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Palmistry by Roz Levine

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Palmistry: How to Chart the Lines of Your Destiny is a no frills, down to earth guide to learning the art of palm reading. It is straight forward, to the point and an easy read. The author, Roz Levine, gives us lovely color photos and glossy paper along with detailed descriptions of all the parts and secrets of hands and what they say about us, and about our futures.

I have nothing bad to say about this book, except that it is a very basic guide to the art of palmistry, but if you are a beginner or just looking to start palm reading, this is the perfect book for you. It is inexpensive, well organized and well written by an author who clearly knows their stuff. You can get it here!

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A Beginner’s Guide to Runes

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What are Runes?

The term ‘Rune’ means ‘Secret, Whisper or Mystery’. Runes are Norse in origin. The legend goes that Odin, the All Father, suspended himself upside down from the Tree of Life, Yggdrasil, in order to gain enlightenment and revelation. After nine days and nights of this, it is said that he saw the runes suddenly appear at his feet. Runes are traditionally used for divination. The most common found rune set comes with 24 rune stones and is known as the Elder Futhark. You can also find rune sets with 25 stones, the 25th one being a blank stone known as the Wyrd stone, but this was a more recent addition. Each rune has a special meaning and a connection with a specific deity in the Nordic pantheon.

As with any other divination tool, it is important to find or make a rune set that really resonates with you. You can buy them as wood-burned tokens made from different kinds of wood, or even carved into gemstones. The rune stones pictured in this post are my first set of runes, which are carved into Golden Tiger Eye gemstones. I hope to soon get a second set carved into either Bloodstone or Labradorite.

There are two different kinds of rune stones in the Elder Futhark. There are the non-invertible runes and invertible runes. Non-invertible runes are runes that look the same no matter which way you hold them. Invertible runes  are rune stones that look distinctly different when turned upside down. These runes have two different meanings, depending on if they are right side up or upside down. I will be covering all of the known meanings for each rune, to my knowledge.

 

How Do I Cast Runes?

Casting Runes can seem pretty intimidating, but its pretty easy once you get the hang of it. It is important to handle your rune stones with care and reverence. The best way to get well acquainted with your set of runes is to do a ‘daily draw’, that is, once a day draw a single rune from the bag, just like you would for a single card tarot draw. This will also help you to become more familiar with each individual rune’s meanings and interpretations. Some like to ask a specific questions, but because runes have a much more complex meaning than just ‘yes’ or ‘no’, the wording of a question can be important. Don’t ask questions like, ‘Will I have a good day?’ but instead word it to be something like, ‘Please give me insight into today’s events.’ You can, however, ask a yes or no question but instead of interpreting the runes, you receive the answer simply by determining whether or not the stone is in the upright position, which would mean a yes, or is inverted, which would be a no.

Multiple rune readings require a cloth to cast the runes down on. This can be any piece of fabric, but I’ve come to understand that solid colors are generally more preferred. Different people cast the stones differently, and it also depends on how many runes you want to draw. The most common way is to draw the desired number, usually between three and five, and place them face down on the cloth. Then, swirl them clockwise. Turn them over and read them one at a time. Another way to cast runes is to dump all the runes out of the bag onto your cloth and read the ones that appear face up.

My personal method for a three stone casting is to take three stones from the bag, being careful not to look at them, and shaking them up in my hands like dice. Then, I cast them in a clockwise swirl. If some didn’t land right side up, I turn them over. From left to right, they represent past, present and future.

 

What Does Each Rune Mean?

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FEHU or FEOH (F)

Means ‘Cattle’. This is a rune traditionally connected to cattle and agriculture. It represents wealth, abundance, prosperity, love, and fulfillment. It asks us to identify what we value most. When FEHU is inverted, it represents frustration, difficulties and forewarns of the loss of something you love.

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URUZ or UR (U)

Means ‘Aurochs’. This rune is traditionally connected to the wild oxen known as aurochs. It represents strength, health, stamina, grounding, and courage. It holds us responsible for our actions and warns us not to lose control of our more violent emotions. Inverted, URUZ can warn us of the loss of our strength and energy.

 

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THURISAZ or THORN (TH)

Means ‘Giant’. This is the rune attributed to the Thunder God Thor. It is linked with upheavals, chaos, aggression, luck, counsel, and protection. The appearance of THURISAZ is a warning that life may not go according to plan. Inverted, THURISAZ’s serious nature and warnings are less dire and and are greatly reduced.

 

ansuz

ANSUZ or AS (A)

Means ‘An Aesir Deity’. This rune is alternatively known as the ‘god rune’ and is linked to the protection that Odin gives to his followers. It represents wisdom, communication, respect, ancestors, advice, inspiration, and insight. It tells us that if we are in need of advice, we should go to someone we respect and admire. Inverted, it could mean difficulties in communicating with others, or the misunderstanding of information due to an age gap.

 

raido

RAIDO or RAD (R)

Means ‘Journey on Horseback’.This is a rune of adventures and journeys, whether physical, mental, emotional or spiritual. It represents movement, action, messages, new projects or ventures, as well as advances in career. It’s appearance is a sign that it is time to start something new, to move on, and to take a risk in order to live a fulfilled life. Inverted, RAIDO forewarns of plans not working out the way you expected, and journeys being disrupted or even cancelled.

 

kaunaz

KAUNAZ or KEN (K)

Means ‘Ulcer’. This is a rune of fire. it is connected to pine trees, which were an original source of kindling for the Norse. It represents enlightenment, energy, lust, positivity, knowledge, understanding, success and relationships. It refers to the warmth of a friendship, the passion of a fiery sexual relationship or the spark that draws you to another person. It also warns us not to let the fire burn out of control or go out due to neglect. Inverted, it can foretell the loss of a friendship or other relationship.

 

gebo

GEBO or GIFU (G)

Means ‘Gift’. This rune stone is one of the most positive runes there is. It represents gifts, generosity, partnerships, love, divine union and good fortune. It is linked to love in all forms, whether it be platonic, passionate, familial, sexual, romantic, queerplatonic, etc etc. GEBO could either be foretelling a new, loving relationship or it could warn us of a difficulty regarding an existing relationship. It tells us that we will receive a gift that will bring us happiness, and that we should use our own personal gifts to help benefit others. GEBO is non-invertible.

 

wunjo

WUNJO or WYNN (W)

Means ‘Joy’. This is a run that represents happiness, contentment, harmony, joy, blessings, affection, desire and love in all forms. It foretells happiness and enjoyment, along with either the appearance of new relationships and friendships, or for us to enjoy and treasure the stable and happy relationships we already have. Inverted, it tells of wishes that have failed to manifest, or of a coming rough patch in a relationship.

 

hagalaz

HAGALAZ or HAGAL (H)

Means ‘Hail’. This rune is known for being challenging, as it describes situations that are out of our control. Traditionally, it is connected to hail and other natural disasters. It represents limits, delays, upheavals, risks, shadows, surrender, acceptance, and courage. HAGALAZ may be telling us that a storm is coming, and that we should face it with courage, put out head down and weather it rather than roll over and die. It reminds us to draw on our bravery and that this too shall pass, and that things will get better. It is a non-invertible rune.

 

nauthiz

NAUTHIZ or NYO (N)

Means ‘Need’. This rune is linked to crisis. It could foretell of the coming need for money, a new job, a new home, medical help or a new relationship. It represents patience, omens, obstacles, stress and necessity. This rune warns us that something rough is coming and that it must be faced head on, that you must be ready to think on your feet, be inventive, not blame others, or dissolve into a heap of stress. It is a non-invertible rune.

 

 

isa

ISA or IS  (I)

Means ‘Ice’.  It is linked to being frozen or static. It represents being stuck in a rut, the inability to move forward, loss, separation, focus, cooling, stagnant emotions, resistance to change and reluctance. It can indicate a time where your plans seems impossible, but that you must remain patience and wait it out. It could also be describing a time of rest and recuperation after a hard time. It is a non-invertible rune.

 

jera

JERA (J/Y)

Means ‘Year’. JERA is connected with the seasons and the cycles of nature. It is specifically linked to the winter solstice. It represents time, harvest, peace, commitment, rewards, wisdom, and gentle changes. JERA could be telling you to watch how you treat others as you will reap what you sow, or it could be letting you know that soon your hard work and efforts will be rewarded. JERA is a non-invertible rune.

 

 

eihwaz

EIHWAZ or EON (I)

Means ‘Yew’. This rune is connected to life, death and rebirth. It has ties to Yggdrasil, the Tree of Life. It represents a quest or journey, perseverance, conflict, and success. It tells us that we face difficulties for a reason, that challenges aren’t easy lessons to be learned but that we should face them head on regardless, and that soon through death we will inherit or gain something new in life. It is a non-invertible rune.

 

 

perth

PERTH or PEORTH (P)

This rune is linked directly with Wyrd, or fate, and it represents destiny, mystery, initiation, secrets and sexuality. It advises us to keep an open mind, but to also avoid rash decisions and actions, and to be prepared to analyze the situation. It is connected to creativity of all kinds, from art to child birth. Inverted, it warns us of fears that could be blown out of proportion.

 

 

algiz

ALGIZ or ELHAZ (Z)

This is the rune of protection. It is used to invoke the gods. It is associated with psychic abilities, meditation, protection, healing, self care, health, sensibility, friendship, aspiration, fortune and optimism. It tells us to take care of ourselves. It could also be foretelling the arrival of a new mentor or teacher. Inverted, it forewarns of being put in a position where you will be defensive or used.

 

sowelu

SOWELU or SIGEL (S)

Means ‘Sun’. This is the rune of the Sun. It represents life, warmth, growth, victory, visions, honor, achievements, vitality, confidence, power and optimism. It encourages us to reach for the stars, pursue new dreams, and make better humans of ourselves. It encourages us to keep pressing on even when things seems tough, and to draw on our own strength of purpose. It is a non-invertible rune.

 

teiwaz

TEIWAZ or TYR (T)

Means ‘The God Tiwaz’. This rune is a rune of purpose and is connected to the god Tyr. It represents sacrifice, intrigue, courage, justice, struggles, battles, victory, determination, purpose, strength, perseverance, resourcefulness and competition. Inverted, it describes a loss of direction or a defeat.

 

 

berkana

BERKANA or BEORC (B)

Means ‘Birch’. This is a rune of fertility. It is associated with motherhood, nurturing, growth, care-taking, birth, creativity, protection, nature and gardening. Its appearance tells us that we need to care for things that have been recently brought into the world. Whether it be a child, a plant or an animal. When inverted it describes a stunt in growth.

 

 

ehwaz

EHWAZ or EH  (E)

Means ‘Horse’. This rune is the rune of horses and travel. It represents journeys, emigration, vacation, movement, partnerships, progress, future, changes and truth. It describes working in harmony with others and positive relationships with animals and humans. Inverted, it forewarns of an inflexible attitude, indecisiveness and a betrayal of trust.

 

 

mannaz

MANNAZ or MAN (M)

Means ‘Man’. This is a rune that is connected to mankind. It represents rationality, intelligence, modesty, thought, trust and sociability. It helps us to evaluate and work out difficult relationships, and encourages us to want to improve ourselves. When inverted, it refers to a closed and prejudiced mind.

 

 

laguz

LAGUZ or LAGU (L)

This is the rune of the element water. It is connected to unconscious thought, emotions, intuition, psychic abilities, dreams, purification and letting go of emotional baggage. It encourages us to take time to do some introspection and improve our psychic abilities. Inverted, it describes fear and lack of courage.

 

 

inguz

INGUZ or ING (Ng)

Means ‘The God Ingwaz’. This is a rune of fertility associated with the god Freyr or Frey. It is connected to the seed aspect of any creation, whether it be child or plant harvest. It is associated with potential, freedom and new beginnings. It encourages us to be thankful for what we have. It is a non-invertible rune.

 

 

 

othila

OTHILA or ODAL or OTHALAN (O)

Means ‘Inheritance’. This is the rune of inheritance and home. It is associated with heritage, ancestry, and things passed down the generations. It is a good omen to draw this rune if you are considering moving houses or apartments, as it indicates that the move will be easy and the new home will be happy. Inverted, it refers to the act of clinging to the old ways and refusing any kind of change, specifically racism and greed.

 

dagaz

DAGAZ or DAEG (D)

Means ‘Day’. This is the run of Day and the summer solstice. It is associated with ambition, break through, light, hope and happiness. It signifies beneficial and positive changes, enlightenment, transformation, light at the end of the tunnel, contentment, peace and the end of a difficult time. It is a non-invertible rune.

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Violet’s Witchy Tips Masterpost

This is a collection of my most popular witchy tips content posts! I will be adding on to this regularly. It is designed to help witchlings and seasoned practitioners alike! If there is a topic you would like for me to writer about that I have not already covered, please contact me and I will make it!

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Elemental Based Craft//

Location Based Craft//

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Psychic Poetry Readings//

Violet’s Poetry Readings//

//What is a Poetry Reading?
•It is a personal form of divination I invented to help me practice my clairvoyance and my poetry at the same time. I often write poetry about the prophetic dreams and psychic visions I have, so a poetry reading is an attempt to promote a vision about a particular topic and then writing a poem about that vision.

//How can I get one?
•You must message me a ‘prompt word’, like ‘water’ or ‘school’ or something relating to what you want me to read. No names please. After I get the prompt word, I will go into a light trance and try to focus on the word when I get my vision. After I come out of my trance I write a poem about the vision I had.

//What happens to the poems?
•Some of them go into the rough draft for my poetry book, while the ones I don’t feel a strong connection to will be deleted to prevent clutter on my blog. If you want to save your poem, screenshot it or reblog it. ^^

//So what does my poem mean???
•That is for you to discover. I will describe in detail the vision I had, and then write it on pretty stationary. I will then mail the letter to you, along with a gift. If you wish to have an interpretation and advice about the poem and vision, please purchase the Detailed reading.

You can get a basic poetry reading here. 

And you can get a detailed poetry reading here. 

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A Beginner’s Guide to Tarot

A Beginner’s Guide to Tarot

What is Tarot?

According to Wikipedia, Tarot is  is a pack of playing cards, used from the mid-15th century in various parts of Europe to play games such as Italian tarocchini and French tarot. In the late 18th century, it began to be used for divination in the form of tarotology/cartomancy.

How do I choose a deck?

My personal advice is to search for a deck that really resonates with you, and that has ties to your heritage. Do  not use a deck that seems to be culturally appropriative. For example, the Vision Quest deck as shown in a few of the photos above, it a deck of cards made specifically for Natives, and should probably only be used by ndns out of respect for those cultures and their beliefs. If you have no ties to your heritage, a good rule of thumb is to pick things that are culturally ambiguous. Cats, dragons, faeries, gothic, and open pantheon tarot decks are all widely available and the artwork is stunning. It is important to  not only respect the artists who created the tarot, but also the culture they come from, the culture their art is based upon, and of course the spirit and personality of that specific tarot deck itself.

My deck is kind of….cryptic?

No worries. It’s actually really common to run into a few ‘grumpy’ decks during your time as a tarot reader. Like I said in the above section, tarot decks have personalities. Some of them are grouchy, some of them are cheery, some of them are sinister, and some of them are sarcastic. There is nothing necessarily wrong with your deck if it is giving you really snarky or rude readings, its just being itself. Some good ways to get a deck to warm up to you or calm down a little are to use them more often, talk to them, place amethyst crystals in the same pouch or on top of the deck, and keep the deck near your bed or under your pillow at night. This will help it to become more used to your presence and to trust you, which later results in more accurate and better readings. Not all tarot decks will be friendly and trusting right off the bat. Be patient, give it time.

How do I cleanse my cards?

Cleansing a deck regularly is a good practice to keep. Just like with any other metaphysical tool, you want to make sure that no negative or residual energy sticks to them and prevents them from operating at their optimal potential. Some good ways to cleanse your cards are to either smoke cleanse it with lavender/sage/cedar, spray the air around it with lavender/peppermint spritz, place a citrine crystal on top of it or hold it in your palms and visualize a bright, purifying white light washing over them.

Good Beginner Spreads?

Some good card spreads for beginners are one and three card spreads. One card spreads is basically you just drawing one card and then interpreting it. It’s a good idea to do this daily not only to help you become more familiar with the cards, but also to help you become better at readings. You can also ask the cards yes or no questions and get answers based on either their meaning, or if they are right side up or inverted. Some good three card spreads for beginners are:

  • Past, Present, Future
  • Mind, Body, Soul
  • Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow
  • Beginning, Middle, End
  • Action, Reaction, Outcome
  • Want, Need, Action
  • Morning, Afternoon, Evening
  • You, Other Person, The Relationship
  • Physical State, Emotional State, Spiritual State
  • You/ Your Current Path/ Your Potential

Good Starter Decks?

Some good starter decks would be the Rider-Waite Tarot (who had a black artist! whoot! This was actually my very first deck.) and the Thoth Tarot. Both are considered ‘classics’ and are pretty easy to come by. (I know I’ve seen them for sale at stores like Earthbound and Hastings)

What does each card mean?

Most tarot decks will come with a little booklet or pamplet that explains what each individual card can mean, however sometimes that is not the case and you have to use your personal interpretations for each card, judging more how it feels.  I will go over all the cards and two things that are often associated with them. This could be long haha.

Major Arcana (22 Cards):

  • The Magician: Skill, Self Confidence (Inverted: Disgrace, Loss)
  • The High Priestess: Mysteries, Secrets (Inverted: Passion, Narcissism)
  • The Empress: Initiative, Action (Inverted: Truth, Reveal)
  • The Emperor: Reason, Conviction (Inverted: Compassion, Immaturity)
  • The Hierophant: Inspiration, Alliance (Inverted: Weakness, Discord)
  • The Lovers: Love, Overcoming Obstacles (Inverted: Failure, Foolishness)
  • The Chariot: Victory, War (Inverted: Defeat, Riot)
  • Strength: Courage, Power (Inverted: Abuse of Power, Weakness)
  • The Hermit: Treason, Corruption (Inverted: Fear, Disguise)
  • Wheel of Fortune: Destiny, Luck (Inverted: Abundance, Prosperity)
  • Justice: Equality, Rightness (Inverted: Bigotry, Bias)
  • The Hanged Man: Wisdom, Sacrifice (Inverted: Selfishness, Conceited)
  • Death: The End, Finality (Inverted: Sleep, Lethargy)
  • Temperance: Moderation, Self Control ( Inverted: Religion, Misfortune)
  • The Devil: Cunning, Violence (Inverted: Pettiness, Blindness)
  • The Tower: Ruin, Disgrace (Inverted: Oppression, Tyranny)
  • The Star: Hope, New Goals (Inverted: Arrogance, Impotence)
  • The Moon: Deception, Danger (Inverted: Silence, Instability)
  • The Sun: Happiness, Contentment (Inverted: Union, Stability)
  • The Judgement: Outcome, Change of Heart (Inverted: Decision, Sentence)
  • The World: Success, Journey (Inverted: Stagnation, Boredom)
  • The Fool: Mischievousness, Extravagance (Inverted: Carelessness, Vanity)

Minor Arcana (56 Cards):

  • Swords: Related to Air, Logic and Reason
    • Ace: Power, Victory
    • Two: Choice, Stalemate
    • Three: Heartbreak, Grief
    • Four: Rest, Rejuvenation
    • Five: Conflict, Defeat
    • Six: Transition, Change
    • Seven: Betrayal, Deception
    • Eight: Isolation, Trapped
    • Nine: Depression, Anxiety
    • Ten: Loss, Crisis
    • Page: Energy, Curiosity
    • Knight: Opinions, Hastiness
    • Queen: Perception, Quick Thinking
    • King: Clarity, Cunning
  • Cups: Related to Water, Emotions and Love
    • Ace: Compassion, Love
    • Two: Attraction, Union
    • Three: Friendship, Community
    • Four: Apathy, Contemplation
    • Five: Loss, Regret
    • Six: Nostalgia, Innocence
    • Seven: Imagination, Visualization
    • Eight: Disappointment, Escapism
    • Nine: Comfort, Contentedness
    • Ten: Happiness, Balance
    • Page: Creativity, Harmony
    • Knight: Romantic, Charming
    • Queen: Calm, Compassionate
    • King: Emotional Balance, Mental Stability
  • Wands: Related to Fire, Creativity and Willpower
    • Ace: Inspiration, Creation
    • Two: Progress, Discovery
    • Three: Foresight, Preparation
    • Four: Harmony, Home
    • Five: Disagreement, Strife
    • Six: Self Confidence, Personal Growth
    • Seven: Competition, Perseverance
    • Eight: Change, Movement
    • Nine: Persistence, Resilience
    • Ten: Burden, Responsibility
    • Page: Enthusiasm, Energy
    • Knight: Passion, Adventure
    • Queen: Vibrancy, Life
    • King: Visions, Dreams
  • Pentacles: Related to Earth, Physical Body and Material Possessions
    • Ace: Manifestation, Prosperity
    • Two: Balance, Adaptability
    • Three: Teamwork, Harmony
    • Four: Stability, Safety
    • Five: Insecurity, Worry
    • Six: Generosity, Charity
    • Seven: Vision, Investment
    • Eight: Education, Commitment
    • Nine: Gratitude, Luxury
    • Ten: Wealth, Abundance
    • Page: New Opportunities, Manifestation
    • Knight: Efficiency, Frugal
    • Queen: Maternal, Realistic
    • King: Controlled, Disciplined

 

 

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Oracle: The Basics of Divination

What is an Oracle?

An oracle is a person, psychic or witch that uses their extrasensory abilities to attempt to foretell the fortunes of others through various forms of divination. Usually an Oracle focuses on one to three main types of divination and hones those skills, while others like to dabble in a little bit of everything. Ultimately, it comes down to personal preference.

What is Divination?

Divination, as defined in the dictionary, is the practice of attempting to foretell future events or discover hidden knowledge by occult or supernatural means, augury; prophecy, and perception by intuition; instinctive foresight.

Where do I start?

Personally, I would recommend starting with something simple. The three best kinds of divination for witchlings, in my opinion, are Pendulum Reading, Tarot and Runes.

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What is Pendulum Reading?

Pendulums are made up of a crystal carved to a point and either a chain or rope. The photo on the left depicts my two pendulums (bloodstone and opalite) and my pendulum board. A Pendulum Reading is a type of divination where yes or no questions are asked of either the pendulum itself, or of a spirit, entity or deity with the pendulum acting as a conduit.

How do I use a Pendulum?

First, its always a good idea to cleanse any item you plan to use in your magical practice. The easiest way to do this is to hold it in your palm and visualize a white glowing light washing over it and purifying it. To perform a reading, hold the pendulum completely still in the center of your board or over a flat surface. Make your associations clear, for example, if you want a vertical swing to mean yes and a horizontal swing to mean no, say so. Then, ask your questions. If done properly and with enough practice, the pendulum should swing noticeably enough in one direction or the other for you to get a good answer. tarot reading

What is Tarot?

According to Wikipedia, Tarot is  is a pack of playing cards, used from the mid-15th century in various parts of Europe to play games such as Italian tarocchini and French tarot. In the late 18th century, it began to be used for divination in the form of tarotology/cartomancy.

How do I do a Tarot Reading?

That depends on your personal preference and the deck you choose. Some oracle cards do not operate the exact same way as the mainstream major/minor arcana 78 deck tarot cards. For a detailed run down of how to get started with Tarot, check out my Beginner’s Guide to Tarot post here.

What are Runes?all-runes

The term ‘Rune’ means ‘Secret, Whisper or Mystery’ and are Norse in origin. The legend goes that Odin, the All Father, suspended himself upside down from the Tree of Life, Yggdrasil, in order to gain enlightenment and revelation. After nine days and nights of this, it is said that he saw the runes suddenly appear at his feet. Runes are traditionally used for divination. The most common found rune set comes with 24 rune stones and is known as the Elder Futhark. You can also find rune sets with 25 stones, the 25th one being a blank stone known as the Wyrd stone, but this was a more recent addition. Each rune has a special meaning and a connection with a specific deity in the Nordic pantheon.

How do I cast and read Rune Stones?

Casting Runes can seem pretty intimidating, but its pretty easy once you get the hang of it. It is important to handle your rune stones with care and reverence. The best way to get well acquainted with your set of runes is to do a ‘daily draw’, that is, once a day draw a single rune from the bag, just like you would for a single card tarot draw. This will also help you to become more familiar with each individual rune’s meanings and interpretations. Some like to ask a specific questions, but because runes have a much more complex meaning than just ‘yes’ or ‘no’, the wording of a question can be important. Don’t ask questions like, ‘Will I have a good day?’ but instead word it to be something like, ‘Please give me insight into today’s events.’ You can, however, ask a yes or no question but instead of interpreting the runes, you receive the answer simply by determining whether or not the stone is in the upright position, which would mean a yes, or is inverted, which would be a no. For detailed instructions on Rune Stones, their meanings and how to read them, see my Beginner’s Guide to Runes here!

Okay, got it. What next?

Next, you should expand upon your skills! Some other awesome types of divination you could try as a newbie would be Crystal Scrying, Nephelomancy, Shufflemancy and Palmistry. flourite

What is Crystal Scrying?

Crystal Scrying, or Gazing, is the use of crystals to peek into the future. By staring into a slightly transparent crystal for a long period of time, you can start to pick out certain shapes, and interpret them into what they mean for you personally. The best crystals for Scrying, in my opinion, are Quartz, Fluoirite, Citrine and Calcite.

What is Nephelomancy?

Also called Aeromancy, Nephelomancy is the art of Cloud Reading or Cloud Scrying. You pick out shapes and interpret them. The colors of the clouds, shape of the clouds, and types of clouds all play a role in the overall meaning of the reading. You can see more details on Nephelomancy at the end my Stormcraft post. 

What is Shufflemancy?

Shufflemancy is one of the favorite forms of divination for tech and urban witches, as all you need to do it is your phone or mp3 player. You just put your music library on shuffle and the first song that plays is what should be interpreted. For example, I put my Itunes library on shuffle, and this is the song that played. Which is ironic, I think, because it’s actually currently raining where I live. You should also take into account what the song, personally, means to you. Do you have any memory associations with it? Does it relate to any specific emotion you feel? Is it nostalgic or sentimental? How so? For example, this song makes me feel a little melancholy, it reminds me of a time in my life when I was very alone and spent a lot of time on my own, longing to be loved and longing to heal from recent traumas. I also used to fall asleep to this song a lot. So, for me, I interpret this song as a sign that I need to stop and rest, to forgive myself and give myself a break, as well as focus on all the good things that have happened, instead of the bad.

What is Palmistry?hand

Palmistry, or chiromancy is the claim of characterization and foretelling the future through the study of the palm, also known as palm reading or chirology. The practice is found all over the world, with numerous cultural variations. Those who practice chiromancy are generally called palmists, palm readers, hand readers, hand analysts, or chirologists. I plan to do an in detailed post about Palmistry here very soon.

 

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Psychic Abilities//

Psychic abilities go hand in hand with Witchcraft. Here are just a few of the basic ones and what they are.

•Astral Projection: the ability to have out of body experiences and separate the astral body from the physical body at will.

•Aura Reading: the ability to perceive the energy surrounding a living being.

•Auto-Writing: Writing without conscious thought. An act performed often by mediums.

•Bilocation: Being in many places at once.

•Channeling: Communicating with a spirit.

•Clairalience: Having a smell perception outside the human senses.

•Clairaudience: Having an auditory perception outside the human senses.

•Claircognizence: Having a thought perception outside the human senses.

•Clairgustance: Having a taste perception outside the human senses.

•Clairsentience: Having a physical perception outside the human senses. Related to psychometry.

•Clairvoyance: Having a visual perception outside the human senses.

•Divination: Gaining insight into a situation by use of tools or ritual.

•Dowsing: Ability to locate an object.

•Energy Healing: The ability to mend physical, emotional, energetic and mental wounds with energy.

•Levitation: Flying or floating.

•Precognition: Perception of future events.

•Psychokinesis: The ability to manipulate objects through thought and willpower.

•Psychometry: The ability to learn information about an object, person, memory or event by physically touching a related object.

•Retrocognition: Perception of past events.

•Scrying: Use of a tool to peer into the distance or the future.

•Telepathy: The transfer of thoughts, words or emotions from one mind to another.