I use the Anglo-Saxon Runes and I thought I would go through each of the 33 runes one at a time with you all.
Please feel free to add to this as I go along.
Let’s begin with Feoh whose key words are wealth and cattle.
Cattle in its historic meaning could be indicative and a measure of one’s wealth. Wealth can also be seen as an energy source and hence its need for circulation.
Other associations of this rune are fire and gold. Mythologically, gold leads us to Freyja or Freo in English. Fire of the sea indicates strong emotion.
Feoh is known as the goddess of fertility and is related to sexuality. Feoh is also powerful and rich. The message with this rune is to be generous with your wealth and to include or involve others as well as cultivating your feminine vitality and skills.
I end off this rune with a poem:
“Wealth is a comfort to all men:
Yet must everyman bestow it freely,
If he wish to gain honour in the sight of the Lord.”
(Note: Lord here can be seen in a Christian context rather than a physical person and it can also refer paradoxically to pagan tradition and a physical Lord as well.)
I got thinking about the term ‘Free will’. When we make choices and decisions, at any time, whatever we are thinking about or planning on doing, we are free to do whatever we choose, right? How about free will being affected by our past experiences? So, what does this mean? Perhaps, being able to accept and recognise the past (our past) and free ourselves from the past, can we then really be using free will.
Relating this to Tarot, when asking questions or advice from Tarot, ultimately, free will is also at our disposal. It reminds me of the idea of a sceptical querent who may have a Tarot reading only to go against what advice the cards offer anyways because they are just cards, aren’t they? Yeah sure, but they are real life snap shots that reflect so much back at us and they can highlight things that can make so much sense whether you want to see it or not – there’s that Free will thing again.
The High Priestess and Justice cards from the RWS Tarot deck
I love looking at cards that may look similar in tarot like the High Priestess and Justice.
They are both sat in front of a screen between 2 pillars.
They could both relate to knowledge – each of their own kind but still knowledge that is earned and learned.
Whilst in contrast, I feel that these 2 cards complement each other as the High Priestess asks us to pay attention to our intuition and the Justice card asks us to do what is right for ourselves and they could also appear to be female (HP) and male (Justice). It may mean nothing but I also see the blue colour of the High Priestess as cold / non active and the red in the Justice card as fire or a kind of passion and then relating that passion to how we always feel passionate enough to fight or stand up for the things we feel strongly about in our own lives.
Can you see any other connections or contrasts with these 2 cards?
My poor Alan has put up with me and Tarot for the time I have been doing it and before I got into it, he was never into it at all.
But a lot has changed. He has adopted one of my decks – the Motherpeace deck. He is quite an intuitive reader too. He hasn’t done any Tarot courses (like me) and he doesn’t plan to and he says that he doesn’t need all the books on Tarot like I have (or all the different decks).
I love this difference between us as we both have very unique reading styles and it reaffirms for me that everyone starting out in Tarot or even if you have been doing it a while – how important it is to find a way ofm doing Tarot that suits you best and to keep with your own style and go with what you find easiest.
I was re reading Rachel Pollack’s Seventy-Eight Degrees Of Wisdom recently and I like how she looks at the Knight of Cups against the Death card (pages 190 and 191).
The comparison that she makes is that he resembles Death as a symbol of Transformation. The 2 cards look similar: Their movement is the same, there is water in the cards, the Knight and Death both have armour on (even thought the Knights horse is bowed low whilst the horse on the Death card has his head held higher up and the Knight uses his right arm to hold the cup whilst Death uses his left arm to hold the flag up).
I like the idea of this Knight being compared to Death because he is on a journey.
The Knight of Cups is pursuing his thoughts and ideals. He is tempted by the things the outside world has to offer and this can distract him from his responsibilities.
I like this following sentence Rachel says about this Knight (page 190): “ . . . He has not learned to direct his imagination into the world. Therefore dreams dominate this card with its image of a slow horse and a knight lost in the enticements of the imagination.”