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    Todays Rune is: URUZ

    ...........Uruz represents the deep roots of our psyche. The animal drives and "primitive" urges hard-wired into our brain are the base on which our "civilized" ego and superego rest. We cannot understand our humanity without engaging with our animal selves: we cannot be tamed until we address that which is wild within us. For those who spend a great deal of time "up in their heads" or who suffer from dissociative disorders, Uruz can be a powerful grounding and centering rune. By meditating on Uruz, you can come home to your body and recognize your place in the material world.

    Uruz is not a rune which communicates in words or even in elaborate images. You understand Uruz in your gut, not in your mind. You can experience it by stripping away all the illusions and all the pretty lies you tell yourself. It is the force which drives all animal life, the basic responses to hunger and danger. When you get to the core of your being, when you realize what you will do to survive and to protect your herd - that is when you are in touch with Uruz. This is a rune which must be felt rather than explained.

    Some have called Uruz a rune of initiation. For me, this initiation would be like the initiation of the Abramelin ritual or the Greater Arcana card The Chariot. Coming to an understanding with one's animal self is an important part of magical or mystical development. Many modern spiritual practices seek to tame or kill the inner beast: as Anton LaVey wisely said, this animal needs to be exercised rather than exorcised. Learning when you can let Uruz run free and when you must call on a more controlled and controllable rune will teach you when you can rely on passion and that which underpins passion and when you must call on forethought and forebrain functions.


    This is a powerful rune for both offensive and defensive magic. Uruz can charge with an unstoppable fury and gore the stoutest opponents. It can also form a near-unbreakable circle around you like a ring of wild bulls protecting their calves. Uruz can also help you to establish a kinship between man and beast: instead of Disneyfied anthropomorphism, it can help you to find common ground between yourself and your animal companion. It is not a sentimental rune - sentimentalism is a vice which animals can ill afford - but neither is it savage or bloodthirsty. Uruz accepts the world as it is and responds appropriately to food or threat without dithering or moralizing. By calling on it you can learn to do the same.


    OK I have got to make notes... this is deeper than anything I have found on the net! Love it.
    [SIGPIC] Kim



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    When I casted my "runes" into my Divination plate only 2 landed upright...

    JERA--Cycles of life, 1 is being completed another beginning..... and

    BERKANO(s?)--Family problems, purification, new beginnings.....


    hmmm one can hope... winks
    [SIGPIC] Kim



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    Once again when I tossed the runes on their platter only 2 were upright so here is what was given today:


    (1) ALGIZ--This is a rune of our connection to the gods through Yggdrasil and is a powerful rune for protection.
    It represents the Elk’s antlers,
    the world tree or a person reaching up to the gods. There reoccurring themes in a most translations are the gods, our kin, standing up for one’s self, protection and energy. The Valkyries are associated with this rune.

    (2) DAGAZ--Dagaz represents the day or the 24 hours period of day and night. Like Jera where the seeds are planted and change comes, it is fast change where Jera is slow change.
    It’s the sun bursting over the horizon and shining over the land. This is usually a spiritual transformation and it is considered positive. Just as the sun illuminates the world so it illuminates the issue at hand. It has no reverse but can lay in opposition.
    Manni and Sunna are represented with this rune as are Heimdall and Loki.

    hmmm at least is seems it will be positive changes! That I can welcome open armed!
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    TODAYS RUNE:

    kenaz: fire, light

    Myths and deities: Mimir, the Dwarfs, Muspellheim

    In predictions it announces: wisdom keen intuition, solution of problems, creativity, inspiration, enlightenment,gaining knowledge, expression, " you will see the light"

    Upright position: in terms of relationships: successful business relations, a couple will find a solution and end their argument , two friends will come to an agreement, with love: a man will give and a woman will receive, both will express love. In all relationships the circumstances are favorable. In terms of material: a man will deliver, a woman will receive. Men, take this hint to deliver your message or gift in order to receive much happiness in the future.

    Inverse position: not taking advantage of the light that has been shone on you, not accepting the knowledge, being lazy, lagging behind. Or it can stand for a loss of friendship or breakup of business deals.
    Use for magic purposes: for attainment of creative inspiration, assistance in learning/studying a fertility, driving uneasiness and fears away
    [SIGPIC] Kim



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    Pulled Kenaz again.... so to save space just look to post above... must be a deeper message I need to dig further into maybe? hmmm
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    Todays Rune: ISA


    Thousands of years after their deaths, perfectly preserved wooly mammoth corpses can be found in the permafrost of the Siberian tundra. Antarctic ice cores have provided insight into the earth's climate over the last 740,000 years. Cold can be a great destroyer: the "Little Ice Age" of 1250-1850 CE killed millions through famine and disease. But it is also a great preserver, protecting those it embraces from decay. Both these qualities, and more, can be found in the Ice-Rune, Isa.

    While it is frequently identified with stasis, Isa is far from inert. Glaciers move slowly but they can wear down mountains and carry boulders and trees as if they were pebbles and twigs. Isa does not have to move quickly: it is inexorable as an oncoming ice age. It knows that sooner or later our fires must die and our green lands must succumb to the frost.

    Isa's sense of time and place is very different than our own: there is something Lovecraftian about its enormity and its immense age. Where we measure in days and moments, Isa contemplates aeons. If things are moving too quickly for our liking, Isa can provide us with a respite. It can cool heated tempers and help bring calm to potentially explosive situations. It can also provide us with a broader perspective: that which seems important at this moment may be of little consequence in the context of geologic eras. Isa can provide a sharp, cold focus which will serve you well in combat (metaphorical or actual). It can help you to be in the moment without being of the moment, to rise above the petty distractions and concentrate on that which is eternal.


    Like water, ice takes the shape of its container: Isa's flexibility allows it to work well in many different bindrunes. Combined with a faster-moving rune like Uruz or Hagalaz, Isa can become a devouring avalanche. Formed into a bindrune with Othila, it can become an impenetrable defense which protects you and yours from your enemies. (Consider how the brutal Russian winters repelled the forces of Napoleon and Hitler or how the snowy passes of the Hindu Kush have helped make Afghanistan the "Graveyard of Empires"). Combined with a healing rune like Berkana Isa can help still fevers and slow the progress of infections or cancers: bound with Ear it can sap the target's vitality and bring on the chill of the grave.

    Isa is often used to block an opponent's way. Yet it can also be used to remove obstacles .Ice expands as it freeze: it can seep between cracks and shatter granite. Combined with Laguz and Thurisaz, Isa can become an irresistible force that will send the thickest walls tumbling down. The Water-Rune makes its way into the smallest chinks and crevices: the Ice-rune then expands and the Thorn breaks down the barrier. Isa can also be used to distract your pursuers and make their path slippery, or combined with Sowilo to turn illumination into snow-blindness.

    And Isa's ability to preserve can be used to cement the gains achieved with other runes whose effect can be more fleeting. Combined with Ansuz, it might ensure that your words were remembered long after they were spoken. But this should be done with caution: that which is frozen often loses its vitality even though it does not decay. Isa can stave off corruption but it cannot give life to that which is dead. Although it may seem a timeless rune of eternal winter, Isa is tied to the cycle of the seasons. While the frost must have its season, so too must the thaw.
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    I think I really like this Rune! I cant help but feel there is a LOT magically one could use it for.

    There surely is a bind-rune or spell lurking right on the edge of my brain that can use this Rune, I just cant quite grasp it at the moment. Will go ponder for a bit.
    [SIGPIC] Kim



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    The wheel of the year, the cycles of the tide, the phases of the moon, the circling of the planets and the turning of the galaxies, the slow progression of the generations as we move from descendant to ancestor - all these things are encompassed in the rune Jera. Jera is simultaneously permanence and transience. It reminds us that the only constant is change, that we may never step in the same river twice, that the home we come back to after a long absence is not the one we left behind. But it also reminds us that if all our gains are transitory, so too are our losses. That which is gone will one day return, and the fields which lie barren beneath the snow will awaken once again to life with the spring.

    Jera is one of the runes which cannot be inverted: like a circle, it has no top and bottom and always lands upright. While it symbolizes cycles, one will need to look at the nearby runes to determine whether those cycles will bring reward or misfortune. Its interpretation also depends more than many runes on the querent's reaction. Jera involves things going on around you and within you. If you respond to those changes in an appropriate fashion, you will do well: if you ignore them or try to fight against them you will get swept along in the current.

    This is not one of the faster-moving runes. The changes represented by Jera are generally slow and steady, but they are also inevitable. One cannot make the summer last beyond its days or keep away the winter: you can only take advantage of the good weather and prepare for the bad. Jera reminds us that we are part of a larger system that operates on its own schedule. We will do well to remember that the universe does not revolve around us: rather, we revolve around the universe.

    Jera reminds us "this too shall pass." Its opportunities which it brings must be plucked quickly lest they wither in the field. Its difficulties can be overcome if you can hunker down and outlast them. Like time and the tides, Jera waits for no one. It can teach us the folly of attachment while also reminding us to seize that which is precious and to hold on to that which we will need for the lean times ahead. In some ways Jera strikes me as a very Buddhist rune. It reminds us that what is here will one day be gone and that that-which-is must pass into that-which-was. But it also teaches us that this very impermanence is what makes it so precious.

    For magical purposes Jera can be useful when you need to let go of something and move on. It can also be used to call in overdue debts or to bring a project to its final fruition. If you are stuck in a situation and unable to move forward, you can use Jera to break through the blockages and carry you through to the next phase of your life. (It will not function so quickly as Thurisaz might in this regard but it will be considerably more gentle for all concerned). Meditating on Jera can help diviners to spot recurring patterns in their divination tools and in omens around them. Finally, it can give a slow but terrible power to a bind-rune, putting the full force of time and the tides behind your request.
    [SIGPIC] Kim



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    In hunter-gatherer cultures the sharing of food helped ensure that everybody got something to eat. Those too old to hunt for game or search for edible plants could live to pass their knowledge and the tribe's history down to the next generations. In agricultural cultures today "barn raising" parties leverage the support of the community for the benefit of its individual members. One of the pillars of Islam is zakat, giving alms to fellow Muslims in need: Proverbs 11:25 informs Jews and Christians that "A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed."

    Gifting is one of the practices which helped humanity to become civilized and which helps maintain our culture and our standard of living. It reinforces our connections to our fellows and provides us with a safety net against inevitable bad times. Fehu is the rune of commerce, the fee which workmen receive for their efforts. Gebo is the rune of gifts, those things which are given away. Yet like Fehu it represents obligations and exchanges - indeed, the demands of Gebo can be far more onerous than a simple bill for services rendered.

    The gifts exchanged in marriage marked the joining of two families. Dowries and bride prices helped the young couple to establish their household and provided insurance to a surviving spouse. It also helped to encourage the survival of the union: should the marriage fail, the gift immediately became due and payable to the givers. Other laws and customs described the passing down of a dowry or dower to heirs and the expectations incurred by those accepting the gift.

    Under feudalism alliances were marked by gifting. A feudal lord might reward a vassal's service with land and the right to collect rents from the tenants thereon. The vassal could then pass this land down to heirs, who could hold it in "fee simple" (Fehu again!). They were entitled to the same privileges their ancestor held, but expected to provide loyalty and service in exchange for their freeholding. Should they betray that trust, their land could be taken away from them.

    In yet another manifestation of Gebo, tribute, a tribe or nation might provide a stronger power with regular gifts of gold, troops or other resources in exchange for peace. These tributes mark the defeated power as servants to the superior force. They help the stronger and weaker alike to avoid costly conflict. But those who give these gifts should know that they will only be accepted for so long as it benefits the stronger: they generally lead to ever-increasing demands and delay rather than avoid the day of reckoning.

    Gifting also marks the boundaries of a community and your relationship with its members. During the holiday season there are those who receive token presents and those who receive larger gifts. Your spouse may get diamond jewelry for Christmas while the paper boy receives $10 and your high school acquaintance in Peoria gets a card: at most workplaces gifts are given to subordinates, not to superiors. And those who complain at length about "welfare states" reserve special horror for the fact that illegal aliens (i.e. those who are not an official part of Our Culture) might receive some benefit from social programs.

    When Gebo shows up in a reading it marks an alliance of some kind: the runes which surround it will tell you more about the costs and rewards of that partnership. They will tell whether you are the recipient or giver of the gift, and what responsibilities will come along with those benefits. You can then decide whether or not the obligation is worth the price... because Gebo teaches us that every gift has a price. Those who rely on charity are at the mercy of those who dispense it, and as Robert A. Heinlein reminds us, "There ain't no such thing as a free lunch." Those who give expect, sooner or later, to receive.
    [SIGPIC] Kim



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    Today's Rune is: BERKANA

    Thanks to their tiny airborne seeds, birch trees can advance into abandoned fields and reclaim clearings. After the glaciers retreated at the end of the last Ice Age, the birches were among the first trees to return to the barren landscape. When a fire clears a forest, the birches will restore themselves from cloned "root suckers" which spring up around the charred trunk.

    This fecundity is reflected in the Birch-Rune, Berkana. The organic power of Berkana is as implacable as the forces of death and entropy. Berkana reminds us that life can be found beneath Antarctic ice, in the pitch blackness of deep-sea hydrothermal vents, and on the salt-choked soils of high Andean plateaus. There are few environments so harsh as to be sterile: Berkana will manifest and adapt in almost any condition. It will raise up its children despite any obstacles which may stand in its way and find a way for them to not only survive but thrive.

    Berkana can also be a rune of communication. The name "birch" comes from the Sanskrit bhurj (paper), since its bark has long been used for writing paper. Birch wood is also an excellent carrier of sound and is used in making drums and speaker cabinets. If you want to convey a message, Berkana can ensure that it is received favorably and that it spreads to a wider audience. (For added effect, combine it in a bindrune with Ansuz and Chalc). Berkana is not just about organic life. Many postmodern theorists have postulated that memes take on a form of life, and the Neoplatonists long before them spoke of Ideals and Forms as sentient beings. By tapping into that power we can help bring our ideas to fruition in the form best suited for their environment.

    Birch is also an important healing plant. Derivatives from the betulin contained in its bark have powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-parasitic properties: they have also shown promise in treating cancer and HIV. Native Americans wrapped wet birch bark around broken limbs: when it dried it became stiff and served as a very effective cast. In Siberia and Russia birch was used to alleviate the pain of arthritis: other herbalists have found its oil effective for treating psoriasis and eczema. Birch leaves contain diuretics which can help in passing kidney stones or clearing bladder infections. Berkana can push us towards life and health and give us the strength to recover from wounds and diseases. It is one of the most powerful healing-runes, and can be used to treat many medical conditions. (As always, rune-work is an adjunct to professional medical treatment, not a substitute for it!)

    As it can heal physical ills, Berkana can also treat unpleasant spiritual conditions. In the Finnish sauna and the Russian banya bathers strike themselves with birch twigs to induce sweating and cleanse their bodies and skin. Berkana can help you to "sweat out" negativity which has become attached to you and purify you of psychic toxins. It can also encourage optimum conditions for growth and development. If you face difficult situations at work or at home, Berkana can work to pacify the angry and bring an air of peace and serenity to your area. If necessary, it can even do this in a firm way: birch switches were the weapon of choice for those applying the rod of correction to a wayward child. Berkana is not a violent rune, but do not mistake its gentleness for weakness. Like any loving mother it can be stern and, if circumstances require, implacable in its anger.
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    Rune of the Day for today:

    It is easy to cast some runes as benevolent spirits of light and love. Thurisaz is not one of those runes. The Thorn has the personality of a rabid pit bull with a toothache. It will gladly tear into anything you send it after, and if you aren't careful it will turn around and chew you up as well.

    This is not to say that Thurisaz is "evil." Trying to classify runes using terms which are intended to apply to human behavior can only result in confusion. Forest fires, dam breaks and volcanic eruptions have no malicious intent: the meteor which wiped out the dinosaurs and the plagues which reshaped European culture were neither kind nor cruel. Thurisaz is harsh and terrifying, but it is also a necessary part of the order of things. It is the predator which keeps the populations of deer and rabbits in check and the famine and disease which takes over that role when the predators are hunted to extinction. We avoid it, or treat it with sentimentality, at our own peril. If we understand its power and its place it can be a mighty ally: if we are careless, it can become a deadly, implacable foe.

    A thorn can penetrate thick hide because it concentrates weight and force to a tiny point. This is the lesson of Thurisaz: it is enormous energy brought to bear on a small area. The teeth that rend the throat, the keen sword-edge that slices through armor, the blast points that knock down granite hills all show the influence of Thurisaz. Thurisaz is a great breaker of obstacles: wielded wisely, it can blast away barriers (internal and external) which stand in our way. It is not wild and untamed savagery, but fierceness brought to bear on a specific target.

    Thurisaz can also be used to weave a nearly impenetrable wall of thorns around the runecaster. It is an aggressive and unrelenting defense, one that wears down attackers and can subject them to a "death by a thousand cuts." It can entangle an enemy in the briars and slow them down, or it can get inside them and rip them to shreds. If your foes are not strong enough to stand against Thurisaz, the rune will happily treat them as prey and feast on them. (This is not a side of Thurisaz which should be invoked likely: once you've put it on the scent, it will be difficult if not impossible to turn it aside should you have second thoughts about the attack).

    Thurisaz is also identified as "Thurse," an archaic term for the Jotuns or giants of Nordic and Germanic legend. This is another key to understanding its nature. The Jotuns are fierce, primal forces of nature, red in tooth and claw. They are terrifying enemies but can also be great friends to those they deem worthy. Thurisaz is a rune which will not be wielded by the weak and it can find your faults like a predator sensing a wounded animal. If you are strong enough to earn its respect, if you can raise your rage and passion and keep it in focus rather than letting it scatter, if you can maintain your awareness and anger simultaneously, Thurisaz will be a powerful guardian. If you are willing to give it your weakness in exchange for its strength Thurisaz will be a wise if sometimes sadistic teacher: its lessons may be painful but they will be lasting.

    When working with any of the runes, it is advisable to "redden" them or give them a few drops of your blood. For Thurisaz it is damned near mandatory. This is a rune which likes the taste of blood and will respond best after being properly fed. It should be approached with caution, but if you are going to work with the runes it must be approached. It will teach you to be ruthless when pity would be weakness, and to hone your emotions to a point rather than letting them diffuse into impotent rage or meaningless posturing. It is not a kind or a gentle rune, but it reminds us that the universe is not always a kind or a gentle place and that mercy is a luxury which must often be earned by force.

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    hmmm I wonder if or HWAT it is trying to tell me? Yes I would love to use it one my in laws but I worry I'm being harsher that what I should be and worried if I'm capable of controlling it. Will have to meditate on this rune....
    [SIGPIC] Kim



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