Potent and powerful Mandala created to help call in what you wish to work on in your spiritual life. Individually catered to what energies and archetypes you wish to work with. A great piece to place on your altar or a wall where you will see it regularly. Cast your own runes or I can cast them for you as a reading.
In the scholarly sense, runes are a group of symbols that make up the written alphabet and diverse spoken languages by the Germanic people of Europe during approximately the first century (before the common era) B.C.E.
The English word “rune” is from the Norse word runa, which means secret or mystery. It’s also important to mention that the Rowan tree was spiritually revered, and runa is the root word used to identify the Rowan tree.
As Christianity began to spread, it was changed to the Latin alphabet we know today. Yet, runes never wholly vanished, even when they were banned by the Christian church. Why? Runic symbols were used for magical intentions before they were ever used for writing. Some runes have been found on rock carvings dating back 17,000 years. Many runic engravings were added to rocks, weaponry, jewelry, and graves to ensure a departed loved one’s safe journey to the afterlife.
Anyone searching for an explanation or guidance from the spiritual world would carve a set of runes into strips of wood chopped from the branch of a tree. Then they would scatter and spread them onto a white cloth while gazing upwards and selecting at random with guidance from the spirits. Runes hold the secrets or mysteries of the Universe and can be interpreted by those who understand their meaning. However, runes will never expose all knowledge in its entirety despite how vigorously we learn and analyze them.
A frequently asked question is the difference between runes and Tarot. The most significant difference is that runes are very simple and can have a much broader answer or meaning than a Tarot card, where the reader can rely on images or pictures. With Runes, it’s all about your intuition and what message you feel is being conveyed. Although Runes predate the Tarot by at least a thousand years, there are some similarities. One example is the runic symbol of Eihwaz ((debated) either ay-wahz or eee-wahz), the Death card in Tarot, and the number 13. The Death card is the 13th in the Major Arcana, and the 13th runic symbol is Eihwaz. Similarly, they also symbolize transformation, endings, new beginnings, and that “death” is just the end of an era or cycle, but never the end of the story.
It all starts with a vast Ash tree called Yggdrasill (pronounced igg-dra-sil) located at the center of the Universe and contains the nine worlds of the Norse realms collectively in its branches and roots. Beneath is the Well of Fate (a bottomless pool) and the Norns (female spirits who protect the roots of Yggdrasill by watering it with the divine waters of the Well of Fate). The Norns also manipulate human lives as they twist, spin, and intertwine the threads of fate and destiny. The Norns are said to be three sisters named Urd (pronounced oo-rd), representing “What was”; Verdandi (pronounced Ver-dahn-di), meaning “What is coming”); and Skuld (pronounced Skoo -ld), representing “What shall be.”
It’s important to mention that fate was not viewed in the same way it is today in Norse mythology. Fate is not concrete, and although it is woven into a person’s destiny, it is entirely within their power to change it. This makes sense when translating runes; there would be no point if you couldn’t change the outcome. Why bother?
So how does one read and interpret magical symbols that only Norns could read? In Norse mythology, both gods and humans were unable to read runes. Enter Odin, who had a reputation as a very wise and intelligent god who was always seeking further knowledge. However, The Norns wouldn’t reveal their secrets and mysteries to just anyone without a great sacrifice. So Odin stabbed himself with his own sword and hung upside down from a branch of the Yggdrasill tree so that he was able to view the Well of Fate beneath him. There he stayed suspended for 9 days rejecting food and water. Finally, the secrets and mysteries of the runes appeared to him in the water of the Well of Fate beneath him.
There is also another story where Odin wishes to drink from Mimir’s “Well of Wisdom” (pronounced Mee-mir, counselor to the gods and very wise because he drank from the well of “Well of Wisdom” every day). So Mimir allowed Odin to drink from the well, but only if he gave up his eye, which he did and gained much knowledge from the loss.
Divination is typically done on an 18” by 18” white cloth precisely for rune casting, but whatever works best for you is fine. Take time to meditate with your runes before casting and focus on your questions or goals. When asking a question, it’s easier to ask for an outcome or help seeing the big picture versus a yes or no answer.
For example, you could ask what the outcome of interviewing for a specific job looks like. This allows for the possibility of more information to come through your reading. Do not be concerned about reversed symbols. Some folks don’t acknowledge them, and others see them as a signal to slow down and wait a moment before proceeding." ~~https://www.thepeculiarbrunette.com/rune-symbols-meanings-and-uses/
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