Sunday, October 31, 2010

October 31, 2010 - Jera


Jera

Jera is the letter J

Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem (from ragweedforge.com)

Summer is a joy to men, when God, the holy King of Heaven,
suffers the earth to bring forth shining fruitsfor rich and poor alike.


It seems to me that Jera is a strong recurring rune for the past couple of months, especially when it comes to the festivals of the year, and their turning.

October 31 - November 6, 2010 - Hagalaz


Hagalaz

Hagalaz is the letter H

Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem (from ragweedforge.com)

Hail is the whitest of grain;
it is whirled from the vault of heavenand is tossed about by gusts of windand then it melts into water

Hagalaz signfies hail, the storm, and the forces of destruction. It indicates that this week will be filled with changes, not all pleasant, and the only response one can do is to move with them and withstand them.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

October 30, 2010 - Ear


Ear

Ear is the dipthong “ea”

Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem (from ragweedforge.com)

The grave is horrible to every knight,
when the corpse quickly begins to cooland is laid in the bosom of the dark earth.Prosperity declines, happiness passes awayand covenants are broken.

Ear is the grave, death, and decay. It is a rune that indicates that something has reached it end, and must now be put to rest. The problem I am having is figuring out what. What has reached it’s end, what is complete and can go no further, It could be a mutltitude of things, or a single thing that is very important. It occurred to me as sign of this time of the year, the dark season in the Northern Hemisphere, when the underworld and the lands of the dead come close and claim what is theirs. But it could also be a sign that other things have reached their terminus, and the question is for me, what is it?

Friday, October 29, 2010

October 29, 2010 - Laguz


Laguz reversed

Laguz is the letter L

Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem (from ragweedforge.com)

The ocean seems interminable to men,
if they venture on the rolling barkand the waves of the sea terrify themand the courser of the deep heed not its bridle
LAguz reversed embodies the terrify waves, the rough currents, the rip tides that come through creating conflict, struggle, and chaos. The flow of events continues, but they are strong currents that feel as though they might sweep you away. Just to keep your head above the surface is a mighty struggle

Thursday, October 28, 2010

October 28, 2010 - Shtan


Shtan

Shtan is the “sh” sound

There is no rune poem for Shtan. It is a Northumbrian Rune.

Shtan, the stone, signifies experiences dealing with the physical, the strong, solid and permanent. In some ways, this might be the foundation that you are building upon, giving stability as it settles deep down on a firm bedrock of experience. With time and effort the foundation can help build to something majestic and wonderful, but now is the time to establish that foundation.

On the other hand, it might be the obstacle that cannot be overcome head on. All the effort yields only small results. Also with time, the obstacle might be over come, but at the end, many other things are lost, and it is very perilous and consuming of your resources.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

October 27, 2010 - Mannaz reversed


Mannaz reversed

Mannaz is the letter M

Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem (from ragweedforge.com)

The joyous man is dear to his kinsmen;
yet every man is doomed to fail his fellow,since the Lord by his decree will commit the vile carrion to the earth

Mannaz reversed indicates a day of mental and spiritual laxity. It is okay to take a break sometimes, to allow yourself to ride on the laurels of your effort, and just take it easy. Sometimes choices made early make this a necessity, as sleep, sustenance or the demands of physical life just need to be met before the work of magic and spirit can be met.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

October 26, 2010 - Jera


Jera

Jera is the letter J

Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem (from ragweedforge.com)

Summer is a joy to men, when God, the holy King of Heaven,
suffers the earth to bring forth shining fruitsfor rich and poor alike.

Jera indicates that today is about patience. The kind of patience one has when waiting for a plant to grow, mature and produce fruit. Things are not moving quickly, and instead need to be tended to and nurtured along. Expect to need to reach out, make contact and be the instigator for anything to happen.

October 25, 2010 - Os reversed


Os reversed

Os is the vowel “o”

Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem (from ragweedforge.com)

The mouth is the source of all language,
a pillar of wisdom and a comfort to wise men,a blessing and a joy to every knight
Os reversed indicates a break down in communication. Expect messages to come late, or garbled. You might find your own skills are interrupted, emails mistyped and lost, and your text messages just can’t seem to get through in a timely manner

October 24, 2010 - Teiwaz


Teiwaz

Teiwaz is the letter T

Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem (from ragweedforge.com)

Tiewaz is a guiding star; well does it keep faith with princes;
it is ever on its course over the mists of night and never fails

This has not happened to me before, where the rune of the day and week are the same on the same day that I cast them. The full meaning of that I am not sure, but it is doubly relevant today to be perceptive, honest and clear with yourself and your limitations.

October 24 - 30 - Teiwaz


Teiwaz

Teiwaz is the letter T

Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem (from ragweedforge.com)

Tiewaz is a guiding star; well does it keep faith with princes;
it is ever on its course over the mists of night and never fails

Tiewaz for the rune of the week indicates a week where wisdom, guidance, integrity judgement and discernment play key roles. Let cooler mind prevail, and put aside anxiety and fear, embracing what you know and sense about the situations that arise, and knowing when to take action, and when to follow through.

October 23, 2010 - Ear reversed

Ear reversed

Ear is the dipthong “ea”

Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem (from ragweedforge.com)

The grave is horrible to every knight,
when the corpse quickly begins to cooland is laid in the bosom of the dark earth.Prosperity declines, happiness passes awayand covenants are broken.


October 22, 2010 - Dagaz

Dagaz

Dagaz is the letter D

Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem (from ragweedforge,com)

Day, the glorious light of the Creator, is sent by the Lord;
it is beloved of men, a source of hope and happiness to rich and poor,and of service to all


October 21, 2010 - Ac

Ac

Ac is the vowel sound “ah”
Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem (from ragweedforge.com)

The oak fattens the flesh of pigs for the children of men.
Often it traverses the gannet's bath,and the ocean proves whether the oak keeps faithin honourable fashion


October 20, 2010 - Ac

Ac

Ac is the vowel sound “ah”

Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem (from ragweedforge.com)

The oak fattens the flesh of pigs for the children of men.
Often it traverses the gannet's bath,and the ocean proves whether the oak keeps faith in honourable fashion

October 19, 2010 - Cweorth

Cweorth

Cweorth is the letter Q

There is no rune poem for Cweorth. It is a Northumbrian Rune.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

October 18, 2010 - Ehwaz reversed


Ehwaz

Ehwaz is the short “e” sound, like pet

Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem (from ragweedforge.com)

The horse is a joy to princes in the presence of warriors.
A steed in the pride of its hoofs,when rich men on horseback bandy words about it;and it is ever a source of comfort to the restless

Ehwaz reversed says “Slow Down!!!” Now is not the time to rush, hurry, and move through things quickly, and seemingly on auto-pilot. Allows yourself to stop and think things through, or be more conscious in your actions and decisions, because you can’t really count on things to be where you think they ought to be. You may want to make a move in advance. Planning on leaving everything on time, or even early, to account for the slow motion you are going to experience.

October 17, 2010 - Eihwaz


Eihwaz

Eihwaz is the long i sound, but it is rarely used in script

Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem (from ragweedforge.com)

The yew is a tree with rough bark,
hard and fast in the earth, supported by its roots,a guardian of flame and a joy upon an estate

Eihwaz tells us that today was a day of connection. The image of Eihwaz often reminds of the writing from the Emerald Tablet “It ascends from earth into heaven and again it descends to the earth, and receives the power of higher and of lower things” and thus connection, in being connected to earth and heaven, to underworld and upper world, one can receive the power and influence of both and “Thus you will have the Glory of the whole world. Therefore will all obscurity flee from you” as those connections are established and strengthened. It often seems to take a more direct form in meeting with new people, and new opportunities, that seem to have arisen without a clear source or action. They are not necessarily chance encounters, but their presence is not obvious until the connection is made.

October 17 - 23, 2010 - Ear reversed


Ear reversed

Ear is the dipthong “ea”

Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem (from ragweedforge.com)

The grave is horrible to every knight,
when the corpse quickly begins to cooland is laid in the bosom of the dark earth.Prosperity declines, happiness passes awayand covenants are broken.

Things are not quite finished, says Ear reversed. They are still coming to an end, but they old gal still has a little bit left to go before everything is done. This could be a bad thing, as you hang onto things that have passed their expiration, but it could also be a good thing, as beneath all that has already crumbled away, is the essence, which may be valuable to recover from the decay that surrounds it. It may need to be re-purposed or reconfigured, but something useful may still be gained.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

October 16, 2010 - Laguz


Laguz

Laguz is the letter L

The ocean seems interminable to men,
if they venture on the rolling barkand the waves of the sea terrify themand the courser of the deep heed not its bridle

Laguz, the rune of water(in all of its forms) today feels like a heavy cleansing rain after the storm of yesterday. The remains of that disruption are washed away, while the fresh water nourishes that which survived the storm. It is cleansing and sustaining at the same time, the flowing waters of life removing the blockages as it nourishes the new growth coming up.

October 15, 2010 - Hagalaz


Hagalaz

Hagalaz is the letter H

Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem (from ragweedforge.com)

Hail is the whitest of grain;
it is whirled from the vault of heavenand is tossed about by gusts of windand then it melts into water

Hagalaz comes in with storm and stress, tearing you and perhaps your life apart. Sometimes it enters literally, usually figuratively, as something induces a disruption to the flow of life. It might be the nagging customer who keeps calling and calling and calling etc… or the coworker who just can’t seem to anything right today, and so you are constantly correcting their mistakes, while your work gets backed up. It could also be the cold that sweeps out of nowhere, with just a minor warning, throwing all of your plans off kilter.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

October 14, 2010 - Khalk reversed


Khalk reversed

Khalk is the letter k

There is no rune poem for khalk. It is a Northumbrian Rune.

Khalk reversed signifies that our hopes, our dreams, our desires, are poured out, spilled upon the ground. Maybe we realize something is just unattainable, in our current situation, or part of it has been grasped, and now is the time to move on to something else, because we realize that we don’t desire it any longer.

Alternately, we can be lost in our dreams and desires, just having them, but failing to act upon them or pursue them. We might instead look to fill ourselves with other things, because we are not pursuing what we really need. Addiction, distractions, anything to escape from the aching hunger of our desires, which terrify us, because they seem so vast and unachievable.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

October 13, 2010 - Aethel


Aethel

Aethel is the dipthong “ae”
Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem (from ragweedforge.com)

An estate is very dear to every man,
if he can enjoy there in his housewhatever is right and proper in constant prosperity

Aethel, the rune of home, estate, inheritance, family and ancestors (phew) is an indicator of staying close to home, and enjoying the environment around you. Put off any long distance travel, take a break from work, and connect with your personal and immediate environment and family. Part of the understanding of family is blood, and you might do well to focus on your blood and who and what you are connected to by that blood. Not only physical blood, but your spiritual blood as well.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

October 12, 2010 - Jera


Jera

Jera is the letter j, pronounced with a “y” sound.

Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem (from ragweedforge.com)

Summer is a joy to men, when God, the holy King of Heaven,
suffers the earth to bring forth shining fruitsfor rich and poor alike.
Jera, year or summer, is a rune of time. It signifies the fruition one’s labor after a period of patience, and commitment to bringing about the success one seeks. If you are starting a new venture, it will be successful, but it will take effort and patience until it succeeds. IF you are looking at it’s completion, don’t stop, but continue to follow through, in order to build up to your great success

Monday, October 11, 2010

Traditions: Hyberborean Go­­­­─ôs, Mediterranean Galdrmadhr, Runic Conjureman


I find myself working in three traditions of magic and spirituality, which seem to have a unique relationship as the come together, and then separate. The main traditions I work from are Mediterranean focused Wiccan Tradition, the many disparate elements of Northern European magic, and Southern US conjure. I really enjoy all three, and when I am working away at setting lights, calling to the Anemoi, or singing galdr, and sometimes all three, it’s really wonderful, but at the same time, it’s a lot of hard work.

The Wiccan tradition of which I am iniated is known as the Minoan Brotherhood. It was founded in the early 70’s in New York City, by a gay man. At that time, Wicca was rather homophobic, but yet it seems, many gay men were strongly attracted to it, and sought it out, some choosing to conceal their proclivities from covens, or being told that they had to act “in accordance with nature” and play a heterosexual role. The founder of the Minoan brotherhood had enough of this, and established this tradition, to create a space for men who wished to engage in Wicca/Witchcraft and also honor their sexual identities and Love. If you want to know more, google it (We are all modern and all) and that pretty much sums up what I can tell people, due to oaths of secrecy. Suffice to say, I read a lot about Ancient Greek gods, myths, and bronze age Mediterranean cultures, and it helps to inform my magical practice. I think defixiones are great and should really be brought back to.

When I first began my studies into magic and the occult, I began with the Runes, the alphabet of Northern Europe and Scandinavian cultures, which has been given various esoteric and magical attributes, both in myth, but also in modern times and scholars. One of my goals is to have one of the largest book collection dedicated to the esoteric subject, and I honestly think I may have achieved that goal, as most people seem to only have a few books. I can sign galdr, make bindrunes and taufr (runic talismans) and one of my spirit allies and teachers is most definitely old one-eyed Odhinn, who seems fond of Stella Artois. Magic, meditation, divination all seem to flow with from the runes for me, and I have found ways to integrate them into a lot of what I do.

The final tradition is Southern US folk magic, also called Hoodoo, Conjure, Rootwork, Witchcraft – which developed in the mixing pot of the United States, with a good strong dose of African magic and spirituality, mixed with European and Native American currents, and as time progressed a little bit of Asian got mixed in two, (just a little, very small amount, and most in the early twentieth century). I first learned about Conjure online, when I found Lucky Mojo in college. and it’s websites, and put a spark into my mind that I has not cooled down yet. A decade later, I found Lucky Mojo again, and became a student, then graduate of Catherine yronwode’s Hoodoo and Rootwork course, which was really educational, and continues to be so. It also connected me with other people who also practice Conjure, from folk whose family goes back to the Southern US, and family practices Conjure, to new people who are keen in learning what is a very uniquely US style, but which has become an almost universal style from the way magic became popular in the US. Considering how much of contemporary books about methods of spell casting and steeped in Hoodoo methods and traditions, it makes perfect sense that so many people are drawn to it.
Of course, it leaves me wondering and my head spinning when I get caught in the seeming fray between traditionalists and innovators within all these traditions. Using secrets of the Psalms in wiccan circles, while drawing runes on petitions for mojo bags, and working with Greek gods to aid my setting of lights, it just about makes my head go “boom!” But then I spend enough time working to get familiar with everything on their own terms, then I end up seeing the places where they can overlap. Yet I can see where I am doing my own thing, and yet also where I am following tradition. Yet, it also comes to the boundary where you realize, there is no tradition, no set way of doing some things because what exists now, didn’t exist back then, even if it was only 100 years ago. That is when the gift and genius and being worker of wonders comes in.

Experiences with subtle anatomy


One of the methods that I use in working with runes is meditation. I find it works really well for me, and in clearing my mind, it helps to clear everything else out.

Part of my meditation is reciting part of the Havamal, followed by a quick bit of runic galdr, going through the futhorc from Feoh to Gar. It’s pretty calming, and in allowing my voice to sing, sometimes keeping it even through it, sometimes varying pitch and rhythm with each rune, I feel a strong connection, and affirm that connection to the runes every time I do it, almost every day. As I sing their names, I visualize a circle of energy that forms around me, usually ruby red in color, which the runes emerge from and return to. When I reach Gar, it sits at the axis of this circle, and it’s points become kind of spokes, joining with it and forming a wheel.

When I originally started doing this, I noticed that at first, the runes seemed to be coming to my third eye center and then the circle would stabilize around my throat/shoulders. For the past month though, it has seemed to be operating at my solar plexus, and the intensity of the red was brilliant and shining. This past weekend, it moved back to my throat one day, the next day it climbed up to my third eye/crown, where the circle then became a shimmering/prismatic white, it seemed like a halo or crown sitting on my head, blazing letters of flaming light. This morning, when I reached the end of the rune galdr, the circles formed at every energy center I work with (which is five, root, solar plexus, heart, throat, eye/crown) and then starting from the base, and going up, each Gar came in, rippling up the central channel that unites them. They all seemed to be turning at different speeds, and felt like different colors (although I didn’t necessarily take the time to perceive them all) they all felt harmonious and unified together.
I am not sure what it all means, if anything, but it was a really awesome experience to have.

October 11, 2010 - Feoh reversed


Feoh reversed

Feoh is the letter F

Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem (from ragweedforge.com)

Wealth is a comfort to all men;
yet must every man bestow it freely,if he wish to gain honour in the sight of the Lord

Today would be a good day to save, and maybe pay off bills, and avoid spending on unnecessary things.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

October 10, 2010 - Ior


Ior

Ior is the dipthong “io”
Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem (from ragweedforge.com)

Ior is a river fish and yet it always feeds on land;
it has a fair abode encompassed by water, where it lives in happiness

The more I contemplate Ior, the more the feeling of contentment and happiness seems to come from this rune. It is definitely a rune which is highly mutable in nature, and so can go from hard to soft, from strong to weak, and change it’s forms easily, yet keeping true to it’s inner nature.

October 10 - 16, 2010 - Berkana reversed


Berkana reversed

Berkana is the letter B

Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem (from ragweedforge.com)

The birch bears no fruit; yet without seed it brings forth suckers,
for it is generated from its leaves. Splendid are its branches and gloriously adornedits lofty crown which reaches to the skies.

Berkana reversed signfies a lack or great slowing down of growth, nurturing influence and feminine presence. Perhaps a recent injury is being slow to heal and recover. You might find that feminine might be less present in your life, or their influence is not as pronounced as normal. You might find that instead of being nurtured, you need to reach out and nurture people instead. This might be difficult for you, but it’s time has come to return the favors given to you.

Friday, October 8, 2010

October 8, 2010 - Yr reversed


Yr reversed

Yr is the letter Y

Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem (from ragweedforge.com)

Yr is a source of joy and honour to every prince and knight;
it looks well on a horse and is a reliable equipment for a journey

Yr reversed indicates a loss of skill, ability, and efficiency. One of things I associate with Yr is the hands, and in a reading for health, Yr reversed would indicate problems with the hands. In general, it might indicate a need to pay attention to what you are touching, and how you are handling things, physically and metaphorically. Are you being too rough, or too gentle? Maybe just the excessive repetition of a certain action is beginning to wear you down, in whatever the issue is about. As you force yourself through the motions, you find that your effectiveness deteriorates because you just can’t before like you were able to before.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Scandivanian Constellations

some more on Scandinavian Astronomy

http://www.vikinganswerlady.com/stars.shtml

An interesting internet tidbit

The focus of ethnoastronomy in pre-Christian Northern Europe. Probably not completed, but he makes some interesting points.

http://www.roanoke.edu/forlang/ogier/EddicConstellations.htm

Runes, Time, Planets, Stars pt 2

In exploring the connection between runes and the planets, it seems that it was included as an after thought. Most of his writing about this area again focuses on cycles, mainly cycles of the Sun and Moon, also know the Great Cycle, when the two great lights re-align and repeat their patterns every 19 years. His inclusion of the outer planets, all the way out to “planet x” and he talks about another equally puzzling numerical series that somehow he relates to the runes, and days of the calendar. I think he actually spends al of 10 pages talking about the planets, before he turns back to this endless discussion of numerical sequences, and his odd alignments with runes. His treatment of the planets are of the most interest here though.

As I imagine, most of my readers are aware, the 7 classical planets are preserved in most cultures days of the week. Monday is the day of the Moon, Tuesday is the day of Mars, Wednesday is the day of Mercury, etc… In Germanic languages, many of the days are named after Germanic gods who were paralled with Greco-roman gods. Tuesday means the day of Tyr or Tiw, Wednesday is the day of Wodan/Odhinn, Thursday is the day of Thor, and Friday is the day of Freya/Frigga, with this pattern continuing with Sunday and Monday, as the words for the Sun and Moon are taken from Germanic languages, not latin. Sunna and Mani are the gods of the Sun and Moon, Sunna being the Goddess of the Sun (in contrast to the Greco-roman Helios and Apollo, who were male) and Mani, who is a God of the Moon (in contrast to Selene, Artemis and other Goddesses from southern Europe). Their name survive in Sunday (the day of Sunna) and Monday (the day of Mani. Saturday is a direct adapation of the Day of Saturn, as it seems there was no equivalent to in the Germanic gods for such a being. This is where things get odd, as the book states that Sunday is named for the Goddess Sol, whose sister is Mani, and Saturday is for Saeter, a by name of Loki. Yet, there is no evidence of this. One of the alternate names for Saturday that appears in Germanic languages is Laugardag, which means “washing day” as this was the day that people would bath, and clean. He presents this name as also a by name of Loki. This naming is different then most southern European cultures who either named it for Saturn, or adapted from the jewish practice of calling it Shabbat (which is where names like Samedi, Sabado, and the current german name Samstag, although other Germanic countries preserve the Greco-roman name in Zaterdag, which is Dutch).

The outright invention of making an equivalent like that, and presenting it in a factual manner just really bothers me. Through all of this, there is no connection made between the runes and the planets at all, which I find to be the most curious thing, as in traditional astrology, it was the planets that were of major interest and influence, and to ignore a relationship between the planets and the runes, seem to neglect a significant aspect of what a Runic astrology would be about.
The most difficult thing again is in the creation of a runic horoscope, where the runes are aligned again with the houses, signs, and directions. Nigel Pennick’s alignment of the runes onto the 12 house dividsion seems to again create problems, as the attributions and values just don’t seem to line up correctly between the runes, the seasons, and houses. His alignment breaks from the traditional lay out of the astrological chart, placing the vernal equinox at the midheaven, and moving Aries to that location as well, so that Berkana can align with Aries, and the solstices now fall on the ascendant and descendant with Dagaz and Jera. It really seems to defy the logic of the Elder Futhark and it’s meanings, and the layout of the house chart, where aries is located in the east, with the ascendant, and the first hour, which places it with the equinox, at least in the tropical zodiac. His alignment again, is also off centered, with 3 runes occuping the space over each sign, with only one sign in full, with the two others only taking up half of the degrees of the beginning and ending of other signs. Why he does just assign two runes to each zodiac, I am not really entirely sure, as the combination of such, while maybe imperfect, would not create this inelegant attribution where things don’t line up. In most Astrology as I know it, that seems to be determining factor, is the creation of an elegant system that describes spiritual verities and helps to communicate them to earth, through stars, planets, and equal numerical division. It seems that the Runic Astrology proposed so far, is anything but those qualities.

October 7, 2010 - Hagalaz


Hagalaz

Hagalaz is the letter H

Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem (from ragweedforge.com)

Hail is the whitest of grain;
it is whirled from the vault of heavenand is tossed about by gusts of windand then it melts into water

Hagalaz is the rune for today, signifying storms, disruptive and destructive force, the pattern break that removes us from comfortable static life, and catapults you into action. You can take advantage of this current by directing this blast to breaking through your own personal blocks and limits, or you be pummeled along with it.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Runes, TImes, Planets, Stars

Recently I have acquired two older books dealing with Runes, seeming classics (in a sense) written by Nigel Pennick, Practical Magic of the Northern Tradition and Runic Astrology. The main focus of Runic Astrology, and one of the major chapters of Practical Magic, is Time, Planets, and Stars and how they related to the Runes, particularly the Elder Futhark. By time, I mean, hours of the day, parts of day and night (morning, evening etc…) months, seasons, lunar movement, and the solar year. By planets, I mean the seven classic planets (Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Sun, Venus, Mercury, and the Moon) and the stars are the Zodiac, but also other stars and constellations.

To be perfectly honest, my hope and expectations for the book Runic Astrology, were much higher then it delivered. The reason why I acquired this book, was mainly because of a great interest I have had in Astrology, and it’s processes, purposes and methods. This led me to read “The Three Books of Occult Philosophy” by Cornelius Agrippa, one of the foundational books of Western Occultism. It has also made me a major fan of the website “Renaissance Astrology” and Christopher Warnock, who is focused on the methods of Astrology before 1700, when Astrology essentially ruled the World (so to speak) and was a valued science by every scholar and philosopher of the time. The depth of knowledge that I have gained just from reading and studying his website, and following his blog has been wonderful, and some of the information that I have applied in understanding my own natal chart has shown great veracity, far more then any contemporary astrology practices have. With this foundation, I dove into Runic Astrology, hoping to find a way to connect the runes to astrology, the planets, the zodiac and tools and methods of astrological prediction and magic. I have to say, I was rather disappointed.

One of the main things that were talked about at length was the connection of Runes to parts and hours of the day, directions and seasons, solstices and equinoxes. This was all connected to a circular image, where those connections were laid down, with the elder futhark drawing the connection between them. It seemed the key to the diagram was the location of the rune dagaz, giving it to noon (or midday), which also connected it to the south, and the summer solstice. While it does seem correct in that placement (dagaz meaning day, and is thus a rune of light) that puts, in opposition to it, jera, the rune of harvest, the summer, the year, and of plenty, located at midnight, north, winter solstice, which seems a very odd location to put a rune that is also filled with powerful benevolent imagery.

Other things were also equally inexplicable, for example, in giving runic hours (24 runes = 24 hours makes sense, right) governed by an equal division, based on the half hour of the clock. So, feoh is in operation from 1:30 to 2:30 pm. This seems odd to me, as it stands distinctly from the planetary hours, which are divided by time of daylight, and are not an even 60 minutes long, but have varying lengths depending upon the duration of day and night during the year. Why an equal division is necessary seems curious to me, and then placing it on the half hour, it seems to just make things unnecessary difficult.

One of the other functions of time that he looked at, is what was called the lunar seles. The seles would otherwise be known as the mansions of the moon. In contrast to Western practice, the book only gives 28 mansions (which is following Vedic astrology), while Agrippa (from Arabic methods) gives 29 mansions of the moon. In giving those 28 mansions, he assigns them runes from the elder futhark and the anglo-saxon runes, leaving out one rune, because there are normally 29 of them. But when the western tradition uses 29 mansions, one could use all of those runes, in placement with all of the mansions. The question is then to how to place the runes in the lunar mansions. While Pennick ignores the existing traditions of the lunar mansions, his allocation gives the first rune (feoh) to the first mansion (ie the first day following the dark moon) and going forward until the last rune (ear) given to the dark moon. While the last rune may fit well, the allocation of other runes doesn’t seem quite so correct, as the full moon would correspond with peorth, which does not seem quite so perfect an alignment. At least, if the traditions of the lunar mansions were applied, the full moon would fall in different runes all the time, as would the dark moon, and give different aspects and purposes to different times, instead of always assigning the same values to the phases of the moon.

The final oddity of his time values is the runic half month. Because there are 24 runes, the regular year gets divided into approximately 2 periods of 15 days each, where one rune governs that time period. They aren’t necessarily aligned with anything, not the zodiac, not the months, or anything, but just this cycle, following along with dagaz governing the 15 day period where the summer solstice occurs and jera happening when the winter solstice occurs. It doesn’t really seem to fit into any type of time keeping, but is something established all on its own, which also doesn’t have any historical basis, or alignment with symbolism of anything else.

Part 2 will focus on Planets.

October 6, 2010 - Feoh


Feoh

Feoh is the letter F

Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem (from ragweedforge.com)

Wealth is a comfort to all men;
yet must every man bestow it freely,if he wish to gain honour in the sight of the Lord

Feoh marks today, and indicates that good fortune will be gained in all areas of wealth, money and finances. You might find that your Ebay item has sold, or a bill that needs to be paid has been in error, and was already reconciled. It also is saying that today is a good day to work all manner of financial magic, as that magic will be enduring, because of the influence of Shtan, as the rune of the week.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

October 5, 2010 - Aesc reversed


Aesc reversed

Aesc is the dipthong “ae”
The ash is exceedingly high and precious to men.
With its sturdy trunk it offers a stubborn resistance,though attacked by many a man

Aesc reversed symbolizes that today, there is a grounding, a descending of energy, thoughts, and feelings that were once perhaps scattered or flightly, now are being focused, and perhaps a little obsessed with the physical. You might find that many parts of your life are being stimulated, as opportunities for gain present themselves, while other areas are becoming stabilized and secure, because the foundation has become more established.

Monday, October 4, 2010

October 4, 2010 - Os


Os

Os is the vowel “o”

Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem (from ragweedforge.com)

The mouth is the source of all language,
a pillar of wisdom and a comfort to wise men,a blessing and a joy to every knight
Os is the rune for today, signifying a day of communication, speech, song, language, and expression. What you hear and say is going to have impact today, so be open and listen as much as you talk. You might find yourself being wittier or more eloquent, able to get your meaning across easier, but you could just as well find yourself bombarded with messages, phone calls, emails and other forms of communication media

Sunday, October 3, 2010

October 3, 2010 - Wunjo reversed



Wunjo reversed

Wunjo is the letter W.

Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem (from ragweedforge.com)

Joy he enjoys who knows not suffering, sorrow nor anxiety,
and has prosperity and happiness and a good enough house.


Wunjo reversed indicates there is some things weighing on upon, preventing you from experiencing simple joy and comforts. Perhaps a difficult illness or health obstacle, or a reason for sorrow and melancholy. Perhaps it is even just adjusting to changes around you that might be beneficial, but can still present challenges, even if those challenges exist only in your mind. Little points of stress and anxiety have seized upon your imagination, and taking up your mental energy and expression.

October 3 - 9, 2010 - Shtan


Shtan

Shtan is the “sh” sound.

There is no rune poem for Shtan. It is a Northumbrian Rune.

Shtan means stone, a symbol of permanence, durability, foundation, and timelessness. As a rune for the week, Shtan embodies those qualities, and indicates that they are at present and active when it appears in a reading. This week might be a time to work on ones foundational elements, and see if things are as permanent and durable as you believe (or desire). It might also be dealing with things that are resistant to change, and having to struggle through, changing yourself in order to respond to the situation, or just putting up with it.

October 2, 2010 - Laguz and Teiwaz




Laguz and Tiewaz

Laguz is the letter L. Tiewaz is the letter T

Anglo-Saxon Rune Poems (from ragweedforge.com)

The ocean seems interminable to men,
if they venture on the rolling barkand the waves of the sea terrify themand the courser of the deep heed not its bridle

Tiewaz is a guiding star; well does it keep faith with princes;
it is ever on its course over the mists of night and never fails

Todays runecast was unusual, in that two runes came out, simultaneously. Sensing importance and significance to this, I have given both.

The first things comes of interest to me is the point where the meanings of the rune poems cross. One describes the ocean, surging, violent and terrible. The other gives the guiding stars, the source of navigation for many peoples, not only on land, but also by sea. Together, you have this perilous journey, which you are navigating by following the stars, which are the only means to keep you on your course.

On the esoteric level, that significance still holds, as the flow of life can jerk as around, whether we just float along, or resist it’s current, but sometimes, we have the wisdom to know each one, and perhaps the turbulence experienced is lessened as we follow the guidance, and wisdom, to make decisions and judgement on the which flow we follow, or resist.

Friday, October 1, 2010

October 1, 2010 - Eihwaz


Eihwaz

Eihwaz is a long “i” sound, but it is rarely used in script.

Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem (from ragweedforge.com)

The yew is a tree with rough bark,
hard and fast in the earth, supported by its roots,a guardian of flame and a joy upon an estate

Eihwaz is the yew tree, one of the trees that embodies Yggdrasil, and the tree most often identified with the Underworld, and the realms of the dead. Combining those to symbolic qualities, it is a rune of connection, the secret and dark passages and influences that connect people, places and things, the occult bonds that speak of the Unity that exists, but is not always obvious to the untrained eye and untaught mind.

October - Ior


Ior

Ior is the dipthon “io”

Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem (from ragweedforge.com)

Ior is a river fish and yet it always feeds on land;
it has a fair abode encompassed by water, where it lives in happiness

Ior is the rune for October, which I find to be fitting and appropriate. In most of modern European lore (starting from the fall of Rome forward) the time following the autumnal equinox until the first part of spring, was a time when the spirits of the dead became more active. Some see it as the veil between worlds opening. In other views, it has to do with the increased darkness, allow the revenants who lay in their barrows to move about longer and more freely, then the brighter months of spring and summer.
As Ior represents being in the liminal point, standing in the boundary between things, it is a key sign for being in the boundary between life and death, and thus being able to communicate or interact with both, and yet be tied to neither. The role often required by many people from many cultures, was one who could communicate between the living and the dead, and to help the relationship between them. Sometimes it would happen in families. Other times, a trained specialist would be required who can help navigate the challenges that the living faced, especially during the darker days.

September 30, 2010 - Khalk


Khalk

Khalk is the letter K

There is no rune poem. Khalk is a Northumbrian Rune.

The appearance of Khalk gives me the impression that the fires of Cweorth are starting to burn out. As Khalk is the cup, containing within it various liquids, whether it be the waters of life, the mead of inspiration, or maybe even the milk of human kindness, it’s still a liquid, a contrast to the fiery powers at work this week.

The cooling powers of Khalk, a refreshing and rejuvenating tonic, that cools the fires within, quenching them, and giving rest and peace, at least for a moment. One can’t burn all the time.