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She Who Turns to Love: All About Aphrodite

She Who Turns to Love

I’ve been fairly neglectful towards this website in the last few months due to personal misevents. I got a divorce, ran through two different jobs, but now I find myself again with a purpose. I got accepted and re-enrolled in school (which I start in a few days), and I have a new lover who appreciates me for who I am—mental illnesses and all. About four months ago I formally devoted myself to the Goddess, Aphrodite. I had felt a pull towards her in the last year and finally decided to do something about it. And boy, am I glad I did. I can’t begin to describe what a wonderful experience it is to know and be known by such a divine being.

Anyway, to the real point of this post. I wanted to share all the information I’ve gleaned thus far in my adventure with the Mistress of Honey. I hope this can be of use to fellow devotees and love priestesses alike.

 

The Names of ΑΦΡΟΔΙΤΗ / Aphrodite:

  • Αντηεια (ANTHEIA): the blooming, or the friend of flowers
  • Αποτροπηια (APOTRO′PHIA): “the expeller,” the goddess who expelled from the hearts of men the desire after sinful pleasure and lust.
  • Γενετψλλισ (GENETYLLIS): the protectress of births
  • Πειτηο (PEITHO): The personification of Persuasion
  • Ουρανια (Urania): Heavenly, Divine
  • Πανδημος (Pandemos): Common to All People
  • Μαχανιτις (Machanitis): Skilled at Inventing, Deviser, Contriver
  • Επιστροφια (Epistrophia) She who Turns to Love
  • Αποστροφια (Apostrophia): Averter of Unlawful Desires
  • Νικηφορος (Nicephorus): Bringer of Victory
  • Αρεια (Areia): Warelike, Of Ares
  • Μορφω (Morpho) Of Shapely Form, the fair shaped
  • Πυρηναια (Acraea): Of the Heights
  • Ακραια (Cepois): Of the Gardens
  • Ποντια (Pontia): Of the Sea
  • Λιμενια (Limenia) Of the Harbour
  • Κηποις (Anadyomene): Risen from the Sea, Goddess Rising from the Sea
  • Φιλομμειδης (Philommides): Laughter-Loving
  • Αφρογενεια (Aphrogeneia): Foam Born
  • Χρυσεη (Chrysea): Golden
  • Ποθων Μητηρ (Pothon Mater): Mother of Desire

My Personal Titles for Aphrodite:

  • Η κυρία των περιστεριών (I kyria ton peristerion): The Lady of Doves
  • Χρυσή Θεά (Chrysi Thea): Golden Goddess
  • Φύλακας των γυναικών (Fylakas ton gynaikon): Guardian of Women
  • Βασίλισσα της ευχαρίστησης (Vasilissa tis efcharistisis): Queen of Pleasure
  • Φύλακας των μελισσών (Fylakas ton melisson): Keeper of Bees
  • Αυτή που είναι επενδυμένη με τριαντάφυλλα (Afti pou einai ependymeni me triantafylla): She that is clad in roses
  • Αυτή που ηρεμεί τις παλίρροιες (afti pou iremei tis palirroies): She who calms the tides

 

The Symbols of Aphrodite:

  • Eros/Cupids
  • Doves
  • Mirrors
  • Girdle/Belt
  • Apples
  • Scallop Shells
  • Myrtle Wreath
  • Flowers

Aphrodite, Patron of:

  • Attraction
  • Sexual Desire
  • Sex
  • Procreation
  • Romantic Love
  • Seduction
  • Sweet Talk
  • Flirtation
  • Love Poetry
  • Grace
  • Beauty
  • Lovers
  • Relationships
  • Joy
  • Peace
  • Happiness
  • Laughter
  • Pleasure
  • Women
  • Sailors
  • Sexuality
  • Lesbians
  • LGBT People

That Which is Holy to Aphrodite:

  • Holiest Shrine: Paphos, Island of Kypros (Cyprus)
  • Holy Number: 5
  • Holy Days: Friday, 4th Day of the Month
  • Holy Celestial Body: The Planet Venus
  • Holy Festivals: Valentine’s Day (2/14), Aphrodisia (7/20), Adonia (8/4)
  • Sacred Animals: Doves, Bees, Hares, Sparrows, Geese
  • Sacred Plants: Red Rose, Apple, Pomegranate, Narcissus, Myrtle, Myrrh, Lettuce, Cherries, Strawberries, Lime, Anemone, Seaweed, Kelp
  • Sacred Stones: Rose Quartz, Amethyst, Kunzite, Rhodonite, Rhodochrosite, Ruby, Lepidolite, Pink Opal, Amazonite, Aquamarine, Sunstone, Blue Lace Agate, Sodalite, Lapis Lazuli, Opalite
  • Sacred Metals: Gold, Bronze
  • Sacred Shells: Abalone, Conch, Scallop, Clam
  • Sacred Magics: Sea, Storm, Love, Curses, Sex, Feminine, Glamours, Green

 

The 12 Virtues of Aphrodite:

  • Beauty
  • Flirtation
  • Brazenness
  • Timing
  • Grace
  • Charm
  • Gaiety
  • Sensuality
  • Seduction
  • Rapture
  • Discernment
  • Brilliance

The Favours of Aphrodite:

  • Sexual Attraction
  • Love Reciprocated
  • Beauty
  • Pleasure
  • Happiness
  • Luck in both Love and War

The Curses of Aphrodite:

  • Sexual Repulsion
  • Unnatural Desires (Incest, Bestiality)
  • Unrequited Love
  • Ugliness
  • Loneliness
  • Misery

Offerings to Aphrodite:

(My personal ideas)

  • Learn a musical instrument to play in her honor
  • Paint or draw portraits of her
  • Write Love Poetry
  • Self Love and Self Care
  • Makeup/ Beauty Routine
  • Buy New Clothing
  • Bathing / Spa Treatments
  • Erect an Altar for Her
  • Love Others
  • Sexual Pleasure
  • Masturbation
  • Traveling
  • Photography
  • Make a Monthly Donation to Planned Parenthood or RAINN
  • Practice Love Magic
  • Make a Pilgrimage to Paphos, Cyprus (a pretty far out suggestion, I know. But its something I personally would love to do someday)
  • Support Cruelty free beauty products like LUSH
  • Support Ocean Charities, like the Adopt an Orca program through the Whale Museum in Friday Harbor, WA
  • Plan dates for people
  • Give gifts to loved ones

 

Sappho’s Hymn to Aphrodite

(In the original Greek and translated into Modern English)

Ποικιλόθρον᾽ ὰθάνατ᾽ ᾽Αφροδιτα,
παῖ Δίοσ, δολόπλοκε, λίσσομαί σε
μή μ᾽ ἄσαισι μήτ᾽ ὀνίαισι δάμνα,
πότνια, θῦμον.

ἀλλά τυίδ᾽ ἔλθ᾽, αἴποτα κἀτέρωτα
τᾶσ ἔμασ αύδωσ αἴοισα πήλγι
ἔκλυεσ πάτροσ δὲ δόμον λίποισα
χρύσιον ἦλθεσ

ἄρμ᾽ ὐποζεύξαια, κάλοι δέ σ᾽ ἆγον
ὤκεεσ στροῦθοι περὶ γᾶσ μελαίνασ
πύκνα δινεῦντεσ πτέῤ ἀπ᾽ ὠράνω
αἴθεροσ διὰ μέσσω.

αῖψα δ᾽ ἐχίκοντο, σὺ δ᾽, ὦ μάσαιρα
μειδιάσαισ᾽ ἀθάνατῳ προσώπῳ,
ἤρἐ ὄττι δηὖτε πέπονθα κὤττι
δἦγτε κάλημι

κὤττι μοι μάλιστα θέλω γένεσθαι
μαινόλᾳ θύμῳ, τίνα δηὖτε πείθω
μαῖσ ἄγην ἐσ σὰν φιλότατα τίσ τ, ὦ
Πσάπφ᾽, ἀδίκηει;

καὶ γάρ αἰ φεύγει, ταχέωσ διώξει,
αἰ δὲ δῶρα μὴ δέκετ ἀλλά δώσει,
αἰ δὲ μὴ φίλει ταχέωσ φιλήσει,
κωὐκ ἐθέλοισα.

ἔλθε μοι καὶ νῦν, χαλεπᾶν δὲ λῦσον
ἐκ μερίμναν ὄσσα δέ μοι τέλεσσαι
θῦμοσ ἰμμέρρει τέλεσον, σὐ δ᾽ αὔτα
σύμμαχοσ ἔσσο.

 

Shimmering-throned immortal Aphrodite,
Daughter of Zeus, Enchantress, I implore thee,
Spare me, O queen, this agony and anguish,
Crush not my spirit

 

Whenever before thou has hearkened to me–
To my voice calling to thee in the distance,
And heeding, thou hast come, leaving thy father’s
Golden dominions,

 

With chariot yoked to thy fleet-winged coursers,
Fluttering swift pinions over earth’s darkness,
And bringing thee through the infinite, gliding
Downwards from heaven,

 

Then, soon they arrived and thou, blessed goddess,
With divine contenance smiling, didst ask me
What new woe had befallen me now and why,
Thus I had called the.

 

What in my mad heart was my greatest desire,
Who was it now that must feel my allurements,
Who was the fair one that must be persuaded,
Who wronged thee Sappho?

 

For if now she flees, quickly she shall follow
And if she spurns gifts, soon shall she offer them
Yea, if she knows not love, soon shall she feel it
Even reluctant.

 

Come then, I pray, grant me surcease from sorrow,
Drive away care, I beseech thee, O goddess
Fulfil for me what I yearn to accomplish,
Be thou my ally.

 

(That’s all for now. I may update sometime in the future! Want to keep this website free? Donate below!)

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Spirit Speak by Ivo Dominguez, Jr.

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Spirit Speak: Knowing and Understanding Spirit Guides, Ancestors, Ghosts, Angels and the Divine is definitely one of those books one should read with a grain of salt. While the majority of the book is good information, filled with personal experiences and exercises for the reader to try out themselves, the book is filled with very Wiccan approaches to the subject. The author writes about chakras, god/goddess binaries, ‘shamans’, and almost seems to encourage working with spirits that originate and are part of closed cultures and religions.

In my experience, as a native person, why would a person with colonizer/invader blood WANT to work with a native ancestor, spirit or creature? 9 times out of 10, that spirit will react violently. I mean, how would you feel if someone woke you up, someone who in their time period would have killed your family, probably raped your wife and set your house on fire, hunted your kin for sport, and stole your land, and then that person tried to have a polite conversation with you, or god forbid, ask you for a favor? It just would not happen. You would be furious, or laugh in their face.

So while much of this book I do think has valuable information and I did enjoy reading parts of it, it is so important to just remember to respect closed cultures and religions and try to work with spirits that are part of open practices. Instead of using the term ‘chakras’, try using ‘energy points’ instead.

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Resistance Witchcraft: Standing Your Ground

Recent events have called me to a make a post about resistance and witchcraft. Witches, historically, are rebels and warriors against injustice. So it’s only natural that we take a stand now. We cannot allow another genocide to take place. This post will include not just magical stuff, but also practical advice on protesting, safety and being an ally.

Tools of the Trade//

  • Posters and Picket Signs
  • Flyers
  • Chanting
  • Activism Patches, Buttons and T-Shirts

Basic Guidelines//

  • Stay Informed.
  • Educate Yourself and Others.
  • Spread Accurate Information.
  • Donate! Money, Time, Energy, Whatever you can give.
  • Sign Petitions
  • Attend Marches and Protests
  • Vote Any Chance you have to Vote.
  • Practice Protest Safety.
  • Practice Cyber Security.
  • Do not Speak over the Oppressed, Support them.
  • Cast Wards to Protect Protestors.
  • Curse Nazis.

Resistance 101//

How You Can Help//

Resisting as a Witch//

Useful Spells//

 

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Morse Code Spells: Writing Morse for Sea Witches

“Morse code is a method of transmitting text information as a series of on-off tones, lights, or clicks that can be directly understood by a skilled listener or observer without special equipment. It is named for Samuel F. B. Morse, an inventor of the telegraph. Each Morse code symbol represents either a text character (letter or numeral) or a prosign and is represented by a unique sequence of dots and dashes. The duration of a dash is three times the duration of a dot. Each dot or dash is followed by a short silence, equal to the dot duration. The letters of a word are separated by a space equal to three dots (one dash), and the words are separated by a space equal to seven dots.”

-Wikipedia

Personally, I love Morse code. I really need to dedicate myself to learning it fluently, because it can be very useful in emergencies at sea. Naval ships are still required to use it regularly. The best part about Morse is it exists not only as a written language, but also as a series of sounds. So you could write, or speak, your Morse spells.

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The easiest way to write spells in Morse code is to use a translator. You can write them yourself, but it just takes more time. This does help you to become fluent quicker, however. Here is the website I use to translate my spells into morse. It not only provides a written, dots and dashes translation, but you can also listen to the translation as audio.

And here are some example spells!

Full Moon Spell

..-. ..- .-.. .-.. / — — — -. –..– / –. ..- .- .-. -.. .. .- -. / — ..-. / – …. . / -. .. –. …. – / … -.- -.– –..– / –. .-. .- -. – / — . / -.– — ..- .-. / .– .. … -.. — — / .- -. -.. / . -. . .-. –. -.–

(Translation: Full Moon, guardian of the night sky, grant me  your wisdom and energy.)

 

Good Fortune Spell

— .- -.– / –. — — -.. / .-.. ..- -.-. -.- / .- -. -.. / — — -. . -.– / ..-. .. -. -.. / — .

(Translation: May good luck and money find me)

 

Shadow Summon

-.. .- .-. -.- -. . … … / .– .. – …. .. -. / -… . / –.- ..- . .-.. .-.. . -.. .-.-.- / …. . . -.. / — -.– / . …- . .-. -.– / -.-. — — — .- -. -.. .-.-.- / -.-. — — . / -. — .– –..– / .. / -.-. .- .-.. .-.. .-.-.-

(Translation: Darkness within be quelled. Heed my every command. Come now, I call.)

 

You can pretty much write any kind of spell with this. I have a lot of fun writing these, and I hope you do too!

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Binary Code Spells: Writing in Binary for Tech Witches

Binary code is a system of zero’s and one’s that represents text and computer processing instructions. Basically, it is how a computer stores information, and was developed as an evolution of telegraph code. Writing in ASCII (American Standard Code for Information Exchange) Binary Code is relatively easy once you get the hang of it. Like learning any kind of alphabetic code, it just takes a lot of practice. Each corresponding letter in the alphabet, in lower case or upper case, is assigned a 7 or 8 digit number to represent it.

Lowercase Letters:

a 01100001
b 01100010
c 01100011
d 01100100
e 01100101
f 01100110
g 01100111
h 01101000
i 01101001
j 01101010
k 01101011
l 01101100
m 01101101
n 01101110
o 01101111
p 01110000
q 01110001
r 01110010
s 01110011
t 01110100
u 01110101
v 01110110
w 01110111
x 01111000
y 01111001
z 01111010

Uppercase Letters:

A 01000001
B 01000010
C 01000011
D 01000100
E 01000101
F 01000110
G 01000111
H 01001000
I 01001001
J 01001010
K 01001011
L 01001100
M 01001101
N 01001110
O 01001111
P 01010000
Q 01010001
R 01010010
S 01010011
T 01010100
U 01010101
V 01010110
W 01010111
X 01011000
Y 01011001
Z 01011010

 

The first zero’s are kind of optional, I’ve seen some people use them and some don’t. It’s up to you. Personally I write them in 7 numbers, not 8. Writing spells in binary is a good way to keep unwanted eyes unaware of what you’re writing. Few people who are not fluent in Binary will take the time to translate or even read the seemingly unending series of zeros and ones. Here’s a few example spells I’ve written up, and words that you may find useful.

Storm Summon:

1000011 1101111 1101101 1100101 1010100 1101000 1110101 1101110 1100100 1100101 1110010

1000011 1101111 1101101 1100101 1001100 1101001 1100111 1101000 1110100 1101110 1101001 1101110 1100111

1000011 1101111 1101101 1100101 1010011 1110100 1101111 1110010 1101101

(Translation: Come Thunder, Come Lightning, Come Storm)

 

Love Glamour:

1010011 1100101 1100101 1101101 1100101 1110100 1101000 1110010 1101111 1110101 1100111 1101000 1110100 1101000 1100101 1110010 1101111 1110011 1100101

(Translation: See me through the rose)

 

Protection Ward:

1000101 1110110 1101001 1101100 1100010 1100101 1100111 1101111 1101110 1100101

(Translation: Evil, be gone)

 

Those are just a few examples, but you get the idea. You can do any kind of spell with these and I think it’s a lot of fun! So go wild and get your geek on!

 

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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?

fehu

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.

uruz

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.

 

thurisaz

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.