There are many different forms of divination that witches use. The best time for divination is during the full moon, or when
the moon is waxing. Some different methods for divination include: tarot, scrying, pendulums and runes. We will try to give
some basic information on each. Remember, as always get a good book on whatever way strikes you as feeling comfortable to
you. Witches use divination mostly to get a feel about the outcome of a spell before they do it.
There are several methods used to divine with runes, some involving complex preparations. I've outlined a simple method
you can try with a minimum of fuss.
The first step is to obtain a set of runestones. The preferred material for a set of runes is wood from a nut or fruit
bearing tree, but stones are available made of many materials. It is also fairly simple to construct your own set by carving
or painting the characters on chips of wood, or painting them on stones or glass tiles.
Next, find a flat, clean surface on which to carry out your divination- a table top or altar is ideal. Have with you your
stones, a bag or a container you can fit your hand into, and something to record your results. Take some time to relax and
meditate on your query, then draw three stones in succession and lay them face down in a row on the table.
The first stone represents the past nature of the situation, the backdrop, if you will. It may be a person, place, or
circumstance, depending on which character appears. For instance, Raido can refer to a physical journey, or a spiritual path;
The second stone is the present or the near future, finally the third is the outcome of the first two- the possible future.
Write down your impressions, you may recieve further insights or even dreams which may help to further interpret the reading.
The following table gives the characters of the Elder futhark and their divinatory meanings:
Rune: name: divinatory meaning:
Money, finances, possessions; material goods or wealth
Thurisaz Gateway, beginning
Ansuz A message or signal, a secret; speech
Raido Travel, sojourn, movement
Kaunaz Openings, shedding light on something, fire
Gibo A gift or blessing, partnerships
Wunjo Joy; happiness, illumination
Hagalaz Disruption, chaos, shattering of illusion
Nauthiz Pain, confinement, limitation
Jera Fertility, harvesting, returns; reaping what you've sown
Eihwaz Protection, defense; also withdrawl or barriers
Perth Secrets, initiations, occult or hidden things
Algiz Defense, protection
Sowelu Completion, perfection
Teiwaz (Tyr) Victory, conquest
Berkana Renewal, rebirth, new beginnings
Ehwaz Overcoming barriers, movement, progression
Mannaz The self, humanity
Leguz Water, sea, motherhood; intuition
Inguz Fertility, birth, beginnings
Dagaz Sunlight, enlightenment
Othela The home, hearth, possessions
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