Thursday, June 11, 2009

Rune Charms

Found An Awesome website with info On Rune Charms Here:
http://www.sunnyway.com/runes/charms.html

Rune Spreads

-Original Author Unknown

The Field
The field on which you cast the Runes represents the world in which you live. To the Right represents the past. To the Left, the future. When reading horizontally (right-to-left), the central area represents the present. On the vertical axis, closest to you (Near) represents the issue. Furthest from you (Far) represents the outcome. The central area when read in this direction represents your need, your actions and the challenges which may effect them. Take the Runes from the box and place them unseen in the bag. Swirl the runes around in the bag gently with your writing hand, and let a Rune fall naturally into your fingers. Feel it and sense whether it is the right one to draw. Draw the runes one at a time and place them on the field. Never turn the runes - place them exactly as they come to hand on the field. Whether they are upright or reversed (i.e. upside down or right way up), and whether they appear converse or obverse (i.e. face down or face up) may make a difference to the meaning. When placing the Runes on the field always work from Right to Left, then from Near to Far. If placing a three Rune cast you would lay Right, Centre, then Left. If placing a five Rune cast you would lay Right, Centre, Left, Near, Far. And if placing a six Rune cast you would lay Right, Near Centre, Left, Near, Far Centre, Far.

Odin's Rune
For an overview of an entire situation, state the issue aloud and draw a single Rune. The Rune drawn will encompass the entire matter from past to future, actions and outcome. This is particularly useful with a very critical matter for which you seek instant guidance.As to the matter of how to remove the obstacle for a satisfactory outcome - a supplementary cast of Odin's Rune may provide the answer.

The Three Rune Cast
With the issue stated aloud, draw three runes and place them Right, Centre and Left. The first Rune (Right) speaks of the situation as it now is. The second (Centre) suggests the course of action called for. And the third Rune (Left) foretells the outcome which will result from that action. Alternatively, if you are seeking to remove an obstacle from your life or your progress, you may read the Runes:
* Right - myself at present
* Centre - the challenge or obstacle
* Left - the best possible outcome if I am able to overcome the obstacle

The Runic Cross
This is a six Rune cast which will give you an in-depth analysis of an issue. It is similar to the classic Tarot layout, but who knows which came first? My intuition tells me the Runes follow the form of the Celtic Cross which was a common motif in Northern Europe even in pre-Christian times. Tarot is reputed to originate in ancient Egypt, but there is no evidence to link this to Bronze Age Europe. Most probably the two similar methods developed independently. State the issue and draw six Runes in the manner stated above. Cast them Right, Near Centre, Left, Near, Far Centre, Far.
The Right Rune represents the past, the situation which has brought this issue to exist. The Near Centre Rune represents you now and the Left is what lies ahead of you.
The Near Rune (known as the Foundation) gives the underlying basis of the issue, often subconscious or unrecognised reasons why the position has arisen.
The Far Centre (known as the Challenge) represents the nature of the obstacles or blockages which you wish to overcome.
The Far Rune (known as the Outcome) foretells the best outcome you can anticipate if overcoming the challenge.

Quest For Truth
This cast will give the most detailed analysis of personal destiny. It must be undertaken by an experienced Runemaster or Runemistress on behalf of the questioner (The Querent). This cast requires the selection of nine Runes: one by the Runemaster, the other eight by the Querent. The Runemaster/Runemistress should spend some time in conversation and company with the Querent to get a feel for the person and the subject. Then the Runemaster or Runemistress will select a single Rune in the usual way which will represent the Querent. The Querent will then be passed the Runebag and select eight more Runes, one by one and lay them in a three-by-three square to the pattern shown in the diagram opposite.
The bottom right Rune (drawn by the Runemaster/mistress) representing the Querent is known as the significator.
The second Rune reveals the inner self and cast middle row right.
The third Rune is cast top row right and deals with the goals or ideals of the Querent.
The fourth Rune is cast top row middle to represent the past.
The fifth Rune is cast at the centre of the square and tells of family matters.
The sixth Rune is cast bottom row middle and deals with the Querent's health.
The seventh Rune is cast bottom row left and speaks of religious matters.
The eighth Rune is cast middle row left and represents the Querent's friends.
The final Rune is cast top row left and reveals the final outcome of the matter.

The Three Lifetimes Cast
This cast is dedicated to reincarnation, and should not be practised lightly. It gives a three level insight into your journey through this life, your previous existence, and any future incarnation you may expect. If practising this cast, one should be aware that not everyone will experience reincarnation, and it is perhaps better not to know. I have found this to give startling results often invoking long-forgotten memories and giving the querent some discomfiture - even nightmares - for weeks afterwards. Speak the issue and draw five Runes in the same manner as before. Cast them Right, Centre, Left, Near, Far.
Right represents your birth and childhood and will point out your talents, attributes and shortcomings.
Centre represents your present life and will indicate actions you must take to improve your present life and thus deserve another.
Left shows what your future in this life holds for you if you follow the advice given.
Near gives an indication of your past life, it's character and your behaviour.
And finally, Far gives an indication of:
* Whether you will reincarnate and
* If so, what kind of person you will be

The Thor's Hammer Spread
Place the runes unseen in the runebag. Swirl the runes around in the bag gently with your writing hand, and let a Rune fall naturally into your fingers. Feel it and sense whether it is the right one to draw. Draw the runes one at a time and place them on the field in the pattern shown on the left. Never turn the runes - place them exactly as they come to hand on the field. Whether they are upright or reversed (i.e. upside down or right way up), and whether they appear converse or obverse (i.e. face down or face up) may make a difference to the meaning.
Interpret the runes according to their position as follows:
1 How others see me
2 My fears
3 What I seek
4 My best approach
5 My goal
6 Obstacles to overcome
7 My destiny
8 The way to my real self
9 My real self

Rune Lessons

I found the following online somewhere YEARS AGO I have No Idea who the author is :(

Rune Lessons
Spreads 1

Spreads are a useful divinatory tool. They are arrangements of rune ranging from one to twenty-four runes. Each position in the spread has it own significance and thus the order in which runes are drawn helps to determine their meaning in the reading. For any spread there are three main aspects to consider

1. Number of Runes
The number of runes in a spread determines the amount and nature of the information provided. As a rough rule, the more runes in a spread, the more work you will have to do as reader. With a 3-rune spread you can easily tell your client the full meaning of each of the runes. However with a 7-rune spread your client risks information overload if you do this. Not only do you have more runes to consider but you have to work harder drawing together the pertinent aspects and producing a summary interpretation that the client can easily absorb

Spreads of 1-3 runes are ideal where the reading is focussed around a decision which needs to be made. 4-6 rune spreads can be related to a decision but at least as important as the outcome is the need to take full account of contributory factors. Spreads of 7 or more runes are generally best used when a full picture is required of a situation or issue. It may be that action from the querent is called for but a short-term decision is not usually as important to these spreads as the need to establish long term direction.

2. Meaning of Each Position
Any given rune has a multitude of potential meanings many of which will not be appropriate to the issue under consideration in a reading. The spread is a tool used by the reader to narrow the message of the runes. Each rune can perform one or more of the following functions.

* DESCRIPTIVE - It can describe a situation, eg "Your life feels like it has come to a standstill"
* ADVISORY - Commenting on a situation and offering guidance, eg " Beware of deceit at this time. Choose your friends carefully"
* PREDICTIVE - It can suggest how events may turn out in the future provided the rest of the reading is heeded, eg " A positive end is likely with economic prosperity and emotional fulfillment"
* REPRESENTATIVE - It represents a person, animal or object, usually, but not exclusively, the literal meaning of its name or what its glyph depicts, eg Lagaz (Lagu) could be a lake

The more runes in a spread, the more diversity in functions the runes in that spread are likely to serve. In a single rune spread, the rune has to describe the situation, offer some guidance and give an idea of outcome. In a 7-rune spread though it is quite feasible for each rune to fulfil a single function. The title of a position in a spread can act to limit the functions that a rune in that position can perform and accordingly narrow the range of meanings available.

Let us consider this with a practical example. We have a 2-rune spread. The first position is entitled "Situation" and the second is called "Outcome". We can be fairly certain that runes in the first position will be descriptive and runes in the second position will be predictive. However since the purpose of divination is to provide guidance (as considered in the previous lesson) there must be an advisory function in the spread somewhere. In fact the meanings offered by the two runes in the spread are equally likely to offer an element of advice. However if we were to change the title of the second position, making it "Advice" then we can expect the guidance function to reside with that position and meanings offered by the first position rune to confine themselves largely to those which describe the situation.

This illustrates the importance of giving careful though to the titles of the different positions in a spread and hence to the function performed by those positions.

3. Shape of the Spread
There can be an element of sympathetic magic in spread design. The layout of the spread itself is intended to reflect the desired outcome. This can be illustrated by considering some possible shapes that can be produced by using three runes.

[Diagram showing 3 spreads, one triangular, one L shaped and one like an arrow]

If we ignore the fact that with just three runes there is more than an element of "eye-of-the-beholder" in these shapes, the shapes themselves may potentially have cultural significance s. The first is an equilateral triangle and since the three runes are an equal distance apart this might suggest they are equally important in the reading. Shape #2 is like a letter "L". In Britain those learning to drive have to have an additional "L" plate on the car as a warning to other drivers. The L shape then in Britain is associated with learning. The third shape resembles an arrow. We generally associate arrows with instruction and/or direction. A sign with an arrow upon it is not only illustrating a possible direction, it is ordering us to go that way.

Just because a shape is possible though does not mean it will be of use, or indeed that all shapes are equally good. Shape 1 would be difficult to apply, it is too mathematical and abstract. If the client wanted to know what lessons could be learned from a given situation then shape 2 might be applied. It would work in Britain and be understandable in English-speaking countries where the initial letter of the verb "to learn" is indeed "L". In drawing up spreads it is important to understand that the recognition and connotations of shapes may vary from region to region. There are few shapes that can be said to have universal meaning. Shape 3 is possibly one that does. It would be good for use in a reading with someone who feels that they have lost their way and was seeking new focus/direction in their lives.

In this lesson we have been introduced to the concept of rune spreads which are a powerful divinatory tool. We have seen how the choice of spreads is influenced by what one is trying to achieve. Moreover it then assists in narrowing the range of meanings from all those which are possible to those which are appropriate to a particular reading. We introduced the 4-function rune model which is overly simplistic but useful for learning purposes. Because rune reading is a mystic process we are not normally aware of the mechanisms underlying it. However an awareness of them at this stage will prove helpful for the next lesson when we start looking at actual spreads.

Spreads 2
Introduction

In the previous lesson we introduced to the concept of rune spreads and saw how they could be used in divination. Choice of spreads is very much a matter of individual preference. Some rune readers find a spread they feel comfortable with and use that with all their clients whereas others like to vary the spread according to the nature of the information the querent is seeking to find out. We will be looking at some actual spreads in this lesson so that you can make an informed decision.

Choosing Spreads
When you start out as a runecaster it is probably best to stick to simple spreads. This way you don't have too many different runes to cope with which can initially be confusing. As your confidence grows you will come to appreciate the power of more complex spreads and how they can be used to provide a significant amount of detail about a situation including revealing information that may be deliberately concealed or otherwise unknown.

Which spread you apply in a given situation is very much a matter of personal choice coupled with intuition. Before making your decision, look at the client and their requirements, the issue itself and how you feel. It is easy to overlook the last of these. Divination is not a mechanical process, it very much depends upon the ability and focus of the reader. Rune casting can be physically and emotionally tiring. One of the great joys of the runes is that they are able to convey complex and deep meanings in very small spreads. If you are already weary and confident that a simple spread will offer sufficient illumination then there is no need to use something more draining. It is important to always be professional in your approach and ensure that you do not short change the querent, whether or not the reading is a commercial one or a favor for a friend. However remember that a three rune spread competently interpreted is much better than a 10-rune spread where some details are missed because the reader was fatigued. Go with how you feel, let your heart guide you. Sometimes you will know instinctively to use a complex spread with a situation that on the surface appears straightforward. Experience and listening to your psychic side will guide you to the correct course of action.

Spreads are like everything else, you will find some that feel natural to you and which you use regularly, others that are harder to use and which seem artificial to you, and some you truly dislike and will never use. You may well decide to settle on just using one of the three rune spreads which is fine. As a new reader though you should try as many spreads as possible in order to find the one, or ones, that suit you.
Single Rune Spread

Ralph Blum calls this spread Odin's Rune and using just one rune, it is the simplest possible spread. The depth of the analysis it can therefore offer is somewhat restricted. Its not a spread to use then if you need to look at a situation in some detail.

What it is ideal for are those situations which necessitate a quick direct response to a given set of events. It favors simple questions of the kind "Should I .. ?". Unless you receive Peorth in its more secretive aspect [or the Blank Rune if you use it], then Odin's Rune is always unequivocal, leaving you in no doubt what the runes are saying to you. However the amount of advice this spread provides is inevitably limited and hence for major life-changing decisions many people prefer to use one of the 3-rune spreads instead, for great insight in the same situation.

A quick decisive response is what Odin's rune always offers and it should be used in those situations where this is what you require.

Three Rune Spreads
Spreads which use 3 runes tend to be particularly popular amongst runecasters. Partly this is because of their ease of use and partly because we do know, thanks to the Roman historian Tacitus, that a 3-rune spread was used in antiquity. It is important however to realize that we don't have details of this ancient spread beyond what Tacitus wrote which means we know little more than it used three runes. Since divination has always been a secretive art, it is unlikely that the diviner would have shared details with Tacitus particularly as he was the enemy so the reliability of the information he has to offer must be in doubt anyway. All 3 rune spreads you will therefore encounter are modern and none has a greater claim to authenticity than any other. Nor is this important. It matters that a given spread works for you not whether it worked for a Viking runecaster.
Standard Spread

Blum's 3-rune spread was the first rune spread used by a great many rune readers. The spread presented here is a slight variation upon it. Like the runes themselves this spread is elegant and deceptively simple.

[3 Rune spread]
Deeper patterns (which will be considering as a topic in the next lecture) can occur with this spread though generally we find this happens less than with most others. Each of the runes in the spread serves a different function (predictive, advisory and descriptive) and the spread can therefore produce quite a detailed analysis. This is a quick easy spread which is adaptable to most purposes.

[Staves of Wyrd Spread]
Another 3-rune variant which is given this particular title in Silver
Ravenwolf's The Rune Mysteries though this is a traditional spread with
an obvious link to the Norns.
This makes it popular with traditionalists, some of whom will not use any other spread. As there is no rune specifically performing the advisory function it can be a little harder for novices to tease out advice from the reading. In addition, as we addressed previously, the use of "future" implies that future events are pre-ordained, which we know is not the case. This aside, it can be a very useful and revealing spread, highlighting factors in the past which led to the present situation. You should therefore be prepared for the fact this spread can yield some surprises.

[The Laguz Spread]
A spread which forms the shape of the Laguz (Lagu) rune, a fact that is significant because it is intended for those who are willing to "go with the flow". Since there is no predictive element in this spread, it is for those who are prepared to think about the present and put total trust in the runes, rather than seeking particular outcomes. Laguz (Lagu) is a rune of intuition and psychic powers and this can thus be a very revealing spread, being particularly good amongst the simple spreads for probing deep emotional issues and bringing to light hidden factors. It is also a good spread for learning with.

Five Rune Spreads

[Cross of Thor Spread]
A good analytical spread which gives a helpful overview of a situation, taking into account both supporting and obstructive factors. This spread is quite unusual though in having two runes performing a predictive function. It is ideal therefore for someone who is very concerned about outcomes.

[5 Elements Spread]
This fascinating spread is to be found in Donald Tyson's book Rune Magic. It is quite different from most of the spreads we have looked at so far since it is used to give an insight into personality rather than events.

1. INTELLECT - relates to studies, invention, composition, mathematics, science and the classical arts
2. DESIRE - relates to battles, lust, cruelty, anger, hatred, desire and works of destruction
3. STRENGTH - relates to labor, endurance, persistence, silence, suffering and woe
4. LOVE - relates to family, friendships, devotion, obsessions, illusions, fantasy and lyrical arts
5. BALANCE - symbolizes the querent and relates to politics, religion and magic

Conclusion
In this lecture we have taken a brief look at a number of the hundreds of spreads which are available. The three rune spreads are all excellent for learning with and the "Staves of Wyrd " and "Standard Spread" have both served many a rune caster well. The others are much more specialized but were to give you an idea of how widely spreads vary, from spreads with no predictive elements such as "The Laguz Spread" to those with two or more predictive components, such as "The Cross of Thor". Though some traditionalists dismiss spreads as an idea derived from other divination techniques such as Tarot, nonetheless many well-regarded authors on the runes, such as Aswynn, make use of them.

Tea leaves


I was researching a while ago, and found some great info on tasseography/tasseomancy (Reading Tea Leaves). I Put it into text documents and uploaded them HERE for you to download:) Enjoy:)

Tarot Decks

Ok So I scanned some tarot decks I own in case they get damaged so I can print them out & replace them:) Here's the list:

Celtic Dragon Deck
Lovecraft Tarot
Rider Wait Tarot
Oracle Cards
Sacred Circle Deck
Shapeshifter Tarot

And here's the link to download them:

Tarot Spreads


I've gone all over the internet to find these free tarot spreads:) I zipped them all up into one file that you can download by Clicking HERE!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Fae Cooking 1

I found this on WITCHY WISDOM and just had to repost it here, these are real cooking recipes that are just too cute not to try especially if you have children.....

Fae Cooking...

FAIRY COOKIES

Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp. finely chopped lavender flower
1-1/2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 F.
Cream butter and sugar.
Beat in eggs and vanilla.
Stir in the dry ingredients until well blended.
Drop by half-teaspoons on ungreased baking sheet.
Bake 8-10 minutes, and cool slightly on baking sheet before transferring to tiny plates.

http://www2.jbc.edu/herbgarden/frame2.htm
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BANSHEE (cocktail)

Yield: 1 servings
Ingredients:
1/2 oz Creme de banana
1/2 oz Creme de cacao
2 oz sweet cream
Crushed ice

Directions:
Combine liquid ingredients with crushed ice in a mixing glass.
Shake and strain into cocktail glass.
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BASIC PANCAKES WITH FAIRY DUST

makes 12
Ingredients:
1-1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon cold-pressed vegetable oil
1-3/4 cup soy milk

Directions:
Combine dry ingredients into a mixing bowl
Combine oil land soy milk and whip for 1 minute.
Pour into dry mixture and mix until thoroughly combines. Don't worry about the lumps.
Preheat a lightly oiled griddle or large skillet.
When a few drops of water sprinkled on the griddle bead up and roll off, the griddle is ready.
Pour 1/4 cup of batter at a time onto the griddle.
Cook at medium high heat until the pancakes begin to bubble, about 3 minutes, and the bottoms are lightly browned.
If the pancakes bubble up before the bottoms are browned, raise the heat slightly.
Turn with a spatula and cook until the second side is lightly browned.
Serve at once with natural maple syrup, natural fruit syrup or Fairy Dust.

FAIRY DUST

Ingredients:
1/4 cup grated dried coconut
1/4 cup date sugar

Directions:
Mix the coconut and date sugar in a mortar and pestle and grind into a fine powder.
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CHOCOLATE PIXIES

Ingredients:
1/4 cup margarine or butter.
4 oz Unsweetened chocolate
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3 eggs

Directions:
In a large saucepan over low heat, melt margarine and chocolate, stirring until smooth.
Remove from heat; cool slightly.
Lightly spoon flour into a measuring cup; level off.
Stir in flour, sugar, walnuts, baking powder, salt, and eggs; blend in well.
Cover; refrigerate at least 1 hour for easier handling.
Heat oven to 300 degrees.
Shape mixture into 1 inch balls; roll in powdered sugar (coat heavily).
Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake at 300 degrees for 15 - 18 minutes or until edges are set.
Remove from the cookie sheets immediately.
4 dozen cookies.
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FAIRY CAKES

Makes: 12
Ingredients:
6 tbls. margarine
6 tbls. white sugar
3/4 cup self-rising flour
2 medium eggs
Milk
salt

Directions:
Place the margarine and sugar into a bowl, mix together well until margarine is soft and no sugar remains in bowl.
Place the eggs in a separate bowl, and beat well.
Add the beaten egg a little at a time to margarine and sugar, mix together well.
Sift the flour into the mixture, add the salt and fold well.
Add enough milk to make mixture into a soft dropping consistency
Spoon into greaseproof muffin pan and bake in a pre-heated oven at 325°F for 20-25 minutes.
When golden brown, remove from oven and place on wire tray to cool. Do not remove from muffin pan until cool.
Can be served plain, or topped with icing or chocolate.

http://www.swv.ie/recipes/eng17.htm

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FAIRY CAKES 2

1 stick softened butter
1/2 cup sifted confectioners sugar
2 well-beaten eggs
1/4 cup milk
3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup cornflour
2 tsp baking powder
vanilla

Directions:
Beat together softened butter and sifted confectioners sugar in a warmed bowl.
Add well-beaten eggs and milk.
Sift together flour, cornflour and baking powder and stir them gradually into the egg mixture.
Flavor with vanilla and bake in muffin pan in a hot oven for 10 minutes.
Ice with pink icing and dip in colored sprinkles.

http://recipes.alastra.com/cookies/fairy-cakes02.html

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Fried Faery Honeycakes~
From Wisteria's Faery Recipes
These cakes are not unlike those made on the night before Beltane by women
around the turn of the century. These cakes were left in the garden to please
Faery visitors.
1/2 cup sweet white wine
2 tablespoons sugar
1 egg
1 cup honey
2/3 cup flour
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
Oil for frying
1/8 teaspoon salt
Beat the wine & egg in a medium bowl. Combine the flour, cinnamon, salt &
sugar in a small bowl. Stir into the egg mixture. Let stand 30 minutes. Combine
the honey & nutmeg in a small bowl. Heat 1/2-inch of the oil in a frying pan
until hot, but not smoking. Drop the batter into the oil 1 tablespoon at a time;
fry until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Dip into the honey.
Yield: 1 1/2 Dozen.

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