Fàisneachd;(Prophecy or Omens) Divinination Techniques
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PROCESS OF CASTING RUNES
Ancient method of using divining rods to predict the future, or events.
The ideal behind the action, is that in every tree lives a tree spirit, or a dryad.
Druidism supports the theory that the tree dryads came before the first rays of light had touched the earth, and therefore without them, the earth could not survive.
Seven divining rods are used, made from various types of wood.
Three rods are made nine inches long, three are made 13 inches long, and one, is made in any length you desire.
That wand is marked.
Many use their altar wand as the seventh wand.
The wands are then decorated, and charged to your own personality, and wrapped together in a cloth, ideally of natural materials, to be kept when not in use..
Divining rods are used thusly:
Lay the special wand on the earth in front of you, with the other six wands held in your right hand, about three feet above the one placed on the ground.
Close your eyes, thinking of the question or concept at hand.
Allow the wish or question to fill your mind, to the exclusion of all else.
Take your left hand, and take hold of the end of one wand, permitting the others to fall to the ground.
They are read as follows.
If more long wands fall, the answer to the question is yes, or the wish you desire is going to happen.
B. If more short wands fall, the answer is no.
C. the reply is more fervent if the special wand touches any of the others.
D. If all of the wands point to the special wand, your own actions will influence the wish.
E. If even one wand does not touch the earth in any way, the wands require to be recast.
Typical woods that may be used are:
Alder, which represents purification by fire.
Ash, representing justice
Laurel Representative of honor.
Oak, the representative of fertility, love, and endurance.
Pine, representing birth and rebirth.
Rowan, sorcerers wood, which enhances enchantment.
WIllow, drawing its strength and energy from water.
feather augury is the branch of druidism that has to do with divining the future by the signs left behind by birds or fowl.
The idea is simple and simply accomplished.
Feathers you find will point to factors which will influence your life and future.
Feather colors and meanings:
Green: Growth, new prosperity.
RED: Good luck, new opportunity
Blue: Love, friendship, a gift
Orange: Newfound happiness, healing
Brown: Good health,
Gray: Peace and contentment
White: Purity, joy, new birth
Black: Bad fortune,
Blue and white: a new love, or new friendship
Yellow and green: Lies and gossip affect you
Speckled, or spotted: Divine guidance from the Gods
Black and white: a warning, take care
History of The Runes
The Runes were a form
of ancient writing, widely used for many thousands of years.
There is much
mystery surrounding the use of the runes, as well as their origin. According to
legend, the word "Rune" means a whispered secret. It is from ancient Norse
culture that the runes originate, and in fact were the very heart of life for
After many centuries of disuse, and being confined to some dark recess, the
runes are reemerging as a gift from our forebears, to be used to impart wisdoms
of the ancients.
As Christianity spread, erection of the runestones eventually died The church
made it the business of the moment to outlaw the use of runes, and to destroy
all evidence of them. This total eradication of a culture was achieved by the
insidious overtaking and usurping of its tenets
Churches were placed strategically on the holy or sacred sites Existing pagan
festivals were taken as the churches own.
Saturnalia(Christmas) were summarily borrowed for the Christians own use The
early Christians engaged upon a conscious and stubborn campaign to wipe out
loyalty to any God but their own deity There would be no celebrations, no
festivals, no worship of any kind, unless it was sanctioned by, and for, the
Christian church The Christian church was, in the main, albeit after many years,
extremely effective in eradicating cultures (witness our own native american
While the church eradicated the use of the runes themselves, it did not
manage to control use of the actual runic symbols In medieval times, the people
responded to the churches intransigence by incorporating the runes into the
timbers of their homes in obvious runic configurations, so that they were
effectively empowered by the runes, even given the churches forbidding laws.
Today there are still many homes in Europe in which runic designs are visible
The problem with any culture being passed down via "word of mouth" is that
when the culture fragments, as is inevitable in such society,
the history of
that culture is fragmented as well Owing to a lack of historical materials
regarding the use of the runes there is much confusion as to how they were a
part of everyday life.
It is assumed they were used for magical purposes, or as talismans. It is
very difficult to tell from the slim documentations left to this age,why the
Norse and Saxon peoples believed so fervently in the powers of the rune as a
talisman, although it is known they were also used for mundane writings, as any
other alphabet, they were ascribed as well a magical presence The simple truth
is that much of the history, and associated myth was taken away by a too fervent
Christian church in its effort to kill a culture. We do know that they were in
common use across all of Northern Europe,from the Bronze age until the middle of
the seventeenth century. The extent and scope of use is lost to antiquity .
We know, that after the Norman, Kelts,& Saxons were joined with the
Germanic tribes, the runes affected not only the warrior culture, but the
morals, artistry, poetry and literary works as well.
Some of these works
have survived until today. The belief in the magickal, spiritual power of the
runes to bring goodness to everyday life is the stone upon which the artistic
culture was built
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The runes, above all else are steeped in
natural forces, and symbolize the power which is shown by the elements of
nature,the earths forces, the wind, ice, rain, and the sun for instance. To try
to understand them by adopting a reasoning, intellectual approach, therefore, is
fruitless, and will bring bewilderment rather than enlightenment and
The runes are derived from natural forces,which can be seen
everywhere that the eyes of one who wishes to see will look. It is apparent in
the shape of a stream or creek as it flows through a woodland,in the forked
branches of the trees, and the shape of the stones on the path.
The forces of
nature speak to us directly, if we will but open our mind and listen. The
knowledge they give is all around us, so long as we see with our inner self,
with the inner sight, and not with the eyes alone.
The runes do not and will
not impart amazing magickal powers, do not give unearthly success, nor great
material gain to the holder, nor will they give wealth or political powers. They
are as pragmatic as nature itself, grounded firmly in the natural world. To this
day, our language bears witness to the underlying philosophy of the runes, by a
number of little sayings, such as, "What goes around comes around" and "nothing
comes for free"
The peoples who used the runes, Celtics, Normans, Saxons,
Germanics, all were grounded firmly in the earths ways, knew that there is
always a price to be paid for any gain, and that all of life is a circle.
Because of this they took a less demanding approach to life than does modern
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USING THE RUNES
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Before you begin to use the runes, it is
important to get in touch with the energies they represent.
viewed the world in a holistic way witnessed by the adage"As above, so
It is such a sad commentary on our world today that such an approach
is met with disbelief and derision, that the practioners of paganism are so
widely discriminated against in a modern world which protects religious
The established churches have aided in the erosion of this concept
as they perhaps have too much to lose if an individual can actually communicate
well with their God without being involved in an organized religion and offering
tithe to the officials who manage that organization.
Anyone considering using
the runes needs to aproach them from this holistic point of view and to meditate
and understand the flow of energies through the universe.
Without this basic
understanding,at best the runes are little more than a neat trick, at worst, can
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THE PROCESS OF UNDERSTANDING THE
RUNESTime.. that time
which is measured by the turning of the hands of a clock is but one concept of
Murray Hope says, in his book entitled The Ultimate Energy "The
non-linear time that exists beyond the confines of our own little corner of the
universe, I refer to as outer time. Outer time, not subject to the physical,
also embraces timelessness and those subtle dimensions that are not concerned
with the worlds of matter."
Further he explains"Once we have done so, vast
energy fields the nature and breadth and depth of which we have not dreamed will
be available for our use"
In his book, The Runes, Horik Svenson
states"It seems quite clear that we do have the capacity to move into this
timeless, energy filled world,and to move beyond the everyday normal perception
of time. Svenson further says"If we think of time as a ball, and cut a cross
section of it.. all of time past, present, and future will be visible.
view gets to the heart of what is needed. It allows us to view time in terms of
quality, rather than movement of hands. In other words, the cross section of
time we cut out would have its own special qualities, dependent not upon the
hour of the day, but upon the universal energies running through that
I feel that the energies and the time meld in that cross section..
Time: past, present, and future are available for us to walk through, with all
the given energies to utilize.
The runes simply reflect those energies, and
the rune caster, the agent ,through which the energy is visible.
from first tradition have been made of natural materials.(wood, leather,
Each one contains a series of meanings, and the runecast will create
a logical connection between each meaning,even where the conscious mind sees
The runic symbols talk to the mind through universal energies, in a way
that words cannot do. All of life contains an essence, a spirit whereby it
lives. In each blade of grass and each rock is a form of life to
The powers of the runes lies in their very "earthiness" the
connection to all thing natural.
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MEDITATING ON THE RUNES
The main source of information left us regarding the runes today is a poem
Anglo-Saxon in origin, which was translated by monks from the Old English into Latin
It appears this translation was not without bias, in that many Christian
references appear in the translation, yet despite this the meaning was still essentially clear.
As you handle each rune, concentrate your energies on the meaning of it..
concentrate your thoughts on the old Gods and teachings, on nature and the
spirit force, making it reveal its own meaning and the ancient ways which will bring wisdom.
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