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Rune Interpretation Cheat Sheet

While this sheet is of my authorship, I can’t claim responsibility for developing the information on this sheet. I cribbed from “The Practical Guide to the Runes” by Lisa Perchel to assemble this. However, the names have been changed to reflect a consistent language, not the polyglot that was in that book.

Letter Rune Name Interpretation meaning Magickal Meaning
F Fehu (fay-hoo) Fehu
(fay-hoo)
Material gain – Fulfillment – Uncontrolled (primal) fire Increase Money – Protection of Valuables – Sending – Hasten Affairs
U,V Uruz (or-rooz) Uruz
(or-rooz)
Wild Ox – Vitality – Male – True Will – Changes – Good Health New Situations – New Circumstances – Healing
TH Thurisaz (thoor-ee-saz) Thurisaz
(thoor-ee-saz)
Protection – Luck New Beginnings – Luck – Protection – Push Love – Get rid of opposition
A Ansuz (ahn-sooz) Ansuz
(ahn-sooz)
Mouth – Spoken Word – Taking Advice – Gaining of Wisdom – Examinations Gain Wisdom – Confidence – Increase in Magick – “Silver Tongue”
R Raidho (rye-ee-doe) Raidho
(rye-ee-doe)
Travel – Journey of Discovery Gain Justice – Safe Travel
C,K,Q,X Kenaz (can-aaz) Kenaz
(can-aaz)
Fire (controlled) – Positive Attitude – Opening up – Creativity Strengthen Runes – Healing – Love – Stability – Fresh Start – Protect Valuables

On deities

One of the most perplexing aspects of Pagan religions for someone who is coming from Christianity is the multiplicity of deities. How can we tell the difference between Odin, Zeus and Jupiter, when all of them do the same thing? How is Hera significantly different from Danu? How is Kali different from The Morrigan? Why should I, as a new Pagan, start worshiping deities that I have been told my whole life are inferior to my God? How do I pick a deity pair that I can feel comfortable with?

All these questions are important, and each will be addressed in this article.

One of the most important things to keep in mind is that despite what you may think you have read from James Frazier, Joseph Campbell or Robert Graves, these deities are NOT cardboard cutouts of each other. Just because you like the name Lillith, you cannot substitute Lillith for Tailtu. There is no divine “mosh pit” where all gods and goddesses get mixed up together and you can pull out a thoughtform here, an aspect there, a kami from this section, three from Column A, and five from Column B…. These deities have their own personality, their own life, their own interests and abilities. It may be that each mythology is based on universal concepts, but that is only applying analysis after the fact to something that already was.

Ceremony of Parting

(Note from Daven: Again, note, this is my own creation. It seemed appropriate to have some kind of parting ceremony for those who are leaving the Coven.)

Ceremony of Parting

This is a ceremony for use when a Gesith is departing from the Coven for any reason. Hopefully there will not be any hard feelings or ill will toward or from the person departing. If there are, I would advise that the parties sit down with a neutral third party and work their differences out.

[Thegn sounds the Horn or the Priest rings a bell. Priest and Priestess kiss. Covener steps forward.]

Covener: There is one of our number who wishes to depart from us.

Priest: Then let him/her come forth.

[Departing Covener steps forward with a Second. The Second is someone chosen beforehand by the DC {Departing Covener} to act as a helper. If wished, the Second can say the previous Covener’s part.]

Priestess: Do you wish to depart for this, your home, and us, your family?

DC: I do. (Or “I do not, but I must”)

Priest: Then you must leave us as you entered, naked and unadorned.

On the necessity of keeping oaths

(Note from Daven:  This is a true story.  It happened to me.  I have tried to be fair in my recitation of this, but I am afraid that some of my resentment may have leaked over.  It’s up to you to tell me how I did.  Keep in mind that this is ancient history for my wife and I, and thankfully my daughter no longer remembers this time.  I am not trying to stir up ghosts here, but just to bring some mindsets to light.  Think before you promise someone something.  I had hoped this article would have gotten out into the Pagan Community, but so far it has not.  So I present it here.  I leave the conclusions up to your own conscience.)

(Update 1-16-04: I’m updating this because I don’t want it misunderstood why this page is here.  I have written this because I HATE B&B and what they stand for at this time.  I cannot stand what they think of as “good pagan relations” with other groups.  I have had contact with them from time to time on other lists, and so far, none of them have been positive.

Which Witch is Which

by Patricia Telesco
New Page Books, 2005 $13.99
ISBN 1-56414-754-1

Review by Daven

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

It has been my pleasure to meet many authors in my time online and with the Pagan Communities, and Trish is fast becoming one of those people I look forward to see ing the next book from.

I was honored to have contributed to this book in one small way, I authored the article on Seax-Wica in this work.

This book is a compendium of information. It’s not designed to be a “let me tell you all about subject _____” like many books on the market. This is a book similar to what Raven Grimassi and others have written, dealing with a segment of Paganism as contributed to by the practitioners themselves.

Ray Buckland tried to do this with “Buckland’s Complete Guide to Witchcraft” back in the 80’s, but since Wicca was just starting out, he was unable to do as much. In this book, the promise of his appendix comes to fruition.

Trish has assembled many articles on different traditions together in this book, so that the new seeker can take a look and decide what they wish to practice. She sent a call out to the general community and asked for submissions so that it would be accurate, and she got them.

So You Want to be a Hero

A few thoughts to provoke your cognitive faculties.

At one time or another in everyone’s life, they have fantasies of becoming a hero.

Visions of Cu Chulainn, Sir Galahad, King Arthur, Beowulf, Perseus, Ramses, Hercules, Sigfried or Paarsifal dance through the minds of most boys. Little girls may dream of Boudicca, Cleopatra, Sacajawea, Sally Ride, Pocahontas, Molly Pitcher, or Florence Nightingale. We wish to change the face of the world, to live forever in song and story.

We want to leave a legacy for wonder and triumph behind us for future generations. To be able to say, “See that? I did that!” We want to leave a permanent legacy in a very transient world.

Others may be more pragmatic. They want to protect people from the bad guys. They want to help those in need, to “fight the good fight”. They need to feel the sense of accomplishment at winning against overwhelming odds.

There are a few people in each generation who are picked to be classical heroes in the largest sense by circumstance or accident. It is my belief that EVERYONE is “picked” to be a minor hero.

Glossary

AE: this is the abreveiation for “American Eclectic” in which elements of many different traditions are taken and mixed to form a new kind of spirituality, while respecting the cultures those elements were taken from. Has a strong sense of history and a seeking of continuity. See this article for an excellent discussion of the various flavors of Wicca.

BTW: this is the “short term” for British Traditional Wicca. Normally this is typified by Gardnerian and Alexandrian, but it can be any group that is a lineaged mystery tradition. See this article for an excellent discussion of the various flavors of Wicca.

Emo (an abbreviation of “emotional”) is a term now broadly used to describe almost any form of guitar-driven alternative rock that expresses emotions beyond traditional punk’s limited emotional palette of alienation and rage. It is also used to describe fans of this genre, most commonly teenagers. (e.g., emo kid). The actual term “emo” originated in the mid-1980s D.C. scene, with the band Rites of Spring. The term addressed both the way the band connected with its audience, as well as its tendency to deal more with topics of personal and relationship politics than with the standard themes of rock music.

Composing Magic

By Elizabeth Barrette
New Page Books, copyright 2007, $14.99 US
ISBN 1-56414-935-8
ISBN13 978-1-56414-935-0

Review by Daven

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Okay, here it is finally, the book that many people have been waiting for; Composing Magic, How to Create Magical Spells, Rituals, Blessings and Prayers.

Much to my astonishment, this book is EXACTLY what it says it is on the cover, a book about how to write spells and rituals. It is a book on writing. Imagine that.

If I sound a bit effusive it’s because this book has been a long time coming in many ways. Several people have tried to write it, they have written things that are related to creating and writing rituals and spells, but no one has quite been able to write a book that actually and practically teaches you how to compose spells and rituals.

This book has the singular distinction of doing so. Add to that statement another one; this book does an excellent job of teaching you how to write spells and rituals. It not only gives you the information on sitting down and picking up your pen to write, but the book explains how to go about the creative writing process.

Everyday Lessons

There are times in everyone’s life when a simple look around can teach more than all the knowledge in an encyclopedia.

What do I mean by that? Many people think learning can only be accomplished in a classroom. Valuable lessons are learned there. Just as many lessons are also available walking down the street. Some people do not think that daily life has lessons to offer. There is a need for classrooms, but many of our most painful lessons will happen far from institutions of higher learning.

Granted, it is simpler to learn from a person who knows the answers. Teachers usually have the knowledge that we are trying to learn, without paying the cost in sweat and struggle. Just wrap the answers you need into a neat little package and present it with a bow. Ultimately, though, isn’t that a cheat? Our teachers have been through the process of learning that we now want handed to us. That devalues the information and deprives us of the work.

Many more things can be learned by the attempt to learn, even if we fail, than can ever be learned by suddenly “knowing” the answer.

A Samhain Ritual

[A Note from Daven: This will require some explanation. My wife and I were active in Ancient Sites as you may know by now, and this ritual was found on the Internet while Theresa was researching Samhain for her “family’s” celebration. She adapted it some and this is the result.

It is very moving and a transitional experience. Eldrich is the Druid of the Clan, Mai is my wife, a spaewife, and the Bard is someone else. Just read it through.]

Message: Awake with the sun
Author:
Druid – Eldrich Niall, Patron
Date: Oct 31, 1999 10:33

Eldrich stretches his creaking bones, refreshed by a long and dream-filled sleep. The sound of wood-chopping nearby assures him that the clanfolk are busy with Samhain preparations. Warming in the early sunshine, he allows himself the luxury of one more restorative stretch. Then he reaches for his staff and hobbles towards the crannog.