I have created a new way to read the runes, which is light, portable and very accurate. My prototype RUNE DICE were a big hit and many are looking forward to them being available sometime this summer. What is different about my dice is they are 8-sided so each represents a full aett or family of runes. I am using the Elder Futhark which consists of 24 runes, arranged in three families of 8 runes each. The green houses the first aett, which reflects the life on earth and all the realms of middle earth. The black houses the 2nd aett, which reflects our deepest journeys in Hel. And finally the white houses the 3rd aett; the realm and lessons of Asgard, home of the Gods. Here is a picture of a reading I took today, asking to show what I brought back from my time at NWTS last weekend.
To read them, the top face of the dice are read as the primary runes; and the runes you can see on the sides augment the reading. What I see in this reading is:
Algiz-Elk or bird. This weekend bird showed up to leave footprints behind that I could follow. I came to learn how to publish my booklet to accompany these rune dice and to learn from the tarot tribe. All were so generous with their information! I want to shout out to Mellissae Lucia and Carolyn White for sharing their knowledge and encouraging me on this project. Both gave great presentations and I highly recommend them both. Digging in and learning how to assimilate the shared knowledge as I make my individual journey is the inner work I have before me. I was also able to meet Carolyn Cushing of Soul Path Sanctuary in person after being wisdom sisters for ages in the Gaian Tarot Circle and Dark Goddess Lodge. JOY!
Thurisaz- Thorn or axe. This is the day to day practical work of hacking through any barriers (real or imagined) that keep me from realizing my goals. I can also set up a thorny barrier to protect myself from intrusion and distraction so only really important issues/concerns can sway me from my task.
Othala-Legacy or transformation. My final result will be to leave behind a new way to read and work with the runes. And bringing them to manifestation has the power to change not only my life but live of others as well.
The augmenting runes have something to say as well…Pethro– is the dice cup, luck and fortune won and/or lost. Both it and Ingwaz-the womb are containers for the rune dice concept while it germinates and matures prior to being released in this summer. And Raido- the journey or traveler represents not only the journey of this creation, but a very real trip to Thailand which was determined this weekend.
I came for inspiration, education, and connection and left with all three in abundance!
Thor is the God of Thunder and a powerful conqueror of barriers; especially thorny-type ones. He has a powerful hammer, Mjollnir—that can break anything, yet always returns to Thor’s hand.
Thurisaz is a rune to be used to break through barriers; physical ones and emotional ones. Can be used to break thru to “prickly” persons, or through the walls between lovers. Conversely, Thurisaz can be activated to set up a thorny barrier to protect or defend. It is most often an active rune, but that energy can be held in check waiting to be release by an attack.
An ancient version of Sleeping Beauty’s story illustrates the power of Thor and his hammer Mjollnir. Not only does the hero manage to breach the thorny hedge to get into the castle; he wakes her not with a kiss; but during the sex act—literally piercing her feminine barrier.
So how can I interact with these energies and honor Thor on Thursdays?
Make noise: Thor is the God of thunder. How can you engage in sound? Drumming, clog dancing; maybe bowling? Have you ever heard that thunder is created when the Gods bowl?
Break something on purpose: Chop wood, trim the hedge, rototill the ground to ready it for planting.
Invoke Thurisaz to provide an energetic barrier of protection.
At work—take aim and break through to a coworker that has been “prickly”. Visualize Thurisaz before you have the conversation; knowing that it can pierce through any barrier.
In love: Have sex with you lover. Buy roses—beauty and thorns, tackle the conversation that is barbed with misunderstandings.
What do you do to honor Thor, or engage the energy of Thurisaz? Do you have a short story to share? Add a comment and let us know what works for you.
after I started my blog this winter, I started radiation treatment for uterine cancer after finding an early-stage cancer during a hysterectomy. I had a total of 25 sessions, and after the initial treatment, I took a different rune with me into the treatment for each of the remaining sessions. I am now cancer-free, energetic, and back on track. It was quite an experience and I am working on sharing my experience of runic healing—but I’m not sure if it will be an e-book, published, or just filter into my blog.
I have a practice of pulling runes daily. I have been collecting them and making them for year. I have a beautiful pottery bowl adorned with Freya’s Boar-Hildisvini that I keep all the runes in. Today when I reached in, the runes that came to me face up were Fehu and Thurisaz—wealth and thorn. I also pull a tarot card daily. Currently I am using the Gaian Tarot created by my dear friend Joanna Powell Colbert. The card I drew was Strength—a woman shown holding a lioness in a fond embrace. So together it made me think that the message for the day was that wealth is like strength; most likely gained by courting rather than by force. All though there is a need for “pointed action” or focus as shown in the Thurisaz rune. As the Northern Mysteries do not fear/or hide the shadows we all create, there is a shadow meaning as well. Seeing only material wealth can be a thorn in your side, or make you a thorn in the side of others. Weath should improve your life and make you happy; it is doesn’t, then you are out of balance.
I am off to the Highland Games in my town of Ferndale, Washington this weekend. I will be at my huband’s booth, Michaels Books today and will have my runes with me if you want to drop by. I’ll be having a grand day listening to the bands, watching the dancing, and I just love seeing the men in kilts—I’m off!!