with the new.
(Rye-though) The journey, thur life and after death, a time of change
(Soe-will-ow) Wholeness, the reach for completion...
|Teiwaz~ (Taa'-wahz) The warrior within, victory in battle||Uruz~
Strength, endurance, sacrifice.
(Thoo-ree-sahz) The gateway, the crossroads
(Ale-hahz) Protection, giving yourself space.
(Whun-yoe) Joy, rites of passage..
(Ale-hahz) Protection, giving yourself space.
there is another
the blank Rune or Odins rune:
This is the unknowable.
( or as I like
to tell my clients,
This runes inclusion
means are alive
the means where by we make a connection with the divine..
ask questions and get suggestions
they help open us up to the person in front of us
( even if the person IS us )
and see the path
that lies before them
I see them before
it should be..
Again ,as I said
before ,any means
But for your understanding
you call number one
#2 is the action..that you need to take, or avoid taking.
#3 is the possible
outcome of the event
1~The general overview of the situation
3~The action called for
5~The situation when complete
As you can see
this is a
Then there are
horoscope spreads for
There are many more
Draw till ya drop: which is my personal Favorite and My Creation
There is no limit
The contents of the entire bag if need be
1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-..........to however many
My means are simple,
I give the bag to the client and tell them to shake it up
while thinking of the issue about which they wish to know..
Then when they
are ready...to draw as many runes from the bag
as they feel the need for...and place them in a line, which I then read,
one at a time, each one as they relate to their neighbors and overall
as they relate to each other...
This can be a
very simple read,.one to three stones..
.to a very complex read, the entire contents of the bag
This is a very
good read to give an in-depth look
at a persons life at that moment in time
It has never failed me yet... :)
Runes can be made
of a variety of materials. I have seen sets
in silver and gold. Sets in gemstones, and pottery.
Sets that are painted, or made of paper.
I saw a set once
inscribed on marbles
and he read them by playing a game of marbles
Oak or Yew, Ash
and Alder: Are the traditional ones.
but any wood will do
The wood should
be a gift of the tree,
which means its a branch that has fallen off, not cut off
The wood for my
travel set literally hit me on the head,
the Oak tree really wanted me to have it.. :)
Find a section
of even depth and size and cut the needed number with a sharp saw.
A half inch or less in thickness works well. Too thin they tend
to break on their own, too thick and they break each other in the bag.
Once they are
cleaned, sanded and as perfect
as you can make them, then you must stain them.
One side should be red by tradition.
In the old days,
anyone of a dozen plants and herbs might be used to do this.
In the current day, we have a large variety of goods to do this service.
I used thinned
out nail polish for a travel set I made
and they have always served me well...:)
Now comes the
work: to carve them and make them your own.
To turn them from mere bits of wood, to tools to see into the abyss.
Mark the blank
runes lightly with a pencil with the rune signs...
this is just to give you a guide to carve. The primitive looking lines
on Rune stones are not just tradition, as anyone who has ever tried
to carve wood or stone will tell you..anything but a straight line
is very hard to do :)
Any sharp knife
will work, I use an exacto myself.
And carefully carve the lines in each one
Then it's time to activate them:
Up to now there
is just the tasks of cut, stain, carve,
they are done in one respect..but they are still, just the bits of wood
they started out as
What is needed
now is blood. This is the only rite of which you will ever hear me speak
in most rites this would be profane... but not here,.blood and power make rune stones more than
just a rock or a bit of wood
OWN... I say again..your own,
never..Ever anyone or anything else's....
And this is only
for runes that you make for your own use..
.never for anyone elses....they must charge them for themselves
.( now you know why the backs are stained red )
You don't want
to know what will happen if you make runes with the blood of a sacrifice
that is not your own forefinger getting a nick, the Gods take profanity very seriously
burn incense, play music, wear ritual robes or sky clad,
whatever puts you in the right frame of mind to do high magical work:
A tiny lip brush
works well as a "paint" brush,
or a twig from the tree from which the wood came will do nicely:
Paint over each
carved part of the runes,
all the while chanting the sound of the rune,
feeling its meaning, feeling the connection with the divine
from whom all right action flows:
Feel the pulse
of the sound, the meaning of the stave,
until its mundane self and spiritual self are one: The most common
way of "saying" rune names is to sing them :)
My current use
name is not the name I was born with,although its a derivative of it.
Its meaning is changed a little however with the difference in spelling, it is more fitting of my personality,
its like my mother and father had the right idea,
but they didn't know me yet... :)
In runes it looks
in English ESTA, which means
The movement that
is protection, who is the warrior , who gives the signal to others.
This is me, a teacher, a defender of the weak, the one who gives information to others to avoid trouble.
My birth name had more components which changed the meaning
in English is ESTHER..
Which means, the movement that is protection, who is the warrior, of destruction, the movement towards the final journey of death
Which is a totally different kettle of fish to say the least...!
In one I am the
defender...in the other,
I am Kali ..the dark goddess
Both are needed..both are respected
But I really don't
want to be the dark one,
this turn of the wheel, A fact I did not know, until after I did it
I changed my name, and my life,
but back to the sigel.
I cannot draw
one here as its not possible to superimpose type
on top of each other but I will try to explain.
First I would
draw the now you can see
the top of the mark is part of all
that is needed is one more line off the right top of the first mark
and I would have them both
Look again and you see 2/3s of the mark
all that is needed is the left hand line, now all three are there
and last, just add one line to the last mark of and you get
and its done
If you have ever
tried to carve anything you can see sense
of reusing lines wherever possible, and there a million possibilities,
play with all the letters until you find a final shape that's pleasing
The sigel is made
much the same as the Runes, the only different being
the concentration is on aspects of yourself, his is a representation of you
.Most people keep their sigels on their altar space, and keep them
face down, unless high work is being done. This is your inner most self,
not for sharing with just anyone
I hope this missive
a starting point to the world of the World Tree
There is so very much more ....
" The Little Giant Encyclopedia of Runes "
Alder - The "battle witch" of trees, it represents trusty, as in purification by fire.
Ash - The "guardian
tree", dispenser of justice. The first man was an ash. The world
Beech - Tree of
the Three Norns, its bark is also deadly to snakes.
Birch - Called
the "birth tree", and associated with the Mother Goddess,
Elder - The "thirteenth
tree", it represents the Great Goddess
Elm - In the Northern
Tradition, the first woman was shaped from an elm.
Hazel - The "tree of wisdom", the hazel cuts away impurities to see the self honestly.
Laurel - The "oracle tree" of Delphi, this tree represents victory and honor.
Oak - the "Forest
King" of endurance, tree of the Norse god Frey, and the primary wood
Pine - Representing
the cycle of life and rebirth, the pine is called "Tree of Manifest",
Rowan - Called
"Tree of Runes" and "Wood of the Sorcerer", the rowan's pliability
Silver Fir - The fir is associated with the moon, representing feminine rebirth.
Willow - The traditional
tree that wands are fashioned from, the willow is flexible
Yew - Yew is a
popular wood for runic talismans and wands. It is also a tree of
by Sirona Knight
To my Lady Freya
to My Lord Thor
of the old Norse ways
of the Wise
of the Bard