We are not going to put any images alongside each Rune Name, far to many of us rely on images to remind us which Rune it is, we want Our Folk to know off the top of their head what the Rune looks like once they read the name. Enjoy our introduction to The Runes.
Fehu: Represents wealth or cattle, in older society and I guess in some places still today, having cattle or similar stock means that you have some kind of wealth and where able to provide for your family.
Uruz: The aurochs where a wild ox, if you look at the rune and then imagine an auroch coming towards you, to confront you, its head would be down and its horns would form the Uruz rune. This rune is all about primal urges, strength, courage and raw power. I love the primordial force of this rune.
Thurisaz: Look at the rune and imagine a thorn from a rose bush. This is a rune of protection and repelling, a thorn also attacks and draws blood.
Ansuz: This rune always makes me think of Odin. Its a rune of intelligence, it reminds of how little I know. Its almost a cosmic intelligence, beyond most of our understanding. Its also articulate and cunning.
Kenaz: Do you ken? or Do you know? This is a rune of knowledge, but its a torch of knowledge, it lights up the path of where we should be going. If I am given this rune, and open up my mind, I know I will be flooded with truth.
Gebo: A gift and one of the most powerful gifts we receive is the gift of friendship, love or partnership.
Wunjo: This is my oh great rune, when I receive it, I just feel a pulse of joy.
Hagalaz: Is a rune I am in awe of, its a rune of destruction. I just love the power that you can feel about the rune, even saying the word is powerful. Its a rune of hail, think of you on your little farm, think of the destruction hail would bring, crops die, nothing to feed yourself, family or animals over the long winter, many would not well survive the damage and the repercussions of hail. Its a destructive natural force, and for me, that is something to be in awe of, and it reminds us that everything must end, so that new can begin. Although survive of the repercussions of hail is demanding, it can be a cleansing experience, at some level.
Nauthiz: When I have receive this rune it kind of jolts me. I think is that what is needed? This needs to occur? Sometime when it comes up I think its making me ask, is this a need or a want? Am I or who ever I am reading for, being honest regarding their true objectives. Sometimes I think it comes up when I am almost manipulating a reading, trying to find what the person wants the reading to say, when really my instincts and the runes are telling me different. It kinda slaps me in the face at times.
Isa: Ice, frozen, stop, take time, leave it till it thaws, put that idea on hold, do not change, persevere, or there is a coldness around this idea or situation.
Jera: Oh I love this rune. Its about harvest, it will take time to harvest, but it will occur. And for something to harvest, it has to be fertilized first, so its also a sexual rune, you know that old saying about plowing the fields, sowing the seeds, they have an agricultural, an intellectual and a sexual meaning.
Eihawz: It took me a long time to get this rune. It relates the Yew tree, a tree that has been long used to make items such as bows and magical implements such as wands. For me, its a direction of power, saying yes, this is good, it is powerful and there is magic about it, go a head and do it, forces are behind you, supporting you and directing this action. It a primeval forceful rune, and I did not understand this rune until Uller showed himself to me as a hunter. It is also came time me at a time I was wondering about celebrations of seasonal festivities, seeing I live in Australia, the seasons where mixed up and I had trouble relating to seasonal celebrations and choose to almost celebrate none. When the rune came to me, it was only days before Yule, some of you may be familiar with the Australian Santa Clause, wearing shorts, thongs, with the hat and the big red coat, Uller kind of came to me that way, adapted for the Yule in the Southern hemisphere. It made me realize that I should definitely celebrate Yule in December that the forces had adapted to Australia but we should still celebrate according to the northern tradition.
Pertho: Oh I love this rune as well. It is a purse, it is hidden, it is a womb, it is female knowledge, it is also a bit of a back off rune, sometimes, when you pick it up, its like the back off, this is hidden from you and you are not suppose to know it, you are not a wise woman. It is secretive, the secret knowledge of women. Also, it is the All-Mothers rune, other times when it appears, Frigga is saying, I will protect this, I will mother this with all the guile of my womanhood. You know if its a back off or this is a secret or a rune of motherhood and calm nurturing the moment you pick it up.
Algiz: I am always so happy to be given this rune. I just think Life when I pick it up. Also protection.
Suwulo: A rune of the sun, it makes me think of the sun shining, giving its blessing, but this rune has a force, you know when the sun shines in your eyes, it has got that unrelenting power, a momentum behind it.
Teiwaz: A rune of judgement, wisdom and outcome. Most folk believe it is positive, but sometimes I feel rather downhearted when I receive the rune, maybe acknowledging the battle needed for victory.
Berkana: Oh yet again, I love this rune. Feminine knowledge, power, understanding, feminine fertility and birth. It makes me think of midwives, who historically have been wise women.
Ehwaz: A rune of horses, movement, moving forward with force. Sometimes a little unpredictable, like a horse.
Mannaz: Relates to mankind, so it is not always masculine. It is not a rune I have a deep understanding of, it does not often crop up for me in a reading.
Laguz: Oh I like this rune a lot, it is of women’s understanding and sorcery. If you get a flood of warmth when you hold this rune, it is very positive.
Inguz: Sex and fertility, need I say more, it is a great rune. For me, it always brings Freya to mind, and her powers.
Othila: Inheritance, our people, our home, and our homeland.
Dagaz: This is the rune of the day. It makes me think, this will occur sooner then later.
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Natural Treatments for Winter ailments
As the cold weather approaches stock up on natural remedies to keep those Winter ailments at bay. Here are our recommendations:
Echinacea – This seems to be the no.1 immune boosting herb for keeping winter ailments such as colds and flu at bay. Dosage: 5 drops of tincture in water 2-3 times daily or up to 6 capsules daily while you feel unwell.
Sambucol – Elderberry extract has been shown to dismantle the flu virus and considerably shortens the duration of its course. Dosage: take in either tincture or lozenge form – suck a lozenge every 4 hours until symptoms subside.
Eucalyptus – This is especially good for respiratory problems such as bronchitis, sinusitis and chest congestion. Dosage: rub into chest throat or nostrils, or add 1 teaspoon to boiling water and breathe over the steam for 10 minutes x 2 daily to clear congestion.
Tea Tree Oil - This is good for sore throats and blocked noses. Use as a gargle. Dosage: put 11/2 tablespoons of tea tree oil in a cup of water and gargle when necessary. You can also put a few drops on a handkerchief and inhale as necessary to clear nose.
Mullein – Useful for coughs, chest congestion and catarrh. Dosage: take 5 drops of tincture in water every 4 hours.
Ginger – Good for reducing temperature by inducing sweating, also and chest congestion. Dosage: peel and grate a 1-inch piece of fresh ginger root. Steep for 5 minutes in boiling water and drink with fresh lemon juice and honey to taste.
There are very few people of European decent who do not associate the scent of gingerbread with the winter holidays. It has been baked in Europe for centuries going back to the pre-Christian celebration of the Winter Solstice, when small cakes marked with symbols of the sun were part of the Yule celebrations.
Who does not remember standing at the kitchen table and watching as your Mother, Grandmother or Great-grandmother mixed flour, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves into that wonderful-smelling, dark-brown dough? I know I remember vividly.
This is one of the universal elements of our culture. Even busy executives and heads of state take time before the holidays to make gingerbread with their families. Most of us associate the scent of cinnamon and cloves with the happiest times of our childhood.
Every country and every family has it’s own variation of gingerbread. In some places it is a soft cake served with lemon sauce or whipped cream. In others it is in the form of small hard cookies which must be soaked in milk or tea (or perhaps even wine) before it will soften enough to eat. It may be dark or light, sweet or spicy, but whatever form it takes, it is always meant to be shared with those we love.
Materials: Warm Clothes, Sense of Adventure.
This is an activity that can be done the weekend before Yule. On a bright crisp morning, dress the family warmly and head for the park, mountains, or beach. As you hike along, looking for that special Yule log to place in your hearth, also be on the look out for decorations to make it personalized by each member of the family. Select a proportionally sized log that will fit easily into your fire place. Ash, oak, or cedar make great Yule logs. Try to find one that has already fallen and is on the ground. On the beach, driftwood can be found and obtained for your log. I found a great log at the beach “great find”.. As you are looking, or on your way back home look for natural decorations to adorn your Yule log with.
Traditional adornments are, pine cones, leaves, holly sprigs, mistletoe sprigs, rosebuds, winter flowers, wheat stalks, and corn husks. If you must cut anything from a living plant, remember to ask and thank the plant for its gift. If you don’t have a fire place, select a smaller log, slightly flat on one side so that it doesn’t roll. Adorning the logs will appear farther along in the activities. (Explain how the Yule log was set ablaze on Solstice night to help vanquish the dark and add strength to the returning sun.)
Adorning the Yule Log
Materials: Holly, Mistletoe, Rosebuds, Pine Cones, Evergreen Sprigs, Gold String/Cord, Gold Bows, Apple Cider, Flour.
After cleaning off the Yule log, let children decorate it how ever they chose. Glue, wire, or small holes in the log will help to adhere the decorations. Once the log is decorated, “wassail” (toast and douse) it with a libation of apple cider. Finally, dust the log with white flour, set in grate in fireplace, and (parents only) set ablaze. (Explain to children how Yule logs used to smolder for 12 days before there was another ceremony to put the log out. Then apart of the log was strapped to the plow the next spring to spread the blessings over the land, and another piece was saved to light the next Yule’s log, the next year.)
Everyday we are bombarded with commercials and advertisements for air fresheners. They promise to bring a spring breeze into your home, all you have to do is spray a little or plug it in, and like magic – your home will smell like a flower filled garden.
In reality these air fresheners and household cleaning products will not bring the scent of the wonderful outdoors into your home. They are more likely to poison you. There are many, less harmful alternatives out there. There is so much information out there so besides reading this smaller piece on how toxic air fresheners are so please read read read and research!
Air fresheners contain formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, and phenol, which can cause skin irritation on contact, ranging from mild reactions to severe hives. Phenol can also cause severe reactions including convulsions, coma, and circulatory collapse. Chemical based air fresheners are highly toxic.
A report released in September of 2007 by the Natural Resources Defense Council found that 12 of 14 brands of common household air fresheners contained phthalates. Phthalates are chemicals that are used to prolong the length of time that scented products maintain their fragrance. Regular exposure to phthalates can increase your risk of experiencing endocrine, reproductive, and developmental problems. Amazingly, some of the brands that tested positive for phthalates did not include phthalates on their lists of ingredients; some of these brands were even labelled as being “all-natural” and “unscented.” An MSN article found that being exposed to so-called “air fresheners” as little as once a week can increase your odds of developing asthma by as much as 71% and can contribute to an increase in pulmonary diseases.
Please note that even without phthalates synthetic air fresheners are still not safe to use in your car or home. The vast majority of synthetic air fresheners emit significant amounts of terpene, a volatile organic compound that can react with naturally occurring ozone to create formaldehyde.
One study in the U.K. of 14,000 pregnant women showed a link between the use of air fresheners and aerosol sprays and an increase in headaches and depression in the mothers, as well as ear infections and diarrhea in their babies.
· Simmer your own air freshener on the stove. Just use low heat and check them often, so they don’t boil dry, they also tend to go glue like when boiled too much.
· Cut two lemons into quarters then cover with cold water, I also use oranges. You can use most citrus-based fruits, whatever smells you like best, mix and match.
· For a crisp effect, drop six sprigs of fresh mint into four cups of cold water.
· For a delicious Yuletide scent, combine five cloves, two cinnamon sticks, and four cups of cider. I tried this one last year and the smell was so good.
. Sprinkle baking soda on carpets before you vacuum.
By the time the Winter Solstice is upon us, I am ready to celebrate the birth of the Sun God in very simple traditional ways. Here are a few ways to celebrate Yule without running yourself ragged.
Tuck some fresh sprigs of berried holly around your house for protection and good luck, If you can’t find berried holly you can use plain ole holly,I have Holly hung over my front door year round for protection. Make sure to keep the berries out of reach for children. We also do a Yule Holly Fire spell every year, last year we done the Yule Fire spell with 4 other friends and a teenage boy who was the son of a comrade, we all had a wonderful time participating, we will include the spell at the bottom of the page.
You can also hang some pine roping over your doorways to ward your home and to encourage good health and joy; we started this ritual last year and will continue to do it in our family. Many families have been doing this for years. Some folk say that by doing this you are inviting the faeries of winter into your home so they can have a warm place to celebrate the Yuletide festivities, who doesn’t need a little bit of Faery magick in their home.
We also decorate our home with Yule ornaments mostly suns and stars, you should always check our your local $1 store, I found some beautiful red Sparkly suns their last year and I still have them hanging up from last year. The most important thing about this holiday is to enjoy it, celebrate your life and family and be grateful for all you have.
Yule Fire Spell..
On the darkest night of the year, gather together three dried leaves of holly and pulverize them into powder. On a clean, four-inch by four-inch piece of parchment paper, write a single word in red ink that represents what quality or trait you would like to be born within yourself along with the newborn Yule Sun. Sprinkle the holly powder into the center of the paper and twist the whole thing closed with the holly powder inside. Light the wick of a red candle, and from this flame, lights the holly-filled paper on fire. As it burns, see your wish fulfilled. The spell is done. We put our holly in the microwave to dry it out, and then we crush it with our mortar and pestle.
The Autumn Equinox has many names and not all are familiar to our readers: Festival of Dionysus, Fall, Mabon, Michaelmas, Labour Day, Alban Elfed, the Cornucopia, Feast of Avilon, Night of the Hunter, Second Harvest, Wine Harvest, the Witch’s Thanksgiving. For the Kelts this is our Second Harvest, when Acorns fall from Majestic Irish Oaks, when i was a child we would use the bottom part of a fallen acorn as a seat for the Faeries that we would leave out for them, even as an adult when i see one i sit it up correctly by the tree for easy access…
Now that the Autumn Equinox is here it means that day and night are now equal in length and this happens when the Sun is at 0* of Libra. The “Harvest Moon” is the name given in the past because night harvests were possible by the light on the Full Moon nearest to the Autumn / Fall Equinox. Often, the Harvest Moon is bigger and brighter and red in colour, the warm colour of the Moon shortly after it rises is caused by light from the Moon passing through a greater amount of atmospheric particles than when the moon is overhead, i only got to see a Red Harvest Moon once in 2007 if memory serves me right.
There are many traditions about the cutting of the last sheaf of wheat at the end of the harvest and that a young Maiden should cut this..In some parts [...]
Unity! What is it? It is the ability to put aside our small differences for our common goals – Our Folk. We have all attended gatherings of our people and it seems the only thing we have in common is alcohol & gossiping! We are destroying ourselves, we do to ourselves worse than what the enemy could do to us. What is the solution? First as individuals we must keep an open mind, for you cannot take in new ideas with a closed mind. We must educate ourselves! Read! Read! Take in as much knowledge as possible, with both literature of our people & the enemy, in this way you get to know the way they think and act. Ask questions, the people to ask are our POWs and PPs, these men & women are very intelligent and have a great desire to help our people.
Now to families. They are the backbone of the movement. They are the future of our Folk. In the last few generations we lost our family bonding, we come from broken homes, single parent homes, and working parents. We have lost contact with our extended family.
Our sexuality has been distorted, women have become emasculated. They have been taught that they are no longer needed in the home as wives and mothers. They have been forced to compete with men for the males’ jobs. This is shameful! Men have become effeminate, they are taught wives’ skills and [...]
Recently having found out that my three year old had higher lead levels was a very scary moment. Having our house tested by the city Health Department made it worse. Every surface in our house from the window sills to the old fashion radiators was covered in lead paint. Even the walls that had been painted over the years had lead paint were the new paint had started cracking. Contacting our landlord proved to be useless. So this is what I learned:
What is lead poisoning? Lead is a poison that is harmful to your children’s nervous systems. Even low-level lead poisoning can reduce intelligence, motor control, hearing and emotional development. Children with blood levels as low as 10 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood – think one drop in 16 gallons of water – can have health problems. Adults can also have problems when exposed over time but leads effects on young children are worse. Young bodies absorb lead more readily and children are involved in more hand to mouth activities; plus lead tastes sweet. A blood test is the best way to detect lead poisoning since there are no immediate symptoms to alert you to a problem.
What causes lead poisoning? Lead based paint in the home is the major source of lead poisoning. Lead based paint for interior or exterior residential use was banned in 1978. Therefore, paint hazards are primarily a problem for homes built before 1980. The most likely interior surfaces coated with lead [...]
Vitamin A is very important for keeping your child’s immune system strong and healthy, it can help their vision in dimly lit area’s and it supports healthy skin. Good food sources for Vitamin A are milk, cheese and eggs. Foods such as carrots, green leafy vegetables, red peppers and apricots contain beta-carotene, which the body can turn into vitamin A.
Vitamin C helps maintain healthy tissue in your child’s body. Our bodies can’t store vitamin C, so you need to get some every day. Young children, who can be fussy eaters, might not get enough from their diet alone so make sure they are getting it in whatever way possible. You can find vitamin C in lots of foods, including peppers, broccoli, oranges and sweet potatoes. From the start try and get your children to eat their fruits and vegetables to avoid fussy eaters.
Vitamin D helps your body absorb the calcium it needs without one another they are no good, keeping your children’s bones and teeth healthy. Babies born with low levels of vitamin D will sometimes develop softened bones, which can lead to rickets. The best source of vitamin D is summer sunlight which is great if you live in a warmer climate, but it can be hard to get enough in other parts of the wordl to last through the winter months, so a vitamin supplement may be required.
Growing up & reaching those dreaded teenage years can be very distressing on our daughters, they not only have to adjust to all the changes happening with their bodies but also with all the social pressures coming from school, her peer groups and the media.
As many as one-third of high school girls believe they are overweight, when they’re actually not. The fact is that these girls are so inspired by models and skinny actresses that the media portray as perfect women that they don’t want to follow the height-weight charts that doctors advise for them. Instead, they want to be lean and fit like movie stars so they can carry off similar clothes. But the truth is that teenage girls undergo hormonal changes and have a developing body which only means that their bodies will be fuller than that of a fashion model, as well as the fact that a fashion model virtually starves themselves to look the way they do.
Sadly, an unhealthy body image can make impressionable teenagers resort to crash dieting and even result in eating disorders. Both anorexia and bulimia have severe health-damaging consequences.
If you want your daughter to see beauty in her body, you need to take a close look at how you speak of your own. Most young girls find their mums beautiful, so imagine how they feel when you as a mother do nothing but put yourself down, the way you feel about your own [...]
As much as abstinence is the right route for some people, a lot of teens don’t want to wait to have sex until they’re ready to have a baby. Puberty brings with it a lot of sexual feelings, and many choose to have sex for the first time during their teenage years, would you as a parent of a daughter allow them to use birth control to avoid a teenage pregnancy? Would you put them on it prior to losing their virginity? My Mother gave birth to me 5 months after her 17th birthday and in-turn my sister gave birth to her daughter when she was also 17, we never had the birds and bees conversation and in Europe we didn’t have sex education in school, so what is the route you as a parent take in regards to your teenagers and sex? HomeFront
Margy Button: All I can say is thank the gods I have boys and don’t have to pain over this. I have already had the birds and the bees talk with them and stressed the need for ‘protection’ should they find themselves doing more than holding hands!
Spring Towry: I put my daughter on it at 17. It was as a precaution and also for her heavy periods. We had a pregnancy scare and that was enough. Teens like to say they are not active but I know that is a lie. BC is not a permission slip it’s a just in case [...]