Okay so I created this setup on a whim and just really feel like it works well for me in rune drawing. The casting wasn’t clicking with me, I needed something a little more organized.

It’s 3 sections, with a total of 9 runes (I figured 9 was a good thing to shoot for as it’s a very powerful and repeated number in Norse mythology from what I’ve been reading). The top section is the answer to the core of the question, with the three runes in the branches being the supporting cast so to speak. These three runes can impact the core rune positively or negatively, as well as add some insight into the meaning of the core.

The secondary note for the question is centered in the trunk, with the supporting runes in the roots. This functions the same as the primary core, but it won’t override the news/vibes of the primary. It may either provide additional clarification or a warning/hope to heed after the news of the primary section.

The final rune is Fate. It’s a wildcard rune slot that may not even pertain to the query specifically but still applies to the querent.  (I’m leaving this intro up on these posts until I get 100% comfortable with the set up as well. So my fail memory doesn’t fail me ❤ )

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I did this next rune-cast for a dear friend of mine, as I’m concerned for her and her future and wanted not only to ask my People to step in and provide her support, but also to see what advice they had to offer in reaction to the simple question of “Will she be okay?”

At the primary core we have KENAZ – which appears to be Very Dependent on surrounding runes. It can be a destructive fire, or a protective hearth fire, and in either case requires some attention. That said, let’s move onto the surrounding runes and see what we have here.

TIWAZ – Tyr’s rune, the rune of justice and possible self-sacrifice. Tiwaz sits heavily on legal matters, and the perseverance needed for them. There’s a strong vibe of Tiwaz providing success to the querent in legal matters, and at the same time warning that a sacrifice or change might be required to be successful.

Next is ANSUZ – Odin’s wisdom, words, and mouth. Ansuz relies heavily on communication, wisdom and the need for it, and mental or creative activity. Given the question posed and the previous runes, I believe Ansuz is stating that communication will be key, and that communication should be measured and wise whenever possible.

Finally, INGWAZ – the wanderer, the renewing/dying traveler. Ingwaz is cyclical, lending itself well to bringing one chapter of a person’s life to a close and beginning a new one. It has some implications towards partners working together as well.

To me, this top section is both comforting and a warning. It’s saying that the hearth fire is going to change hearths, and that this transition can be dangerous and trying, but that justice and wisdom are with the querent. That communication will be important even if it is painful, and that this transition is a part of the life cycle, but how smoothly it goes it not solely up to the querent alone – hence the notification of partnership.

The secondary core begins with ISA – ice, stasis, serenity. Isa warns against cold anger, noting that it can be far more dangerous and destructive than fiery rage. While there’s strength in the hardness of Isa it’s very brittle, which is of little use when one needs to be able to roll with the punches vs shattering on impact. Isa is a powerful rune and should be handled carefully if being used to cool off hot heels and anger. It could also be a warning that progress will slow or freeze for a time and not to get too anxious, as with all ice, it will thaw and things will begin moving again.

HAGALAZ is the first supporting rune of Isa, which leads me to believe that the chill of Isa will be severe, whatever form it takes. In conjunction with the primary statement, I wonder if this is warning toward the Hearth fire, to protect it and tend to it lest it goes out. (Even a single-person home needs a hearth to be a home vs simply a dwelling). Hagalaz also signals change, and to be mindful of it, so much like the primary portion it offers a warning against the severity of the change and to be prepared.

Second is THURISAZ – another powerful rune like Isa, dangerous if handled poorly. Thurisaz suggests protection at least in the form of getting a heads up in advance. It also suggests seeking professional assistance for the storm ahead, to be sure that the choices made are good for the querent in general. It’s also a warning of complexities and possible aggression.

Finally is GEBO – the exchanging of gifts and energy. Gebo helps pull the secondary message together nicely, I think. Giving without getting can be exhausting, but one shouldn’t need and shouldn’t attempt to track the give and get, it should be balanced based on the capacity for all involved. With the other runes here Gebo feels like a notice that too much giving has been happening lately, and debt is owed. However, freezing up ones giving completely will not help secure that debt, and will instead only make things worse. As satisfying as it may feel to bundle up and hide inside an icy fortress I feel the runes advise against that – warning that too much cold will freeze up all parts of the querent’s life.

Together the secondary runes emphasize the need to buckle up for a bumpy road, they remind to continue to reach out for assistance and advice as needed, and to still attempt civility even if you pull in to protect yourself. While this section is bigger, it’s important to remember that this is all secondary to the primary answer to the question.

Finally, the Fate rune, LAGUZ – ever flowing lake of life. Laguz is very feminine in its energy and carries creativity and healing. It has ties with the leek, which is the European/Asian equivalent to chicken noodle soup. (Like Chicken Soup for the Soul). It can also be a notice to go with the flow and to know that sympathetic help is coming. Given the Lady Business group, I have to say I think this Fate rune is just a gentle reminder that the querent isn’t alone and will always have a creative and imaginative safe space to retreat to as needed. The road ahead will be a bumpy one and have its share of storms and hardships, but it needn’t be a path traveled alone.

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Single Rune

I awoke a little later than expected, and realized quickly that I’d turned my alarms off the day before because I’d woken up before they’d gone off – and then promptly forgot to turn them back on.

Fortunately I didn’t wake up so late that I was beyond the normal time frame I prefer to work within.

It’s getting cold in the desert, at least at night when there’s no clouds to keep the warmth from the day before against the ground. So I bundled up a little bit – the concrete of the patio is a little too cold for bare feet during this time of year. But I knelt and made my connection with the Earth with my hands, so I wasn’t fully disconnected.

After reaching out to Heimdall and opening the gates – and setting an offering outside of my ritual space for the Outdwellers (See? I told you I’d start to get into more details as things set into place) – I shared a round of hard cider with my People. Giving thanks for their time and patience and spending a little time bonding.

All my offerings were varying amounts of the hard cider. It’s something *I* can drink on an empty stomach without getting punchy, so when I mean to share in the offerings with my People I usually stick with it. (I’ll be honest, I could NOT drink an entire 12oz bottle of it on an empty stomach, but a few sips while honoring my People is doable. (I would connect with Norse gods while being a massive light weight)).

I usually use Moon of Dragon’s Blood incense from HEM when I’m doing my weekend devotionals, but today I’d went with Cinnamon which was a little distracting. It’s got a harsher and more pronounced scent to it than the other two, and those are much more calming for me. But Cinnamon kept me on task so I’ll not complain.

I admitted that I have something on the edges of my mind that’s bothering me. I can’t put a full finger on it – the medication I’m on (let’s be blunt here, I struggle with anxiety and am legit concerned about becoming a shut in, so I’m currently on two different meds – one daily, the other as needed – just to go out and brave crowds without panic attacks) seems to be affecting my drive to draw. Though I could just as well be in a natural slump that’s ill timed to the newly added assistance.

And the medications themselves, I don’t want to say dull, but lessen the sharpness of concern, so I don’t know if it’s stopping me from keying in on what’s around me. The daily regimen is still considered in the adjusting phase, so it’s been a lot of guess work on my – well – me-ness the last couple weeks.

So I requested some sign from my People – either reassurance that things were okay, or a warning if I needed to up my guard and that the medication was affecting me in ways that I’d need to be aware of. I.e. in a way that would mean talking to my doctor about alternatives, because I want to be able to leave the house without being on the edges of a panic attack, but I also want to continue drawing thank you very much.

When I cast the runes onto the mat I was taken aback by the outcome. Near to 15 runes had freed themselves from the bag, but only one was on the mat. (One even careened off the “table” and onto the floor.)

One rune. One. Out of all those that had come with it. After staring in disbelief for a few moments I thought maybe I should try again, that I might not have hit my usual relaxed groove because the cinnamon incense was so strong vs calming. Or that I was just that off that the first time wasn’t the right one.

But as I gathered up the runes that hadn’t fallen on the mat I got this sense that sometimes even complex inquiries can have a single word for their answer. So the lone rune wasn’t just acceptable, but it was all that was required.

It was also one I’d never seen before, so I wasn’t sure if it was a positive answer, or a negative one. (One day I’ll get these down pat).

After closing the ritual and coming back inside to my book, I learned the lone rune was

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Laguz – the 21st rune, meaning lake, life, leek. It can mean new creativity welling up from the unconscious mind, or a need to basically go with the flow. It can also be an unconscious tapping of psychic or spiritual aid/ability. In spellwork it allows for other runes to work in the background.

I get the distinct impression that Laguz is very behind-the-scenes, whatever it is that it’s actually doing. It also feels like a positive rune to me, that there’s help or growth being provided by the rune but it’s Subtle. I don’t do subtle well >.> But it explains why things felt like they were quiet, or out on the edge, because they were, and not nessicarily because of the change in medication.

Which is itself very reassuring.

Blessings,
Quin