First off, a big thank you to Shelley and the callers to the Psychic Horizon radio show. I had a great time and I hope everyone enjoyed having me as much as I enjoyed being on the show.
I also would like to mention that I am going to be in the Baltimore area from the 26th to the 29th of July and will be available to do events and one-on-one readings in person. Please email me for details and times if you are interested.
Tomorrow I’ll be giving an interview with Shelley Hofberg of http://www.psychichorizon.info/ on her radio show. The show runs from noon EST to about 2pm. We’ll be discussing Runes, how I do Rune readings, and I’ll even be doing some readings on the air. I’ll also be announcing details on how to receive a discount on your first reading with me.
You should be able to tune in to the show at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/psychic-horizonshow
There is no difference.
The nature of divination is inherent in the diviner, not the method of divination. Tarot, Runes, I Ching, sheep’s guts, divination sticks, pendulums, tea leaves, or clouds, it doesn’t matter what tool you use or even how you use it. Are you seeking guidance and insight? Are you or another using a tool to help you gain that insight? Divination is simply the ability to interpret the tool being used in a meaningful way.
And you might be surprised that anyone can do it. Suppose you have a simple question before you: do you order a sandwich or pasta? You can’t decide, but a simple form of divination can help: the coin flip. Here’s what you do: flip the coin. Suppose Heads is the sandwich and Tails is the pasta. The coin lands Heads up, but you feel disappointed with that result. Are you really happy with the sandwich, or were you actually hoping for the pasta? You now have the insight that you needed; clearly, you should order the pasta.
So why do I use Runes instead of Tarot if there’s no real difference? Honestly, Runes speak to me and Tarot cards do not. Nor do tea leaves, sticks, or I Ching (I have yet to find out about sheep’s guts and I intend on never finding out). I don’t know why. I certainly enjoy Tarot, but when I try divination with them it never works. I could probably overcome that with practice and maybe someday I will. In the mean time, I cast Runes and I cast them well.
The magical application of Runes goes beyond their use for divination. Each Rune is associated with a set of special meanings and concepts. These associations are what make Runes usable in all sorts of magical applications. One of these applications is the creation of Rune Sigils.
Sigils are a kind of symbol that communicate a complex idea. They are frequently used for decoration on jewelry and magical tools such as staves, wands, and candles. Practitioners of magic can create Sigils with runes by combing the Runes together in a kind of monogram. They pick Runes that represent concepts they desire, and overlap them to create the Sigil.
There are different opinions about whether the Runes, and therefore the Sigils made from Runes, contain an innate power of their own. Regardless of any innate power they possess, Runes and Sigils are most powerful when our own belief empowers them. It follows then that the most powerful Sigils are the ones with deep significance to the person using the Sigil. If you are making a Sigil for yourself, choose Runes that speak to you and really focus on the goals that are important to you. If the Sigil is for someone else, be sure to explain each part of the Sigil and what it means. When a person looks at that Sigil, it should make them think and focus on the things that Sigil represents.
I’ll be doing readings at the Sterling Yoga Spirit Fair tomorrow, June 26th, from noon to 6pm. In addition to myself, there will be several talented and great diviners, healers, and artisans. Readings with all the diviners will be $25 for a 20 minute session. If you have a few minutes, be sure to stop by! Here’s the location, and the website for Sterling Yoga with additional info:
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The word “rune” itself means “mystery” and the history of runes is full of it. The existence of runes may go back as far as 200 BC, but nobody’s really sure. Scholars are still debating if its roots are in Latin or Greek, and the truth may be somewhere in the middle. To make matters more difficult, the Nazis took an interest in Runes during the 1920s and 30s. Their research was so distorted that decades of work were thrown away and the Nazi stigma prevented further genuine research on the Runes for almost another 50 years.
What we do know is that, as an alphabet, they were never tied directly to a spoken language. It’s uncertain if the Runes were first an alphabet or a means of magic, but they have persisted as powerful symbols that each had their own meaning. Cultures all across northern Europe started using the Runes for a variety of purposes, from divination to decoration.
When it came to divination, Rune Casters were most frequently women due to the belief that they have a natural connection to magic. This belief is even reflected in the meaning of one of the Runes, Laguz, which is connected with water, magic, and female fertility.
There are a wide variety of methods for writing Runes that were developed by different cultures at different times, furthering the belief in their power and mystery. Despite this, the Runes were not necessarily restricted to religious heads. Depending on the culture, divination with the Runes could be done by anyone at any time. As a matter of convenience, Runes were most often made from a tree branch, cut into small sections and the Runes carved into the surface. Then the most senior person there–which would be the religious head if done publicly in the village–would perform the divination.
Over time the Runes have changed and evolved into different sets. The most common used for divination is the Elder Futhark, but there is also the Younger Futhark (also known as the Norse Futhark), the Anglo-Saxon Futhorc (also known as the Anglo-Friesian Futhark), and the Armanen Futhark. While the oldest set of Runes has 24 letters, the various Futharks have had as few as 16 and as many as 38!
To this day Runes see a wide and varied use, frequently used by the New Age movement and often the subject of fiction, the most famous of which is the Dwarven language created by JRR Tolkien.
I’m Brian, and I’m psychic (if you hadn’t guessed). You probably are too, if only a little bit, if only in one particular way.
See, I know people who can communicate with the dead, who can use telekinesis or pyrokinesis, and several who can read minds or can know the future. Me? I can’t do any of those things.
Being psychic doesn’t automatically mean I can bend spoons with my mind or ask for help from the other side. What can I do?
I can read runes.
Not tarot, not tea leaves, not ogham or palms… just runes. For whatever reason Runes make sense to me, while tea leaves are just… damp. Rune reading is my thing, just as your thing may be knowing that the phone is about to ring. Each person has their own talents, whether they’re aware of them or not. It’s one of the great mysteries of our lives.
With that in mind, I offer this website to anyone curious enough to read it. You can learn about me, the Runes, where I’ll be doing Rune Readings, divination, and a variety of other topics. I hope you enjoy reading it.