Monthly Archives: May 2010

May 31, 2010 – Gebo

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Gebo

Gebo is the letter G

Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem (from ragweedforge.com)

Generosity brings credit and honour, which support one’s dignity;
it furnishes help and subsistenceto all broken men who are devoid of aught else

Gebo’s appearance strikes a strong chord with me, as for the reading I did encompassing the year, it was the rune that embodies the whole of 2010. So when it appears on any other level, I tend to pay attention.

In contemplating Gebo, I always arrive at the keywords that I have given it. Gift, exchange, partnership, contracts: the essence of Gebo embodies this social elements, that can interplay on many other levels. One that is occurring to me right now comes about from my reading of Three Books of Occult Philosophy by Cornelius Agrippa. In the 3rd book, he discusses those things that are necessary of religion, which he sees as being integral to practice of magic. In being aware of his medieval bias towards Catholicism and Christianity (which was both culturally and politically expedient) A lot of what he says does seem to have value, especially when it comes to how to approach and interact with spiritual entities, whether Gods, intelligences, spirits, demons, demigods/heros etc… While the particulars laids out by Agrippa have relevance, what comes through to me is the essence of partnership, exchange and contract. Offerings, vows, adorations, sacrifices and everything else is really about drawing the pleasure (or appeasing the wrath) or these spiritual powers. At the highest, the physical things are not necessary, because the highest and most transcendent doesn’t need those physical things. But in doing them, you enter into relationship and partnership with them. There is give and take, credit and honor, and in doing so, you can gain help when you have little else.

Often, for myself though, I don’t identify with the religious connection. I don’t always see myself as a servant of the Gods, because that is not who I am, or what I want to be. It doesn’t mean that I can’t serve them, at least to come into a benevolent relationship with them, but for myself personally, it is never a relationship where I give up my liberty to serve them.

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May 30, 2010 – Feoh reversed

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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.

Well it seems like Saturday was one step forward, and Sunday is two steps back. The momentary boon of Feoh moves into Feoh reversed. Expenses, bills or maybe just too much gratuitous spending occurs. But, forewarned is forearmed, so maybe you can reign it in, just a little?

May 30 – June 5, 2010 – Wunjo reversed

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Wunjo reversed

Wunjo is the letter W

Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem (from ragweedforge.com)

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

Wunjo reversed shows sorrow, anxiety and suffering. This indicates perhaps that this will be an unpleasant week, where because of there being experiences of loss, might lead to other feelings.

What is mainly lost is harmony. The regular accord you have with yourself, with spirits, with people around you is temporarily disturbed. Perhaps an assumption is made, an offering forgotten, or some part of your discipline falters. The loss of this harmony is the cause of the anxiety and suffering that you experience.

May 29, 2010 – Feoh

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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, the rune of wealth marks the last day of Saturn in the month of May. It shows that wealth, money and movable valuables may be of influence today, and also how you and others relate to those valuables. Upright, it is generally a more benevolent sign, showing skill in handling wealth, and perhaps also increase or benefit.

Part of the poem itself expresses an interesting concept of how wealth was viewed and treated by older Scandinavian cultures. The line “Yet must every man bestow it freely, if he wish to gain honour in the sigh of the Lord” reminds me of a concept that was much discussed by wealthy people in the US in the turn of the 20th century. This concept, to use the French terminology (which is how I learned it) was called “noblesse oblige” or the obligations of the nobility. As there are no “nobles” in the US, it was the idea of the rich and wealthy, that they have obligations to better society by using their money and resources in a benevolent way. From this is why there are so many buildings named for wealthy donators, like Carnegie Hall or in Los Angeles, Disney Concert Hall and others. They exist because these people and organizations felt that they need to give money to improve their society and community around them, and in doing so, they gain in honour. While this is a concept more tied with Gebo, it also has strong relevance to Feoh, as the rune of Wealth, which is often the unit of exchange.

May 28, 2010 – Cenaz reversed

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Cenaz reversed

Cenaz is the letter C

Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem (from ragweedforge.com)

The torch is known to every living man by its pale, bright flame;
it always burns where princes sit within.

From Tuesday, when the flames of Cenaz were burning bright and high, they have now lost their strength and (metaphorically) become smouldering coals. Much as when light source begins to dim, shadows, darkness and obscurity start to come closer. Sight is dimmed as the scene becomes indistinct. The heat might still be there, but the light has faded. Perhaps the flames were partially doused, as the seeking of fulfillment has quenched the spark somewhat, cooling the passions. Or maybe by pacing yourself with the distance to go, the passions have cooled. It could also be the burst of action and energy from the day before has left you drained, and the fires within need to fed, in order to burn strong and bright again.

May 27, 2010 – Raidho

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Raidho

Raidho is the letter R

Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem (from ragweedforge.com)

Riding seems easy to every warrior while he is indoors
and very courageous to him who traverses the high-roadson the back of a stout horse

Raidho is the rune of the road, journey, and travel. It is all about have a destination (literal, metaphorical or metaphysical) in mind, and taking the steps necessary to get there. In a reading it indicates travel of various kinds, and in a reading about travel, is a benevolent indication that the journey will go well and proceed with out overwhelming difficulty.

It is a definitely a rune of action, especially planned and decisive action (in the sense of being prepared for a trip). It is also well suited for any kind of spiritual journeying, whether it be shamanic, pathworking or astral projection. Combined with other runes, it can be the mean of going on the road you need to walk, a means to ensure that you are going where you want to go in the changeable lands of the otherworlds, and that you don’t wander from your road on accident.

Come learns Rune with me!

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Runes 110 – A beginning class for Runes.

A 10 week class in runes covering the Elder Futhark, Anglo-Saxon and Northumbrian runes as an introduction to runic divination and rune based magic.

The class is taught by Brother Christopher, a practitioner of runic magic for 14 years.

1st class: Wednesday June 16, 2010 7:30 pm

Where: Points of Light
4358 East Stearns Street
Long Beach, CA 90815

Cost: $15 per class

Rune of the day – khalk reversed

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Khalk reversed

Khalk is the letter K

There is rune poem for Khalk. It is a Northumbrian rune.

Khalk, the Cup of Dreams, Desires, Hopes, and attainment is reversed today, spilling out what you sought and leaving you unfulfilled and longing. That this rune appears in contrast to the rune of the week, suggests to me that the desires of today are either not going to happen, or leave you feeling unsatisfied. Perhaps the dreams and desires you have need to be re-checked and examined to make sure that what you desire is achievable or really what you desire.
Khalk as an image reminds me of another pair of images found in Astrological Geomancy. These images are Albus and Rubeus (latin for White and Red) and their image suggests of a cup. In Albus, the cup the upright, and indicates peace, accord and dreams. In Rubeus, the cup is reversed, and is conflict (and violence sometimes), intense passions, and dark (and often secretive) desires. I find that those to be an interesting indication as to potential meanings of Khalk as well, with khalk reversed showing that things are conflicted, and the desires involved are unfulfilled because of their dark and secret things, that you may fear to act upon, or only act upon when you can achieve them without notice. I am also reminded that Rubeus also has connotations of sexual acts, that are licentious or perhaps kept secret, which also can translate to Khalk reversed as well.

May 25, 2010 – Cenaz

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Cenaz reversed

Cenaz is the letter C

Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem (from ragweedforge.com)

The torch is known to every living man by its pale, bright flame;
it always burns where princes sit within

Cenaz reversed expresses a lack of creativity and inspiration, and perhaps that something is obscured or unknown to you, that you might be “in the dark.” You might want to seek out further information, or go back and re-examine everything. You could also spend time seeking inspiration or trying to find a different method of resolution, as your current or chosen method will not completely resolve anything or it may even resolve it at all. The passions within you are cool and perhaps you might wish to feed the flame, or possibly seek a new source of fuel.

May 24, 2010 – Ear

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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 rune of decay, erosion and death. It is often very slow acting force, but inexorable and persistent, and once directed, will continue to its work, however slow, until it is completed. If often signifies death, but can also indicate that need to release and let go, as something has reached it’s end, and clinging to it will not keep it around any longer. Of course, even a seemingly “malefic” rune can be beneficial. When harmful things are applied to harmful things, they stop or resist each other, holding harmful forces in check. It can also be the lessening of misfortune and trouble, allowing for more freedom and openness. By eroding away that which is doing harm, beneficial and helpful forces can enter in.