The Lenormand Cards – #6 The Clouds

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Key words:
blockage, hindrance, obstacles, throwback, an ex, old man, rain/storm (also metaphorically)

General description:
The Clouds-card has one light and one dark side. In case its light side is juxtaposed to a person card (man, woman, snake, bear, dog, etc…), an object card (book, house, etc…) or a subject card (clover, stars, etc…), hindrances are going to be removed. In case the dark side is adjacent to a person, subject or object card these hindrances are going to persist a while longer. For example: If the dark side of the cards points to the letter card, a message, letter, e-mail or other may have gotten lost or been forgotten, it might be necessary to take action then.

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If you picked the Clover in for your Daily Tendency Card:
Sit back and relax, this is not the time for decisions or life-altering changes.

Love
Dark side of the clouds: If you are in a relationship you might be going through a rough patch. If you just met someone, this person is most likely not the right person for you and/or might be dishonest with you.

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Work
Dark side of the clouds: Bullying and bossing, setbacks at work (maybe your co-worker got the promotion you’d counted on?), pay cuts, etc…

Health
Generally: Your health is at stake or is getting considerably worse. Inhale an infusion of essential oils, work with compresses or put a warm damp cloth with herbal tincture on your stressed skin.
Specifically: It is possible that you might catch a cold, bronchitis or suffer from asthma attacks.

Time Factor:
“long”, persisting, several years

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The Lenormand Cards – #5 The Tree

Copyrighted and written by Týra Alrune Sahsnotasvriunt, 2014

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Madame Marie Anne Lenormand (1772-1843) lived during the time of the French revolution and it is in this time of upheaval that the Lenormand cards were born. Albeit the symbols on today’s Lenormand cards were created without her input; she used regular playing cards, some of them with handwritten remarks, astrological and other symbols on them. That is why today’s Lenormand decks always include a depiction of the value of the playing cards on them. Once you have mastered learning the symbols you can easily use any card playing deck for your readings as well.

Card #5 – The Tree (7 of Hearts)

Key words:
illness, (health), medicine, long period, growth, ripening

General description:
If you are a spontaneous, impatient person you will not be pleased to see the tree anywhere near the cards answering your question. The tree card means things will take time (to evolve), a lengthy period of time even. Otherwise the tree is the medicine and illness card. If not in combination with positive cards such as the sun, the bouquet or similar it does not stand for health and advises you to take good (better) care of your physical well-being. However, the Tree in combination with the Moon – usually a positive card – means mental illness or significant emotional distress.

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If you picked the Clover in for your Daily Tendency Card:
Something has been on your mind for a long time. Now is the time to explore it in depth and find the right answers for yourself.

Love
Got your eyes on someone? This is someone you might have a long and happy relationship with. (Note: long does not necessarily equal forever…!) Still, you have to be patient and tend to the seed of this little flirt in order for it to unfold its true potential. This process of ripening can’t be sped up by anything, keep the goal in mind but also enjoy every stop of the way toward it.

Work
All medical fields and related professions.
Especially when bordering on the #35 Anchor card long-lasting troubles at work are awaiting (or if combined with/surrounded by positive cards long-lasting troubles at work, such as bullying for example, are about to finally end). This card asks you to hang in there and keep on doing your best so that you will be able to reap the reward of your hard work – even if it will take a little longer (than expected…)

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Health
Take extended walks in nature and meditate, quieten the mind, do breathing exercises, connect with your higher self, find your higher purpose. Allow yourself enough alone-time to fully explore your different dimensions, feel every scar, every hurt, injustice and pain and give it to the Gods to heal. Letting go of the pain does not mean you are somewhat invalidating what happened to you and that it was wrong. The tree card advises you not to let things fester. It is in most cases emotional upheaval or repressed feelings causing actual physical problems, health issues or chronic illness.

Time Factor:
Within the next few years. (Usually up to five).

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Spread: Small Health Oracle

1. This is the root cause of your issues.

2. What led to your current situation.

3. What you need to do in order to change the situation for the better.

4. The most likely outcome.

5. How the situation will most likely progress if you do not initiate change.

Spread:
Pentagram-shaped: Top, top left, top right, bottom left, bottom right.

The Lenormand Cards – #4 The House


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written and copyrighted by Týra Alrune Sahsnotasvriunt, 2014

Madame Marie Anne Lenormand (1772-1843) lived during the time of the French revolution and it is in this time of upheaval that the Lenormand cards were born.  Albeit the symbols on today’s Lenormand cards were created without her input; she used regular playing cards, some of them with handwritten remarks, astrological and other symbols on them. That is why today’s Lenormand decks always include a depiction of the value of the playing cards on them.  Once you have mastered learning the symbols you can easily use any card playing deck for your readings as well.

Card #4 – The House (King of Hearts)

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Key words:
home, estate, dwelling, homeland, family.

General description:
The cards surrounding the House-card indicate the current themes and subject matters you are facing or will soon be dealing with.

If you picked the Clover in for your Daily Tendency Card:
You will be having a cozy and comfortable day at home or with family. Indulging in common activities  and strengthening familial bonds. Take it easy, sit back, relax and enjoy!

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Love
For those in a partnership: the right partner, i.e. the partner you need at this moment in time, is already accompanying you. For singles: The time has come to settle down. The right partner will soon step into  your life. Now is the time to start thinking about marriage, buying a house, pregnancy, a renovation or possible move.

Work
Keep your eyes open for options to work from home or become your own boss! The house might stand for a bureau, altelier, a place where you receive your clients, patients or other.
Might also indicate a phone or internet-related (IT) job.

Health
Start monitoring your cholesterine level and reduce fat. Allow yourself time at home (periods of rest and relaxation, start doing yoga, autogenic training or any “quiet” and mind-spirit-body physical activity).

Time Factor:
Starts in the morning.

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Spread: Small Love Oracle

1. Where you are in your relationship to each other.
2. What is on your mind regarding this relationship.
3. How he sees you and the relationship.
4. Advice on how to proceed.

Spread out any way you like, could be in a row, diamond-shaped or however else. Personal thought on the 4th card: It is never wise to make major life and/or relationship changes because an oracle or someone doing a reading for you tells you to. I would take this as a tendency card and keep an open-mind while watching the relationship progress (or regress, depending on 😉 ).

The Lenormand Cards – #3 The Ship

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Copyrighted by Týra Alrune Sahsnotasvriunt, 2014

Madame Marie Anne Lenormand (1772-1843) lived during the time of the French revolution and it is in this time of upheaval that the Lenormand cards were born.  Albeit the symbols on today’s Lenormand cards were created without her input; she used regular playing cards, some of them with handwritten remarks, astrological and other symbols on them. That is why today’s Lenormand decks always include a depiction of the value of the playing cards on them.  Once you have mastered learning the symbols you can easily use any card playing deck for your readings as well.

Card #3 – The Ship (10 of Spades)

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Key words:
Travel (bus, car, train, plane, by foot), abroad, yearning, metaphorical journey, inner withdrawal. Can also stand for independence, inheritance or business dealings.

General description:
The Ship stands for travel in every aspect.

If you picked the Clover in for your Daily Tendency Card:
You might be going on a trip, travel or holidays are ahead. In case of a metaphorical journey or inner withdrawal you might be especially inspired right now and gain new insight and ideas by allowing your thoughts free reign. .

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Love
You might meet someone from abroad or online.

Work
(Especially in combination with the anchor, the fish.) International business awaits. This card encourages you on your road to independence.

Health
Emotional/mental health: Grant yourself enough you-time. Withdraw into nature, take long walks and extra naps, keep a journal.
Physical health: Be more sensitive to your bodily needs. Go to a spa, have a wellness weekend with massages and aromatherapy. Decrease salt in your diet, eat healthy (organic).

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Time Factor:
Within the next three years.

 Spread: Dream Analysis

1. Choose one card openly, something that correlates with your dream. The following cards are to be understood in correlation/comparison with this card.

2. Which event in the past, present or future does the dream refer to?

3. What is the message of the dream?

4. How am I supposed to act in order to prevent or make the dream come true?

5. Most likely outcome.

To be laid out like the ‘Five’ on a cube. Card #1 is laid out in the middle, #2 in upper left corner, #3 in upper right corner, #4 in bottom right corner, #5 in bottom left corner.

The Lenormand Cards – #2 The Clover

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written and copyrighted by Týra Alrune Sahsnotasvriunt, 2014

Madame Marie Anne Lenormand (1772-1843) lived during the time of the French revolution and it is in this time of upheaval that the Lenormand cards were born.  Albeit the symbols on today’s Lenormand cards were created without her input; she used regular playing cards, some of them with handwritten remarks, astrological and other symbols on them. That is why today’s Lenormand decks always include a depiction of the value of the playing cards on them.  Once you have mastered learning the symbols you can easily use any card playing deck for your readings as well.

Card #2 – Four Leaf Clover – or – Clover (6 of Diamonds)

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Key words:
The luck card. Works instantly but short-term only! – Might be gone by tomorrow.

General description:
The Four Leaf Clover always indicates moments of happiness, a lucky coincidence, chance, in some cases hope and/or the light at the ending of the tunnel.

If you picked the Clover in for your Daily Tendency Card:
The Clover is like a joker card. Be a dare devil and unforeseen but welcome things will happen.

Love:
If you are in a relationship: A sudden second spring, the renewal of love and passion.
If you are single: An affair or fling which might turn into more (depends on surrounding cards).

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Work:
A sudden and unexpected event – which you neither worked for nor have to work for – brings you luck. This could be anything from appraisal to promotion, a raise or a new job offer.

Health:
Good health, both mentally, emotionally as well as physically. The ending of an illness. Positive test results which symbolize a huge relief.

Time Factor:
Unexpectedly, suddenly, within four days.

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Example for an Advanced Reading: The Little Mermaid

1. THE MERMAID: My yearning, my desire – what I see in the object of my love/desire

2. THE SEAGULL: Objective reality – what I’m turning a blind eye to, what I’m not factoring in

3. THE SHINY OBJECT: My lower instincts – what I have to overcome or conquer

4. THE SEA WITCH: My sacrifice – a courageous deed or decision brings transformation

5. THE HUMAN BRIDE: My epiphany – what I will be rewarded with for letting go/my sacrifice

6. THE QUEEN: My soul, my essence, my truth – what this love/desire will bring me in the long run

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From right to left in S-form.

The Lenormand Cards – #1 The Rider

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Copyrighted by Týra Alrune Sahsnotasvriunt, 2014

Madame Marie Anne Lenormand (1772-1843) lived during the time of the French revolution and it is in this time of upheaval that the Lenormand cards were born.  Albeit the symbols on today’s Lenormand cards were created without her input; she used regular playing cards, some of them with handwritten remarks, astrological and other symbols on them. That is why today’s Lenormand decks always include a depiction of the value of the playing cards on them.  Once you have mastered learning the symbols you can easily use any card playing deck for your readings as well.

Card #1 – The Rider (9 of Hearts)

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Key words:
Message, young man, means of transport, sports, agility but also the horse itself

General description:
This is the card of movement and communication. Something is happening or about to happen, you receive news, you are communicating. Note that the interpretation of the card also depends on which direction the rider faces. (Which card is he moving away from, which card/s is he approaching?) For example if the rider is moving away from the self-card (#28 for males and #29 for females) communication is blocked, news or letters are delayed or got lost, depending on the other surrounding cards.

If you picked the Rider in for your Daily Tendency Card:
You have charisma, others like you, you are a good entertainer and you will have a marvelous time. It will be a busy and sociable day.

Love:
An affair is coming around. It might turn into something more serious, but usually it doesn’t. You will encounter a person that will turn your head.

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Work:
Your effort will be crowned with success. You will get an acceptance for a new occupation. If you apply for a job you can expect a positive answer.

Health:
The Rider / The Cavalier is connected with movement and symbolizes a warning. Take care of your joints, ligaments, and sinews- take a rest. Too much sport could end up in an injury

Time Factor:
On short notice, within a few days

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Example for a Simple Reading: The Chalice of Life

1. Past

2. Present

3. Future

4. What to do

5. Outer circumstances to consider

6. Hopes and fears

7. Result

8. Quintessence

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From left to right, V-shaped. Quintessence card: atop the “V” layout.

The Runes – A General Introduction

written and copyrighted by Týra Alrune Sahsnotasvriunt, May 2013

ImageIn Paganism, many dabble in runes. However, in order to understand runic vibrations one must understand a bit of cosmology. Whether you accept it is up to you, however, it won’t change the nature of the runes.

They have been described as the building blocks of the universe (or rather in Germanic/Norse cosmology: multiverse). Maybe comparing them to something we’ve all been taught at school might illuminate the issue at hand a bit better: DNA.
You’ve all seen a picture of a strand of DNA before, it looks like a ladder (or in Northern terms: it is the world yew tree Yggradil).
The ladder is constructed of different amino acids. These four acids combine in various patterns to make up the rungs of that ladder. Alone the runes already hold power, but in the right combination they create life, they ARE the building block of the universe itself. The more they interact, the stronger and more effective they are.

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In order to understand the worlds, let me begin with the first three, namely Muspellheim (the “fire world”), Nifelheim (the “world of ice”, and Ginnungagap (the “empty space”) that arose from this duality. Fire and Ice world are the polar worlds: matter and energy, order and chaos, light and dark, etc.
However, without the gap, there would be no uncharged place for the worlds. Ginnungagap is the empty field upon which we build, the place that cleanses, purifies, destroys and rebuilds (recharges) and so forth. It is the basic of the circle of life.

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Ginnungagap amidst Muspelheim and Nifelheim. Ginnungagap from which the giant race and hence mankind was born.

In my specific belief system we know that the runes are created in the springs beneath the world tree Yggdrassil, in Urd’s/Mimir’s well. Those charged waters supply the great tree and through the tree reach the nine worlds. The waters are formed by the mixed states of Muspellheim and Nifelheim.
When they are joined in Ginnungagap they are transformed into a vibrant pool. In those waters, the runic energies take their most basic form. Each possessing a unique trait of both worlds. They remain charged but stable while in the empty space.
As they are drawn into the tree, they begin to combine into the tree (DNA ladder), each combination forming a unique pattern with a specific purpose. They feed the worlds with the power needed to be sustained.

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The last eight runes of the elder Futhark are referred to as Týr’s Aett, Týr-Saxnot being our original chief God. In his Aett we find the world tree rune Ehwaz (“Yew” for the world tree Yggdrasil) as well. See https://paganmeltingpot.wordpress.com/2014/09/17/yggdrasil-yew-not-ash-tree/

Some worlds need more of Muspell (fire) and other more of Nifel (ice). The tree itself acts as a control gate, dispensing the energies as needed. Midgard, home of the humans, is the most balanced, receiving a very even mix of fire and ice.
The runes continue to vibrate as they seek to combine, for although they become relatively stable in their designated worlds they still continue to vibrate in the way we think of life more or less. (I could imagine those interested in quantum physics might find that interesting.)
They are still always seeking to recombine in new ways, that is chaos and stability working hand in hand. No stagnation, but rather: evolution.

As you work with the runes you send back the energies and your specific intentions through the tree. It is but a giant cycle, each rune depending on the other as much as each world, each being, each God and man doing so. That is the beauty of Germanic cosmology.
Vibrating runes each have a unique “sound”. When Galdr (Norse rune magic) is performed, we are calling out to the “free radicals” of the runes and the loose combinations, bringing them in, structuring them into a new creation of our design.

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Rune Yoga. Not a traditional (historic) Germanic practice, but definitely something interesting to try at least once.

Often, I encounter people who – as I initially stated – “dabble” in runes. Maybe it is now that you can see as with all other magical practices that runic magic is to be performed with great care and respect. Any magical practice, once removed from its context and origin, practiced without full understanding, may either not work at all as the “free radicals”/energies swerve around without a place to dock or they may also bring VERY unwanted results; this especially in the case of runes, as they make up the cosmos!
This creates instability and the “radicals” that fill those voids then, will likely change the structure of other things. It is of course rather easy to google the meaning of single runes, but just as with the Tarot, Lenormand, I-Ging or other, that is not all there is to them.
While Fehu may stand for wealth, it may also stand for something quite different in combination with other runes or in the context of the question asked in a reading.
Becoming a rune master requires a lot of study, dedication and ultimately, a lot of emotional investment as well. It often takes a year or two until one is trained enough to begin working on bindrunes.

2e99c1457477b27e34cd64bbe4d3dabdPersonally, I recommend starting out your runic journey by learning the names and simple meanings of every rune. Learn to chant them, take a week each to get to know them, bond with them, form a relationship with them. After that, learn how to protect yourself.
Those of us who cast a circle, create a Vé, wear a pentagram, Týr’s rune, Eye of Horus or other pendant of protection know how imminent it is to keep yourself safe during magical workings, simply because as with all magic, accidents may not just but are bound to happen in the early stages. It is best to know how to counter and/or neutralize your own unstable magical creations to avoid even more damage, chaos or confusion.
Once you feel comfortable with the runes -with ONE Futhark you ought to stick to for a while – and the spirituality they are deeply embedded in, you can begin your Galdr lessons. Be prepared for an interesting rollercoaster-journey through the multiverse!

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Anglo-Saxon Runes

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Turkic Runes as used in Mongolia. The huns and Germanic peoples had frequent and regular interactions.

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