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21 June 2019, 17h54: Winter Solstice for the Southern Hemisphere Today is the winter solstice – that time of year where the hours of darkness outweigh the hour of light in the Southern Hemisphere, the exact opposite is true for our Northern counterparts. The activity of life slows down in preparation for rest and restoration...
21 June 2019, 17h54:
Winter Solstice for the Southern Hemisphere
Today is the winter solstice – that time of year where the hours of darkness outweigh the hour of light in the Southern Hemisphere, the exact opposite is true for our Northern counterparts. The activity of life slows down in preparation for rest and restoration during the colder months.
This winter solstice edition is going to follow on my Evolution of the Runic Alphabets. Winter is aligned with water, an element versatile and variable, which can be found in all physical states. We experience water in it gaseous state, such as steam and mist, its liquid form in rivers and lakes as well as solidly frozen in ice and snow. Here we witness water’s capacity for change and to an extent its adaptability, each season it shifts with the requirements of life and forges itself anew. During winter, water takes on a more solid state, cold and seemingly unmoving, still and silent. Winter aligns with silent strength, a state that represents nature’s ancient way of quiet contemplation. Here we heed the wisdom of our ancestors and take time to not only understand our environment, but also ourselves. Thus, for this winter solstice I will discuss the most ancient of runic alphabets, that of the Elder Futhark.
The runic alphabets have become a prominent feature on my blog and my designs, mostly due to my fascination with this ancient writing script and how it can be utilized to gain wisdoms from the depth of our own souls.
I have written an initial summary post of the Elder Futhark as well as discussing the flow of the runic languages from both an historic and linguistic perspective. During my extensive research into the subject I have read countless literary works in an attempt to determine both the original form of the Elder Futhark as well as creating a standardized and universal set of runes. I have listed the most informative references I discovered during my research (Ref 1-10). My research has subsequently been converted into an Elder Futhark Mini Oracle deck available for purchase from my MPC online store.
Here, I would like to focus on my research process for the Elder Futhark and how I came to choose the letter, rune script and meanings for each based on the most prominent and trustworthy information from hard-to-find expert runologist and runology sources. I will group the discussions around the potential origin of the Elder Futhark, its division and use, the basic alphabet structure and the sorting of conflicting rune meanings.
The parent language or linguistic origin of the Elder Futhark is highly debated and could have arisen from Latin, Greek or Etruscan (Ref 7). There is also indication that the Elder Futhark is derived from the Semitic-Arabic writings dating from the Bronze Age and early Iron Age in the Near East (Ref 9). This Semitic origin places the Elder Futhark in the time frame of 2000-1000 BC, which indicates that it may even be older than the Greek alphabet (750 BC)! The evidence the author provides for this becomes highly technical from a linguistic, writing and pronunciation aspect, but it simply stems from the the fact that both the Elder Futhark and Greek language share traits of the previous ancestral language rather than the Elder Futhark only sharing similarities to the ‘later’ Greek language, which would have been the case should it have arisen from the Greek language instead of the more ancestral one.
The Elder Futhark is divided into 3 Aetts or ‘families’, representing a set of 8 runes in each (Ref 7). There is vague epigraphic (the study of inscriptions as writing) reference from 2 bracteates, specifically the Grumpan and Vadstena bracteates, for this division. Modern metaphysicians specialising in rune research claim that this division represents three gods from Norse mythology, namely Freyja (the warrior goddess), Heimdallr (the god of visions) and Tyr (the god of victory). However, the Elder Futhark is Proto-Norse or Proto-Germanic, a very ancient language from which Old Norse arose as well as several other languages, such as Anglo-Frisian and Old Saxon, which you can read more about in the Evolution of the Runic Alphabets. Thus, the Elder Futhark’s Proto-Germanic very much pre-dates the Old Norse gods. Some Old Norse references exist that discuss the god Tiwaz, the Proto-Germanic version of Tyr. Thus, this ‘modern reason’ for the division of the Elder Futhark into Aetts is poorly supported, due to the lack of Proto-Germanic scriptures existing today. This does not mean that you cannot use the Old Norse divisions for your metaphysical practises; it simply indicates lack of historic evidence. Although, absence of evidence is not evidence of absence, yet it remains somewhat doubtful that the Old Norse gods are the reason. This stems from the debate surrounding the original use of the Elder Futhark, which was for writing and not divination. The use of the Elder Futhark as a divinatory tool only came later after the Elder Futhark fell out of use for writing and when the Roman alphabet became more prominent. This created a certain ‘mystical allure’ surrounding the ancient runic alphabets and it became more popular to use as a magical tool. Thus, the reason for the Elder Futhark families remains largely unknown.
The Elder Futhark is made up of 24 letters, it is the oldest of the runic alphabets and its namesake is also derived from the sound values of its first 6 letters as written on the Kylver stone, i.e., “F U TH A R K”. There are approximately 250 inscriptions of the Elder Futhark distributed between Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Frisia and England (Ref 7). By comparing all these to find most common elements, you would have the following alphabet:
Generally the rune shape, letters and even pronunciation are well defined and consistent (Ref 1-9). Note that ‘th’ is translated from the sound Þ, ǽ roughly comes from ï , whereas the z letter is pronounced as a palatal r in Scandinavian/Icelandic (written as Ɍ) and ‘ng’ comes from ŋ (Ref 10).
The meaning of each letter is connected to animals, plants and events related to the people and livelihoods of that time. Unlike the basic structure, many inconsistencies arise from the meaning of each of these letters, which are generally derived from the Old English Rune Poem which is of Anglo-Saxon origin (Ref 6). This represents a retro-fitting of Old English onto Proto-Germanic (skipping over Old Norse between the languages as they developed, which you can read more about in the Evolution of the Runic Alphabets). Thus, the meaning of the Elder Futhark is somewhat obscure and depending on which runologist or Proto-Germanic interpretation you refer to, the letters may have different meanings – because language is not static and one word can have multiple sometimes unrelated meanings. I have searched for all the common alphabet meanings and their variants, which you use for your metaphysical practise is up to you.
After working through the runic literature I have created the following table below, it represents the most common Proto-Germanic writing and name, the English transliteration and meanings associated with these.
I would recommend that you learn all the meanings and allow the surrounding runes from your rune cast to distinguish which meaning would be more appropriate for the given reading. After all reading oracles from runes requires a bit of creativity and intuitive interpretation from your side.
The table above can be used in conjunction with my Elder Futhark Mini Oracle Deck, which is representative of the most accurate and universal Elder Futhark alphabet and can be purchased from Make Playing Cards!
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The next runic alphabet I will be discussing during the Spring Equinox is the Anglo-Saxon Futhorc. It will include a very detailed discussion of the all the different Anglo-Saxon Futhorc variants, provide the key differences between the Anglo-Saxon Futhorc and the Elder Futhark as well as another table for the Anglo-Saxon Futhorc similar to the one provided for the Elder Futhark in this post!
My Other Oracle Deck: The Celestial Rune Sigils – The Metaphysician’s Toolbox
20 March 2019, 23:58: Autumn Equinox for the Southern Hemisphere Today is the autumn equinox – it is the day of the year where we observe an equal amount of day and night for both the Southern and Northern Hemispheres. In the south we are moving away from the heat and bustle of summer, whereas...
20 March 2019, 23:58:
Autumn Equinox for the Southern Hemisphere
Today is the autumn equinox – it is the day of the year where we observe an equal amount of day and night for both the Southern and Northern Hemispheres. In the south we are moving away from the heat and bustle of summer, whereas our northern counterparts are seeing an increase in light and activity.
The autumn equinox is aligned with the element of Air. In everyday speech, breath forms an important part of our way of communication and it is connected to the seat of the mind as well as that of our soul. We notice that our perspectives of life colour our actions and our opinions. It also influences how we choose to voice our ideas. We can use these powers of persuasion to inspire (the light aspect) or to diminish (the shadow aspect). This leads me to the main theme of today’s article…
In today’s society where we are in constant and instant communication with one another through the miracle of modern technology and social media platforms, where we deal with the likes of the Super Opinion. This is a symptom of the Hydra syndrome, where one believes that your own opinion is the ultimate say in the matter, you disregard and ridicule the opinion of those who should disagree. A clear behavioural characteristic of the Hydra syndrome is the multiplication of its threats, insults and general condescending comments towards other logical, reasoned and/or open-minded suggestions. It is distinct from the Troll syndrome, which is the relentless and open personal attack without provocation. The Hydra and Troll syndromes aren’t mutually exclusive and can exist concurrently, however the Hydra aims to oppress, whereas the Troll aims to harm.
These analogies illustrate the pervasive culture of communication that we have embraced on social media. It is spreading and contaminating the way we speak to colleagues and even with friends and family during gatherings . I will specifically address some of the bias and judgmental attitudes of the scientific community with regards to spiritual practices, but as my analogy illustrates the problem remains rampant and ubiquitous.
“Blind belief in authority is the greatest enemy of truth.”Albert Einstein
Being a ‘scientist’ does not give me (or other scientists) the right to stand in judgement of the spiritual community and to do so with disregard to scientific method, sound research and objectivity. It degrades scientific merit to a point of unreasonable self-righteousness and nonsensical opinion. Very often I come across popular science articles that indulged in such distasteful degradation of the opinion/beliefs of others. These topics include, crystal healing, Feng shui, meditation, acupuncture and a variety of other alternate healing practices. Generally when I notice alternate healing topic from science platforms I want to find an insightful and well balanced piece about the history of the topic, how it has changed due to the changes in our lifestyles and perspectives. Yes, it may be linked to certain ideas of metaphysical concepts of magical phenomenon, but we must keep in mind that science has yet to find a way to substantiate such claims, but for now everybody can and should enjoy a little magic once in a while away from hard-core materialistic and reductionist measurements that grips science so that we all develop open-minded and well-rounded knowledge of other people and their beliefs… Instead I find non-informative heavily biased articles about how ‘sciency’ stuff have been stolen for click-bait by the New Age community or they are full out ridicule pieces that proceed to insult said community with names such as ‘quacks’. Then queue several comments from the rest of the scientific community with more derogatory comments and mockery.
Now if the authors of these scientific articles ‘truly know’ that these forms of healing are ineffective, then prove it, where is your research and results? And don’t do lazy science-abuse by setting up experiments which you already designed to fail. Please provide the proper science, instead of writing your own version of click-bait. It is arrogant and reflects poorly on the rest of the scientific community who tries to cultivate understanding between different perspectives and different ways of living.
This type of behaviour has also become the general tone we have in our society lately, the one of the Super Opinion. When writing articles, especially critique or rebuttals, I always seek to maintain a well researched and unbiased approach – I present to you the facts, include some personal observations (which are clearly disclosed as such) and try to get you to make up your own mind instead of leading you to a prejudiced conclusion. The aim of articles or comments or whatever form of communication you choose, is to discuss not to oppress or to harm and I think somewhere along the line we have forgotten this, especially on social media.
Even Dr Albert Einstein with his degree in physics (as hard-core materialistic and reductionist science field as can be) did not judge, mock or disregard other people or other scientists within the fields of what were/is regarded as pseudoscience, i.e., Paraspychology (even psychology for a time). I assume that he extended this same amount of courtesy to those with differing opinions and beliefs as well. For instance, I did a bit of research a while back on Orgone energy and Orgonite Pyramids and how these work.
Personally, I don’t use them as I think it has some design-flaws. Moreover I find Dr Reich (its inventor) to be a really creepy guy with all kinds of unsavoury ideas, so I don’t want to associate with derivatives of his inventions. However, orgonite pyramids do bring comfort to many and in discussion with these people I find that we generally agree that science still has many gaps of its own to fill. Anyways, back to Einstein. Dr Reich who proposed the concept of orgone energy even wrote to Einstein and asked him to evaluate his orgone box or accumulator. Instead of laughing him off, Einstein agreed to test his invention (Ref 1 & 2). I would really like to get hold of Einstein’s notes and correspondence letters, but from what I could gather Einstein tested the accumulator quite vigorously and wrote back (in a polite way, gasp!) that he could not find substantiating evidence to Reich’s hypotheses (however the conclusion of Einstein’s experiments are still highly debated and some have re-tested the orgone box in the last decade (Ref 3)).
Einstein’s story illustrates his objectivity and open-mindedness in his willingness to test Reich’s theories as well as providing him with the results. Furthermore he did not insult or degrade Reich’s standing the the scientific community after his evaluation of the box, he mostly kept to his own business after that. Einstein himself even seemed to be curious of the metaphysical realm and you would find many of his popular quotes and sayings hinting at this.
This brings me to the concept of Kindness when we communicate and even evaluate one another. We can agree to disagree without throwing ourselves into a spiral of insults and derogatory comments. You can even have your judgement and opinions about others or what they do, but there is no need for you to voice them, especially if they don’t add value to the discussion. If someone does something you don’t like, yet they do not harm anyone, you have no business telling them otherwise. Do not oppress others simply because they have a different outlook or opinion to yours. Because when you do, you strip their freedom, deny their choices and dull their creative expression. How many groundbreaking inventions have been thrown away due to the unwillingness of others to listen and how many people are prevented from bringing change to the world because of the mockery by peers? Rather let’s opt to give each other some space (with or without judgement) and try to go back to the principle of ‘Live and let live’. It takes very little from us to be kind and kindness is a very simple thing. It has no field of expertise, it knows no culture, ethnic background or belief system. It belongs to no-one and to everyone. It is a small thing that can drive great accomplishment with the minimal investment, all we need to do is just be willing to listen even when we don’t understand.
Dear Readers Please note that I am in the process of converting my blog to a website layout, which is thankfully enormously easy! I am going to be moving pages and items around on the website so if stuff changes every time you return – please be patient and bear with me while I figure...
Please note that I am in the process of converting my blog to a website layout, which is thankfully enormously easy!
I am going to be moving pages and items around on the website so if stuff changes every time you return – please be patient and bear with me while I figure out how to best represent the content. All Natural Spirit has grown beyond a mere blog; moving creative expressions to external sources as well. I really want to use this space as a showcase of the blog and all other ventures associated with All Natural Spirit!
Thanx y’all & Good vibes!
All Natural Spirit
Update – conversion is basically done, minor changes to follow!
Yes! It is finally done & what a good way to start the New Year! I have converted and redesigned the Free Oracle Cards of 2017 into a collectible deck! I aim to publish 9 oracle cards each year: 3 healing crystals, 3 spirit animals and 3 herbal totems. Thus, this is a ongoing project...
Yes! It is finally done & what a good way to start the New Year! I have converted and redesigned the Free Oracle Cards of 2017 into a collectible deck!
I aim to publish 9 oracle cards each year: 3 healing crystals, 3 spirit animals and 3 herbal totems. Thus, this is a ongoing project with new sets added each year. So far I have the 2017 and 2018 free sets for download from my blog – but these include logos, reference links and have no back designs.
The Soul Secrets Oracle will become a colletible oracle deck with
each new set available for USD $10.00 per set.(refer to update below) You can preview the deck on the MPC website! Thus, I provide them as shrink-wrapped 330 gsm cards and left the choice with you about storage: whichever box, tin or whatever container you prefer to store these cards in. Each year you can add cards to your growing deck (so best to get a storage container to house a few years worth of cards! ) You can add a plain white tuck box to your Soul Secrets Order for USD $0.50. Alternatively, I have several designer boxes and tins (holds up to 56 cards) available from my MPC shop for USD $ 11.00!
The Soul Secrets Oracle has the same content as the Free Oracle Cards, except that they have been redesigned to fit on a poker-sized card with front and back content. This makes them easier to handle and travel with. Some of the pictures may have changed from the original versions to accommodate the overall card designs. I have also added a bit more to the ‘profile’ sections on the front of the spirit animals cards.
Side Note: I was explaining to my mother the design dilemma that I was having with the cards during the conversion process. The picture placement and style was particularly problematic for me as I wanted something consistent between the 3 different sets of photos (crystals, animals and plants). Discussing things with a more objective third-party always helps and the diagonal picture placement was my mom’s great idea. Thanks Mom! LOL!
I am in the process of converting the 2018 Free Oracle so be on the lookout for that one later this year! See my eShop Page for more Oracles and Card Storage options!
UPDATE: Soul Oracle Cards Series has been discontinued, i.e., no new MPC cards will be available, only the free option(s)!
Alrighty, it’s that time of year again were I have completed the oracle card set for 2018 and provide you with its PDF pack just in time for Christmas! I have discontinued the Zazzle products based on these cards – but you are more than welcome to check out my store there for other art...
Alrighty, it’s that time of year again were I have completed the oracle card set for 2018 and provide you with its PDF pack just in time for Christmas! I have discontinued the Zazzle products based on these cards – but you are more than welcome to check out my store there for other art pieces and designs from me.
Anyways, I already have created several other oracle cards, which are available for purchase at my MPC store. One is a large sized Elder Futhark Bindrune Deck (Celestial Rune Sigils), the others are mini-decks (Elder Futhark, Younger Futhark and Anlgo-Saxon Futhorc Runes as well as Zenner Cards) and poker sized (Zenner cards).
Getting back to my Free Oracle Cards. Here, I provide all of the free oracle cards I have created throughout 2018. There is a PDF booklet version, which you can print to any size you want:
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The PDF booklet has all 9 oracle cards of 2018. It contains 3 crystals, 3 spirit animals and 3 herbal totems each on their own page. The crystals are associated with the chakras, the spirit animals with planets and the herbal totems with the elements. They all include public domain photos, but attribution is still given to the source. I also made a list of the symbols I used in the cards and gave their correspondences at the end of the document. Please attribute all cards to All Natural Spirit when you use them for personal, online purposes or for client readings. However, production and selling (for commercial purposes) of the cards is not allowed through this licence.
I would truly appreciate any feedback or reviews about these cards, please let me know via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or leave a comment on my blog.
All Natural Spirit
I have a PhD in the Biological Sciences and am a certified Crystal Healing Practitioner with the Sunshine Academy of Metaphysics.
Tips on Herbal Lore & Magick: My sixth free herb lore oracle card! Thyme is a protective herb that was used to ‘cure’ shyness during the Middle Ages. The information sheet contains its taxonomic classification, native distribution, medicinal and magickal properties! I explain some practical uses for Thyme and how it can be used during personal rituals to instill...
Tips on Herbal Lore & Magick:
My sixth free herb lore oracle card! Thyme is a protective herb that was used to ‘cure’ shyness during the Middle Ages. The information sheet contains its taxonomic classification, native distribution, medicinal and magickal properties! I explain some practical uses for Thyme and how it can be used during personal rituals to instill courage when facing personal battles.
Tip: Thyme has potent antiseptic properties and is recommended as a ‘health’ herb to be used regularly for flavouring meat dishes and soups.
I have two downloadable files here for personal and non-commercial use (click links below). You can use the cards for readings, but the production of them as a deck or individual cards for selling is not permitted. Print out & enjoy! There are more flash cards to come!
All Natural Spirit
I have a PhD in the Biological Sciences and am a certified Crystal Healing Practitioner with the Sunshine Academy of Metaphysics.
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